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How To: Download & Install Wallpapers on your iPhone

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What is it?

SummerBoard is an extension to the iPhone's SpringBoard user experience. SummerBoard adds a variety of useful and fun features to your iPhone, including scrolling icons, wallpaper and themes!

iPhone/iPod Touch 1.1.1 alpha release available!

If you've upgraded to firmware 1.1.1, for now you will need to install SummerBoard manually from the link below. Follow the instructions in the included INSTALL file. The file linked below will always be the latest alpha release. This build works on iPhone and iPod Touch!

Download SummerBoard Alpha for Firmware 1.1.1

Where do I get it?

SummerBoard is available from AppTapp's Installer, simply install AppTapp onto your iPhone (if you haven't yet) and install the SummerBoard package!


SummerBoard is and will remain free. If you'd like to donate to us to show your support or to thank us for our efforts (we worked nights!), please do so by clicking here.

What does it look like?

Technically, whatever you want it to look like -- but here are some screenshots:

How do I make iPhone themes?

SummerBoard themes are designed to be easy to make -- here's all you need to know to make a theme (or more) of your own:

SummerBoard themes reside on your iPhone in the folder below: /var/root/Library/SummerBoard/Themes/

You have a folder per theme in there, with the following structure: ThemeName/StatusBar.png - Status bar image (optional, 320x20 PNG, alpha)
ThemeName/Wallpaper.png - The wallpaper (320x480 PNG, no alpha)
ThemeName/Dock.png - The dock image for the large dock (320x91 PNG, alpha)

Then your icons (optional, 59x60 PNG, alpha) go in: ThemeName/Icons/

Name them as such: Phone.png Text.png iPod.png Clock.png etc...

When saving your graphic files be sure to use Adobe Photoshop's "Save for Web & Devices" function (or something similar). This can reduce icon sizes from ~65kb down to ~10kb for example. Optimizing your graphics is very important, It saves server bandwidth, air time for the user and space on the user's iPhone.

Also, take note that SummerBoard has various appearance settings in its Advanced section of SMBPrefs -- you can use them to your advantage -- for example, try out "Solid StatusBar" -- you'll see what I mean.


Submit your Themes & Screenshots!

Made an awesome theme? You can send us a zip file of your theme and a screenshot via e-mail and we'll include it on this site!

Here are the easy steps you can take to make use of our cool wallpapers on your iPhone. The first step is to save the desired wallpaper to your Mac or PC via your favorite browser.

  1. Right-click or control-click on the image you want to use.
  2. Select save as... and save the image to your hard drive.
    • Mac users can either save the image to a folder or add it to their iPhoto library.
    • PC users will want to save the wallpaper into their "My Pictures" folder.
    You can then sync the iPhone with photos in iPhoto 4.0.3 or later on a Mac, or Photoshop Album 2.0 or later or Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later on a PC. Or you can sync with any folder on your computer that contains images. Connect the iPhone to your computer and do the following:
    1. Launch iTunes then click the Photos tab and select "Sync photos from:"
    2. From the pop-up menu, do one of the following:
      • If your using a Mac, choose iPhoto or your Pictures folder.
      • If you're using a PC, choose Photoshop Album, Photoshop Elements, or your My Pictures folder.
    3. Choose Folder, then choose any folder on your computer that has images.
    4. Choose "All photos," or choose "Selected folders" or "Selected albums" and choose the folders or albums you want to sync.

    Finally on your iPhone:

    1. Goto the Photos section of your camera. Browse through the albums or camera roll until you find the picture you wish to use.
    2. Select the picture so it is displayed full screen.
    3. Tap the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. If you don't see the icon, single tap the picture to display the menus.
    4. Here you can select if you want to email the picture, save the picture as a wallpaper, or assign to a contact.
    5. If you want to assign to a contact, press that button. The contact list will open and you can select the contact you wish to link to the picture.
    6. Select Done to complete the process.
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