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    Video: Eleganz: The Elegant Homebrew Manager for PS3 by KaKaRoTo

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    Today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker KaKaRoTo has shared a video on his latest PS3 release he calls Eleganz: The Elegant Homebrew Manager with details below.

    Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] by haz367 (runs ok - exit = black screen - no HDD corruption!) / Eleganz Port to Cobra ODE / Eleganz for Cobra ODE (Official) / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Eleganz-Ode-beta.zip) / Eleganz-Cobra-Ode GL-v1 (Eleganz-ODE-Manager-Gl.Musso.zip) / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) by Mussonero

    From his blog: Hi everyone, Last year, in January, I decided to have some fun and write a homebrew application using the EFL (trac.enlightenment.org/e/wiki/EFLOverview) libraries. I decided to work on a homebrew manager.. basically a replacement to the XMB.

    It went really well, and the development was really fast, and it was all thanks to the awesome API (docs.enlightenment.org) and capabilities of the EFL libraries. However, I became busy and was unable to continue... also, it was a bit slow and without proper hardware acceleration, it wouldn’t be as good as I hoped for, so I put the project on the side.

    After many months, in September, thanks to gzorin’s work (github.com/gzorin), we finally had a working and usable GL implementation and the EFL apps automatically gained from it by becoming hardware accelerated. My homebrew manager was much better! but I still needed to finish a few things and I didn’t have time so I put to rest again.

    Today, I have decided to release this homebrew application, *as is* for everyone’s enjoyment! This means that it is not fully working, it might still have some bugs here and there, but it is still a homebrew app that people can use and have some fun with. Most importantly it will serve 4 purposes:
    • Maybe re-awaken this dying PS3 homebrew scene
    • Be a good “exercise to the community” for finishing it up
    • Be a good example of what can be done with the EFL
    • Bring non-developers into writing EFL themes for the app

    I introduce to you, Eleganz! The Elegant Homebrew Manager! A little homebrew app that lets you install pkg files and run your games directly from it. Here is the mandatory screencast video:

    I have published my app in both github (github.com/kakaroto/eleganz) and on ps3dev’s gitorious (gitorious.ps3dev.net/eleganz). and you can also download a pre-compiled .pkg (multiupload.nl/V6YZTP0OET) for your PS3 to have fun with it.

    Here are some highglights of the application (features, limitations and bugs):
    • The whole User Interface is completely customizable with themes
    • Installs .pkg files locally to its own data directory (won’t be visible in the real XMB, unless someone reverses the database format)
    • Does not yet run games (it’s for you to do it, use ps3load as reference maybe…)
    • Current theme is missing proper theme/images for the progressbar windows (default exquisite/E17 theme used)
    • System freezes for a few milliseconds when it tries to load a game’s background image (might be fixed if we implement a pthread library and threading support in the EFL)
    • Apparently crashes when it exits (bug)

    The homebrew app comes with two themes, a dark and light theme. I like the dark one so I chose that as the default (oh, ignore that grey background ‘default’ one from that screencast video, that was just for testing). I wrote the user interface for the theme (the Edje files) while opium (twitter.com/opium2k) designed all the graphics.

    The theme engine in the EFL is extremely powerful, so I hope I will see tons of themes popping up. And I do not mean “change the images” themes, I want real themes, where the whole UI is different, a vertical XMB, a circular one, a 3D theme with perspective/depth for the icons, a dynamic/moving background, etc...

    You can learn about the .edj/.edc file format here (trac.enlightenment.org/e/wiki/EFLChapterFour) and don’t forget to check the EDC reference (docs.enlightenment.org/auto/edje/edcref.html) wiki.

    I hope to see the community pick this up and have fun with it! That’s about it, enjoy it, and send me your patches! I’ll be waiting


    p.s: Forgot to say that the rules/naming conventions/etc.. of the EDC files are explained here (github.com/kakaroto/eleganz/blob/master/data/themes/rules). If a .edj file doesn’t have the appropriate parts/groups, then it will be ignored and will not show on the UI.

    p.p.s: You can install the EFL on windows (dev.enlightenment.fr/~doursse/NSIS/Efl-1.2.0.exe) and have access to edje_cc to compile your .edc into .edj.

    p.p.p.s: Damn, I keep forgetting stuff.. by the way, the whole Eleganz application works just fine on the PC too, I did all my development on the PC (that screencast was actually on Linux), *then* I tried it on the PS3 and it just worked.. so for theme development, it should be pretty easy to test without the need of a PS3.

    Finally, from kakaroto on the Eleganz Retail PKG (linked above): Here's a .pkg version for CFW, but since my CFW console had a YLOD a few days ago, I can't test it, so let me know if you got any problems with it: [Register or Login to view links]

    From haz367: Doesn't work on rebug 446 lite = error while installing - 80029564.. unpack and repack, then it installs but with the famous 800xxx17 error, think due to the:

    Warning: Skipped decryption of section 005 (marked encrypted but key/iv index out of range) Warning: Skipped decryption of section 006 (marked encrypted but key/iv or something.. thx anyway

    From Mussonero also comes an Eleganz ODE BETA (Compatible for Cobra ODE - linked above) who states:
    • Works with cobra ode mcu v1.9
    • Added gamesonic theme
    • Fix the problem back to the xmb after boot any homebrew (showtime)
    • Now you can start showtime without return to the xmb

    Eleganz Cobra ODE GL V2 Changelog:
    • New Showtime build included with support of loading and saving from a usb-key inserted in any PS3 usb ports

    Video: Eleganz: The Elegant Homebrew Manager for PS3 by KaKaRoTo

    Video: Eleganz: The Elegant Homebrew Manager for PS3 by KaKaRoTo

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    I thought he quit the scene. Must be hallucinating or something...

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    Third!!! This is ill
    Last edited by hiphop78; 11-24-2012 at 04:04 AM Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Quote Originally Posted by NTA View Post
    I thought he quit the scene. Must be hallucinating or something...
    Same here

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    on topic: good to see kakaroto is still interested in the ps3
    Last edited by tulla2010; 11-24-2012 at 04:34 AM

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    I thought he didn't want anything to do with the PS3 scne too ... but it's good news to see him at it again ... even if it is just to throw some bone to keep things moving

    Time will tell if the community pick this up or not .... but I already can see a Condorstrike branded theme for this

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    I recently saw an update to this homebrew, decided to write a norton commander-like filemanager plugin. Anybody know of a free open source zip/rar/arj binary that can be made psl1ght compatabile/friendly?

    Might just make it a standalone project, would like to stir some interest in Eleganz. I think it has potential but people seem to have forgotten about it.

    Has to be python <2.1 compatible. I'm pretty sure it doesn't support 2.3-2.67 or higher. The efl has its limitations as well. Oh well back to Skyrim for now, lol.
    Last edited by drphuz; 09-27-2013 at 02:24 AM Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Brief Update from Youness Alaoui / KaKaRoToKS

    Here is a brief update (via twitter.com/KaKaRoToKS/status/545399879498215425) from KaKaRoToKS, as follows:

    Hey PS3 fans, here's a little something that might make you happy: pastebin.com/mP4EEyCC

    Hello PS3 fans!

    I have all these twitter followers who are completely useless () and who tell me how to use my twitter (not to "spam" them with useless stuff ) but now is finally the time for you to become useful and do something for a change!

    I know though that most of my followers just want to see some ps3 exclusive info, and since I've left the ps3 scene, many people were annoyed by some of my 'non-relevant' tweets.

    So here's the deal, I've entered a few contests on reddit and instructables and I'd be very happy if i won something and you will help me do that!

    If you help me win one of the contests, you'll get something in return that will make you very happy. Hint: It's a very useful PS3 tool that was never released before.

    So here's what you need to do:

    Go to reddit and upvote my comment: reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/comments/2orjjk/lulzbot_mini_3d_printer_launch_contest/cmsl43u

    You can also go to the reddit contest and enter it yourself if you want a chance of winning a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer! reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/comments/2orjjk/lulzbot_mini_3d_printer_launch_contest/

    You will then go to my instructables and vote for them on each of the contests in which they are entered. To do that, you click on that "Vote" button in the top-right corner, and click the "Vote" button on each of the contests that appear.

    You will need to login to instructables (you can login using twitter/facebook/google+ directly) when you click the vote button. Also, I'm told that if you have adblock, it might give you an error when you click on vote, so just login first and it should be ok. I have made 4 instructables here:


    You can also go to the instructables contests list and see which contest you find interesting (with interesting prizes) and enter it yourself: instructables.com/contest/

    Once you do all of that, you will receive (telepathically) my thanks, and on January 1st, I will be releasing something awesome for the PS3!

    Thanks everyone!!!
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy new year, etc...
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