Would you prefer to have a sleek blurred, glassy Notification Center over Apple's stock version?
This new free tweak is called BlurriedNCBackground and it's from the developer Philippe Lalancette-Caron.
Meet The Developer:
I talked to Philippe via email to ask him to tell us a little bit about himself. At the same time, I also asked him a few questions regarding BlurriedNCBackground. The conversation is as follows:
Anthony: Can you tell us in about a paragraph a little about yourself? You can include your schooling goals, how you became a developer, a little about your life, or anything you want to say.
Philippe: I am from Quebec city in Canada and I'm now 14. I started to develop my first iPhone app at 13: Hello-World. At that time, I was saying that programming was difficult. But, I didn't quit and started to use YouTube tutorials to learn. At some time, I was learning by myself and with a lot of testing I became really good at programming at 14 and I started to develop tweaks the hard way because the easiest one wasn't working with my setup. I developed many tweaks like iBlank Shadow Remover, EmojiEnabler, PassUnlock, iSlideText, etc. Then I tried again to use the easy way to make tweaks and it worked so here I am today. I have really good grades at school. They are all over 80%, and most of them are over 90%.
Anthony: Why did you make BlurriedNCBackground? Was there a story behind it?
Philippe: One day, my friend asked me if I would be able to make a tweak that would blur the Notification Center screen and I said that I would try. A day or two later, the tweak was working after some problems with deleting cache files. Then we were in disaccord with the gaussian blur to apply, so I made a setting for that, and later I wanted to fix the lagging issue, so I putted a 'Asynchronous' setting. And then I made it public by putting it on the BigBoss repo after it was previously on my private repo.
Anthony: Are you planning any future updates to BlurriedNCBackground?
Philippe: Fixing typos and adding better support for IntelliScreenX.
Anthony: What are your favorite settings for BlurriedNCBackground?
Philippe: I frequently change the blur settings. Asynchronous being on, to 'fix' the lagging issue.
Anthony: What other Cydia packages are you responsible for?
Philippe: iRetiner GUI, IconMaker, ChangeCarrier, iSlideText, NCNyanCat for Notification Center, WiFiCenter for Notification Center, and a few more.
BlurriedNCBackground has some configurable settings to help with the kind of device that you might be using. Certain settings will produce less lagging than others on older devices. Devices like the iPod touch 4G and iPhone 4 will not have any real lagging problems. I have both devices myself and this tweak runs as smooth as butter. If it starts lagging for you it's because you have too many notification center widgets installed. Plain and simple. Look at my Notification Center and you will notice that I am a minimalist and do not use any additional widgets, only the stock ones and the ones that come with IntelliScreenX. Devices such as the iPod touch 3G and iPhone 3GS may be more prone to lagging due to the nature of the slower processor and less RAM. Albeit some devices are faster than others, you can try out the settings for yourself to use what best suits you. Here are the settings:
First, you can adjust the radius of the Gaussian blur so that it's more or less blurry. You can adjust it to your liking. Obviously, the more blurry it is, the more work the processor has to do meaning the longer it will take to load meaning the laggier it will be. I recommend leaving it at the default value if you're worried about it being laggy.
Second, is the divide number. This basically names the resolution of the blur. The resolution will either be blocky (low) or crisp (high). The higher the number, the lower the resolution will be and it will load faster. The lower the number, the higher quality it will be it will load slower. And iPod touch 4G or iPhone 4 will have no problem having this setting at 1. Older devices might want about a 2 or higher. If you have a lot of widgets, put it at 8.
Last but not least, you can turn on the blurring mode to Asynchronous. Doing this will eliminate the lag, however the blur will not render until about a second after the Notification Center is launched. I prefer to keep this setting off regardless. But, if you have severe lag with this tweak, then go ahead and try turning this setting on.
The General Consensus:
This tweak is pretty cool. It works well, it looks nice, and it doesn't require WinterBoard (Thank Goodness). One thing that should be noted is if you are an IntelliScreenX user, you may notice that on the lock screen your status bar will not show up:
This is conflicting with IntelliScreenX. Philippe has promised that he is working on an update to fix that small problem. As of now, Philippe does not own a copy of IntelliscreenX, but thankfully since IntelliscreenX was just released to the public ModMyi repo
today, Philippe will get a chance to download it and play around with the tweak until he gets it to work.
That's pretty much all that there is to BlurriedNCBackground. As always, thanks Philippe!