Last year, in January, I decided to have some fun and write a homebrew application using the EFL 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 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, 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 :
YouTube Link toEleganz screencast
I have published my app in both github and on ps3dev’s gitorious. and you can also download a pre-compiled .pkg 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 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 and don’t forget to check the EDC reference 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. 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 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.
Posted, thanks KaKaRoTo
Merci KaKaRoTo exellent travaile
look at this link
good job is almost done so now everyone is grateful
where is the PS3 HEN.. 4.xx jailbreak… plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz man release it. almost one year w8ing.
i think he has given up he hasn’t mention anything for a year now come on kakaroto the keys are out and everything should make your life easier
Yeah, it’s so easy now that I’m just going to let you do it.
I’m sure these guys are asking about the HEN 4.xx for the 3k Consoles, i’m curious too, is there anything on the horizon coming from your team ?
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Good job kakaroto!!
How is the work on the HEN going?
Is it hard to continue whit the project?
existiria la probabilidad de hackear los 49 digitos del ECDSA si se hiciera un programa que dividiera la cantidad de claves a descifrar en varios computadores corriendo paralelamente, me explico, no tenemos una supercomputadora, pero podemos crear una comunidad o voluntarios y llevarse un segmento de las clave a analizar y haci tendriamos por ejemplo 200 o 400 pcs desencriptando la posible clave y tener en teoria la misma funcionabilidad de una supercomputadora, si me dijeras que para obtener la vendita clave tendria que poner mi pc a desifrar durante 2 semanas o un mes, creeme que lo haria, y no creo ser el unico
hey whats up kakarato I’m not sure if you have this stuff but I happen to come across decrypted 4.25 – 4.31 lvl0 files. I also have dev_flash for 4.31 if you want those files just email me good luck man continue to do great…
Hey.. i have a PS3 version 4.00 , did not understand anything on the Homebrew or hack. It would great help if some one can explain how to use the above Elagant Homebrew manager ( developed by kakaroto.. thanks ) to install and play games. Any way to play games on PS3 . please reply.