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Themers: T-Mobile theme engine or flashable zip?

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Hey, I run cm7, I love design and graphics, so I'm thinking of getting into theming.

I have a rudimentary knowledge of how both methods work, and I'm not afraid of Google, and learning new things. I just want to know, which do you prefer for cm7 themes?

My assumptions:
Tmo theme engine:
Easy testing / swapping
If you make a mistake, all your stock data is still intact
easy for users to apply
Hard to compile APK's
Need to have githib setup etc... (already use Linux, so its cool)
Some problems with pngs I've heard?

flashable zip
Easier to learn?
Easy to adapt to multiple roms?
Easier to put together?
Less programming needed?
Have to flash through recovery
Not as easy to un-do...

What are your thoughts?

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Flashable Zip.
If you can flash a theme, you can backup before flashing, otherwise you're an idiot for not being prepared. The Theme Engine is great but it will not modify everything I'm looking for in a rom. I manually modify my "" type files when I flash to my liking.
mcmillanje said:
What things? Also: can they be modified another way? (Metamorphosis maybe?)

I'm leaning towards learning theming engine. I have some days off soon so I'll try and wrap my head around it... but if there are truly compelling reasons for flashable zip...?

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Lockscreens, power selection/reboot/etc buttons, anything that really finishes off a theme; the little details. I personally theme out the: Browser.apk, Contacts.apk, Downloads.apk, Email.apk, GenieWidget.apk, Mms.apk, Settings.apk, Vending.apk and the framework-res.apk among others.
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