Though relatively out of the race for supremacy in the Smartphone OS sector, the Symbian OS does have a name for itself thanks to the immense publicity Nokia gave it when it was at the helm of Smartphone sales. Well, today we deal with a topic related very closely to the Symbian OS. Well, we are not dealing with the OS itself but rather an archive for the Symbian OS called SIS. SIS is an abbreviation for Software Installation Script which should not be misinterpreted as an application. In fact, many people believe that SIS is an application in Symbian which is why we stressed on the fact that it is not. Well now let us get down to what we are discussing in our post today.

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How to edit SIS files with the SIS Editor

As SIS is an archive for Symbian, very often there arises a need for editing the base code in SIS to add or modify functionality in the Symbian OS. If you ask an expert in Symbian on how to do the same, the reply would probably be to use the SIS Editor.

The SIS Editor is a free application that was conceived, designed and developed exclusively for editing SIS files. You can easily download the SIS Editor for free, and there will not be much of a problem installing it on your Symbian, Belle or Anna based phone thanks to the simple installation wizard that accompanies the software. Once you have installed it, then you can navigate to the options button from the bottom right section of the SIS Editor window after opening the Editor on your phone. Select the .sis or .sisx file you wish to edit and then on you can edit the following with the Editor application:

  • Package name
  • Package UID
  • Version
  • Language
  • Unique Vendor name
  • Localized vendor name
  • Install type
  • Custom date
  • Creation time
  • Target device
  • File list
  • Signature

The best part of the SIS editor is that there is no need to have a comprehensive knowledge of every single item listed above to edit it as there would be well phased out interfaces for the users to note and understand what is what and what happens when you do something with a particular item in the list. For example if you want to change the version number pre-installed on your phone, all you need to do is to open the SIS Editor, check the Version tab and when you find it, click on it and then you get an interface with the keypad turned to number mode, and you can type in any number combination you like to set as the Version number.

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Things are as simple as that, and this is the main reason in addition to the fact that it is free, the SIS editor finds a lot of fanfare from the developer community as well as from regular users.
Being so simple it just tempts anyone to have a go with editing the SIS files on your phone, but it is highly advisable not to play with the Editor if you do not know much about your phone’s internal software configuration because a single error could render your phone useless.