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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. 5kylar's Avatar
      5kylar -
      Quote Originally Posted by JayR_Flow View Post
      The new update must've broken something for me. I have 6 but for some reason only 3 appear. I tried uninstalling and re installing several times but nothing. I shouldn't have updated since it was working fine
      What device are you using?
    1. doomsday116's Avatar
      doomsday116 -
      After the update when I tried to change the black button at the bottom to the one I had previously my icon disappeared. I was not able to unlock my phone if it wasn't for sbsettings. I uninstalled and installed and still not apperaring. I cleared the cache and nothing...any ideas?
    1. JayR_Flow's Avatar
      JayR_Flow -
      Quote Originally Posted by 5kylar View Post
      What device are you using?
      iPhone 5
    1. JayR_Flow's Avatar
      JayR_Flow -
      Anybody know what's wrong? I originally only got 3 icons but then I installed, ran iCleaner and I reinstalled. I ended up with 4 icons but not the 6 I had set. I uninstalled again and tried to process about 4 more times but it doesn't wanna go past 4 icons. I guess I'm gonna have to uninstall it for now. It sucks because I really loved this tweak and made my iphone unique
    1. 5kylar's Avatar
      5kylar -
      You could try iLEX RAT if you really want it that bad. I probably would, love atom
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      I want to experience the awesomeness of atom.

      Sadly, something is wrong with Cydia purchased: atom version 1.0.2

      The cydia install of atom 1.0.2 ran normally with no errors and the 'Respring' button appeared at the bottom after cydia installation.

      After installing atom version 1.0.2 for the first time, the default apple "Slide to Unlock" lock screen remains unchanged and functions normally. It appears as if atom 1.0.2 had never been installed.

      Opening the 'Settings' app on iOS 5.1.1 shows that atom is installed and atom appears in the list of apps listed in 'Settings'

      Under Settings>atom: all of the Position presets from Top Left thru Bottom Right were not "checked" with any default applications.

      Uninstalling and Reinstalling of atom 1.0.2 via Cydia did nothing to make atom work.

      Assigning applications by placing check-marks for all (six) positions and then respringing/rebooting device did nothing to make atom work.

      Next a clean restore and jailbreak of iOS 5.1.1 using the latest redsn0w_win_0.9.15b3 and then installed only SBSettings followed by a respring and reboot of iphone.

      atom 1.0.2 was then installed on the above clean restore/jailbreak on iOS5.1.1. After installation of atom, the default apple "Slide to Unlock" on the lock screen was still present and functioned normally.

      Many are looking forward with excitement and are eager to use atom! atom is a great idea and visually pleasing and we want to thank the authors and developers for their time and efforts.

      Please take the time needed to make atom stable and smooth and fully functional and consider removing version 1.0.2 from the "bigboss" repo due to the above issues.

      Atom - An all-new redesigned Lock Screen
      Cydia Repository by BigBoss | IOS APP developer Hosting


      Current Version: 1.0.2 - Downloads: 7699
      Author / Maintainer: Tyler Nettleton & Surenix / BigBoss
      Download: Deb
      Package Size: Compressed 52 KB / Installed 137 KB
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mpwn View Post
      ye man ive tried it on 3 ios5 devices not working . maybe there is a ios6 dependency or dev needs to fix.
      Still waiting for version 1.0.2 to work on iOS 5.1.1 Paid apps by developers should work as advertised and sadly atom has been reported by many to 'not work' on any 3gs on iOS 5.1.1

      Change the description for atom ver. 1.0.2 at least in the download so people do not waste their time trying to get atom to work. The $2 is no big deal, they can keep the money but what about all the wasted time trying to get atom 1.0.2 to work and it does nothing instead.

      Still waiting to hear back from developers. Thanks in advance.
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Atom 1.0.3 has been updated and 'still does not work' when installed on iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone 4 and 3Gs.

      Changelog notes from Developer(s):

      - Add enable/disable toggle in Settings
      - Fixed atom grabber from randomly disappearing

      Please note: If you install this update and you get the stock iOS slider, go into Settings > atom and toggle the switch

      Have done all of the above and searched many forums. There are many users that cannot get atom 1.0.3 to work on iOS 5.1.1 and no response has been given by the developers for getting atom working on iOS 5.1.1

      Just wanted to update for those searching or looking for a solution to getting atom working.

      The developers are awesome and their outstanding app/tweak is appreciated!
      Keeping fingers crossed for an iOS 5.1.1 solution.
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Are there any themes for this tweak yet, or is that a long way off?
    1. Seraphim Reaper's Avatar
      Seraphim Reaper -
      When will this be compatible with other unlock tweaks like androidlock xt, I miss using a pattern instead of a code. If there is a way to make them compatible together, please do so, it would be much appreciated.
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seraphim Reaper View Post
      When will this be compatible with other unlock tweaks like androidlock xt, I miss using a pattern instead of a code. If there is a way to make them compatible together, please do so, it would be much appreciated.
      It's compatible with pattern unlock, that's the combination I use.