Those of you familiar with Barrel
, or one of the recent updates to Springtomize 3
, know how fun animating the Home Screen application icons can be. Unfortunately, both of these tweaks are paid, and while many have no problem at all giving to the developers for their hard work, others just don't have the extra money to spare.
If you want to treat yourself to some fun Home Screen paging transition animations without having to shell out any money, then check out a new free jailbreak tweak called Cylinder
by iOS developer Reed Weichler.
Much like Barrel, the tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can pick the animation that you want to use for your Home Screen, but Cylinder goes a step further. Not only can you pick an animation that you like, but you can pick multiple animations that you like and they'll be combined into one awesome animation.
Keep in mind, there are 45 different animations to pick from, so by combining them together, you have a huge number of different combinations to create. The developer notes that you can have up to 35,184,372,088,832 different effects that you could possibly create by mixing them together.
The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure its settings to your liking:
From here, you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, choose your effects, edit your formulas, or randomize everything. The effects you have to choose from include the following:
Any effects that you have selected will have a number by them. The numbers indicate the animations that you picked first (lower numbers were picked first). You can select just one animation to use it, or you can select more than one to combine them. Note that the more you combine, the laggier the animations will be as they demand a lot of power from your GPU.
Cylinder is compatible with iOS 4-iOS 7.0.6 and offers a whole lot of animation flexibility – not to mention, it's completely free! If you would like to give Cylinder a try, you can find it in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6