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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. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      I finally sat down to set this app up and I must say it works beautifully on my 3G S. I couldn't be happier with this app it's pretty much all I need as far as customization goes. I used to mess around with changing the icons but you can't ever find a theme that changes them all so everything matches so I just said the hell with it and just started using Winterboard just to get rid of that UGLY stock dock (god I don't know what Apple was thinking when they designed that dock image) and have my wallpaper on the springboard. Well now thanks to BigBoss I don't need to use Winterboard anymore at all because I can get rid of the UGLY stock dock image using BossPaper alone. I have about 50 or so wallpapers rotating every 45 seconds or so and everything is running SUPER smoothly. Hell I haven't even noticed any extra battery drain or performance problems at all. Thank you BigBoss for this great app and it's just a beta! I can't wait to use the finished product.

      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      Also installs logmailer, I don't like it when I'm not told what's being installed. Removing will revisit at later date.
      When you click the install icon in Cydia it tells you right under you're nose in black and white exactly what's being installed on you're phone (including LogMailer). It's you're own fault for not reading whats being put in front of you before you install an app.
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Well I downloaded into Cydia, it shows there but no Icon, this is my first "dable in 3GS Jailfree", help someone please, what do I do to finalise?.
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brecks View Post
      Well I downloaded into Cydia, it shows there but no Icon, this is my first "dable in 3GS Jailfree", help someone please, what do I do to finalise?.:
      Reboot you're phone. If that doesn't work then uninstall it, close Cydia, reboot the phone, and re-install the software. Always try rebooting you're iPhone after installing something thru Cydia when it doesn't show up on you're springboard. Good luck.
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Quote Originally Posted by A_DuB187 View Post
      Reboot you're phone. If that doesn't work then uninstall it, close Cydia, reboot the phone, and re-install the software. Always try rebooting you're iPhone after installing something thru Cydia when it doesn't show up on you're springboard. Good luck.
      Tried this twice NO result!!!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brecks View Post
      Well I downloaded into Cydia, it shows there but no Icon, this is my first "dable in 3GS Jailfree", help someone please, what do I do to finalise?.:
      You do realise this is still Beta? That means it's for testing only and not for release to people that don't know what they are doing?

      Not a good intro to JB apps!
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      You do realise this is still Beta? That means it's for testing only and not for release to people that don't know what they are doing?

      Not a good intro to JB apps!
      OK I will leave well alone.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      There's plenty of other good stuff for you to enjoy while other people test this.
      Enjoy
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      There's plenty of other good stuff for you to enjoy while other people test this.
      Enjoy
      I suppose so, I am new to the "Jailbroken phone" and I am not sure why/how to download onto the Icon page?.
      What would be a start App?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Cycorder is a good start. So is Snapture.
      Winterboard is good for customisation.
      It depend swhat you want to do really
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Cycorder is a good start. So is Snapture.
      Winterboard is good for customisation.
      It depend swhat you want to do really
      Winterboard is it free of gremlins?.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Now there's a question.
      Winterboard allows you to install all sorts of customisation. Winterboard itself is OK but some of the themes are very memory hungry and some possibly not as 'stable' as they might be. The more you customise the more problems you are likely to encounter. Apparently lock screens are particularly memory hungry.
      Lots are fine, but the more you do the more likely you are to encounter problems.
    1. iBlade's Avatar
      iBlade -
      Wow, now this is a really nice app. Works just great. Love all the transitions. Glad I finally upgraded to 3.0.
    1. pakijawan's Avatar
      pakijawan -
      I just want to clarify so bosspaper is only good AND helpful if you have rotating wallpaper in you theme? Other then that its same as winterboard?
    1. Pluisje84's Avatar
      Pluisje84 -
      This app is really great.
      Thanks to BigBoss
    1. slp357's Avatar
      slp357 -
      sorry im new to my jailbroken iphone, how do you "refresh" your packages on cydia after you change your settings from user to hacker or developer? Im trying to find bosspaper and it still is not showing up. Thanks!
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      Quote Originally Posted by slp357 View Post
      sorry im new to my jailbroken iphone, how do you "refresh" your packages on cydia after you change your settings from user to hacker or developer? Im trying to find bosspaper and it still is not showing up. Thanks!
      You need to find the "app" in Cydia called bigbossbetarepo first. This loads the new repository which contains BossPaper. To "reload" you could just exit and re-open Cydia.
    1. Pistol1's Avatar
      Pistol1 -
      BossPaper is AWESOME. I loved having rotating wallpapers using Winterboard, but the performance hit was too much to bear. Now, it works perfectly!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by slp357 View Post
      sorry im new to my jailbroken iphone, how do you "refresh" your packages on cydia after you change your settings from user to hacker or developer? Im trying to find bosspaper and it still is not showing up. Thanks!
      If you are new to JB is it really a good idea to use beta software?
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Can we use this with regular themes like Stereos Leopard, Aqwoah etc?

      would this app replace winterboard? dont really understand how it works
    1. Pistol1's Avatar
      Pistol1 -
      Jeez, what a lot of confusion. It's not that hard to understand.


      Bosspaper does NOT replace Winterboard; it does one thing, and one thing only, and that is to automatically rotate wallpapers, like a slideshow.


      You still need Winterboard for theming everything else. Bosspaper just does the wallpaper rotation far more effectively than Winterboard can; it fills a special niche. The two apps coexist perfectly.