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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. mrwilly's Avatar
      mrwilly -
      Updated version works great with LockInfo
    1. hk-47's Avatar
      hk-47 -
      It maybe me but it probably isn't. I'm now using Nexus LivePaper. But after upgrading to the newest version of the livepapers, whenever the animation have to stop, after resuming, there will be double the amount of strips appearing on the background, creating lag.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I've removed LivePapers and vWallpapers. I'm back to simple, old Parallax and DeepEnd!

      If I can't interact w/ the wallpaper then what's the point of keeping a looped animation!
    1. anime007's Avatar
      anime007 -
      not compatible with cardswitcher, also no interaction with wallpaper. ios 6.1 i5
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      They just updated the bubble tweak so that you can put whatever wallpaper you want in the background. Nice upgrade.
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      They just updated the bubble tweak so that you can put whatever wallpaper you want in the background. Nice upgrade.
      How do you do that?
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      How do you do that?
      Do you have the free one or the paid one? I have the paid one and you just click on configure. The first choice is "BG, Purple, Custom or Wallpaper.
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      Do you have the free one or the paid one? I have the paid one and you just click on configure. The first choice is "BG, Purple, Custom or Wallpaper.
      ahh gotcha i have the free one
    1. cyberjunkyfreak's Avatar
      cyberjunkyfreak -
      i can't figure out the "custom colors" under the paid bubble wallpaper... no matter what colors i select the bubbles always show up white.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Has this tweak upgraded to panoramic wallpapers, yet? Just curious...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Has this tweak upgraded to panoramic wallpapers, yet? Just curious...
      Nope. And no different livepapers yet either. Just added more options to the two current ones.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by cyberjunkyfreak View Post
      i can't figure out the "custom colors" under the paid bubble wallpaper... no matter what colors i select the bubbles always show up white.
      Yeah that part is screwy. I can't get the bubbles to be anything but white either.
    1. theanghv's Avatar
      theanghv -
      This tweak is so good that the Editor's Rating is 6/5 !!
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by cyberjunkyfreak View Post
      i can't figure out the "custom colors" under the paid bubble wallpaper... no matter what colors i select the bubbles always show up white.
      The bubbles can only be white. Custom colors are there for mixing the background color.

      Say you have custom colors set to blue and red. Your background will be mostly blue was splotches of red, or vice versa depending on which you have first.
    1. Keudn's Avatar
      Keudn -
      is there anyway you can use a lockscreen in winterboard and have this playing behind the clock and weather for the winterboard theme? I want an animated lockscreen but i cant stand the default clock and i cant get a winterboard theme to place the clock over top of livepapers even if the theme doesnt have a picture for a background :/
    1. skibumstevo's Avatar
      skibumstevo -
      It appears you cannot run 3DBoard and LivePapers simultaneously. LivePapers just operates over the top of everything else, so you don't get the 3D effect. If you disable/uninstall LivePages, 3DBoard returns to normal...

      I've confirmed this same behavior is true with 3DBoard alternative, DeepEnd. Bummer :/