[Review] RainBoard - Bring Some Rain to SpringBoard
Is SpringBoard too sunny for you? Add some rain to it! As the old saying goes, 'April showers bring May flowers.' April has come and gone and it's May now. If you miss the rain, then iOS developer VincenzoBB
has just released a new free jailbreak tweak on the Cydia store dubbed RainBoard
. The tweak ultimately gives you the ability to toggle raindrops on your home screen using some buttons. As indicated by the animated screenshot above, the raindrops are animated and they will appear to fall down the screen as a raindrop would in the real world.
The tweak comes with two buttons on the home screen, an up and a down arrow. Tapping on the down arrow appears to toggle the raindrops falling down and tapping on the up arrow appears to toggle the raindrops falling up (what?). The tweak also comes with a preferences pane that allows you to adjust the size of each of the raindrops and choose an activator action to toggling the up and down arrows at your leisure so they donít become a distraction on your home screen.
The preferences pane, shown above, has the aforementioned options for changing the size of the raindrops and for choosing an Activator action for the tweak. The switch right above the Activator action selector allows you to choose whether or not to hide the arrow buttons when the Activator action is invoked. The buttons will remain hidden when the tweak is inactive and will show again when you activate the tweak.
Graphically, the animations are very smooth, however the raindrops are not even the slightest bit appealing on the home screen. The icons are not only choppy, but the free-floating raindrop graphics donít fit in with the theme of iOS being smooth and organized. The toggle buttons also get in the way of the top-left application icon and donít always work correctly when tapped.
RainBoard is not a functionally useful tweak and seems to be made only for entertainment purposes. The tweak is free so there is nothing to be lost if you donít like it. Feel free to give it a test run and report back with your results!