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  • 'Coono' Colorizes Your Incoming Notifications Based on the Application Icon Color

    If you want an easier way to discern what applications your incoming notifications are coming from, then check out a new jailbreak tweak called Coono by iOS developer NG.

    Coono takes the dominant color from the application icon that you're getting an incoming notification from, and adds a colored aura to the notification. In turn, if you're looking at a lock screen with a ton of notifications on it from all kinds of applications, Coono makes it easier to tell what notifications are coming from what application because the notifications are more or less color coded.

    Shown above, you can see how Coono affects notifications on the Lock Screen, and below, we also show you how Coono makes notifications look like when they're in banner form, and when they're in Notification Center:

    Coono adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can fine tune the color and visual effects of your incoming notifications. The developer notes that the default settings are probably the most aesthetically pleasing, but if you feel the need to edit the visual effects even further, this is the place to do it:

    The main preferences pane allows you to enable or disable the tweak on demand, and categorizes the settings into three cells: Banners, Lock Screen, and Notification Center.

    From the Banners pane, you can enable or disable the tweak for banners alone, adjust the saturation of your banners, the brightness of your banners, and transparency of the banners. There's also a test banner button so you can see your changes in real time.

    The Lock Screen pane gives you the ability to enable or disable the tweak for the Lock Screen alone, enable or disable the Lock Screen blur, choose a color, hide or show a gradient under the date and time, enable or disable separator lines, choose whether or not to dim older notifications, enable or disable coloring, adjust the transparency, adjust the saturation, and adjust the brightness of your Lock Screen notifications.

    From the Notification Center pane, you can enable or disable the tweak for Notification Center alone, adjust the saturation, and adjust the brightness of coloring in Notification Center. You'll also find a respring button that you can use to save your changes in this pane.

    Coono seems to be a really neat way to customize your incoming notifications. On some occasions, we did notice that the coloring effects didn't quite leave from the date and time section of the Lock Screen even when there were no incoming notifications, so it does seem to have a few very minor quirks, but overall, it's a decent tweak for those that like changing things around from stock. If you want to give the tweak a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.50.

    Notably, the tweak can only be installed on iOS 7 devices, and offers only limited functionality on the iPhone 4 and on iPads.

    Name: Coono
    Price: $1.50
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: NG
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Coono' Colorizes Your Incoming Notifications Based on the Application Icon Color started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Neat tweak; terribly thoughtless/naive name. :/
    1. interstink's Avatar
      interstink -
      I guess you have to be older or wiser to know that the name could be racist. Im sure I am way off, and it looks like a nice tweak.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
      Neat tweak; terribly thoughtless/naive name. :/
      Why? Are you thinking of the spanish word 'cono'?
    1. Famebound's Avatar
      Famebound -
      Agreed, neat tweak, terrible name. Especially considering the function is to segregate by color and the name could be mistakenly thought to derive from the word coon which is extraordinarily derogatory and racist towards those of African descent.

      Bad idea was bad. :-/

      Also, expensive for what it does. Not worth $1.50 for a purely visual tweak like this. My personal opinion of course, though. I'm sure someone out there thinks that $1.50 is worth paying.
    1. rimshak's Avatar
      rimshak -
      The only issue I'm finding is when I'm watching a YouTube video, the video will freeze while the notification is in view. Has anyone else had this happen? Just wondering if it's a bug or a conflict with another tweak I have installed.
      Also noticed that clicking in a BiteSMS to open quick reply: it's actually unlocking my phone in the background instead of staying locked.

      Other than that, I really dig the colors. Nice to have a little variety.
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
      Neat tweak; terribly thoughtless/naive name. :/
      How about "Coņo"???

    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Flagpaint just got updated for ios7 and even has a lite version. From my understanding it offers a little more options than this.