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    Default Change your wallpaper on the fly
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    basically what this does is load any wallpaper you are currently surfing and place it as your own, without using a computer. now this is all fine and dandy and infact not my sugar, but... i was thinking further... couldnt we use this to initate on the fly theme changes?

    posted and created by Justin Schwalbe

    ok, so prepare for a nerdy post.. ready? mkay, good.

    so i hacked together a quick little “program” for the iphone which will allow the user to change the wallpaper to whatever image they want. now you may be saying “but it already does that..” true, but if you want to grab a picture from an iphone wallpaper site and make it your wallpaper, you need to download it onto your computer, sync it over, blah blah blah. this one is a little different. check out the video.

    thanks to #iphone-shell and all those crazy hackers for everything couldn’t have done this without them!

    update:surprise surprise, people want to know how this works, ok here it is:
    1) get sshd, curl running on your phone. (see for info on that)
    2) put this bookmarklet in your bookmark bar (semi-optional) look familliar? it should, it is basically a hack up of #4.
    3) enable DemoApp in the SpringBoard (again, see tuaw), and put this as the DemoApp file (located in (don’t forget to chmod +x it)
    4) close all your safari windows but one, navigate to a website with a picture you like, run the bookmarklet, select the picture, leave that window open but go back to the app menu (the springboard)
    5) run DemoApp, tada!

    That’s great, but what is it actually doing?
    When you click on “DemoApp” it actually is launching a bash script I made. This script will scan thru the contents of a plist file to find out which page Safari currently has open (only works with jpeg’s at the moment–need to get a good binary plist parser loaded on the iPhone.. any ideas?). It then calls curl to download that file, and places it in the proper place. It finishes things off with killing off SpringBoard to make it re-read the file. Voila!
    I actually used, mostly because I don’t have any stocks, so why have an application for it? And the text you see across the screen is actually a png that I took using screen capture, and uploaded it as “Default.png” inside the application’s .app dir.

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    Ah.. I bet we could. Thats something to look into more. Very good.

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    interesting. defeniatly a step but still a little complicated.

    i still cant figure out how to install it...
    Last edited by Shimizu1006; 2007-07-30 at 07:16 PM.

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    Can someone explain how to detail this a little more. I have no idea how to install this. Thanks.

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    how do i add wallpapers using iphoneinterface?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
    Ah.. I bet we could. Thats something to look into more. Very good.
    That would be sweet, a dedicated little site with just the pictures/descriptions of the icons...once you click on it it will ask "are you sure you want to change icons" click yes or no and if you click yes it will say loading and wa-la your icons would be changed.

    ...woah i was dream there for a second :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by MooShoo View Post
    Can someone explain how to detail this a little more. I have no idea how to install this. Thanks.
    same here, they keep saying but i don't find anything to dl anywhere.

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    free to feel guilty on us and provide with baby steps so that every member can understand ....
    thanks 4 ur patience

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    First you need BSD and SSH on your phone... Install these through installer.

    the original post has two links (in step 2 and step 3)
    the link in step 2 is a hyperlink for you to save in Safari like a bookmark.
    the link in step 3 is a file you install through SSH or iBrickr on your phone in /Applications/ and make sure the file is named 'DemoApp' and has the permissions 777 or 755 or chmod '+x' ..all of these should work, I've seen different things.

    Use rSBT (available off Installer) to make visible on your Homescreen (you may or may not need to add an 'icon.png' to /Applications/ on your phone). In Mobile Safari, browse to the site (MMi Gallery) with the desired wallpaper. Once on the page with the wallpaper, click the hyperlink and select the wallpaper. This ensures that the only thing on the page is the wallpaper image (not the rest of the website). Also, make sure you don't have any other pages open on other 'tabs'. Hit the home button while still on the page with just the wallpaper. Click the DemoApp icon (that you made visible with rSBT). That's it... It should even restart SB to load the wallpaper for you. Congrats.

    Oh, and hit the "Thanks" button down there to the right! =)

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    hey, that hyperlink does not work for me. i want to use that bookmarklet to get individual images to save with HistoryDL. I add it in internet explorer then sync to get it on the iphone.... but clicking it on the iphone does nothing.

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