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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. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brivent View Post
      Do you mind giving a very brief explanation of how you did that...I am familiar with I file...I know jailbr0k mentioned it but not exactly sure how he did it...thanks again
      He gave the file path of the bubble background. Just switch out the background.hd.png with your own background png. I did the hdx one also. Backup those two files first before overwriting them.
    1. allegiance2me's Avatar
      allegiance2me -
      Quote Originally Posted by RPB11 View Post
      iPhone 5, IOS 6.1, I could not get this to work until i removed Music Control Pro 6.
      I got Livepaper working then put some apps back on as well. It still works now, I am using the Nexus on both lock screen and home screen. I will see over today how it affects my battery life.
      App removed to get it working - Music Control Pro 6.

      Apps installed -
      Activator, Auxo, ayecon theme, BatteryPeek, biteSMS, Browser Changer, Clean Sliders HD/SD, Five Icon Dock, FlagPaint, HomeSpringPage, IntelliscreenX 6, LivePapers, LowPowerBanner, ManualCorrect Pro, MultiIconMover, Nitrous, OpenBackup, OverBoard, SBSettings, Source Saver, Springtomize 2, TorchNC, WinterBoard, Zeppelin, 1derful HD.

      LivePapers is working now with all the above apps installed.
      How did you get it to work with Springtomize? That seems to be the only thing stoping me.

      UPDATE: nevermind i saw a recent post. I just had to refresh thread. Taking off the "Hide reflection" and "Hide Shadow" worked for me. yay
    1. GrumpySod's Avatar
      GrumpySod -
      Quote Originally Posted by antado View Post
      Do we know if it plays nice with other tweaks, like barrel?
      Works fine just needs a quick respring
    1. allegiance2me's Avatar
      allegiance2me -
      Quote Originally Posted by renseih View Post
      It doesn't work at all for me. Safe mode loop... I originally thought it was the evasion update but nope, after I uninstalled LivePapers it was fixed and I could exit safe mode. Running on iOS 6.1 iPhone 4.

      Too bad =/. Seemed pretty cool, hopefully it'll get fixed.
      What do you have running? I found out it was Springtomize 2 for me.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by DarkXess View Post
      lol well I dont know about you, but im seeing this: Price: FREE
      Yup but the two add-ons are 99¢ each and that's how you get all the fun settings.
    1. iwoodster's Avatar
      iwoodster -
      I'm sticking to vWallpaper 2 until this has more and better wallpapers.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iwoodster View Post
      I'm sticking to vWallpaper 2 until this has more and better wallpapers.
      vWallpaper are just videos.

      LivePapers are interactive wallpapers.

      They're very different.
    1. iwoodster's Avatar
      iwoodster -
      I like it. Just needs more choice. Any 99c is ok per paper if you like it but is a lot if you like choice (if such choice ever becomes available). Also the interactivity was limited to the lock screen. Not sure if this is intended or a bug. It's a product I've uninstalled but I'm interested enough to change package settings in Cydia so I'm notified when updates are released and I'll look out for new addons.
    1. Brivent's Avatar
      Brivent -
      Anyone else have a problem where you can't interact with the nexus wallpaper on home screen. Lockscreen no problem...also nothing happens to the bubbles if I touch the screen on home or lock screen, is this normal w/ the paid version. Just thought this was interactive. Could another tweak cause this?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iwoodster View Post
      Also the interactivity was limited to the lock screen. Not sure if this is intended or a bug.
      That would be intentional because on the home screen you have application icons everywhere that you could accidentally tap on.

      On the lock screen there is really nothing in all that blank area to accidentally tap on.

      Quote Originally Posted by Brivent View Post
      Anyone else have a problem where you can't interact with the nexus wallpaper on home screen. Lockscreen no problem...also nothing happens to the bubbles if I touch the screen on home or lock screen, is this normal w/ the paid version. Just thought this was interactive. Could another tweak cause this?
      It's only intended for the lock screen because on the home screen you have application icons in the way.
    1. Jephre's Avatar
      Jephre -
      Would be amazing if this worked on top of lock screen winter board themes...
    1. altoiddealer's Avatar
      altoiddealer -
      Crash loop for me too. Probably a conflict with Music Controls Pro+. However I will not be uninstalling that
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      Quote Originally Posted by sobeniceguy2 View Post
      It is pretty cool. I am enjoying it! .99 cents is worth it.
      Yes it is
    1. hermantf's Avatar
      hermantf -
      Definite conflict with Music Controls Pro+ and some other JB app that I have installed cause I still can't get it to work.
      Great idea, but because of all the problems, seems like it's in a beta stage. Hopefully they'll get it right.
    1. dannyhex's Avatar
      dannyhex -
      Quote Originally Posted by antado View Post
      Do we know if it plays nice with other tweaks, like barrel?
      yes it does

      Quote Originally Posted by Jephre View Post
      Would be amazing if this worked on top of lock screen winter board themes...
      does with mine, works fine on top of ayecon lockscreen.
    1. daviedave's Avatar
      daviedave -
      I wonder if android is going to copy this next, maybe for their nexus line of smartphones.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by daviedave View Post
      I wonder if android is going to copy this next, maybe for their nexus line of smartphones.
      They wouldn't dare! Those bastards!! Lol
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      LivePapers Update Version 1.0.1-7 Now Available in Cydia

      Fixes include:

      • Compatibility with Springtomize 2 and LivelyIcons
      • Fixes some leaks
      • Fixes a battery saving bug on iOS 6
      • Fixes animation freezes
      • Compatibility with Music Controls Pro 6.0+ coming soon!
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      The guy who Code this is AMAZING... just took a look at the folder.. and the thing is rending of must say.ITS a REAL TIME... its no a GUF.. its not a MP4 no video nothing... Maps for the particles and bubles are all in the folder... A plugin engine doing its JOB..

      Best part... when you open a Folder its Pauses... Damn... Great Tweak !! Best tweak I`ve seen
    1. altoiddealer's Avatar
      altoiddealer -
      Glad to see MCP+ support coming soon! Thanks for the update Anthony