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ThemeShooter is a small application made to allow HBC theme creators to create screenshots of their themes to put on the HBC theme repository here. ThemeShooter is Windows only, however there is a cross-platform, Python based version called ThemeshooterTK and a native Mac OS X version called ThemeShooterX.


Very simple. Just run ThemeShooter.exe and click "Browse", then select the you want to screen shot. Then click "Make screenshot" and select where to save the screenshot.

If the screenshots the app generates don't have text on them, try right-clicking ThemeShooter.exe and choosing "Run as Administrator". This should only be necessary one time, to install the fonts. On subsequent runs, running normally should suffice.


Screenshot of program


Sample theme screenshot


Todo List

  • Add choice of background/background_wide and apps_list/apps_grid
  • Add preview of theme as well as screenshot
  • Randomize bubbles position/scaling/rotation
  • Add other screens
  • Accept only correctly sized images


ThemeshooterTK is a cross-platform, Python based clone of ThemeShooter made by HoKaze.

Currently it cannot save screenshots, and previews them instead, so you must do a screengrab and crop to save it. Also text alpha is not supported. As of version 0.03 text alpha has been implemented and tested with a few themes. Version 0.04 allows for both previews and screenshot generation.

It can be downloaded here :



ThemeShooterX Screenshot

ThemeShooterX (made by Leathl) is a Mac OS X version of ThemeShooter (Universal Binary, 32bit PPC and 32/64bit Intel). I made this when I started to learn coding for Mac and was in lack of ideas for applications. It should run under Leopard and Snow Leopard and might also run under Tiger, but I'm not able to test or ensure that, as I have no machine running Tiger.

There are a few differences to the original application:

  • Each opened theme gets its own window including a preview
  • You can choose 4:3 and 16:9 (widescreen)
  • Preferences (changed preferences only affect new opened windows):
    • Draw a pointer (hand) on Themeshots
    • Draw the description defined in theme.xml on Themeshots
    • Adjustable blur effect on Themeshots to get a TV-like look
    • Use application database (see below)

Application Database

ThemeShooterX contains a database including several applications (name, description, icon). You can add/delete applications to/from the database in the preferences window. If turned on, 5 random applications from the database will be drawn on Themeshots instead of "Lorem Ipsum" text.


Application: ThemeShooterX 1.0
Source: ThemeShooterX 1.0 Source



  • Text implemented, including colour read from theme.xml
  • Some positioning made more accurate
  • Improved "the Homebrew Channel" text
  • Missing images replaced with ones from "Dark Waters v2" theme by NeoRame, with exception of background.png, which MUST be present


  • Initial release
  • All images implemented, no text