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kbui-iconAn app that lets you choose skins/themes and become a non-permanent user interface for many (not all) functions of the Instinct.10% discount for iClone owners

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An app that can act as a replacement user interface for many (not all) functions of the Instinct.


Phone functions that KBui can launch and be returned from

KBui can dial from its built-in dialer pad or from the “call to” widget with a saved phone number. KBui can open the SMS, email and voice mail inboxes and the SMS and email compose menus. The calculator, music player, television, GPS navigation, GPS current map, calendar, pocket express news, weather,

Functions that can be launched but not returned from
Camera, Browser, Live Search, IM, and third-party apps all may be launched from KBui, but cannot be returned to, due to the Instinct’s lack of ability to run multiple Java apps simultaneously.

Situations where KBui cannot be returned to

In general, if an operation occurs that KBui is not aware of, KBui will not be returned to. For example, if the phone is locked, and a call or text message is received, when you complete the call/text, the phone will return to its own menus. If KBui is running but you tap on the “blue star” and then open one of those menus, the phone will not return to KBui.

The recommended workaround for these situations is to add KBui to your Favorites menu to make it simple to restart KBui.

Functions that cannot be launched
Due to security restrictions and lack of documentation, KBui is not able to launch several built-in phone functions: Notes, Clock, Settings, Radio, My Photos, Shopping, Myspace, Facebook, YouTube and My Account.

Known Issues
Due to limitations of Samsung/Sprint’s software, there are a number of situations in which odd behavior occurs.
The contacts menu launched from KBui does not function correctly. In most cases it simply returns to KBui when a contact is selected.
The voice command button does not work from within KBui.
Sometimes when launching an external app, the screen will freeze, usually with a spinner. If you hit the Home button and then Resume, the external app will launch.

KBui Instructions

Basic Instructions for KBui:

There are three customizable pages of 24 icons. To change pages, swipe left or right, or use the left arrow key

The silver camera button on the side of the phone is used to enter configuration mode. Once in config mode, you can edit buttons, load and apply themes, load backgrounds, and choose other appearance options.

To edit or move buttons, tap the “Edit/Move Buttons” icon. A grid will appear on the current screen, indicating the possible button positions on that screen. You can drag and drop buttons to move their positions, or tap on a button to modify it.

Editing buttons: on the “Function” tab, you select the button’s function, and add an optional label, along with any options required for that function. Using the “Icon” tab, you may then select the icon you wish to use with that function. If you have a theme loaded, you can choose whether to use the built-in icon or the theme’s icons. Multi-square widgets like the clocks, and dynamic widgets like weather, do not need an icon selected.

Widget functions, like the Yahoo weather widget, call to, sms to, and browse to, that have options, MUST have an entry in the options box.

Changing page options: use the camera button to bring up the page options. You can change backgrounds and themes from this menu. For backgrounds, enter the URL of an image you wish to use for your background, and select “load” to have it loaded.

To load, apply or remove themes, tap on the themes “loader” icon. Enter a theme name by typing it in the box, or use the “theme picker” button to select from a list. Themes can be loaded by selecting “load”. After the load completes, select “apply theme” to apply it to all the buttons in your configuration.

All themes can be previewed at

To load a new background, select the background “loader” icon. Keep in mind that the screen is 240×412 resolution, and while KBui will attempt to automatically resize images, very large images may run out of memory and fail to load.

Three different methods of entry can be used to download backgrounds. A full URL can be used to load virtually any image from the Internet. To use a background from gallery, use the format “Category/imagename.jpg”, using the image name seen when you hover over an image in the gallery preview. Finally, if you enter a single name in the backgrounds section – like “xp” instead of a full URL – you will get the background for the “xp” theme (if there is one).

You can use the “Page Settings” button to change several settings on a per-page basis. The auto-hide time controls how long icons will remain on the screen. The font color of the button labels may be changed, and a solid color background may be selecte for each page.

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