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  • Make Your iOS Device Join the Dark Side of the Force With 'Eclipse'


    One of the annoying features about iOS 7 is how the white user interface of just about every application is so eye-wrenching in the dark. You can turn on the inverted colors option in the Settings application to help combat this in several situations, but that changes the colors of the application icons, text, and everything. Some, who are used to the colors for certain things, might find that the inverted colors option makes it difficult to find applications on the home screen, and for applications where the user interface is colored, the feature won't necessarily make the user interface darker, but it'll just show the opposite color.

    If you're looking for a better solution that just about guarantees a comfortable-to-use dark interface for the dark, then check out a new jailbreak tweak called Eclipse by iOS developer Guillermo Moran (A.K.A. fr0st).

    Eclipse, shown above, changes the user interface of just about any application in iOS so that it displays with a dark gray (almost black) appearance. It's very easy on the eyes, and all application icons or system icons will remain their original color so that they're easy to identify. Along with the darker interface, the tweak changes the text color to be a light gray (almost white). You'll also get to use a dark keyboard, rather than the bright white keyboard.

    By default, navigation buttons and text messaging chat bubbles are blue, but the tweak also gives you the option to enable an orange-colored tint system-wide if you like orange on dark gray better than blue on dark gray:



    Eclipse adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure the tweak's various options:



    From here, you can enable and disable the tweak on demand, choose to add a dark tint to your Home Screen and Lock Screen wallpapers, enable or disable the orange (instead of blue) tinting system-wide, enable or disable darkening UI views (this darkens the entire user interface and not just the navigation bars and tab bars), and choose the applications that you want to blacklist this tweak from working in.

    The blacklist feature is a very handy new feature and was just recently added to this tweak in a recent update. This feature is useful because not all third-party applications behave nicely with Eclipse, and if you come into a situation where you can't read any text because the user interface is too dark, you can just come over here to the blacklist feature and turn off Eclipse for that application.

    Eclipse doesn't use WinterBoard to achieve these user interface changes, and it users a very low amount of resources, so you won't notice an impact on battery drain or performance. The developer plans to add upcoming features, such as the ability to make the tweak automatically turn on and off depending on the time of day, add more color options, integrate Activator and Flipswitch toggles, and include iPad compatibility (iPad is not yet supported).

    So far, Eclipse looks like a keeper, and the future updates that the developer has planned makes it look even better. If you want to give Eclipse a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for only 99˘.

    Name: Eclipse
    Price: 99˘
    Version: 1.0.1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4, iPhone or iPod touch
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Guillermo Moran (fr0st)
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Make Your iOS Device Join the Dark Side of the Force With 'Eclipse' started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Looks good! This and a few default icon changes and IOS7 is much improved!
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Pretty stoked on this... Was surprised too that it played nice with f.lux right off the bat too... Definitely need to play around with the contrast settings within iPhones settings as well as the configuration options for eclipse to get it all looking just right... Can't wait to see how the options for eclipse will expand over time... So far so good though, it's playing nice with all kinds of tweaks and mods installed on this 5s...
    1. wim66's Avatar
      wim66 -
      Looks very nice, love it.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      thank god i've been waiting for something like this
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Tried it, not a fan. It might be cool for other people though.
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Damn, I wish I saw this yesterday... Could have spent that $1 on this tweak instead of Dimmer, which renders F.lux useless... AND I'd have 50 cents left over, haha
    1. Steve11's Avatar
      Steve11 -
      I had this installed when first released but wasn't that impressed either. Text in music is grey instead of black and makes it hard to read. The update today allows for apps to be exempt which helps. One thing I noticed though is after today's update it made the slider bar for control center brightness much larger. The change in the slider was enough for me to uninstall and wait for another update.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Don't like it
    1. yearoftherat's Avatar
      yearoftherat -
      I read on iDownloadblog.com that apps like Calendar, Notes and Safari, don’t seem to work well at all. Has this been been fixed?
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Since I'm not jailbroken and I haven't tried this yet, what's the advantage of this over just lowering the brightness?
      That's what I currently do at night…
    1. fredHD's Avatar
      fredHD -
      One Best tweak for me so far. Hated this white pretty much everywhere. Much better ( my opinion )
    1. altoiddealer's Avatar
      altoiddealer -
      It feels like its still in an early Beta state.

      The blacklist option is a nice temporary compromise... but I'll be quite disappointed if the many issues are left unfixed.

      Its off to a good start though. If the developer can incorporate the ability to adjust text colors, this would be downright epic
    1. Da Wil-Man's Avatar
      Da Wil-Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Looks good! This and a few default icon changes and IOS7 is much improved!
      Only issue I have found so far iTunes Store isn't skinned black. Also I know it mentions it but twitter text is impossible to read with the background feature turned on.
    1. c1972798's Avatar
      c1972798 -
      Not compatible with the iPad. WTF?
    1. icebox93's Avatar
      icebox93 -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      Since I'm not jailbroken and I haven't tried this yet, what's the advantage of this over just lowering the brightness?
      That's what I currently do at night…
      On my iphone 5, with brightness turned all the way down, if I point the screen towards my normal height ceiling when I'm lying in bed, I can see the light from the phone bouncing off the ceiling. The iphone 4 by contrast was noticeably dimmer at lowest brightness and didn't do this.

      At lowest brightness, a white screen is still very bright in a dark room, but a black background makes things noticeably darker. If you are in a bed next to someone trying to sleep while you're not quite ready, it makes a big difference.

      My problem with this is that it doesn't help with the apps I'm using, even though it does a good job with interface stuff. But if I'm using modmyi or some other news app that has a white background, eclipse doesn't seem to change that.
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Same as some of the above comments about everything being too dark (and illegible on some screens).

      Sticking with f.lux which is the best EVER cydia add-on for my iPads and iPhones!

      Thank you f.lux developers !!!

      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      Since I'm not jailbroken and I haven't tried this yet, what's the advantage of this over just lowering the brightness?
      That's what I currently do at night…
      Get jailbroken and then get f.lux

      f.lux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Several iDevices here jailbroken on 7.0.4

      May be time to jailbreak while you still can (if Apple is still signing 7.0.4)
      evasion7 jailbreak works on 7.0.5 (once you edit the .ipsw version build number)
      and evasion7 should be updated soon from 1.0.4 to allow 7.0.5 jailbreaks so
      that Apple users can install much needed add-ons like f.lux.
    1. John_723's Avatar
      John_723 -
      It looks good. This and a few default icon changes and IOS7 is much improved!
    1. Kevrhof's Avatar
      Kevrhof -
      1/5. Don't like it. Doesn't work with most apps. Seems like a ok idea but like others said it needs a decent amount of work and in my opinion is not worth paying for. Atleast have a trial version for something like this. I don't understand why more developers dont do that. If you have a tweak that you have to pay for and you don't like it, then you're really not going to like it because you paid for it. However if it's just a trial, chances are you'd say the reason why you don't like it and probably buy it once the bugs are fixed.

      Long story short. 1/5. Not worth the $1.