• Customise your icon layout with Boxy 3

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    Set up custom icon layouts, and switch between them easily.

    When someone looks at an iPhone, they know what to expect. The layout is familiar, the apps are iconic. The icons themselves may have changed over the years, but the feeling is the same. Anyone can tell, even from afar that it is an iPhone. One of the most common things users like to do after jailbreaking is changing the icon layout. Whether it's to make room for iWidgets or for a cleaner look, there have always been tweaks released in Cydia for this.

    Boxy 3, by William Vabrinskas, hands the layout design directly to the user. Originally released in November of 2013 as Boxy, Vabrinskas has updated it several times as Boxy 2. Now that the third iteration is out of beta, the beta repository will be taken down on August 5th.

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    See the changes to your icon layout in real time, as you make adjustments.

    One of the most impressive features in Boxy 3 is the ability to see the icons move and spread out around the screen as you adjust each setting. As you move your finger across the slider, the icons move with a graceful animation. The Quick Settings menu is invoked by a swipe up on Springboard by default, this is where you will create and switch between your layouts.

    To create the layout you want, there are four sliders on the first page of Quick Settings:

    • Horizontal Padding
      This is the space between the columns.
    • Vertical Padding
      The space between the rows.
    • Side Inset
      The space between the very left column and the left edge of the screen.
    • Top Inset
      Here you can adjust the space between the top row and the top of the screen.

    After you are happy with the results of tinkering with the sliders to create your layout, tap the 'Add' button with a plus by it. This will open an alert asking you to name your layout, in order to save it. Swipe left on the Quick Settings menu to access another page with your saved presets. You're able to scroll vertically through them and select or delete the highlighted one. At the top of the Quick Settings are a few more buttons. Minimize and close are on the left and right corners, and a grabber to move the whole thing around is in the middle.

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    The preference pane is beautiful and functional.

    At the top, you're greeted with a pretty banner, and an easy way to find William on Twitter. Right below that there are three cells with toggles grouped together. There is a global enable switch, one for enabling Quick Settings, and another for changing the gesture for Quick Settings to a two finger tap instead of the default swipe up. Below is General Configurations and Icon Layout Settings. There are quite a bit more options buried in these menus.

    In the first one we have:

    • Page Control Visible
      By default Boxy 3 hides the page dots for a cleaner look, enabling this toggle will bring them back.
    • Icon Labels Visible
      It also hides icon labels as well, turning this on will bring these back too.
    • Square Icons
      Turning this on will remove the mask that iOS applies over Icons, creating a square look.
    • Hide Dock
      Pretty self-explanatory here, enabling this will completely hide the Dock.

    The second:

    • What is this?
      This is a neat little cell that you can tap on that brings you to a new page with an explanation of saving and respring your icon layout.
    • Save Current Icon Order
      Pressing this will save the current icon order, similar to the button in the top right of Quick Settings.
    • Restore Saved Icon Order
      Restores the icon order to one of your saved ones.
    • Custom Icon Layout
      Toggling this will let you set the column and rows to what you want.
    • Number of Columns
      Set the number of columns.
    • Number of Rows
      Set the number of rows.

    Settings with an asterisk by them require a respring to take effect. At the bottom of the preference pane, Vabrinskas has included an 'Apply Changes' and 'Apply Changes and Restore State' buttons. The former is essentially a respring and the latter restores your icon state first and then resprings.

    Boxy 3 is a labour of love for William and is an example of his commitment and devotion to the community. It is $1.99 on our repo.

    Check out Boxy 3 today!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Customise your icon layout with Boxy 3 started by Josh Pasholk View original post
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