Many of us like the idea of having the ability to get Notification Center on our lock screens. One popular way to do this is by using IntelliScreenX, a $9.99 application that not only adds Notification Center to your lock screen, but also has multiple other extensive options. If that price is too high for you and you aren't in need of the extensive options, then there is a new, much cheaper package now available dubbed Bulletin
by iOS developer Ma Jun
. Setting you back just 99¢, Bulletin puts Notification Center, as is, on your lock screen.
You use Bulletin by invoking Notification Center on your lock screen the same way that you invoke it from anywhere else - pulling down from the status bar. It comes with a very compact and straightforward settings pane in the Settings application. They're not very extensive, but for 99¢, it's enough to make most people happy with it. The settings are shown below:
The first two settings are for 'Anywhere' so this means that it will apply to being on the home screen or in an application. You can make notification Center transparent like glass, which is unfortunately without blur. You can see everything behind Notification Center very clearly and that can make it difficult to focus on your widgets. For that reason, I leave that option turned off. Solutions like Ryan Petrich
's FastBlurredNotificationCenter make better alternatives to making Notification Center transparent because it blurs what is supposed to be out of your focal point. The second setting is a feature that allows you to have a close button appear on a banner notification. That close button is present in IntelliScreenX's Messages+ application only, however Bulletin brings that manual banner dismissal feature to every banner notification that is received - not just SMS or iMessages.
Under these settings you find a section that pertains only to Notification Center when it's opened up on your lock screen. Of course, you have the enable and disable button which allows you to choose if you want Notification Center on your lock screen or not. The transparency option does the same thing on the lock screen that it does anywhere else, but it appears better on the lock screen because there is very little to focus on when you're on the lock screen. The last setting allows you to hide the giant lock screen clock when Notification Center is opened. When you slide it back up, the clock becomes visible again. IntelliScreenX also comes with a feature to hide or show that clock.
For the most part, what you are getting is the ability to have Notification Center on your lock screen, a transparent Notification Center appearance, and the ability to manually dismiss notification banners. That is what comes with Bulletin. It is direct competition with IntelliScreenX. If you want a ton of settings, Bulletin isn't for you - IntelliScreenX is what you might be looking for. If you are looking for a lightweight and cheap way to read your Notification Center and widgets from your lock screen, I can absolutely recommend Bulletin to you. It is very well built and having the option to manually dismiss banners also gives you as much time as you need to read a banner instead of it disappearing on you before you can read it.
Bulletin is completely compatible with other tweaks that edit Notification Center such as third party widgets or Ori Kadosh
's Custom NC Background
, which lets you pick an image for the Notification Center background. It was recently updated to support backgrounds for Notification Center on the lock screen. Note that you need to be on iOS 5 or higher to use Bulletin since this tweak is built for Notification Center and notification banners.
Developer: Ma Jun
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