Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sense 5 Toolbox - the best customizer for HTC Sense 5 based ROMs


If you haven't used it yet - you really should. I'm talking about the "Sense 5 Toolbox" application, made initially for Android Revolution HD. In the last few weeks the popularity of this application reached an unexpected level, and we believe it's a reason to celebrate.

More details about the Sense 5 Toolbox can be found on this blog, under "Sense 5 Toolbox" link on the right panel. Or, just click here.

Why Sense 5 Toolbox?

The application is an answer for 2 basic issues: many users wants to customize their OS as much as possible, but currently available solutions similar to Sense 5 Toolbox are very limited when it comes to the possibility of using them on most custom ROMs.

Android Revolution HD is known to be a "stock-looking" ROM, which was always the most important aspect for many users, who were looking for a stable and well known custom ROM. However, having a custom ROM with such popularity brought our attention to many users, who were looking for a stable custom ROM, but also with a little touch of customisation features - like displaying the battery percentage, or being able to re-order or re-design some part of the UI. This leads to two different approaches:
  1. having a custom ROM full of many more or less advanced features coded into the framework, which always ends up with all sort of issues, bugs, waiting a long time for a new ROM version based on freshly released official OS update etc; or
  2. having a custom ROM like Android Revolution HD, close to stock with just a few changes under the hood to make Android users life easier, combined with a standalone application like Sense 5 Toolbox.
The result is what most users are looking for: stock looking by default, a stable and optimized custom ROM - but with the capability to change many things inside the OS.

With Android Revolution HD and Sense 5 Toolbox you have:
  1. fast updates when a new OS is released/leaked,
  2. a stable custom ROM,
  3. the capability to customize your OS,
  4. great performance because of the tweaks under the hood,
  5. many features not available on the stock ROM.
The Sense 5 Toolbox is under continuous development. More and more features are coming with each new release and the "to do" list is quite large.


In the background, another project is still alive and under heavy development too. I'm referring to the "Revolution Toolbox" application, announced in this post few weeks ago. It's still being tested, however we are getting close to the first public beta. Just one little secret I can say out loud now - Revolution Toolbox and Sense 5 Toolbox will "connected" in a particular way. Can't say more for now, stay tuned!

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24 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful, user friendly tool. 5 Starts.

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  2. One of the best add on features I have used in any ROM, and continuously being upgraded and improved. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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  3. The Toolbox is everything that was left out for total and perfect customization.

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  4. The best tool for customise HTC , love it .

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  5. Watch out: toolbox still has a lot of bugs, and I mean a lot... Toolbox is promising, but far from a finished product. Indeed a long 2 do list!

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    1. Which ToolBox? Because the Sense 5 ToolBox works without bugs...

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    2. Yep, no bugs here either.

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    3. I found a bug in version 2.1
      When i add gps or sound etc. in aosp after saving htc one reboots but nothing saved.

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  6. Great start, but lacks a lot of needed features for now.

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    1. It's still very young too. The Rome wasn't built in one day :)

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  7. The Toolbox is great! The work and effort in it must be huge... It's a true gift, not to be taken for granted... thanks all who put a lot of work in this :)

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  8. The toolbox is great and useful. Love it so much, thank you!
    After seeing the function of launching apps, I'd like to suggest to launch shortcuts. You know, there are many good functions shown as shortcuts but not standalone apps.

    And also, can the toolbox add a function to remove grid from the contacts app? Everytimes I should flash separate zip from recovery.

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  9. Pls. make 3D weather widget and 3D weather Lockscreen the same as sense 4+
    and full animated weather on HTC clock weather screen

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  10. Hi! In sense 5 toolbox there is a CheckBox "Disable EQS panel" which is fully remove EQS panel and restore settings button. But i need enable horizontal EQS and settings button without main EQS panel (Only horizontal EQS and settings button). Please help me! Do you make this mode like "venom tools"? Will be useful for all users, I am sure. Thank you!

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  11. I update my rom yesterday but sense 5 toolbox is not working (:

    I change my battery icons and reboot but still no change.

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    1. Same here. No changes after anything I do in it. Please help..

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    2. Finally got my EQS to show... but had to enable the horizontal EQS... otherwise it's back to the standard 12 tiles :(
      also miss the 6 row app drawer which apparentely broke too... pls pls fix this awesome tool!!!

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  12. i dont have a sense 5 toolbox icon in settings panel. what should i do ?

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  13. How to download HTC sense 5 toolbox for HTC sense 5.5 (HTC one zoe)?? please help guysss

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  14. Can someone please help me, I am changing my options in the sense toolbox but they don't work?

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    1. Same for me, seems like transparent status bar works on the lock screen, which I have disabled everywhere possible but still shows, but most other options simply don't take effect after soft or hard reboots... Help!

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