‘Pages+’ adds customizable backgrounds to each Home screen page, boasts Barrel compatibility

By , Jan 31, 2013

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Evasi0n, the much anticipated jailbreak tool for iOS 6 compatible devices, will be available in the very near future. With that in mind, many jailbreak developers are updating their tweaks and apps, and even establishing brand new creations to prepare for the new jailbreak.

One such developer is SBCoders, the same team behind such hits as Aero and Dash. SBCoders’ latest creation, the yet to be released Pages+, continues the tradition of solid jailbreak tweaks. Pages+ allows you to customize each page on the iPhone’s Home screen. You can accomplish this by means of custom wallpaper packs, or by its built in page tinting system.

The most exciting thing about Pages+, however, is that it plays nice with Aaron Ash’s Barrel. Barrel, of course, is the jailbreak app that allows you to implement various page transitions on your iPhone. When you mix both creations together, you’re guaranteed to get some wild results.

Here’s what SBCoders’ has to say about Pages+:

Pages+ has two modes, page mode as seen in the first two screenshots adds “cards” to your home screen pages. The opacity and color of these “cards” are customizable, making them blend in seamlessly with any wallpaper. The second setting – wallpaper mode – is where the cool stuff really starts happening. In this mode every SpringBoard page has it’s own wallpaper (customizable via theme bundles. This makes it almost effortless for Winterboard theme artists to integrate Pages+ with their themes; making the overall experience that much more immersive).

The Pages mode allows you to colorize the Home screen pages in one of six colors: black, white, red, green, blue and yellow. You can also adjust the intensity of each color using a handy slider. The page mode only covers the primary app icons on the Home screen, and doesn’t cover the icons in the dock. It’s a different, yet interesting look. It kind of reminds me of how FolderEnhancer looks when opening a folder, yet on a permanent basis.

While the page mode is nice and all, the real standout feature here is the wallpaper mode. In this mode, you can activate bundles of different wallpaper packs downloaded from Cydia. The beta version of Pages+ I tested came with three different bundles: default, season, and space.

The default wallpaper bundle is basically just a compilation of all of the iPhone’s built in wallpaper. The season bundle contains different nature scenes, and the space bundle, as you would expect, contains a pack feature celestial settings.

As I alluded to earlier, the best part of Pages+ is its compatibility with Barrel. When mixed together with wallpaper mode, you can create some extremely funky transitions. My personal favorite combination was the page fade transition mixed with the space bundle. Check out the video walkthrough above to see how awesome it looks.

What do you think? Does Pages+ bring enough to the table to warrant your consideration? As of now, I don’t have any details as far as release date and price are concerned, but again, you should look for it to hit Cydia shortly after the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak is made available to the public. Be sure to let me think about it in the comment section below.

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  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

    I am having a Déjà-vu here…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    Evasi0n’s splash page is “under construction”. This could be a good sign!

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

      It is not a “Splash Image”, but CloudFare notifying us that the Server of them is down.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        Oh. Damn.

  • http://twitter.com/franklylife Frank Anthony

    Lemme know what you guyz think in the comment section.. This is Jeff with iDownloadBlog:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    Take a little time cut a panorama picture and set it in order so you can get a panorama wallpaper.

    • Jeff

      That’s a good idea.

      • jorith

        jeff you should really look into no keyboard spotlight if you use wraparound, makes the whole deal ALOT smoother! no more searching instead of going around, and the keyboard still appears when you hit the search bar!

    • http://twitter.com/yonashiren Reyn Yonashiro

      I think Parallax is a little easier.

      • SimonReidy

        Agreed. I prefer the “Android look” with panoramic wallpaper. Hoping Parallax is 6.1 compatible.

    • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

      Mother of god…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

        What?

      • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

        You’re a genius. :D

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

        I’m Asian. What do you expect ?

  • Guest

    People are of the opinion SBCoders are great developers, they are actually not. I remember how often I was talking to SBCoders and telling them about certain things to improve in their Tweaks. Seems like they never really learned from it.

    Must admit though, that they create kinda good designs.

  • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

    Does it support iPad?

    • Ahmadjoon

      Why not?!

    • SimonReidy

      There would have to be bundles of 2048×1536 wallpapers for that to work, but it might be compatible if you can manually add your own wallpapers via SSH/USB.

  • PJ

    I don’t really like that tweak.. I finding it hard to see any point or purpose for that one…
    Jeff what about the jailbreak? the Evaders website says it’s down under construction! maybe that’s adding the link for the jailbreak tool? And also Pod2g tweeted that the jailbreak may come earlier or later (hope for earlier) you think these too are related?

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      Unlike I’m afraid, the site’s been down for an hour or so, it only takes a couple of minutes at most to add a new link onto a website

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Although I’m also being rather pessimistic

  • BrawlBro1

    People will buy Pages+ if it has a panorama feature. I have seen many people say they would buy this tweak if it had that.

    On the other hand: we still have Perpage and Parallax.

    • http://twitter.com/kev0224 Kevin Lam

      vwallpaper2 (v wallpaper in case you didn’t see taht) has a panoramic feature as well as live wall papers. You can check that too.

      • BrawlBro1

        vwallpaper 2 is buggy, unstable, and drains your battery life. The only reason why I used it was for the panoramic feature, but I ended up buying Parallax.

      • SimonReidy

        Agreed. I’m surprised Parallax isn’t more well known as its one of my favourite tweaks. It produces the cleanest panoramic effect with minimal impact on available memory, and because its static there’s no battery drain to worry about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/euwashere Eugenio Álvarez Muñoz

    If they make it so it’s easy for the user to use separate wallpapers on each screen it’ll be a blast, instead of the bundles , or some way to make your own bundles easy and fast

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      You probably could by adding a series of images in the correct directory through iFunBox or some other program, similar to Zeppelin PNG’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i dnt like this….

  • noriel

    like like like

  • ExRoot

    Would be nice if the individual pages could be set with custom backgrounds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=568534902 Ernie Boch Jr.

    Whats the source/Repo?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000254498753 Mark Seah

    good effort but nothing impressive or functional enough to get ppl to buy