BossPaper – Wallpaper App by BigBoss (Coming Soon)

BigBoss has a new wallpaper application in the works called BossPaper. The app will allow you to control the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can choose what you want your wallpaper to be, if you want it to rotate through different wallpapers, how long you want each wallpaper displayed, what transition you want betweem wallpapers… etc. We should see a beta version of the app in Cydia in the next few days. Read the discription below for more info.

I have been working on a new FREE app called “BossPaper”. This is a very configurable advanced wallpaper app that lets you control what wallpaper shows up on your SpringBoard. You may be saying, “But Winterboard does that!” Sort of, but not like this. BossPaper can work with Winterboard (or without). Read on for details.

Last year, Saurik released Winterboard. This enabled some new features none of us have ever seen before such as rotating desktop wallpapers via Javascript HTML pages. While this was revolutionary for us iPhone owners, it also came at a cost. Performance running these themes sucks. There are a few ways the Javascript based images can be implemented and all of them have problems. If you load them all into memory, Springboard uses a signficant amount of memory. If you fade them, Springboard uses a lot of CPU. Javascript is very memory / CPU heavy. In addition, the Javascript runs behind all applications and while applications run. This impacts performance heavily and causes apps to lag even while you’re using them and not on SpringBoard. In addition, the script continues to run even while the iPhone is locked draining battery.

I have had it on my list to solve this for a while. The result is BossPaper. BossPaper is an advanced wallpaper manager that puts total control of wallpapers into your hands. BossPaper has these features:

    • You control which images are displayed. You can use camera roll, installed themes, or a combination of! With Winterboard, you could only install a theme and use what came with it. Now you can use images from many themes or other sources such as BossPaper packs.
    • BossPaper stops rotating images as soon as an app launches. This prevents battery and CPU drain.
    • BossPaper stops rotating images as soon as the iPhone is locked. This prevents battery drain.
    • BossPaper uses very little memory and CPU! It does not inject into apps only SpringBoard so you should not notice any application lag running it.
    • BossPaper can use one of many transitions such as fade, water drop, page curl – you configure which one(s) you want. Configure how long the transitions last.
    • BossPaper lets you control when to rotate images. You can rotate it on a timer you configure or you can rotate when an app closes, or both!
    • BossPaper lets you hide icon labels so those that do not want to install Winterboard can use it without.
    • BossPaper lets you dim the wallpaper.

For more info and screenshots check out the orginal post HERE.

Available In: Cydia       Price: Coming Soon  
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  1. Sounds like a good app, I’m looking forward to it! Hopefully BigBoss can come up with other apps like this that modify appearance without using too much memory!

  2. Yablonsky says

    AWESOME….I’ve been looking at some of the Themes and how they have rotating wallpaper and was thinking of contacting the authors to find out how they got the papers to rotate so I could create my own Theme, but now, I won’t have to.


  3. LarryInAz says

    I’m anxious to see BossPaper. I’m wondering if you can have different wallpaper on different pages?

  4. Hopefully it won’t eats up too much resource (memory/processing/slow down the device, etc.).

  5. toNYc311 says

    This sounds like a sweet app. I’m on a 3GS but that doesn’t mean I still don’t suffer from memory, CPU and battery draining intensive apps. This one sounds promising. I’m still wondering why Saurik hasn’t updated his Winterboard app to have a GUI like Summerboard once had.

  6. Sounds interesting, i’ll be looking out for it in cydia.

  7. Why will apple not allow the background on the main screen to be customIzed? I find this very frustrating and I really do not want to jailbreak my iPhone. If they would just allow An app that could change this wallpaper then I would be willing to pay 20 bucks for the damn thing. COMMON STEVE JOBS ITS NOT GONA HURT ANYONE TO BE ABLE TO GET RID OF THE BORING BLACK SCREEN!!!


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