Make your Treo Work and Play More Colorful with Khroma
It's funny how really small things can bug you. In this instance, since upgrading to the Treo 650 I had found myself really annoyed with the limited color themes available in 'preferences' particularly as the 'Carnival' theme that I had grown fond of on my Treo 600 was no longer available [Ooops... As Perry points out, I missed seeing that Carnival was available after all...].
Faced with this, I thought about how silly it was that one could not fully customize the colors on our Treo instead of just having the option to choose from predefined themes - surely it wouldn't be too difficult for palmOne/PalmSource to add this functionality.
By coincidence, yesterday I stumbled upon an application called Khroma which allows me to do exactly what I wanted and fully customize every single color detail on my Treo in a simple and elegant package while at the same time offering 66 more ready-made themes from which to choose.
As is so often the case for cool add-on applications for our Treo lately, Khroma has not been developed by megacorp but instead by a single dedicated developer who after putting in all the effort decided to... make Khroma freeware. I don't believe that the best things in life are free but this will be a welcome exception to the rule.
Below are screenshots of my attempt to create a 'Treonauts' theme within Khroma and how it looks in the main application screen with the menu and categories pull-downs open. If you like our theme and would like to install it on your Treo you can dowload this .txt file, copy and paste it in a Treo memo [or even more easily: email it to your Treo as an attachment, then select 'Open with Memo'] and finally import it within Khroma.
If you would like to create your own theme I would suggest that you a) find a theme that you like; b) select 'New' in the menu and c) start changing the colors to fit your needs (you'll get the hang of it after some experimentation).
I can't even begin to describe how happy I am to have found Khroma. I can now make the most of my high-res color screen and have the freedom to personalize my Treo whichever way I want - I almost feel as if I had just been given an entirely new smartphone. Certainly this is one more application that palmOne should bundle on the next Treo.
Treonauts like to have multicolor freedom...