I know I can’t speak from direct experience but this point just keeps on getting raised. The creator of BBSmart, Neil, wrote a whole rant about his experiences with developing themes for BlackBerry. Personally I tried picking up some of the BlackBerry tools but even with my background in programming and graphic design I just threw in the towel.
The shocking part is that Neil is already a veteran BlackBerry developer so he must have walked in with low expectations but even he was amazed. In his words “Everything Sucks!”
Turns out that Plazmic is riddled with bugs and can easily wipe out a users device. Anybody have to reload their device due? It also has not been updated in over a year!!!
All of these Plazmic 4.3 beta themes recently have shown that the new version offers a larger feature set but it seems to have th same stability bugs. The crazy part is that RIM is already releasing themes using Plazmic 4.3 on their mobile.blackberry.com website. Theme developers are telling me horror stories about what a Plazmic 4.3 theme can do to a device.
Weirdly enough RIM seems to be fine with developers releasing Plazmic 4.3 themes for free but if they charge for them RIM sends in their legal department.
So did I get all the details right Neil? Personally I just think this sucks that there is no end in sight for theme developers. Or am I missing the silver lining. Let me know!