LivelyIcons: animate icons and help cancer research

By , Feb 18, 2013

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There’s a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia, and it’s not unlike something you’ve probably seen before. The tweak is called LivelyIcons, and it allows you to add opening animations to each app icon on your iPhone’s Home screen.

LivelyIcons features about a dozen different animations that you can enable via a simple list found in the Settings app. An option to increase or decrease the duration of the animation also exists. That may not sound all of that exciting, but the tweak’s functionality plays second fiddle to a greater cause. Check inside for the full scoop.

As stated, LivelyIcon’s features a handful of different animations to enable for your app icons. All configuration is done via the preference panel found in the Settings app, and all effects are immediate, no resprings required.

The included animations are as follows:

  • Zoom In
  • Wiggle
  • Spin Clockwise
  • Spin Counter Clockwise
  • Spin Clockwise (Image)
  • Spin Counter Clockwise (Image)
  • Bounce
  • Pacman (Horizontal)
  • Pacman (Verticle)
  • Ripple
  • Shake
  • Random

The ability exists to change the duration of the animations, but you probably won’t want to make the durations too long, or else you will significantly delay the launching of apps. The problem with tweaks like this, is that while they look nice, you have to concede that there will be some extra time added in to fulfill the animation. This isn’t as noticeable if you set the duration to its lowest level, but admittedly, doing so negates some of the flair of the animation.

Of all of the app animations, I’d have to go with Bounce as being my favorite one, with Wiggle coming in at a close second. If you’re looking for a similar tweak as far as app icon animations go, then be sure to check out Motion.

Cancer research

LivelyIcon’s main appeal is the fact that developer Filippo Bigarella will donate proceeds of the tweak to two cancer research charities. Bigarella shares the details on his blog post:

Hey everyone, I think you probably already heard about my new upcoming tweak, LivelyIcons: I posted a small video preview on Twitter a couple of days ago, and many people seemed to like it.

However, what I will be telling you in this post is not strictly related to the features of the tweak, nor I will speak about any technical detail: what I want to tell you today is how you can help other people by purchasing LivelyIcons.

In fact, I had a plan for this tweak right from the beginning: gather funding for research, in particular pediatric cancer research.

So actually how much of the proceeds will be going to charity? He breaks it down further:

How much will be donated?
Price point: $1.99
Net gain (-30%): $1.39
Paypal fees (-7/8%): $1.28
Italian taxes (-27%): $0.92 (the so-called ‘aliquota’: that sucks, I know)
So, I can officially announce that I’ll be donating $1 for every copy of LivelyIcons sold.

I encourage you to head over to his blog and read the full post, which goes more in depth on the backstory and some of his reasonings behind the decision.

So, while LivelyIcons may not be the most groundbreaking or interesting tweak to ever come from the mind of Filippo Bigarella, it’s surely a generous endeavor. It’s available right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.99. What do you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/OmerOsman123 Omer Osman

    I am pirating the tweak, right now!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.higgins.12 Brandon Higgins

      So pathetic. If your going to use it pay for it. It’s $1 that will help go towards cancer research. I’m sure you’ve got 2.00 to spend and if you don’t then don’t use the tweak which only adds eye candy.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/alexjdz Alex Diaz

      I am guessing you’re joking, but still, it’s not very funny, considering what it’s about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1328808990 Bhuvan Kalra

      Fuck u!

    • http://twitter.com/Cesuva Matthew

      I hope you’re joking.

    • Zcar4me

      God I hate trolls. You probably put “First!” on comments and are the sole dislike on a good YouTube vid.
      Douche.

  • Jeff

    Sooo, what do you guys think?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1328808990 Bhuvan Kalra

      Jeff? Really off the topic: but what happend to ‘Ask Jeff: Season 2′ ?!

    • Jimothy

      I think it’s a brilliant idea, and one that I’ll fully support.

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

      This is actually the very first tweak I bought. I bought it to test my newly created PayPal account. I’ve pirated tweaks before, who hasn’t? But I’m very glad I bought this one because of it’s involvement in cancer research.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649839720 Raul Henriquez

      I love it this is very iPhone like can, you animate dock icons?

  • http://twitter.com/V15HALJa1N Vishal K Jain

    god bless you filippo :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kalu.kalu.104 Kalu Kalu

    Jeff …. In the video What’s the tweak in the states bar to show the number of massages .

    • Jeff

      biteSMS.

    • http://twitter.com/xkenx1995 Kenneth Torres

      its called bitesms

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      *messages

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    Really dig the idea that young 18y old kid is keen to help out by doing something with his knowledge about iOS. Its kind of amazing when you think about it.

  • M Last

    really you think for these tweaks we have to pay?

    • smtp25

      Your really not paying for the tweak – your donating to cancer and he is giving you a tweak.

      And if it wasn’t for charity and you want a tweak is it unreasonable for him to ask money for it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Makavelli.1 Joseph A. Ahmad

    That’s remarkable, very selfless of him. Bravo.

  • http://twitter.com/johnlocke2342 Obi-Wan Mustacchi

    I personally don’t have the use for this tweak and I hate such useless tweaks, but I jumped right on it just for the idea of giving money to charity. Filippo, I bought many of your tweaks (including this one), most of them are great (I say most, just because I have no use for this specific one). Keep up the good work, and if anyone else wants to do something similar, I’ll jump right on it too !

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Yeah is he he going to post the data of all he actually brought in and contributed? That would be nice I’ve seen a ton of charities that contribute so little after all the red tape so is IDB contributing or matching our contributions ?

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Hey filippo can you make a tweak or an app for the smartwatch the I”m watch?

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpideyRules Scott Curry

    If only someone made a tweak that would shake icons at intervals as an alternative to badge notifications, or in cooperation with. Maybe even a blinking badge notification. Shrinking in and out badge? Glowing background icon notification? Maybe even apps that require your attention simply have a “raised” icon? So many options!!! So many minimalist possibilities!!! (But all would be awesome). Just a thought for any developers out there