WinterBoard receives major update

By , Apr 16, 2012

WinterBoard. It seems like just mentioning the name of the utility can send shivers down the spine of jailbreakers everywhere. In fact, a lot of folks won’t install a particular app or tweak of it requires installing the unpopular themer.

So what’s wrong with it? Speed, stability, you name it. WinterBoard has long been a scapegoat for jailbreak-related problems. But the utility may be worth a second look now, as it has just received a major update…

Saurik pushed out WinterBoard 0.9.3904 today and it features a host of bug fixes including:

  • 5.x: Solve SpringBoard Scroll Lag (only with “SummerBoard Mode” off)
  • Default SummerBoard Mode to Off
  • 4+5: TimeStyle, PerPage, IconAlpha
  • 4+5: WinterBoard.app Respring Fix
  • 5.x: Last Ditch kill -KILL Respring
  • 4+5: HTML Wallpaper Multi-Touch
  • 2+3: Fixed SpringBoard Crashes
  • Corrected Order of UISound Stack
  • Use Fallback/* to Wildcard Theme

As a minimalist, I don’t typically use WinterBoard. But the utility has been working great for me since I installed it and a handful of compatible tweaks and themes on my iPhone 4S this morning. And the word is it runs a lot better on A4 devices as well.

At any rate, if you want to revisit WinterBoard, you can find it in Cydia, in the default repo, for free.

Have you tried the new WinterBoard update? What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/ryanharris_ Ryan Harris

    wallpaper?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’d like a download! :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/Gielkonink Giel Konink

      YEA i also like to know what kind of wallpaper ;)

    • http://wpleet.com WordPress Elite

      Give us a DL link for that cool wallpaper :-)

      • Anonymous

        Follow me on Twitter @melvco and send me an @ mention asking for the wallpaper. I can upload it there.

      • Anonymous

        No thanks, just be kind enough to upload it to an imagehost.

      • http://www.facebook.com/reanimationxp Drew Alden

        Agreed, with 22 likes. Just upload it dude.

    • Marcelo

      AWESOME Wall!!
      I want it!

  • http://twitter.com/ernozturk Eren Öztürk

    “5.x: Solve SpringBoard Scroll Lag (only with “SummerBoard Mode” off)”

    oh really? c’mon saurik. you’re not this. this laggy still contuines.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3617283 Britta Gustafson

      Can you explain the lag in more detail – where is it happening? Is SummerBoard Mode off? What themes do you have installed? Maybe we can see if this happens on other people’s devices too.

      • http://twitter.com/ernozturk Eren Öztürk

        most themes enable summermode mode.

  • http://twitter.com/aamir__mir Aamir Mir 

    yey….

    still wont use it.

  • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

    “In fact, a lot of folks 26 Comments or tweak of it.” (Problem is you linked to the Disqus comments thread for the iTransmission 2 post, so it’s showing “26 Comments” midway through a sentence.)

    “Use Fallback/* to Wildcard Theme” feature should be on a seperate bullet point (it’s accidentally next to Corrected Order of UISound Stack).

    • Anonymous

      Corrected. Much appreciated man.

  • http://twitter.com/TechXero Stephanos

    It is and always be a must have for me as I use a theme #GlasKlart n test others mostly for my YouTube channel ! But yeah it is kinda faster … Not by much tho :/

    • Anonymous

      Balls to winterboard, I theme everything on my phone directly from the file structure, cba with winterhog and its ram usage.

      • Anonymous

        I said the exact same thing. It may take a little longer…. and it may take some ingenuity, but its well worth it.

      • Anonymous

        What about when you update an app, you have to go back in and replace the icon file again. Doesn’t that get annoying?

      • Anonymous

        its worth it.

      • http://twitter.com/Max_Kas Max Kaslick

        until you want to update or change themes. Waaaaaaaaaaay more work then its worth to save a minimal amount of RAM

  • Anonymous

    This is still a big nope – all of my issues came from this app, not to mention it is a RAM hog. If you theme manually, you will have no slowdown or RAM usage. Until there is a utility that actually replaces files in the /root, I will be sticking to manually theming.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3617283 Britta Gustafson

      If you would be up for explaining the RAM usage you’ve noticed in detail, that could be interesting – see saurik’s comment here: http://www.reddit.com/r/jailbreak/comments/s2tah/not_to_happy_with_my_jailbreak/c4aqioz – “(It may or may not affect RAM usage, but no one has managed to demonstrate it; the people who complain about it tend to not understand how virtual memory management works enough to correctly interpret the output of top.)”

      • http://twitter.com/pranavshankar93 Pranav Shankar

        Correct me if i’m wrong but ram usage really doesn’t affect battery
        CPU usage does…and with more themes and tweaks CPU usage increases decreasing battery life…
        And it definitely can’t use enough ram to slow down the springboard itself

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=3617283 Britta Gustafson

        The majority of themes and tweaks don’t use any additional CPU – only ones that are actively doing something, such as fetching location or weather information, animating an image, etc.

      • Anonymous

        HTML will drain the battery. I saw a massive decrease in battery life on my 3GS when using lock screen or home screen HTML widgets

      • http://twitter.com/pranavshankar93 Pranav Shankar

        Thanks! I’ll give winter board another chance….:P

      • Anonymous

        I can say that on my 3GS I was seeing a drop in RAM of 20 or more MB. My wife had some serious issues with her phone (3GS) and she is not a big tweak/power user at all. Since updating to the i4S I have not touched Winterboard and have had almost no stability issues. Not to mention the lag that Winterboard causes – that is obvious – all you have to do is place a jailbroken device without Winterboard and one with Winterboard side by side and execute various commands. It is obvious with the naked eye which is faster/more responsive.

        Don’t get me wrong – I lOOOOOve Jay’s tweaks. I personally cannot live without Cyntact. But Winterboard just is not worth the price.

      • http://twitter.com/pranavshankar93 Pranav Shankar

        Actually your right I noticed that myself….about 20 mb drop on my ip4..while extra ram usage might not drain battery it’s lesser ram for all other processes…I’ve never been a fan of themes frankly because I like the stock simple springboard(dream board really kills your battery and it’s just not smooth)…..But I though I’ll give it a try just for the sake of it….lol there comes a time when I install every possible tweak on my iPhone and then do a clean restore using ifaith(lol this is one of those times)…The tweaks I personally love are zephyr ncsettings and zeppelin(having your name in a stylish font is just too good…..lol…)

    • http://www.facebook.com/paulmeneshian Paul Meneshian

      you manually theme by SSH ?

      • Anonymous

        Yes and no. I use iExplorer for Mac.

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      There probably never will be such a tweak, as then there would be all sorts of problems with backup files. See saurik’s post about winterboard on his website.

      Ad@m

      • Anonymous

        I use a .artwork theme and it works perfectly. So… I don’t believe that argument. I just straight up replaced the stock .artwork file (after backing up of course)

      • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

        Of course, if you’re just replacing the files yourself then it’s ok, but if a tweak is doing it for you, there’s no way for it to determine if it’s stock or themed by someone else. Ultimately, the problem is if you install one theme, then another that themes a file the first one does, but then uninstall the first theme, followed by the second, you’ll lose the stock image.

        Ad@m

      • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

        Of course, if you’re just replacing the files yourself then it’s ok, but if a tweak is doing it for you, there’s no way for it to determine if it’s stock or themed by someone else. Ultimately, the problem is if you install one theme, then another that themes a file the first one does, but then uninstall the first theme, followed by the second, you’ll lose the stock image.

        Ad@m

      • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

        Of course, if you’re just replacing the files yourself then it’s ok, but if a tweak is doing it for you, there’s no way for it to determine if it’s stock or themed by someone else. Ultimately, the problem is if you install one theme, then another that themes a file the first one does, but then uninstall the first theme, followed by the second, you’ll lose the stock image.

        Ad@m

      • Anonymous

        I use a .artwork theme and it works perfectly. So… I don’t believe that argument. I just straight up replaced the stock .artwork file (after backing up of course)

      • Anonymous

        I use a .artwork theme and it works perfectly. So… I don’t believe that argument. I just straight up replaced the stock .artwork file (after backing up of course)

  • Anonymous

    Springboard lag is now gone, which does make this, at the very least, a more serious option now.

    Little off topic, and unrelated to winterboard, but something that has been driving me crazy for months that I hear very little about. Any time I respring (thru SBSettings, Cydia, or Winterboard), and open an app that was open PRIOR to the respring, the screenshot of where the app left off at loads for a second or two, before it then clears and starts at the app’s default screen. Seems to be a cache clearing issue, and I’ve experienced it on an iPhone 4, my current 4s, and my iPad 2.

    Restore and rejialbreak to no avail. Anybody else experience this and/or have a fix?

    • http://www.facebook.com/mattpet Matt Dowdy

      I get that when I change my system font using bytafont, a couple of cycles of iwipecache from cydia seems to clear it for me

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, IWipeCache helps in the short term, but only until I respring again with apps open and running.

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      These startup screens are stored in a new cache in iOS 5. You can delete /var/mobile/Library/Caches/Snapshots and respring to return to the app’s default screen. Also delete /var/root/Library/Caches/Snapshots (if it exists) for apps that run as root like Cydia and iFile.

      Ad@m

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the info Adam. I went in and deleted both snapshot folders, which fixes the issue for the next respring. But it seems iOS restores them and continues taking snapshots thereafter, which unfortunately doesn’t do much good. Know of any way to prevent iOS from creating the folder/snapshots in the first place?

        Appreciate it,

      • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

        I haven’t heard of anything that does, however iWipeCache, winterboard, etc could delete them for you if the developers add that function.

        Ad@m

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      These startup screens are stored in a new cache in iOS 5. You can delete /var/mobile/Library/Caches/Snapshots and respring to return to the app’s default screen. Also delete /var/root/Library/Caches/Snapshots (if it exists) for apps that run as root like Cydia and iFile.

      Ad@m

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      These startup screens are stored in a new cache in iOS 5. You can delete /var/mobile/Library/Caches/Snapshots and respring to return to the app’s default screen. Also delete /var/root/Library/Caches/Snapshots (if it exists) for apps that run as root like Cydia and iFile.

      Ad@m

  • Metroview

    Why are people complaining about RAM usage as if it’s a bad thing? Last time I checked, RAM was meant to be used, not saved, and if i’m not mistaken iOS frees RAM when another application needs it.

    • http://twitter.com/thehayhorse Hayden Jenkins

      less RAM= decrease in number of apps able to run simultaneously.

      and some apps you can’t even run with less RAM, such as infinity blade 2

    • http://www.facebook.com/reanimationxp Drew Alden

      Please don’t comment on things you’re obviously clueless about.

      • Metroview

        Here you go, you dumbass. Search “Fraser Speirs Misconceptions About iOS Multitasking”, learn the purpose of RAM with iOS.

        Next time, post something with reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=556580190 Nick Serafini

    Love the wallpaper! Where did you find it?

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    So now I’ll download i transmission, this was a much needed update. Glad to see that winterboard is running smoothly

  • http://www.grischke.net/ Maciek

    Winterboard is one of the must-have apps on you jailbroken iDevice!
    I’m actually shocked there was two updates today!

  • Anonymous

    Yeeeah, no… I won’t download it.

  • http://twitter.com/FootstepsOfTobi Justine Tobi Dayao

    i downloaded it, purchased inPulse. and loving my iphone. :) no more bugs for winterboard, yey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Noah-King/100002986562966 Noah King

    Scroll Lag, still not fixed touch 4g 5.0.1.
    Still lags when swiping between pages. Anyway, good work by saurik

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    Some of you are commenting that it takes up a lot of RAM when it doesn’t, why don’t you try it out first.

    And you’ll realize RAM stays the same

    • Anonymous

      for the same reason I left Microsoft – It just isn’t what I need in my life. And there is no reason to go back when I have a clearly superior alternative (Mac OSX – but in this case manual theming)

  • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

    Do I vid

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000632085147 Cesar Daniel Quiroz

    Great, i like winterboard on my iPod touch 4G, but is too slow…. I hope this time is fixed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000632085147 Cesar Daniel Quiroz

    Wallpaper is here: http://p.twimg.com/AqokdGVCMAAeUGf.jpg great wallpaper! (Thumbs up if you like the wallpaper)

    • http://www.facebook.com/reanimationxp Drew Alden

      That is not the wallpaper.

      • http://twitter.com/JoshuaHolic Joshua

        It is the wallpaper.

  • Anonymous

    pass i am in ram saving mode now… need my apps to perform as well as they can..

  • Deonte Holden

    i downloaded and it wont open up and it wont let me open up cydia or my internet .. help

    • http://twitter.com/TechGie TechGie

      yeah , thats the same with me.. it crashes my other cracked apps and cannot open it,,. i dunno why… so i just restart again update 5.1.1, -Jailbreak – add resources again….. sad to know winterboard is like this in 5.1.1

      • http://www.facebook.com/girndtd Dale Girndt

        So how do u update 5.1.1 if it is already at 5.1.1 ?

  • peter

    winterboard crash everything on my iphone 4 iso 6.0.1

  • miker

    this version still has some bugs. i tryed to activate a theme and it crashed my phone, now i’m in an infinite boot loop. i know how to get out and everything, it just seems like kind of a pain…