The best of the photos in its full panoramic glory.

The best of the photos in its full panoramic glory.

Panoramic shots from yesterday’s hike at Tomales Point!

Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks for iOS 7 Masterpost

The following post is dedicated to jailbreaking iOS 7 and the tweaks and tricks I found personally useful after jailbreaking!

JAILBREAKING

Jailbreaking iOS 7 was actually one of the more simple jailbreaks I’ve done. Just download evasi0n from the official website, plug your device in, open the program, and let it run!

FAVORITE APPS & TWEAKS

Certain packages require that you add a new repo to Cydia (located on the Manage tab), in which case I have added the repo’s URL to the description. Packages are available for all iOS 7 devices unless otherwise specified.

  • iFile (free trial + $4.00) Allows you full access to your iOS device’s file system. Useful for downloading and unzipping files from Safari, editing plist/text files to tweak apps, working with icon/image files for theming and adjusting, and so much more. iFile includes a built-in server that you can access from a computer browser in order to upload and download files, and also includes Dropbox integration. By far the most useful jailbreak app I have ever used. Includes a free trial before you are required to purchase.
  • AdBlocker ($2.19) Blocks ads in Safari and other apps. Useful not only for preventing ads but also reducing data usage since the ad images don’t load.
  • AdBlockerNetworks (free, repo.yllier.net) Blocks ad networks such as iAds and AdMob that aren’t covered in AdBlocker.
  • QuickActivator ($0.99) Allows customization for iOS 7’s Control Center. You can add icons to the top and bottom rows - simply swipe on the row to access the other icons. I added respring/reboot icons and a cellular data toggle to the top row and launch icons to the bottom row for my favorite apps (Safari, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Messages, etc).
  • biteSMS (free with ads + $7.99, test-cydia.bitesms.com) biteSMS completely replaces the default Messages app and adds much more functionality. The Quick Reply feature is by far the best part of this app - it allows you to reply to a text message directly from the notification. Other features include Quick Compose, themes, passcodes, schedules, templates, contact icons, etc. Not all features are usable yet but are coming soon!
  • SMS on GV 7 ($2.50) Fully integrates Google Voice with the default Messages app. It also works with biteSMS! You can send and receive Google Voice text messages natively, and the tweak will automatically detect iMessage users and switch to iMessage. For devices other than iPhones, you will need to tweak a plist file - follow the directions on the Cydia listing.
  • Call on GV Pro ($1.50, iPhone only) Integrates your Google Voice number with the default phone app. You no longer have to use a third-party app to dial from your Google Voice number. It also modifies your call history so that contact numbers will show up instead of the numbers Google Voice uses to dial your contacts. This will also work for iPhones without a service plan.
  • Activator (free) Allows you to create gesture and touch actions for shortcuts, apps, and other system actions.
  • GuestMode ($0.99) Want to lend your phone to someone but don’t want them accessing your texts or photos? GuestMode gives you the option to disable apps and system settings when enabled.
  • WinterBoard (free) Absolutely necessary for easy system, app, and icon theming.
  • IconBundles (free) For use with Winterboard. Allows you to theme icons without dependency on the actual icon file name. Useful because if the icon name changes, your theme won’t break!
  • BytaFont 2 (free) Changes fonts system-wide simply and quickly. You can also download font packages from Cydia for easy theming! My personal favorite, as usual, is Source Sans Pro.
  • Nitrous ($0.99) Apple reserves a special Javascript engine for native apps, but Nitrous unlocks it for third-party apps, making apps like Chrome and Facebook load several times faster than usual!

PAID CYDIA APPS & TWEAKS

  • CleverPin ($1.99) Detects when you are in specified wifi networks, listening to music, or charging your battery, and switches off your pin password.
  • ColorFlow ($1.99) Themes music app colors based on the album artwork of the song currently playing.
  • Favorite Contacts 7 ($1.99) Displays favorite contact icons in the Notification Center for easy access to calling and/or messaging.
  • Icon Tool ($1.00) Backup, restore, and delete app data. You can also rename icons!
  • Printify ($1.99) Send documents to Google Cloud Print or save as PDF files.
  • SleepyAlarm ($0.99) Easily create alarms in the native clock app based on sleep cycles.

FREE CYDIA APPS & TWEAKS

  • AndroidLock XT Enables an Android-like pattern lock in place of the text password locks.
  • Bloard Enables dark iOS 7 keyboard on all apps.
  • CCLoader Reorder and disable sections in Control Center.
  • gpSPhone GBA emulator that you can easily customize. Does not include ROMs! Ads cannot be disabled but turning off wifi will prevent them from showing up.
  • NCAllOnly Disable Today and/or Missed tab in the Notification Center.
  • NetworkList Puts a list of wifi networks and passwords under your wifi settings.
  • NoLowPowerAlert Disables 20%, 10%, and 5% low power notifications.
  • NoteCreator Create a note from anywhere on your phone. I put a launch icon for it in Control Center using QuickActivator.
  • ShowCase Enables lowercase letters on the keyboard when the shift key is off instead of the default caps.
  • StatusBarSuite Hide icons on the status bar.
  • SwitchSpring Swipe up on home screen in multitasking mode to close all apps or respring.
  • TinyBar (repo.alexzielenski.com) Shrink notifications to fit in status bar - longer notifications will scroll.

How to use high-res images in text posts

Tumblr automagically shrinks any images you upload in text posts to 500px and replaces images from other websites with an ugly grey icon, but here’s a workaround that will let you post images of any size!

  1. Go to your dashboard and open a new photo post.

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  2. Select the photo you would like to post.

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  3. Upload the photo as a private post.

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  4. Click on the photo once the post finishes uploading and then right-click and copy the image URL.

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  5. Open a new text post or reblog a post and switch from rich text formatting to HTML (the far right button on your format bar). Use the following HTML code wherever you need your image:

    <img src="PASTE IMAGE URL HERE"/>

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  6. Click Post and you’re finished! The images should show up as native Tumblr image thumbnails.

You can always delete the original photo posts once you’ve finished with them.

All images in this tutorial were uploaded in the same way. Let me know if you have any problems with this method!

elleusine:

unwrapping:

16 Designers with the Most Blog Themes Submitted to Tumblr: From the 9,000+ themes hosted by Tumblr, here are the 16 theme designers with the most submitted themes.
themepirate — 65 themes (all free)
pixelunion-themes — 56 themes (53 free and three premium)
sleeplessthemes — 51 themes (all free)
happymonsterr — 39 themes (all free)
elleusine — 34 themes (all free)
sergiovargott — 31 themes (all free)
vwthemes — 28 themes (all free)
gyapo — 26 themes (all free)
imjusthopingthisnameisnttaken — 26 themes (all free)
mynameisflick — 25 themes (all free)
jonathanmoore (Style Hatch)— 23 themes (all premium)
achronologyofthoughts — 22 themes (all free)
thefunniestpost — 22 themes (all free)
yanilavigne — 22 themes (all free)
athenability — 21 themes (all free)
thewicked-eternitythemes — 20 themes (all free)


Never even saw this. Kinda neat!

elleusine:

unwrapping:

16 Designers with the Most Blog Themes Submitted to Tumblr: 
From the 9,000+ themes hosted by Tumblr, here are the 16 theme designers with the most submitted themes.

  1. themepirate — 65 themes (all free)
  2. pixelunion-themes — 56 themes (53 free and three premium)
  3. sleeplessthemes — 51 themes (all free)
  4. happymonsterr — 39 themes (all free)
  5. elleusine — 34 themes (all free)
  6. sergiovargott — 31 themes (all free)
  7. vwthemes — 28 themes (all free)
  8. gyapo — 26 themes (all free)
  9. imjusthopingthisnameisnttaken — 26 themes (all free)
  10. mynameisflick — 25 themes (all free)
  11. jonathanmoore (Style Hatch)— 23 themes (all premium)
  12. achronologyofthoughts — 22 themes (all free)
  13. thefunniestpost — 22 themes (all free)
  14. yanilavigne — 22 themes (all free)
  15. athenability — 21 themes (all free)
  16. thewicked-eternitythemes — 20 themes (all free)

Never even saw this. Kinda neat!

elleusine:

At the Berkeley Marina a few weeks ago

elleusine:

At the Berkeley Marina a few weeks ago

Gabrielle’s Font Resource Masterpost

There are many font resources available on the Internet, but the following are the ones I use the most often.

FONT COLLECTIONS

  1. Google Fonts The best part about Google Fonts’ extensive collection is that all the work of converting, uploading, and embedding is already done. All you have to do is link a stylesheet in your HTML or import it directly to your own stylesheet. Favorite fonts include Source Sans Pro, Asap, Inconsolata, and Astloch.
  2. Lost Type Co-op This collaborative effort includes quality fonts with a western, cowboy feel to them. Each font is available on a pay-what-you-want basis - you can donate or download the font for $0. Favorites include Haymaker and Homestead.
  3. The League of Moveable Type The League aims to provide well-made open-source fonts to anyone and everyone. League Gothic is probably the League’s most recognizable font, but other notable fonts are Ostrich Sans, Blackout, and Sorts Mill Goudy.
  4. MyFonts The front page boasts of the world’s largest collection of fonts, and I can’t deny that it’s the largest I’ve ever seen. Most of the fonts on here aren’t free, but searching for fonts tagged “free” yields some decent fonts with free weights such as Museo (Sans, Slab, and Cyrillic) and Sketchetik.
  5. Dribbble and Behance both showcase beautiful work and many designers offer their fonts for free!
  6. Runners up include Font Fabric and Font Squirrel.

STANDALONE FONTS

  • Latin Modern Mono This amazing monospace font has over a dozen different weights and styles, of which I especially love the regular italic variant.
  • Bariol The font creators ask that you pay with a tweet for the regular and italic versions of the gently rounded font, but I ended up buying the rest of the weights in both regular and italic for just six euros. They also provide a quirky icon font to match.

ICON FONT RESOURCES

  • Entypo and Typicons are my two favorite icon fonts, hands down. Each includes icons that easily translate to Tumblr’s basic icon needs (home, links, post types, etc) and are aesthetically pleasing. I’m currently using Typicons on my own websites.
  • Font Awesome and Foundation Icons are other great icon fonts that are included with fluid frameworks.
  • Fontello allows you to pick and choose icons from different fonts and creates a custom font you can use on your website. You can even choose what code to use for each icon. This is especially handy because by choosing only the icons you need, you reduce file size and load time.
  • Base64 Encoder This comes in handy because you can directly embed fonts into your CSS stylesheet instead of having a separate file. Please read up on how to embed base64 fonts as this only converts the file and does not have the proper data type.

IDENTIFYING FONTS

FONT SCRIPTS

  • Lettering.js separates each letter within a chosen HTML element into a span element that can be easily styled with CSS, giving you complete control over individual letters.
  • FitText.js inflates headers to fit the width of the window or to your specified size. Great for fluid or responsive layouts.
  • slabText.js separates headlines into rows by ideal character count and resizes each row to fill the space. Not something I use regularly but still a useful plugin.
  • Kern.js, Kerning.js and jKerny.js all give you some form of control over kerning.