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  • Bored With Those Wallpaper Images? It's Time to Try LivePapers


    Animated wallpapers are fun. So why deal with those boring images anymore? LivePapers, by iOS developer Porkholt Labs, is a new jailbreak application that just became available in Cydia Saturday afternoon. The application allows you to apply animated wallpapers to your iOS device and it works on all jailbroken iOS devices from iOS 5.1.1 up to iOS 6.1.2.

    LivePapers promises to be battery efficient and powerful. It uses OpenGL ES, which the developer says will provide smooth animations and increased performance on iOS devices. After 40 seconds of inactivity, the animations will freeze to even further save battery. You can resume the animation by simply swiping to a different page on your home screen. We can confirm that even on a sluggish iPhone 4, the animations via LivePapers are just as smooth as on our iPhone 5.

    LivePapers will add an application to your home screen, which you can open to configure your LivePapers:



    The application will offer a Cover Flow-like interface for all of your LivePapers. From the application, you can tap on an animation to see a preview of the animation, and then tap on the green status bar to exit the animation preview. You can enable the LivePapers for the Home and/or Lock screens by using the "Home" and "Lock" buttons at the top left of the application – a check mark indicates that the option is selected.

    You can also tap on the "Configure" button at the top right of the application to configure the animation preferences for the animations individually. Each animation has its own preferences, which are separate from one another.

    By default, the free LivePapers application only comes with one animation – the bubbles animation. It has no options to configure, but you can apply it or switch back to your boring image wallpaper. To get the options shown above, you can download add-ons for LivePapers, such as the Bubbles Pro LivePaper and Nexus LivePaper. These are 99¢ each in Cydia.

    The Bubbles Pro LivePaper will let you configure the particle count, particle lifetime, particle size, particle opacity, velocity, minimum depth, maximum depth, background, colors, touch actions, and particle edges. The Nexus LivePaper will let you configure the wallpaper, strip width, strip length, velocity, depth tolerance, and strip count.

    As you can see, the animations will occur on both the home screen and the lock screen:



    When you are charging your iOS device, the animations will happen below the battery layer and your battery indicator will still function normally as expected:



    If you’re using the Nexus LivePaper, you can choose to use the default wallpaper that it comes with, or you can use your normal home screen and lock screen wallpaper and have the animations play right above it:



    Because LivePapers is an application that accepts LivePaper add-ons, third party developers can make more LivePapers that you can download in Cydia to use through LivePapers. While Bubbles Pro and Nexus are the only two options in Cydia at this point in time, the developer says that they are working on a live weather wallpaper. Other developers will also be able to make their own to be hosted in Cydia.

    LivePapers is really awesome, especially for those of you that are into customization... and if you’ve heard of vWallpapers… well, it’s no comparison. LivePapers wins hands-down in terms of user interface, options, and performance. LivePapers also respond to touch on the lock screen!

    LivePapers will work on any iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.1.1 or later. Check it out!

    Name: LivePapers
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0.0-5
    Requirements: iOS 5.1.1+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Porkholt Labs
    Editor's Rating:  6/5

    Note: While LivePapers is free, the Bubbles Pro and Nexus LivePapers used in this piece as examples are 99¢ in the BigBoss repository of Cydia.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bored With Those Wallpaper Images? It's Time to Try LivePapers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 156 Comments
    1. Porkholt Labs!'s Avatar
      Porkholt Labs! -
      Firstly, I want to thank you for your feedback

      Secondly, we are aware that some applications interfere with LivePapers and we strongly encourage you to send any crash reports to office@porkholt.org or at marius@porkholt.org

      For suggestions, rants or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us at office@porkholt.org or at sorin@porkholt.org.


      Porkholt Labs!
    1. risingkazuya05's Avatar
      risingkazuya05 -
      Sends my device straight to SafeMode once I installed Music Controls Pro 6, works fine with Springtomize, Barrel and Wintrrboard though.
    1. b1997469's Avatar
      b1997469 -
      I think it sucks that the app is for free but you have to pay for extras.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by b1997469 View Post
      I think it sucks that the app is for free but you have to pay for extras.
      Uh?

      You don't really have to buy any of the extras. It comes with a decent LivePaper already.
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      For those who are having issues with it not working on your lockscreen, it's because it doesn't play nice with any lockscreen widgets/tweaks/themes. Hopefully there will be a fix for this, if possible - I realize it's impossible to code something to work with every widget out there.

      Cheers to Porkholt Labs for this awesome tweak!


      Quote Originally Posted by b1997469 View Post
      I think it sucks that the app is for free but you have to pay for extras.
      I think it sucks that people expect everything for free.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Downloaded this because it was rated 6 out of 5.

      Not disappointed at all. It's brilliant!! So smooth. Liking the nexus one. My wish is that you can change the colours.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by toyvan View Post
      I think it sucks that people expect everything for free.
      Agreed.
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Agreed.

      The people in the free seats always complain the most
    1. godfred212's Avatar
      godfred212 -
      I wish it's possible to change the live wallpapers randomly or am I not doing something right? I have not experience any issues yet but anyway I have springtomize 2 and lockinfo but not installed I think springtomize needs a fix its been sending to safe mode until I removed it and everything worked again
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      All I want and have always wanted is Animated Panoramic wallpaper OR Interactive Panoramic wallpaper (like Android).

      If I was intelligent, I'd make it myself....but I'm not....so I can't! :-(
    1. HotBlack's Avatar
      HotBlack -
      Quote Originally Posted by Porkholt Labs! View Post
      ...we are aware that some applications interfere with LivePapers and we strongly encourage you to send any crash reports to office@porkholt.org or at marius@porkholt.org...
      I've sent you mine! Hope to see this working
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      This could be a new wallpaper evolution... Looking forward to future updates and new wallpapers. Excellent quality app.
    1. vsnRainDev's Avatar
      vsnRainDev -
      Very cool tweak, thanks! But can you please make option to leave black background on iPhone while charging?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Works great on my iPhone 5. I have a lot of the same tweaks/apps that others have been posting up. Just wish they wouldn't charge $.99 for each wallpaper...after all, Android includes stock live wallpaper!
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Awesome tweak, working great on my 4, 6.1
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Causes my iP5 to get stuck in safe mode too even without applying the wallpaper. I hope it gets updated to work with other tweaks because I have several that I don't want to remove just to get this working.
    1. mrwilly's Avatar
      mrwilly -
      would love to install this, but will wait until it's compatible with lockinfo
    1. m0n0p0ly's Avatar
      m0n0p0ly -
      feedback:
      Thank you for this very entertaining app, however I've been having consistent crashes (18 so far since installation, according to crash reporter). In addition to the crashes, folders opening/closing, page scrolling has showed signs of lag, battery drains 10%/hr as well as some app store apps crashing. Unfortunately, I had to remove the app for now :/ I sent over a crash log for reference, hopefully it will help you guys. Nonetheless good job and I definitely look forward to future updates and more paper$

      Current tweaks:

      Intelliscreen
      Barrel
      Activator
      f.lux
      dashboard x
      pkgbackup
      auxo
      nownow
      zephyr
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by m0n0p0ly View Post
      feedback:
      Thank you for this very entertaining app, however I've been having consistent crashes (18 so far since installation, according to crash reporter). In addition to the crashes, folders opening/closing, page scrolling has showed signs of lag, battery drains 10%/hr as well as some app store apps crashing. Unfortunately, I had to remove the app for now :/ I sent over a crash log for reference, hopefully it will help you guys. Nonetheless good job and I definitely look forward to future updates and more paper$

      Current tweaks:

      Intelliscreen
      Barrel
      Activator
      f.lux
      dashboard x
      pkgbackup
      auxo
      nownow
      zephyr
      Probably conflicting with IntelliScreenX and/or Dashboard X.
    1. nbsmatambo's Avatar
      nbsmatambo -
      Works with AndroidLockXT, Springtomize 2, Winterboard, on my i5 with ios 6.1.2

      Great Tweak