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  • [Review] Change the Background Image of Notification Center

    Now you can easily change the background of your Notification Center.

    There have been numerous attempts to make the Notification Center customizable. Whether it be by themes or by SSH, neither situation was pleasant to deal with. Today, a new jailbreak tweak called Custom NC Background has found itself onto the Cydia store. It's by the same iOS developer that brought us Applocker; Ori Kadosh. Before you say that you could always do this in the past, read on and you will find out why this is a more viable and easy solution than what you have been exposed to.

    Normally when you want to change a background image for Notification Center you would have to painstakingly SSH into your device, rename files, and add new ones. Additionally, if you ever wanted to change it, you would have to go back into that directory all over again. If you were one of the people that used WinterBoard themes to change the background, then you were running a piece of software that slowed down the performance of your iDevice and caused weird after effects with the icon names such as shadow problems. I wasn't happy with those results, so I turned to Ori Kadosh to see if he could construct a tweak that would let you set an image from your Camera Roll as your Notification Center background - not only that, but also for it to be as simple as doing it in your Settings application. Here is what it looks like:



    Ori Kadosh did a beautiful job constructing Custom NC Background. As you can see above, it is as simple as picking an image from your Camera Roll and enabling the tweak with the switch. If you want the background to revert back to the default iOS Notification Center background, then all you have to do is disable the tweak. There is no respringing required, no lag, and it takes effect immediately. To avoid image mutation and stretching, Ori recommends that you use an image with a resolution of 640x960 for retina display devices such as the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and iPhone 4S. If you are using any standard display device such as an iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3G, then you should use an image with a resolution of 320x480.

    Custom NC Background is compatible with all devices running iOS 5 only. This is because iOS 5 is the only firmware that lets you have Notification Center. Since the tweak only replaces the background image of Notification Center with another image, there is NO lag adopted from using it. Keep in mind that photographs taken with the camera are not of retina screen resolution and could be warped when setting them as the Notification Center background. You can use wallpaper applications from the App Store or search Google to find the wallpaper that is right for you. All you have to do is save them onto your camera roll either by screenshot or by some other kind of transfer method and you will be able to use it. It does what it was intended to do very well; nice job Ori!

    Name: Custom NC Background
    Price: FREE
    Repo: Modmyi
    Version: 0.0.2-5
    Developer: Ori Kadosh
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    What are your thoughts about Custom NC Background? Will you be downloading it? Do you have any ideas for it? Share in the comments.

    Sources: Ori Kadosh
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Change the Background Image of Notification Center started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. Tashawn's Avatar
      Tashawn -
      I wanted to do this badly, but I didn't want to install Winterboard. Thanks!
    1. minegro55's Avatar
      minegro55 -
      This is an amazing tweak! Thanks Ori and thanks for the review Anthony
    1. JORDAN™'s Avatar
      JORDAN™ -
      Quote Originally Posted by minegro55 View Post
      This is an amazing tweak! Thanks Ori and thanks for the review Anthony
      This tweak is really awesome. I first couldn't get it to work but after closing all my apps in the multitasking bar and turning the tweak on and off I got it working smoothly.
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Does anyone have the wallpaper used in that screen? Thanks
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Frostbite View Post
      Does anyone have the wallpaper used in that screen? Thanks



      You're welcome.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      I got it to work after switching it on and off (even tried that on my own before looking here! ) but I get an image at the top and then a smeared image from about 1/3 from the top to the bottom. Surreal but not what I had in mind. I tried numerous photos that are sized correctly (my own and ones I found earlier on-line) and all exhibit the same thing.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      I got it to work after switching it on and off (even tried that on my own before looking here! ) but I get an image at the top and then a smeared image from about 1/3 from the top to the bottom. Surreal but not what I had in mind. I tried numerous photos that are sized correctly (my own and ones I found earlier on-line) and all exhibit the same thing.
      It is smeared because the resolution is incorrect. It causes distortion. Please refer to the article for the correct resolution sizes.
    1. lol.darkrai's Avatar
      lol.darkrai -
      iPad??
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by lol.darkrai View Post
      iPad??
      Nope just the little iDevices
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post


      You're welcome.
      Links broken, but I got the name of the file from the link and some googling revealed: Mountain Landscape iPhone Wallpaper

      thanks
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I was able to load an image with transparency into it. I can't upload the screenshot though.

      I think I have the screenshot now. I had the screenshot but then I tried to upload another screenshot and that just completely took away my ability to upload screenshots. :l
    1. EBASS's Avatar
      EBASS -
      Very Nice InDeed...!
    1. vnd363's Avatar
      vnd363 -
      it looks hot... but wld lov 2 c a tweak tht wld run sports scores like espn on Notification Center
    1. xbrauliox's Avatar
      xbrauliox -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Update is coming out in Cydia right now. It works fine, but there are prerequisites (warez won't work with it). If you don't use warez, then follow the below steps to make it work properly:

      To fix the issue open iFile and go to /var/mobile, then tap the blue arrow next to documents.

      Next, where it says Access Permissions, Change both GROUP and WORLD to "Read, Write, Execute."

      Now, go into the Custom NC Background settings, disable it, and enable it again. It will work.

      Custom NC backgrounds doesn't work with warez. Sorry.
      so I tried this, and it did not work. Does it matter if I have intelliscreenx?
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Downloaded it but doesn't show up in the settings or in the notification settings anyone else having this problem.....
    1. Sdalston's Avatar
      Sdalston -
      Didn't work for me so I just uninstalled it.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      The update is out.
    1. JAYPIFF's Avatar
      JAYPIFF -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post


      You're welcome.
      the bottomr right of your notification center what quick compose is that? i like it i want it !
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAYPIFF View Post
      the bottomr right of your notification center what quick compose is that? i like it i want it !
      Messages+

      Also, to everyone else:
      TRY DOWNLOADING CUSTOM NC BACKGROUND AGAIN. IT WAS UPDATED TODAY TO FIX ANY PROBLEMS YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD.
    1. Morticia's Avatar
      Morticia -
      it works just fine thank you