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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. reSpect151's Avatar
      reSpect151 -
      umm.. i search it on cydia... nothing pop up as BOSSPAPER. HelP?
    1. twalker3rd's Avatar
      twalker3rd -
      I love this.

      for those that can not find it, seach for "bigbossbetarepo." Load that and then do a search for "BossPaper."

      Hope this helps!
    1. ricansoul's Avatar
      ricansoul -
      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?
    1. coolemt's Avatar
      coolemt -
      can't seem to find it on cydia. searched bosspaper with no luck. any help would be greatly appreciated.
    1. ricansoul's Avatar
      ricansoul -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolemt View Post
      can't seem to find it on cydia. searched bosspaper with no luck. any help would be greatly appreciated.
      go back and find the post on how to get it.

      simply go to cydia settings and select hacker then search for bossbetarepo

      then you will be able to find it.
    1. coolemt's Avatar
      coolemt -
      thanks done
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I'll try it this weekend. One thing I would change is the name. I would've called it BossBoard.
    1. mrkay's Avatar
      mrkay -
      I would kill for the ability to be able to change the lockscreen wallpaper, and the springboard wallpaper...independently.
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Quote Originally Posted by lukasss View Post
      this is awesome! i installed it this afternoon
      Link please. I want it
    1. dmbsituation's Avatar
      dmbsituation -
      Very cool! Looking forward to the single photo addition option. Great work on this!
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolemt View Post
      can't seem to find it on cydia. searched bosspaper with no luck. any help would be greatly appreciated.
      In cydia, goto Manage, click on settings. Choose "Developer" no filters.

      No you should see the "bigbossbetarepo".

      In stall that, then you should see BossPaper.

      Good luck.
    1. Brecks's Avatar
      Brecks -
      Quote Originally Posted by kwickone View Post
      In cydia, goto Manage, click on settings. Choose "Developer" no filters.

      No you should see the "bigbossbetarepo".

      In stall that, then you should see BossPaper.

      Good luck.
      great thanks.
    1. oo3's Avatar
      oo3 -
      "2) Theme Icons - Status Closed. Icon theming is out of scope and makes bosspaper become a full winterboard replacement. I may, however, create something that allows for a pick-and-choose for various winterboard themes (this is on my todo list)."

      I would love to see a WB competitor. Especially if it makes my phone faster. But I guess I gotta wait since BigBoss will not implement icon themes.
    1. unfaced's Avatar
      unfaced -
      Quote Originally Posted by twalker3rd View Post
      I love this.

      for those that can not find it, seach for "bigbossbetarepo." Load that and then do a search for "BossPaper."

      Hope this helps!
      Did that. Result? Nothing. Is there a specific location that I do the search from? I go to manage, select Developer, go to search, and search every possibility with no avail. If possible, maybe a complete NOOB step by every single step? Cause I'm lost.
    1. twalker3rd's Avatar
      twalker3rd -
      Try changing to Hacker instead of Developer.

      Trey
    1. unfaced's Avatar
      unfaced -
      Quote Originally Posted by twalker3rd View Post
      Try changing to Hacker instead of Developer.

      Trey
      What difference is that gonna make?

      UPDATE: Nope. No difference.
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wudstock View Post
      Like many I have been waiting for an app like this since the iPhone came out. I am a huge fan of 'Display Fusion' on the PC so I knew there would be a way on the iPhone soon enough. Great job BigBoss!

      Now for those who want to use your own pictures (say you have a folder full of iPhone wallpapers), but it's only working from the 'Camera Roll', well here's how you do it.

      This is tested and works on my phone.
      1) Using CyberDuck (Mac), or WinSCP (Windows) SSH onto the phone.
      2) Go to the root folder ('/')
      3) Go to: Private/var/mobile/media/DCIM/100Apple (this is the Camera Roll Folder)
      4) Copy all your wallpapers to this folder
      5) Go to 'BossPaper' and browse folders
      6) Go to Media/DCIM and add the folder '100Apple'.

      That's it. You will be able to use all your photos. (You will notice the camera roll doesn't show your photos, that's because iTunes usually makes a thumbnail and didn't get the chance in this case)

      Hope this helps
      Wudstock
      Thanks for the tip ...I created a directory/folder inside of the '100APPLE' folder and then just copied the wallpapers into it that I wanted..this works great! This way I don't have to use the photos on my camera roll..thanks to bigboss as well..cheers
    1. slthom's Avatar
      slthom -
      Works great!

      Thanks BB!
    1. Lace's Avatar
      Lace -
      I just wish it supported icons, wallpapers and icons is all the theming i need.
    1. travis_t80's Avatar
      travis_t80 -
      I didn't notice that this many people wanted rotating wallpaper. I think BigBoss has a good idea, but Winterboard will not be going anywhere. If BossPaper could also apply themes and still reserve the CPU/Mem space, then we'd be onto something.