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  • 'Atom' is a Gorgeous New Lock Screen Tweak You'll Want to Get Right Now


    If you’re looking to spice up the usability of your iOS lock screen, then you’ll want to try your hand at atom, a new lock screen-enhancing tweak by iOS developer Tyler Nettleton and Graphic Designer Surenix.

    Atom re-imagines the way the lock screen is used. Rather than taking Apple’s idea of the lock screen into consideration and using the lock screen as a way to get into your device, atom tries to make the lock screen into a splash page for your device. This means giving you up to six application shortcuts, as well as a way to unlock the device. The name "atom" comes from the fact that the interface literally looks like an atom:



    From a first glance, the only thing you see on your lock screen is the small black circle at the bottom of the display. When you tap and hold on the black circle, all six of your application shortcuts appear, as well as a way to unlock your iOS device. You can launch any of the six applications by dragging the black circle and dropping it over an application icon. Alternatively, you can drag the black circle over the unlock icon to unlock the device normally.

    Atom includes some fun animations too. As you drag the black circle over individual application icons, or the unlock icon, the item you drag over will increase in size, as everything around it decreases in size. This is a fluid animation that helps you focus on the item you’re currently hovering over, and it’s a nice demonstration of feedback from the tweak:



    When you land on an application icon and release the black circle, the iOS device will unlock immediately and launch the application you landed on. In the event where you have a passcode, the device will ask you for your passcode before allowing you to unlock the device, so there’s no need to worry about security with atom.

    From atom's preferences pane in the Settings application, you will be able to choose the six application shortcuts you want to set for the atom lock screen interface. You can use any stock applications, or third party applications of your choice:



    Currently, atom will override your settings for lock sounds in the Settings application. If you have it set to off, atom will still sound an unlock noise. An update is coming soon to address this. Atom is only available for the iPhone and iPod touch for now – iPad support is coming soon!

    Atom is available right now for $1.99 in Cydia’s BigBoss repository! – Grab it while it's hot!

    Name: atom
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): Tyler Nettleton and Surenix
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Atom' is a Gorgeous New Lock Screen Tweak You'll Want to Get Right Now started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      This is the kind of innovation that gets me excited. Loving this tweak. I'm sure this will get additional customization options in the future.
    1. 5kylar's Avatar
      5kylar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raybeast View Post
      Love it! Love Surenix! But it's very sluggish on my iPhone 4...



      Isn't it just the standard iOS sound
      Ya it is, but you can shut it off in the standard iOS. Apparently this defaults the sound to "on" and there's no way to shut it "off" short of removing the package :/
    1. vietkool's Avatar
      vietkool -
      it stated running on iOS 5 or later but when I purchase, it check my iOS version 5.1.1 and told me the product is not support on my iOS version? Kindda weird
    1. WithinTemptationFan's Avatar
      WithinTemptationFan -
      I absolutely love this tweak! It's great for getting quick access to apps right from the lockscreen.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Have it open BiteSMS's Quick Compose, put the camera back on the screen so it opens in lock screen and have it work with AndroidLock XT... would be a "killer app" then.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      What lock sound issue is everyone talking about? I don't have any sound when my phone is on silent and do when it's not
      If your silent mode is disabled, and you go to the Settings application and disable lock sounds, the tweak will still produce a lock sound. This bug will be fixed soon.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      I bought the tweak and I like it but I'm having an issue with my earth live paper. If I go to an app other than unlock from the lock screen and then lock the device again, the lock screen is blank. If I unlock and then lock, the live paper is showing again. Anyone else having this issue?

      Note, if I use a standard background in the lock screen and still have the earth live paper as my home screen, I have no issues. If I enable the bubbles, it shows but the bubbles are frozen. This is only when I go to an app from the lock screen and then lock and wake, as I said before.

      I also still have locksliderz installed but it is disabled.
    1. mgmm1's Avatar
      mgmm1 -
      This looks an sounds like a great tweak.

      One thing that would sell me if it could bypass the pass ode to get to your app similar to Grabby. You can go directly to your camera, calendar or whatever, and when you close out that app you go right back to the lock screen.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Okay I figured it out. I had locksliderz disabled but it was still causing the issue. Once I uninstalled locksliderz, I had no issues.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BestCydiaTweaks View Post
      An amazing cydia tweak. I wish apple will do something like this as ios 7 native...
      +1
    1. Reeiiko's Avatar
      Reeiiko -
      Why does this not work on my iOS 5.1.1? I installed it and set up my app shortcuts but my lockscreen stays normal
    1. emtee25's Avatar
      emtee25 -
      Love this tweak
    1. JayR_Flow's Avatar
      JayR_Flow -
      Anyone getting worse battery with this? I am. Maybe it's something else that's causing it since no one else mentioned battery drainage issues
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by JayR_Flow View Post
      Anyone getting worse battery with this? I am. Maybe it's something else that's causing it since no one else mentioned battery drainage issues
      Are you sure it's not just because you're messing with your phone more than normal trying to configure the tweak? I just barely got it last night but haven't noticed a battery issue yet. I'll report back if I do.
    1. JayR_Flow's Avatar
      JayR_Flow -
      Quote Originally Posted by ABOSWORTH View Post
      Are you sure it's not just because you're messing with your phone more than normal trying to configure the tweak? I just barely got it last night but haven't noticed a battery issue yet. I'll report back if I do.
      I did a reinstall and everything seems to work fine now. I really do love this tweak. Thanks though
    1. mpwn's Avatar
      mpwn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reeiiko View Post
      Why does this not work on my iOS 5.1.1? I installed it and set up my app shortcuts but my lockscreen stays normal
      ye man ive tried it on 3 ios5 devices not working . maybe there is a ios6 dependency or dev needs to fix.
    1. dBMan's Avatar
      dBMan -
      Love this! The only thing missing is a camera grabber that doesn't require unlocking. Any plans to add this?
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      I'm really liking this tweak. If the developer made it so you could silence the lock sound and added some different animations when the grabber apps appear, it would be just about perfect.
    1. Redroller22's Avatar
      Redroller22 -
      I have to say.. This is one excellent tweak. Works perfectly with applocker, looks great.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by dBMan View Post
      Love this! The only thing missing is a camera grabber that doesn't require unlocking. Any plans to add this?
      Just out of curiosity, what specifically is the reason you want that? Speed? It opens the apps really fast on my 4S. However, my bro-in-law has a 5 and it's really slow because it goes to the home screen first, then opens the app. Mine just goes right to the app and is much quicker than locksliderz and even the stock camera lock screen access was. It must be a tweak conflict that he has because obviously, the 5 is much faster than the 4S.