An upcoming jailbreak tweak dubbed ActiveDock will make your iOS application dock look and behave more like the application dock in Mac OS X. The tweak is a beautiful collaborative effort between iOS developer Filippo Bigarella and graphical designer Surenix.
The tweak makes your iOS application dock behave more like the application dock in Mac OS X by causing your application icons to bounce based on certain actions. For example, an application icon on your dock will bounce once when you tap on it from the dock to launch it, and an application icon in the dock will bounce repeatedly when you receive a notification from the application (as shown above). The bouncing will stop when you acknowledge the notification. You can also adjust how often the bouncing occurs due to a notification. The tweak doesn't affect your home screen application icons.
Additionally, the tweak gives the iOS application dock a new appearance that resembles the application dock in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. It includes a redesign of the application icon reflections, a redesign of the glass dock itself, and the tweak even adds the light indicators to show you the applications that are running:
The light indicators are highly interactive – they will appear and stay on the dock as long as the application is open in the App Switcher. When you close the application from the App Switcher, the light indicator will disappear, emulating the action of quitting an application on Mac OS X. The Phone and Mail applications will always show the indicator no matter what, since those applications are always running in the background no matter what – similarly to Finder on Mac OS X.
From the preferences pane of ActiveDock, you will be able to enable and disable the tweak on demand and choose to enable or disable the bouncing animation for both launching applications and receiving notifications:
You will also be able to set the "Bounce Every" property to choose how often the dock's application icons will bounce when you receive notifications from them. You can set this option to:
- Every 30 seconds
- Every 1 minute
- Every 1.5 minutes
- Every 2 minutes
- Every 2.5 minutes
- Every 3 minutes
ActiveDock adds a beautiful touch of animations, looks, and interactivity to the iOS home screen. It will be compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and works on iOS 6 too! The tweak will be submitted to Cydia today and is expected to be available in Cydia within the next few days for the price of $1.99.
What do you think about ActiveDock?