Introduction to Springtomize
Posted: February 17, 2013
Springtomize is a good program for customzing your iPhone. It contains a plethora of
tweaks and many ways to visually customize your iPhone. There is no way that I could
cover everything. Nor do I understand everything, even with the included documentation.
I'm going to cover each category broadly (mainly to show you all your options) and also
cover a handful of items that I like to whet your appetite.
This program is for sale on Cydia and it costs $2.99. I receive nothing from the
program's developer. I just want to make you aware of an important program to help you
theme your iPhone. This program can be used in conjunction with WinterBoard themes.
However there may be conflicts.
You can either launch the application direct from the springboard or from within Settings.
Here's the main menu.
The one tweak I liked was the lock screen animation using the old tube TV shut down
effect. Make sure to enable the sound as well. I honestly didn't like or couldn't figure
out what the other tweaks in this section did.
In this section you can toggle various functions of the iPhone. I didn't have a need for
any of these. I don't know why you'd want to remove this kind of functionality from the
iPhone. It's not like you can password protect Springtomize. So anyone could undo what
you have done.
Here are where the theme tweaks begin in this program. You can make the entire dock
and everything in it disappear if you wanted. Or use this fine coverflow look. You
can adjust and distort the shape to your taste. Keep in mind this doesn't function like
it does on iTunes. The icons are static. If you put more than five of them in the dock
they'll start overlapping each other and it just doesn't make sense at that point.
There are some useful tweaks in this section like enabling the Notification Center from
the lock screen instead of the home screen! I've always thought that Apple dropped the
ball on this one. Jailbreaking to the rescue. I also like disabling the camera button
from the lock screen in case someone gets a hold of your phone they can take all kinds of
pictures without your knowledge. Not to mention that I think it uglies up the graphical
look of the lock screen. However if you receive a call, the handset icon graphic will
appear where the camera was. You can also replace the "slide to unlock" text with
whatever you want or make the arrow button disappear.
Lots of great tweaks in this section! You can change the size of your icons and have up
to ten in a single row! The most useful item to me is hiding that stupid Newsstand icon
which I don't use. You can also choose which other icons you'd like to hide.
Here you can turn off the opening and closing animation, make the folder invisible on the
home screen (you'll only see miniature icons floating), my favorite is auto close.
When you've opened an application that was in a folder and you close that application, the
folder is already closed. You can even create a folder in the dock which you normally
The best feature is the landscape mode app switcher and iPod controls. You can also
disable paging so that you can display part of two pages at once. You can also
have inactive applications be hidden in the switcher or be dimmed.
Allows you to back up your custom Springtomize settings and then restore them. Whether
this backup survives an iTunes restore I don't know.
Create your own custom carrier name or just turn every single thing off. Lots of great
options here for that clean look.
My favorite feature is turning off the page dots. Everything I have fits on one page
anyway so who needs dots? Another thing I like is disabling Spotlight. Not only does it
get rid of the icon next to the dots, it disables scrolling to the left to the search
You can turn your icon fonts off, change the font, the size or the color. Very nice.
There are also several filters you can apply to all icons and your wallpaper like
grayscale, sepia, negative, faded colors, psycho, red ascendant, green ascendant and
high contrast. You can even change the color of the standard lock screen clock.
You can disable it from the home screen. You can change the background and even have up to
thirty lines of text to read.
Here you'll find limited documentation for the various features in this program. The
Settings Files feature is helpful for troubleshooting. The Setings Bundles allows you
to control which applications will appear in your Settings program. You can also control
any MobileSubstarte Addons.