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  • WinterBoard Gets An Long Awaited Update


    I for one have been looking forward to an update to WinterBoard since I first got my iPhone. Being a theme designer as well, this makes me super excited, and it should for all you theme lovers as well!

    For those of you who might not know, WinterBoard is an App developed by @Saurik that allows Jailbroken users to completely change the look and feel of their iDevice. Through Icons, Sounds and User Interface redesigns.

    WinterBoard has now been updated to 0.9.3154-1 and is now located in Settings. This update also fixes a few 3.1+ specific issues, and can "iPhone-optimize" PNG's using pincrush (from @dhowett).

    Inside settings we now have a few new features for WinterBoard as well. There is also a Summerboard Mode, that makes older themes more compatible with Winterboard, and the current iPhone Jalbreak.

    As mentioned, @dhowett's PinCrush has been implemented into this update to increase the speed of loading PNGs. However, for those designers out there, be careful, as this will replace your current PNG files, making them un-viewable on your computer (you'll have to use a PNG converter again). Or you could always just reinstall your theme if you still have the deb, but personally I like to work with live files when I design themes.

    There is also a debugging mode and a "summerboard" mode, which will help add support for older themes that might not load properly. You can also hide the winterboard icon if you choose to.

    I for one am stoked and can't wait to see what else will be brought to WinterBoard in the future.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: WinterBoard Gets An Long Awaited Update started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 108 Comments
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      What exactly does the "Optimize Themes (v1.0)" do after the theme is optimized? I understand that all .png files are converted... but what advantage does this give?

      After the update my phone already runs faster, more smoothly, and I have more free RAM.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      You forgot to add how he fixed video wallpaper. I'm about to test it to see if my dreams have come true...

      Edit: Nope, not fixed. The screen brightness still flashes at the end of the loop. It's not as bad as it was before, but it's still broken.
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      ^klouud
      "What exactly does the "Optimize Themes (v1.0)" do after the theme is optimized? I What exactly does the "Optimize Themes (v1.0)" do after the theme is optimized? I understand that all .png files are converted... but what advantage does this give?"
      Optimizing themes converts the .png file to the format Apple uses and saves it. So your themes should run quicker when your device doesn't have to convert then display the images. However they are no longer in the standard format your computer uses so to edit/view them there you will have to convert them back manually or reinstall the theme.
    1. laz305's Avatar
      laz305 -
      can someone tell me is it safe to "Optimize Themes"? will they all still work on my iPhone as usual? I don't care about viewing them on pc if that's all it effects.
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      Ya it's safe. Most problems I've seen have been when people turn off summerboard mode. However I'm not sure about the themes that use masks/overlays like some of the posters above.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by davesnothere11 View Post
      ->mhiu2u
      make sure Summerboard mode is on.
      I use the new Winterboard b4 version for only 2 things:

      1. Wallpapers == Enabled
      2. Transparent Dock == Enabled

      Summerboard == OFF works for me
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      @Mes
      Are your icons themed? If so what theme are you using. Transparent dock and everything works either way(summerboard on or off) but I lose my themed icons and go back to regular ones when I turn off summerboard.
      I guess I gotta go back and figure out how to make a "true" winterboard theme.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Quote Originally Posted by davesnothere11 View Post
      @Mes
      I guess I gotta go back and figure out how to make a "true" winterboard theme.
      Hack that Phone - Make and use themes with WinterBoard - Section 3: Changing program icons

      That's the easy part. You can't just put an info.plist inside of the XXX.app folder with UIPrerenderedIcon True, doesn't want to work.
    1. Smythius's Avatar
      Smythius -
      I have a custom Keyboard that runs flawless in 3.1.2 on a 3Gs
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Yes using iaccess or itypefastr
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Winterboard won't use the icons in my themes and I have to reboot so themes will b applied, i also tried iwipecache and didn't work, I hate this version, WAY Too MANY mistakes, what a letdown!! Now is there a way to change back to old version?

      This is rediculous!!!!!!! And pissing me off
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      Winterboard won't use the icons in my themes and I have to reboot so themes will b applied, i also tried iwipecache and didn't work, I hate this version, WAY Too MANY mistakes, what a letdown!! Now is there a way to change back to old version?

      This is rediculous!!!!!!! And pissing me off
      Honestly dude, I think your issues have nothing to do with this version of winterboard....nobody else is reporting these problems, and Ive been using it since release with no issues at all.
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Ummm, no, it's winterboard, it started the day after I updated, ITS winterboard
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Oh, I must have gotten a "better" update then

      Have you tried uninstalling it completely then starting fresh. With a jailbroken phone and who knows what installed, its possible for anything to get corrupt.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      This version of Winterboard is practically perfect, it doesn't impact on my resources at all because the icons actually cache properly now as if you were manually theming - that's if you don't use SummerBoard mode though.

      You need to disable the theme, reenable the theme and then respring for it to be applied - it's harder to create themes for but it's better in the long run performance wise to not have to reapply everything each and every respring.
    1. PhanaticD's Avatar
      PhanaticD -
      three icons from gameloft show up weird for me. here i have NOVA and its supposed to look like the rest on the page



      should i change something in the plist for the apps? i remeber something like UIcomposestoreicon or something, but i dunno wat the exact key is
    1. gguest's Avatar
      gguest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Smythius View Post
      I have a custom Keyboard that runs flawless in 3.1.2 on a 3Gs
      The only way I can think of is iAcces, which sucks because of no auto-correct.

      Does the convert PNGs option in Winterboard really help out in performance?
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Hey phan, I got the same icon for nova also, and cpjr, don't b a smartass, could my icons not work cuz I pressed summerboard once, but then unchecked it and tried it after I found out what it does
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      No problems here. I must have got the "better update" too
    1. mazda3issexy's Avatar
      mazda3issexy -
      I upgraded Winterboard and I didn't even realize it... I tgought it was a problem with the WBapp. My mistake. Does anyone lse have problems with the icons and keyboards. My theams work fine but I don't have the custom icons.

      I have the same problem. My phone has been crashing a lot. In fact untill now I didn't realize Winterboard was upgraded....

      Same here

      I'm wondering the same thing

      Quote Originally Posted by mhiu2u View Post
      After upgrade to the latest version of the Winter Board, the theme icons been replace with the originals icons not the theme icons even try to reinstall still not works...
      Same problem here

      Quote Originally Posted by Dave83 View Post
      after the update , all my icons are stock now and not the themed ones...everything else works but the icons will not skin..tried all the themes i have and the icons still stay stock..

      ive removed and reloaded winterboard twice already and the same thing
      Same problem

      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      Honestly dude, I think your issues have nothing to do with this version of winterboard....nobody else is reporting these problems, and Ive been using it since release with no issues at all.
      Obviously a lot of are having problems. I counted at least 10 people with the same problem as him and I.