How to flatten the stock Notes app in iOS 7

By , Jan 10, 2014

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If you’ve been listening to our podcasts as of late, you’ve probably heard one of us spew off our dislike for the look of the Notes app. It’s one of the only stock apps in iOS 7 that retains some semblances of skeuomorphism from the pre-iOS 7 era.

Flat Notes is a new jailbreak tweak that alters the look of the Stock notes app. It makes the notes app look more like the rest of the stock apps in iOS 7. Have a look at our video comparison inside…

The stock Notes app, by default, features a “paper” like background that just looks odd when compared to the rest of the stock apps in iOS 7. This tweak gets rid of that ugly paper texture in favor of a simple white background that matches the rest of iOS 7.

Flat Notes also does a good job of removing the letterpress effect from the note’s text. This letterpress effect makes it seem as if the notes were typed on a typewriter—again, and ode to skeuomorphism—and results in an odd-looking sense of depth.

The developer does not in his release notes that the letterpress is not fully removed from text when editing a note. He claims that he is working on fixing the issue, and that a future update should resolve the problem.

Flat Notes

In the screenshot examples above, you can clearly see the application of the Flat Notes tweak. On the left are the screenshots with Flat Notes applied, and on the right are the screenshots of the Notes app in stock form.

The effects of Flat Notes are applied in both the single note view and the list view. This ensures a uniformed look throughout the entirety of the app. By the way, there are no options or settings to configure to get Flat Notes working; just install it and go.

If you detest the look of the stock Notes app in iOS 7, then I recommend that you give Flat Notes a try. It’s an excellent tweak that’s singularly focused on one thing—improving the look of the stock Notes app.

You can find Flat Notes on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for free. Let me know how you think the look compares to the original look of the Notes app.

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  • chumawumba

    This should have been what stock notes should have looked like.

  • Michel Becker Haikewitsch

    I like the original, with the paper background

  • Jose Lara

    How does his keyboard look so black???! I want that!

    • Ben Thorne

      It’s a tweak called bloard.

      • Jose Lara

        I know I have it but my keyboard looks lighter. Look at the picture

      • Sam

        Settings – general – accessibility – increase contrast

  • Bob

    Probably the most useless tweak yet.

    • Abdl

      Agreed!

  • Cameron Chao

    so you make this post 7 days after filming the tutorial video?

  • Ali Majid

    Hi jeff :-)
    Is There a tweak can un blur dock apps in ios 7 ?

    • chumawumba

      Dockshift

  • Sokrates

    Is idownloadblog getting a jailbreak blog? A 10% jailbreak rate can’t justify 80% jailbreak news.. For all people not having their devices jailbreaked those stories are of no interest.

    • Abdl

      You can simply just ignore/skip any story you have no interest in!

  • Adan

    The only difference I can see in the screenshots above is that the ones on the right are slightly bolder… agree with other commenter’s, most useless tweak so far.

  • Byron C Mayes

    I don’t see much of a difference. One is beige and one is white. I guess if I preferred white over colored (or is it the other way around?) I’d find it better, but it’s just a big “meh.”

    And what do you mean by Letterpress making notes look “as if [they] were typed on a typewriter?” All of my notes use proportional font, which a standard typewriter can’t do.

    Most useless tweak ever.

  • mav3rick

    Let’s bring more blinding white everywhere. As it is not already well too much…

    • Adan

      Hear hear!