Today Cobra USB has announced that 3.55 compatibility is coming next week, as follows:
We’re pleased to announce that development work is drawing to a close for our Cobra USB 3.55 solution. As previously announced, the new firmware pack will allow users running 3.55 cfw’s to install a new firmware console and dongle side which will enable use of the Cobra USB functionality, as well as allowing users to retain standard 3.55 cfw functionality.
Owing to testing and security implementation, the development cycle lasted a little longer than expected, but we are on track to release the new firmware pack sometime next week. Enjoy the new release and look forward to the next, there’s plenty more features and surprises on the way from the Cobra team...
Also below is a Cobra USB Manager Reskinning Guide from gliitch
for those who own the dongle itself:
AFTER: Cobra USB Manager Reskinned Tutorial:
To make things easier please make sure that the following programs are installed before hand.
The pictures MUST be in 1920x1080 for this to work. A quick google will bring up aload of images in that resolution.
If you have a picture that isn't in 1920x1080 you can create it with Infan View.
1: Once you have the picture you want, load up Watermark Image, this is where you'll be able to layer on top of the current image. Anyway, upload the picture you have chosen, untick "Resize Images" and "Use 3D depth map."
Where it says Output Format make put it up to 100, then change the output format to PNG. Click "File", you'll then be asked to upload the picture. Now click "Select Preview Image" This will bring up an image of the picture you have chosen.
IMPORTANT: If the picture is of the wrong resolution and not [1920x1080] the teplate will turn your picture black. Now, where it says "Image used for watermarking".
It is best to keep everything in one directory so you know where it is. On your computer navigate to the "Templates" directory, select "Template 1" and use that. So now you should have your chosen photo overlayed with the template you've just selected.
Once you've created the templates, you will need to rename them as
Then FTP them into /dev_hdd0/game/CBUM01234/USRDIR/
Overwrite the exsisting files. Below is an explanation of whateach of the templates do.
- X - Load
- Square - Change mode [Games PS3 Blu-Ray DVD PSX PS2]
- Circle - Copy
- Triangle - Delete
- X - OK, Circle - Cancel
- Copies Disks to HDD
- X - OK, Circle - Cancel
As I am a very avid fan of Final Fantasy VII and to show my appreciation, i've decided to go with a FFVII Based Skin. You can use your own images, but they need to be 1920x1080 also in full color. it's due to the manager itself the wording doesn't show up properly if you use a white or light based background
] We haven't found a way to change the fonts, or the colors used yet, but once we/ i have, this will be updated to reflect these changes.
PART 2: MAKING BACKGROUND & ICON
These 2 must be in PNG format, the Background should be in 1920x1080, which should be named PIC1. Any Icon can be used but it has to be name as ICON0
PART 3: MAKING THE BACKGROUND MUSIC & MAKING IT LOOP.
Now open up Audicity select the audio you would like to use [MP3] and drag the little finger icon across to where you'd like your music to finish. Go to "Edit" "Delete" so you are now left with a part you wish to use as your background music.
If you would like your music to fade out select the end, 3 seconds will do, and then go to effects and select fade out. Now go to "File" and "Export As MP3" you will need to install the lame_enc.dll file, which also be included in the pack.
Once this is done, fire up Goldwave, go to File and select "Save As" and select WAV. then scroll down and select ATRAC3 66kbs. Now click save.
Finally click on to GWAT.exe, drag and drop the pre-made X.wav file into it. Press "Goldwave" it will then say "X.wav looped" but it will save it as "Looped X.at3"
PART 4: USING PS3SFO EDIT TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE MANAGER.
Fire up FTP on your PS3 and whatever program you use, to FTP into it. Go to the following directory /dev_hdd0/game/CBUM01234. (i'm not joking that is the cobra directory >_<) Now copy the PARAM.SFO to your computer. Load up PS3SFO.
It will complain about not being finished, ignore that. Load up the PRAMSFO file you've just ftp'd from your PS3.
Once this has loaded, it will display "COBRA MANGER" you can edit this to whatever you'd like. Putting / wont work though.
PART 5: THE FINAL PART.
Keep FTP open and have your PS3 connected. Navigate to /dev_hdd0/game/CBUM01234. Open this folder and replace the SFO file, add PIC1, also ICON0, SND0.AT3
Now go into USRDIR. You will see a list of:
- EBOOT.BIN <- PROGRAM WHICH RUNS ON THE PS3
- dvd.PNG <- DVD ICON
- bd.PNG <- SAME AS THE DVD ICON BUT IN BLUE (yeah COBRA got lazy)
- back1.PNG <- It has the box with those buttons which i explained up above
- back2.png <- A box which displays where to copy your "digital goods" to.
- back.3.PNG <- Settings
- Watermark Image - for the image layering.
- Goldwave to make the SND0.AT3 file [background music]
- Sony ATRAC Codec
- GWAT - to make the sound loop.
- Audicity - to added fade out, and to cut parts out. (Thanks to linuxx for making the tune, and teaching me how to make proper SND0.AT3 files)
- PS3SFO EDIT- to change the name of the loader.
- Infan View - to change the resolution of photos.
- FILEZILLA -FTP Program
- ICON0: this is the icon which displays on the XMB
- PIC1: Adds a background to the program your about to run
- SND0: Its the background music which plays in some games, you can add your own though.
LIST OF CHANGES:
- The COBRA ICON to a more fitting one.
- Added a background when the "Manager" is highlighted & audio which loops too.. these can all be changed to your liking (currently SHINRA BUILDING TUNE).
- Changed the name of the manager.
- Removed the normal X, Square, Circle, Triangle Buttons to glassy versions.
Download: NEW SKIN
More skins: http://ffffurage.imgur.com/II574#0iqTC
ELFEN LIED: http://imgur.com/dqIIN&8kGmC
MAJOR THANKS GO TO:
This wouldn't of been possible without you guys