BlackBerry Theme creators need not to wait any longer as we at BlackBerryOS exclusively have the notoriously hidden BlackBerry Theme Studio 7.1 Beta for you to download! This is the latest Beta Theme Studio (AKA Theme Builder) version from RIM which they decided not to finish and release unto the dev community. This decision sparked outrage among the theme dev community, as RIM previously stated multiple times that Theme Studio would be released for OS 7 support.
However, in fairness to RIM, they have their mind set on BlackBerry 10. Last thing they needed to do for the last year is focus on theming software that won't be available for BB10. RIM realized this, and put a stop on the Theme Studio for OS 7 project.
Keep in mind, this 7.1 Beta version has it's fair share of bugs. That's not to say you won't be able to create a working BlackBerry 7 theme for your device. It just won't be bug free.
BlackBerry Theme Builder 7.1 supports most of the OS 7 devices out there, which include models; 9981, 9930/9900, 9860/9850, 9810, 9790, 9380, 9360/9350, 9320/9220, and 9310. You can also export the theme for OS 7.0 or OS 7.1 compatibility.
I wasn't going to release this to the community. But after some thought, and with BlackBerry 10 not that far away, now is the right time. Furthermore, if this gets RIM to finally finish off the software to a more complete state and release it like they originally promised, then I succeeded to help the theme dev community.
If you create a theme, or have a theme already complete, be sure to share it with us in our BlackBerry Theme forums.
- Download BlackBerry Theme Studio 7.1 Beta (link taken down by request of RIM)