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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. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      Is the purple bubbles the only free one?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      Is the purple bubbles the only free one?
      Yes
    1. Dealwagon's Avatar
      Dealwagon -
      Still doesn't work on ip5 with lockinfo
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Yes
      Thanks

      How are the paid ones? Better then the free? One paid better then the other?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      Thanks

      How are the paid ones? Better then the free? One paid better then the other?
      The paid ones are basically a Nexus style one with various options and then the same bubble one as the free one but it opens up the settings for it so you can customize it.
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      The paid ones are basically a Nexus style one with various options and then the same bubble one as the free one but it opens up the settings for it so you can customize it.
      Thanks man! I might bite so I can change the color from purple. Do u use this as your lock or home screen?
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Are they working on lockinfo compatibility?
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      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!
      Make it compatible with MCP 6 and I'm in! thx!
    1. djjessejames's Avatar
      djjessejames -
      Quote Originally Posted by b1997469 View Post
      I think it sucks that the app is for free but you have to pay for extras.
      Quote Originally Posted by b1997469 View Post
      I think it sucks that the app is for free but you have to pay for extras.
      You, my glad to not have as a friend. Are CHEAP.
      It already comes with one free one and is a WICKED MOD to change up and interact with your phone.
      I guess after spending all your money to have your sons friends baby brother jailbreak your phone you face Certain Financial abyss.
      LOL CHEAP PEOPLE SUCK SO BAD YET MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING.
      Makes me feel like less of a douche bag when I do pay developers For something original or unique to have a better experience with my phone.
      So happy that a .99¢ (Is that even a real price? Under a buck REALLY?!) Cost tag Attached on something that I will find useful, unique and get compliments on Doesn't scare me off like the pirate here. and I can gladly spend the $.99 and even if I'm not happy rest knowing that I made a fellow artist, a tech designer, recognized, respected, and continuing a quest to bring forward software that I will be using in the future.
      I am guessing you don't even own an iPhone because if you did a tweak like this would make you quite excited. It's unlike video wallpaper or anything that you've ever experienced.
      But remember save that dollar!
    1. DvS-'s Avatar
      DvS- -
      My lock screen was working fine but the home screen wasn't working
      I disabled lockinfo and now it works fine.

      Hope next update fixes this.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      Thanks man! I might bite so I can change the color from purple. Do u use this as your lock or home screen?
      Yup, for both
    1. dyno0690's Avatar
      dyno0690 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dealwagon View Post
      Still doesn't work on ip5 with lockinfo
      It must be something else conflicting. I'm using it with LockInfo on i5 and it works fine on LS and Springboard
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      " They’re not just videos, as you can actually interact with them." What does that mean?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      " They’re not just videos, as you can actually interact with them." What does that mean?
      If you touch the lock screen you'll see what I mean.

      There are also interactive settings for each add-on.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I'm curious how this tweak is any better than vWallpaper 2....

      Except w/ vWallpaper you get a lot more features!
    1. altoiddealer's Avatar
      altoiddealer -
      Quote Originally Posted by djjessejames View Post
      You, my glad to not have as a friend. Are CHEAP.
      It already comes with one free one and is a WICKED MOD to change up and interact with your phone.
      I guess after spending all your money to have your sons friends baby brother jailbreak your phone you face Certain Financial abyss.
      LOL CHEAP PEOPLE SUCK SO BAD YET MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING.
      Makes me feel like less of a douche bag when I do pay developers For something original or unique to have a better experience with my phone.
      So happy that a .99¢ (Is that even a real price? Under a buck REALLY?!) Cost tag Attached on something that I will find useful, unique and get compliments on Doesn't scare me off like the pirate here. and I can gladly spend the $.99 and even if I'm not happy rest knowing that I made a fellow artist, a tech designer, recognized, respected, and continuing a quest to bring forward software that I will be using in the future.
      I am guessing you don't even own an iPhone because if you did a tweak like this would make you quite excited. It's unlike video wallpaper or anything that you've ever experienced.
      But remember save that dollar!
      Cool story
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I'm curious how this tweak is any better than vWallpaper 2....

      Except w/ vWallpaper you get a lot more features!
      It's not better than vWallpaper. vWallpaper is kind of buggy though. Especially with iOS6. I'm still running 5.1.1 but my brother in law has some issues with it.
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      I wish they had a pro version were you get all the wallpapers. I'm thinking about buying the ones with the lines but want to see if they come out with a new wallpaper.
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Love the tweak, very cool. Is there any way to add current weather or temperature to this on the Lockscreen?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      It's not better than vWallpaper. vWallpaper is kind of buggy though. Especially with iOS6. I'm still running 5.1.1 but my brother in law has some issues with it.
      I see! I haven't tried vWallpaper since being on iOS 6.x so I can't comment on it, yet