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  • 'DarkPhotos' Gives Your iOS 7 Photos Application a Nighttime Makeover


    When you're trying to look at photographs you've taken in iOS 7, the white user interface can be very eye-jarring, especially at night when your eyes are getting used to darker, warmer color schemes. A new free jailbreak tweak called DarkPhotos by iOS developer Julian Weiss makes it so that Apple's Photos application gets a nighttime makeover, one that is sure to make the application easier to look at during the nighttime hours.

    As shown above, DarkPhotos changes the entire Photos application user interface to appear darker. Weiss notes that the tweak will override just about every major color in the application to make it look darker. The first thing that may come to your mind is, well doesn't Eclipse do that? Yes, it does; but in a different way.

    DarkPhotos doesn't only change everything to black and dark gray like Eclipse does. As you can see quite clearly from the screenshot example above, the navigation bar is actually frosted, and not solid gray. It's slightly transparent, albeit dark, and you can see images from your Camera Roll through it.

    Below are some examples of the main page of the Photos application, and also the "Moments" section that was introduced in iOS 7 with the DarkPhotos tweak applied:



    Now if you're already an Eclipse user, then there is really no point in installing DarkPhotos, but if you're not in the market to pay 99 for a jailbreak tweak, or you only want to apply this feature to the Photos application and not system-wide, then DarkPhotos might be something to look into. If you want to make iOS nighttime-friendly system-wide, then Eclipse might be a better option.

    One thing that DarkPhotos does make hard to see the amount of photographs that you have in your Camera Roll. In the first image of this review, you can see in the stock interface that it says I have 97 photos in my Camera Roll, but once the DarkPhotos tweak has been applied, that number can't even be seen because the interface is too dark. So the tweak could do with an update to make that text more visible, probably with a whiter text color.

    If you want to try DarkPhotos, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. It requires iOS 7 to be installed, and works on all iOS devices.

    Name: DarkPhotos
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.5
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Julian Weiss
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'DarkPhotos' Gives Your iOS 7 Photos Application a Nighttime Makeover started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      The tweak "Eclipse" already does this plus more, just saying!
    1. Mc-Lovin_341's Avatar
      Mc-Lovin_341 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      The tweak "Eclipse" already does this plus more, just saying!
      But this is free, eclipse isn't is it?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      The tweak "Eclipse" already does this plus more, just saying!
      Yeah, I talked about that pretty thoroughly in the article.

      It's basically a more or less type of thing. If you want less, you get what you pay for.
    1. digzz's Avatar
      digzz -
      I think It should change darkness via time. That is needed .
    1. 2moon's Avatar
      2moon -
      On my phone Eclipse tints only the top and bottom bars.
      Background of every photo is still bright white (argh!)