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  • Orbit vs Overboard - iPhone Expose Wannabe Showdown


    Many of us got really excited when Orbit was first released. It allowed us to quickly get an Springboard Exposť-like look at our apps on each page. This was a first for the iPhone in Jailbreak Land and nothing new for many Mac OS X users. Being the only of it's kind, it was released to the Cydia Store at a price of $1.99.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the work that Steven has put into his projects. I absolutely love Stacks and give kudos to his efforts. However, we have a contender now that looks to out perform Orbit.

    On Friday, we saw the release of Overboard by Ryan Petrich (creator of Action Menu, Inspell, HapticPro, LiveClock, Rotation Inhibitor). Overboard is another Expose wannabe, but outperforms Orbit rather quickly. We also get support for Winterboard themes, full customization, and multiple ways to access it. For example this has become a rather handy replacement for my home button. In fact, I'm so impressed I don't know if I'll ever remove it. You can even create an icon on the springboard, or use the pinch gesture to activate it. The choice is yours.

    Now here is the biggest kicker. For those of you on a 3GS you might not have noticed, but on the 3G, Orbit loads ridiculously slow the first time. Each page slowly appears one by one. Sometimes it would even get glitched out and not let me get back to my pages.

    Overboard on the other hand has completely blown by Orbit in terms of speed. The incredibly fast load time is almost instantaneous on my 3G and when activated from the home button performs outstandingly (is that word?). Of course in terms of speed, this is on first load after a respring, as Orbit caches after it loads.

    Some of you may not use Winterboard, which defeats a few of the perks that Overboard has. Orbit uses the Icon-Small.png as the mini icons, so those are easy to change without Winterboard, allowing for a better compatibility with those who prefer BossPaper over Winterboard.

    However, that being said, Orbit seems to have lost support as Steven has a lot on his plate right now, so Overboard might be your best bet now.

    Update: Orbit also releases an update that adds home button support, search page, theme support, dynamic sizing and performance improvement.

    Overboard Screenshots

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Orbit vs Overboard - iPhone Expose Wannabe Showdown started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. Nukie's Avatar
      Nukie -
      How many more extra springboard pages can you get with Overboard?

      Edit: Found a YouTube video where the person shows at least 14 pages and indicated the additional pages are limitless.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nukie View Post
      How many more extra springboard pages can you get with Overboard?

      Edit: Found a YouTube video where the person shows at least 14 pages and indicated the additional pages are limitless.
      Yep theyre unlimited with overboard. in settings you can chose either 2x2 3x3 or 4x4 display and if you have more pages then that then you can just scroll down. I actually have 16 pages with 5 column springboard, 6 icon dock and illumine theme installed and all of it shows up with overboard (over 350 apps!) which i cannot say the same for orbit
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Just stumbled upon Overboard by accident yesterday (been using Orbit). Overboard kicks ***, IMO.
    1. Dorkington's Avatar
      Dorkington -
      Is there any way to activate Overboard directly from an application?

      Instead of pressing the home button and it going to the springboard, then pressing it again to get overboard... is there a way to just have the home button activate overboard regardless of application?

      Thanks!

      ----

      I decided to just switch from Overboard to Categories+CategoriesSB. Much happier now.
    1. s1l3nt's Avatar
      s1l3nt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dorkington View Post
      Is there any way to activate Overboard directly from an application?

      Instead of pressing the home button and it going to the springboard, then pressing it again to get overboard... is there a way to just have the home button activate overboard regardless of application?

      Thanks!

      ----

      I decided to just switch from Overboard to Categories+CategoriesSB. Much happier now.

      new update of overboard u can activate it anywhere now because it uses lib activater
    1. crashnburn_in's Avatar
      crashnburn_in -
      I got overboard now.

      Quote Originally Posted by addictedto3gs View Post
      If you have springsorter, most of the icons you need or use are in the first two pages so there's really no point.
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      Is this compatible with themes that use springjumps or landscape themes? (Like iNspired)
      Quote Originally Posted by fabo82 View Post
      overboard is da shizznit!!!!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by mnoraznan View Post
      Orbit 1.1 is good.
      Dynamic sizing, genius. It instantly fills out the whole space.
      (No need for options to choose columns, way smarter)
      Finally, my suave icons are showing.
      The boot time has improved, significantly faster.
      there's also search page and home button support.

      So guys, if you've already have Orbit, check out the update first before wasting your money on Overboard...
      Quote Originally Posted by jrentzke View Post
      I first bought Orbit. Found it very useful, but a bit slow at times on my 3Gs. It would also often 'miss' a page when loading up (always the page it was loading from). Then I bought Overboard, and the speed increase is significant. I like the selectable options in Overboard, like showing / hiding its icon on the Springboard, showing the doc, various ways of initiating, etc.
      Orbit 1.1 seems faster than v1.0, but no selectable options (I don't want to see the search screen, and I don't want to use the home button double tap for Orbit)
      So for now Overboard seems better to me in speed & functionality.
      Quote Originally Posted by mister4stars View Post
      springjumps work just fine for me... it's not like it's 50 pages or something.
      Quote Originally Posted by mavisxp View Post
      The big Orbit-killer for me is that obnoxiously large Spotlight icon which can't be hidden and the inabilty to toggle the home button binding. Overboard wins on both counts. According to his twitter feed, Steven feels that adding a prefpane implies that the app is too complicated. Of course, this is likely because Overboard beat him to the punch and he's kinda jealous.
      Quote Originally Posted by eaglesteve View Post
      I liked Orbit, but Overboard is far far better.

      Overboard is faster, lets user choose if we want the spotbright page, has more ways to invoke it, displays the icons more clearly, and most importantly lets user extend the number of springboard pages beyond just 11 pages.
      Quote Originally Posted by Pr0707P3 View Post
      yeah so did mine, found out it was springsorter and orbit do not play together well. so i uninstalled orbit first but then i used orbit more so i reinstalled and hasnt crashed since.
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      I installed it back again just to see. Improved performance, the preferences are a welcome addition. The problem I see is there are so many other mods now that use the "Home" button that maybe Orbit should make use of other means to recall. Maybe "gestures" can activate it. I've docked it in SBSettings to make it available, since I also use mQuickDo and Kirikae.
      Quote Originally Posted by m021478 View Post
      Orbit 1.1.3 kills Overboard!!!
      Quote Originally Posted by eaglesteve View Post
      Orbit 1.1.3 has made improvement in having bigger icons (now seems like it is adopting the size used in Overboard)and itperforms faster than before.

      However, it still lags Overboard in visual beauty and functionalities. Overboard can be invoked also by pinching, gives the option of showing the dock, gives the option to extend the number of springboard pages.

      I think Orbit has a little uphill battle here. The first version of Overboard got everything right the first time. Orbit is immediately on the defensive, playing the catchup game. It would have to catch up with Overboard's functionalities, and think of something that Overboard does not have. This is going to be tough.
      Quote Originally Posted by rojocrandall View Post
      Using Orbit 1.1.4, it does not support 5 column/5 rows.
      Overboard does.
      Quote Originally Posted by abadchris View Post
      Orbit 1.1.4 made my iPhone unstable so I finally gave in and picked up Overboard... man is it faster!

      Although Orbit is more Apple-esque, Overboard is much snappier and more stable.
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      Yep theyre unlimited with overboard. in settings you can chose either 2x2 3x3 or 4x4 display and if you have more pages then that then you can just scroll down. I actually have 16 pages with 5 column springboard, 6 icon dock and illumine theme installed and all of it shows up with overboard (over 350 apps!) which i cannot say the same for orbit
      Quote Originally Posted by eballesq View Post
      Just stumbled upon Overboard by accident yesterday (been using Orbit). Overboard kicks ***, IMO.
    1. the_mia_team's Avatar
      the_mia_team -
      overboard gives me the sad iphone after reboot

      just uninstalled overboard and activator and still sad iphone
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Installed Overboard yesterday and crashed me into Safe Boot every time I tried using it. ????
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      Overboard is now working fine on OS 4.1