We know how you guys love customizing your iOS devices, so we’re going to show you a great new jailbreak tweak called Ostium
by iOS developer danyl
. With Ostium, you get a brand new Notification Center animation (illustrated above) that not only looks differently, but also behaves differently when you interact with the screen using your fingers.
The animation sort of resembles window curtains being opened. What’s cool about Ostium is that it’s not just an animation tweak, but it’s also a functional tweak, as it changes the way you launch Notification Center. Granted, you can still pull down from the Status Bar to launch Notification Center, the tweak makes it so you can pull in opposite directions (left and right) on the home screen with two fingers to reveal Notification Center lurking in the background.
When you install the tweak, the first thing you should look at are the options in the Settings application:
The preferences pane is very simple to follow, having only two groups of two options. The first group allows you to enable and disable the animation from within applications and the second group allows you to enable and disable the animation from the home screen. The switch labeled “Slide Animation” actually enables a secondary animation type when enabled. The difference in the animation style is illustrated below:
As you can see, having the Slide Animation switch enabled actually combines both the stock and new animations into one animation, while having the switch disabled shows you only the new animation. Another thing we find really cool about the tweak is attention to detail, as you can see the actual drop shadows from where the interface you were just in sits on the sides of the screen:
And if that wasn’t enough, Ostium also supports landscape mode:
In case you were wondering, you can actually use the two-finger animation in reverse and close Notification Center as well. Ostium is IntelliScreenX-compatible, so if you like IntelliScreenX and also like this animation tweak, then you’re good to go. Ostium works with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and only works with iOS 5. The animations are as smooth as butter. Check it out!