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  • Winterboard slowing you down? Enter Bosspaper!
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    You know him.. you love him.. yes I'm talking about our good friend and renowned developer Big Boss! He has designed an alternative (or supplemental) application to theme your device called Bosspaper. As with all other Big Boss apps it's FREE!

    UPDATE: This app is out of BETA and should be available in the regular Cydia BigBoss repo. Version 1.0. Enjoy.

    You must be on 3.0 to run this app.

    Via BigBoss blog:

    I have been working on a new FREE app called “BossPaper”. This is a very configurable advanced wallpaper app that lets you control what wallpaper shows up on your SpringBoard. You may be saying, “But Winterboard does that!” Sort of, but not like this. BossPaper can work with Winterboard (or without). Read on for details.

    Last year, Saurik released Winterboard. This enabled some new features none of us have ever seen before such as rotating desktop wallpapers via Javascript HTML pages. While this was revolutionary for us iPhone owners, it also came at a cost. Performance running these themes sucks. There are a few ways the Javascript based images can be implemented and all of them have problems. If you load them all into memory, Springboard uses a signficant amount of memory. If you fade them, Springboard uses a lot of CPU. Javascript is very memory / CPU heavy. In addition, the Javascript runs behind all applications and while applications run. This impacts performance heavily and causes apps to lag even while you’re using them and not on SpringBoard. In addition, the script continues to run even while the iPhone is locked draining battery.

    I have had it on my list to solve this for a while. The result is BossPaper. BossPaper is an advanced wallpaper manager that puts total control of wallpapers into your hands. BossPaper has these features:

    You control which images are displayed. You can use camera roll, installed themes, or a combination of! With Winterboard, you could only install a theme and use what came with it. Now you can use images from many themes or other sources such as BossPaper packs.
    You can use your own images from the camera!
    BossPaper stops rotating images as soon as an app launches. This prevents battery and CPU drain.
    BossPaper stops rotating images as soon as the iPhone is locked. This prevents battery drain.
    BossPaper uses very little memory and CPU! It does not inject into apps only SpringBoard so you should not notice any application lag running it.
    BossPaper can use one of many transitions such as fade, water drop, page curl - you configure which one(s) you want. Configure how long the transitions last.
    BossPaper lets you control when to rotate images. You can rotate it on a timer you configure or you can rotate when an app closes, or both!
    BossPaper lets you hide icon labels so those that do not want to install Winterboard can use it without.
    BossPaper lets you dim the wallpaper.

    Features missing in the current BETA release are:

    1) Ability to select a single image. If you want a single image make a folder with that image for now.

    2) Ability to exclude a single image or images. For now you have to delete it off the folder. In future you will have a way to tell it to not load that image again.

    3) Photos - Camera roll is working because these are photos. If you sync pictures using iTunes, these are actually no longer images but an sqllite database of images. Therefore, you cannot use these images. (I haven’t tested this very much. So it could be in accurate).

    4) I may examine lock background as well, although I am worried about performance. The lock background should be stationary so that you dont drain your battery while locked. I will think about this more.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Winterboard slowing you down? Enter Bosspaper! started by Poseidon79 View original post
    Comments 123 Comments
    1. pixelflash's Avatar
      pixelflash -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      the death of winterboard?
      I don't think so. Winterboard has still lots of cool stuff you can do with it. You can change icons, battery, dial pad and a whole lot more. It's good to have BossPaper, but I would not get rid of Winterboard. It's still one of my favorite aps. I have them both installed and BossPaper handles the cool wallpaper transitions part. Pretty cool

      Quote Originally Posted by ricansoul View Post
      so will this be able to let us use stuff like.. custom battery and stuff? i know it will not do other app hack like sms ect. but if i just use a custom theme and custom battery, can i unisntall winterboard?
      To All The Noobs or Doorknobs:
      BossPaper doesn't affect Winterboard at all. You can still use any theme you like (ofcourse not the ones the rotates wallpaper or it will conflict with BossPaper) or any customization in Winterboard. What you have to do is setup Bosspaper to your liking and then you have to choose User Wallpaper in Winterboard. If you don't choose User Wallpaper in Winterboard, BossPaper will not work. I think that's pretty easy to follow.
    1. alexdunn's Avatar
      alexdunn -
      For those (like myself) that really wanted images from iPhoto ifor use in BossPaper. You can always email to yourself from iPhoto and save them to your camera roll on the device. The images are not always the clearest, but for textures and abstract images, it's better than nothing.
    1. dogdaysunrise's Avatar
      dogdaysunrise -
      Just wanna let everybody know, that I installed it and went back to winterboard, because of my particular theme, BUT I couldn't get winterboardsettings back to work, it's still on the springboard.

      So if you have winterboardsettings, watch out.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      COOL APP! Thanks BigBoss
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'm so glad I didn't know that I can't use my pics as wallpaper in Winterboard. If I'd known I wouldn't have done this.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I'm not interested in this just for wallpaper, but if it goes into a "customize" type app I'll jump on it. I think boss should re-port the old customize from spicy chicken and make it non server dependent and give control back to the local instead of the cloud.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Maybe it's because it's still a Beta, but this slows down your iPhone as well.
    1. pixelflash's Avatar
      pixelflash -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Maybe it's because it's still a Beta, but this slows down your iPhone as well.
      Not at all. My 3GS operates normally with this. Due to BigBoss's efficient programming, it also uses very little ram so there is no slow down at all.
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      dude, thats pretty wicked. got me sold
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by pixelflash View Post
      Not at all. My 3GS operates normally with this. Due to BigBoss's efficient programming, it also uses very little ram so there is no slow down at all.:
      Maybe on the 3GS iPhone. I got the 3G. When it's using multiple pictures to transition through I notice a slowdown in apps loading. Using only one picture is better.
    1. xRAMPANTx's Avatar
      xRAMPANTx -
      I can't find BossPaper, I wnt to manage, hit settings and changed to Developer. closed, reopened, searched BossPaper and it isnt there?? Help?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Have you added the beta repo? Are you sure you want to beta test this?
    1. dogdaysunrise's Avatar
      dogdaysunrise -
      It's nice but not enough features, like icons and stuff, of course I could change those manually afterwards.
      For now I'll stick with Winterboard.

      Again, if you have winterboardsettings, you will never be able (at least on mine) to get winterboard back in settings, I tried everything, it's still on springboard.

      Not a big deal, I'm just saying.
    1. chakraj's Avatar
      chakraj -
      My winterboard settings are fine. I have both Bosspaper and winterboard running. I have noticed quicker battery drain with Bosspaper. I am trying to isolate the cause now to make sure it is Bosspaper and nothing else.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Could it be a conflict between Bosspaper and Winterboard causing your problems?
    1. xRAMPANTx's Avatar
      xRAMPANTx -
      @confucious Whats the worst that could happen? Require a restore?

      @dogdaysunrise Ya but I want to be able to create rotating wallpapers, I don't know how to do that without BossPaper
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      I'm fixing to sit down and try this app. I haven't had the time to mess with it until today so here goes.
    1. nickswagger's Avatar
      nickswagger -
      awesome app, great work Boss!!!
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Also installs logmailer, I don't like it when I'm not told what's being installed. Removing will revisit at later date.
    1. Gates_Bates's Avatar
      Gates_Bates -
      bro we need a hot girls pack for bosspaper, anyone else agree?