Create And Upload Your Own Custom Screens to Your DNA 200 Device With EScribe
By this point you probably already have the hang of how to use your DNA 200 box mod, tweaking a few settings here and there. But you’ve now reached the point where you feel it’s time to learn more about the in’s & outs of EScribe.
This blog series is set to introduce you to each feature that EScribe is known for, its various functions and settings. Each post will cover one specific topic and will break down each one into an easy step-by-step instructional guide so that you can get the most out of EScribe and in turn get your high performance box mod like the LAVABOX DNA 200 to perform perfectly every time that you use it.
Our first topic will cover one a not so technical, but one of the best features of the DNA 200 chip. That feature is the ability to customize the look of the screens that your device can display. We are talking about the 21 screens located under the “Theme” tab of EScribe and also includes the 8 Profile screens under the “General” tab.
Custom Screens under “Theme” Tab
You will need to find some time to create customized screens for your device. It is up to you if you only want to do a few or change all of them. For this example, we customized every screen just to show you the versatility and customization that EScribe gives the user experience.
So let’s get to creating!
Remember, EScribe Is Currently Only Available For Windows OS:
We all know that EScribe is currently only available on Windows, so for Mac users you need to get a little creative with your access to EScribe if you don’t also have a Windows PC available for use. As a Mac user, you can download VirtualBox and then download the Windows Operating system or you can also use Parallels, either way though you will still need a copy of Windows OS in order to use EScribe.
Do some googling as certain versions of Windows is sometimes available for a free trial period. This option is of course temporary, but it is an option especially if you don’t have a PC readily available. If you do download make sure that you are doing so from a reputable site, Macs are still susceptible to viruses contrary to popular belief.
Create Your Custom EScribe Screen:
Creating a customized screen for your EScribe themes is one of the more enjoyable aspects of the EScribe system, mostly because you can do whatever you want to. So go crazy and get creative!
Programs You Can Use to Create A Screen:
Definitely a great option for creating graphics. If you don’t have this program yet, check out Adobe’s website as they currently offer a $9.99/month package for Photoshop and Lightroom for those who don’t want to purchase the program in one go. This would only be a good option for those who want to use these two programs later on.
GNU Image Manipulation program or GIMP is a free and open source image editor that is available for both Mac & Windows. You have to download this program to your computer, but it has similar features to Photoshop and is a great option that is readily available and free.
Pixlr Editor is a free online graphics editing resource and a great substitute for a program like Photoshop or GIMP. It has similar features and works similarly to Photoshop, but you don’t have to download a program to your computer in order to use it, you just need Internet access.
Microsoft Paint (Windows) or PaintBrush (Mac)
Both of these programs are simple image editors/creating platforms and is all that you need to be able to create the simple custom screen graphics that you need for your device. Microsoft Paint is already preloaded on any Windows computer, though for PaintBrush you will have to separately look for and download this program.
Things to Keep In Mind When Creating Your EScribe Screen:
The image size must be:
128 pixels wide x 32 pixels tall
It is small, but still plenty of room for customization. You just need to get creative.
When creating your “New Image” on programs like Photoshop, GIMP or Pixlr just make sure to set your pixels to:
This example is using Photoshop’s interface, but Microsoft Paint, PaintBrush, GIMP & Pixlr have similar functions.
Once you go ahead and have your background to the correct size, you can now create your custom screen. Use EScribe’s default screens to give you an idea of what you should create. We suggest using similar text to their descriptions on each screen so that you still know what function each screen that you create represents.
Get creative and add your own graphics, look up simple black and white vector or clipart images that are free to use. Ones with a transparent background are the easiest to use.
Your images and text must remain WHITE on a black background in order for it to appear correctly once it is uploaded.
We created a great set of customized screens for this tutorial (the ones you will see in the descriptions below).
You can download them here: Customized DNA 200 Screens
How to Upload Your Custom DNA 200 Screens:
Open Escribe, connect your DNA 200 Device & Click on the “Theme” Tab
You can see here, the 21 screens available to you that you can completely customize to your taste.
Upload all of the custom screens that you created into one folder for easy finding during this process. Here you will see the custom screens we created side-by-side with EScribe.
For this example we are leaving the Welcome screens alone (you can also change these) and are only working with the other 21 screens.
Go to the first screen “Normal Mode” and CLICK “Load…”
This will open up a separate window that will let you browse for the screen files on your computer. On the screenshot below we have already located our Custom Screens file box.
Once this box is open, select the screen that you want to upload. We have selected “LAVABOX-NRMLMODE” to replace the “Normal” Screen.
Once you have it selected, go ahead and click “Open” at the bottom right of the window. This will upload the file to EScribe.
After hitting “Open” you will see your custom screen uploaded to the correct box. The image below shows our new “Normal Mode” screen in place of the default screen.
For the rest of the screens, repeat steps 1-3 above until you have uploaded all of the screens.
After you have completed loading all of your custom screens, your screen should look similar to the image below.
It’s time to upload your new custom screens to your device. Click on the “Upload Settings to Device” button at the top left of the EScribe menu.
Once you click on this button, your screen will pop-up a separate window informing you of the upload that will look similar to the image below.
Your device will also let you know that it is “Uploading Settings” while it uploads the new screens.
After the “Uploading Settings” screen disappears you are DONE! Congratulations, you have just customized your device.
Bonus: Load A Custom Screen To Your DNA 200 Profiles
You can also customize the screens for each of the 8 profiles your DNA 200 device comes with!
Go to the “General” tab, next to the “Theme” tab. Here you will see each profile listed from 1-8. Once you have some profiles setup to your liking, why not add a custom screen for easier identification during your daily use.
Click the “Load” button. Similar to the steps above, a new “Open” window will pop up. Choose your custom screen and then click open to load it into the screen box.
After you have followed the steps above, your new screen will be uploaded to your chosen profile, as shown in the example below.