I’ve known about LockPlus for quite some time, however, it didn’t initially draw me in due to the fact that I’m not much of a theme guy when it comes to jailbreaking. I mostly like to add new functionality to my device rather than flashy new looks. When I have dabbled with themes in the past it never turned out very well for me as I could never could get all my icons themed or I’d have small problems with the way it looked.
It was with great trepidation that I installed this tweak. That being said I have no regrets and haven’t looked back yet, even made a few themes myself using his web based creator. The creator itself is a remarkable achievement as it’s a complete WYSIWYG editor. You can literally see what you’re creating as you’re making it, without any coding experience.
LockPlus and all of Junes’ other tweaks can be accessed when you donate to him. Normally it’s ten dollars and you’ll get lifetime access to his repo which includes some unreleased stuff as well as early versions of his tweaks that he eventually pushes to the public repos. However, if you use the code ‘jailcast‘ you can get 50% off and show some support for my podcast at the same time, everyone wins, yay! Just scroll to the bottom of his repo page in your browser and enter the code.
Here is a simple theme I created a few weeks ago to go with that wallpaper I found on Reddit. After seeing the image I thought “that would look really cool with a mini widget in the black part of Saturn”. With Junes’ simple editor I was able to make it in under an hour after work. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be.
In the series of videos above June shows a few tips for using the editor to give users a better understanding of how it works. For a more in-depth understanding of how it works, go check out this video where June walks you through pretty much everything the editor has to offer in an extensive 30 minute walkthrough. After watching those videos you should have a thorough understanding of how to use the editor and LockPlus as well.
It should be noted that you’ll need to do a bit of set up before you’ll be able to play with LockPlus on your device. June has a write-up about it on his site.
Two additional things I’ll note is that June just got rid of the need to install DockAdjust and NoPageDots7 by making a tweak called OPW Clear which hides the dock and page dots. The second part is that Matt Clark (@_Matchstic) just released the beta of XenHTML which will replace LockHTML if you buy the beta for two bucks.
This is one of my favorite themes right now and I’ve gone back to it a lot after playing with other ones. It’s super minimal, leaves plenty of room for your incoming notifications and has minimal badges for calls, messages, and mail at the bottom. Simple, elegant and everything you need right there on your lock screen.
Go check out LockPlus today and let your creativity be shown on your lock screen.