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  • ProSwitcher : A Free and OpenSource Multitasking App for the iPhone


    Say What? A Free and OpenSource Multitasking App? What about multifl0w you say? Hope you didn't think that was going to be the last multitasking app to come to the iPhone. A few days ago we got wind of some screenshots and information for the new app.

    chpwn & Ryan Petrich, developer of OverBoard, has announced ProSwitcher, another Palm Web OS inspired utility to navigate through the applications running in the background on your iPhone, much like MultiFl0w does, only much easier, faster and more intuitive. And to top it all off, it's FREE and OpenSource! The app is also being developed with the help of . The project actually started out as PreSwitcher, but the chpwn thought the name may cause some trouble, so now we have ProSwitcher.

    The app will use a library called libactivator and allow you to select from a number of gestures such as flick to close, swipe to scroll, tap to open. The app is said to use very little memory and only runs what is needed.

    No word on official release, probably a few weeks, but you can easily find the beta or visit Ryan's hub here: rpetrich's Profile - GitHub. And obviously you will need a Jailbroken iPhone.

    Thanks to ltjbigshot & n00neimp0rtant for the tips!


    This article was originally published in forum thread: ProSwitcher : A Free and OpenSource Multitasking App for the iPhone started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 265 Comments
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      I don't have the problem of pressing power goes straight to springboard with proswitcher, so could be lockinfo.

      As for the issue above of holding home shows card view of proswitcher, sounds like you have the home button set to launch proswitcher so it's combining with backgrounder to cause this. Try changing ur settings in proswitcher to another setting to launch the app.

      How do you toggle proswitcher on or off? It'd be nice for me to turn it off when im not jumpg around apps. I'm running at 60-80MB free with nothing backgrounded.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crafty42 View Post
      I'm running at 60-80MB free with nothing backgrounded.
      Without things running? I'm concerned because I'm getting about that with 2 or 3 things running (in addition to the 3 that always run)and a couple Springboard crashes a week.
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      So am I. I reboot and things seem fine. Running at 150 or so, but it slowly declines. I just noticed this since installing proswitcher, so I'm concerned it is the app causing me ram issues. By nothing running, I mean nothing in proswitcher, usual phone, mail, etc are running.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      I am having several springboard crashes as well as leaks in RAM. My 3GS now sometimes gets as low as 62MB when previously before ProSwitcher I used to only get 115MB as my lowest. Highest RAM I now have is 142MB when prior the highest would be 172MB
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      No SB crashes for me, and now I'm disabling proswitcher in sbsettings mobile sub add on. Free ram seems to be staying higher now. I'll enable it when I need it, I guess.
    1. asmacumber's Avatar
      asmacumber -
      Isn't there a recent update? I just restored my phone and the version I see is 1.0, but I could have sworn a couple days ago it updated so you could turn default apps off again. Am I mistaken??? If not, what repo is it on?
    1. smeeshum's Avatar
      smeeshum -
      What is "slide in gesture" in the activation menu and how does it work?
    1. rashad1's Avatar
      rashad1 -
      Anyone else noticing rapid battery drain with this latest version? I barely got 5 hours out of my iPhone yesterday.
    1. wim66's Avatar
      wim66 -
      Yes my battery is drying up a lot faster.
      Must be libactivator, had like 4 updates last two days
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Yes, battery drain continues. I emailed Ryan Petrich about it and he didnt seem to think it was Lib Activator. Hopefully whatever it is will be resolved soon....
    1. gillettos's Avatar
      gillettos -
      Hi,

      This driving me mad, tried now for 2 days trying to get proswitcher & backgrounder up and running, but it they just wont play ball!!!

      I've jailbroke my 3gs 32 gig using blackra1n, when I install backgrounder I can enter the settings, but on keeping down the hold button, i get the voice activator, even with an opne app... Switch it to the power setting and the turn off option just appears!! With ProSwitcher, well, it does nothing, when I laucnch it, nothing and there's no sign off it in the settings menu.

      What the hell is going on!!!! PLEASE HELP, I NEED THIS APP!!!!!
      Thanks
    1. rashad1's Avatar
      rashad1 -
      I'm uninstalling ProSwitcher, for my battery's sake. I'm buying a Palm Pre anyway, maybe I will be back with the iPhone this summer?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by rashad1 View Post
      I'm uninstalling ProSwitcher, for my battery's sake. I'm buying a Palm Pre anyway, maybe I will be back with the iPhone this summer?
      You'll realize how much you took your iPhone's features, apps, and customization for granted. Guaranteed. But let us know how the ride goes. =]
    1. Slocko's Avatar
      Slocko -
      I uninstalled it due to the battery drain. Let me know when it's fixed.
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slocko View Post
      I uninstalled it due to the battery drain. Let me know when it's fixed.
      We can either do that, or you can be a big boy and work it out for yourself.

      Or maybe you should just ask mommy?
    1. rashad1's Avatar
      rashad1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      You'll realize how much you took your iPhone's features, apps, and customization for granted. Guaranteed. But let us know how the ride goes. =]
      That's probably true, but I'm tired of at&t nickel and diming me. I will have a similar user experience for just $60 a month. If Verizon gets the iPhone, it will be able to be unlocked for Sprint. Then I will have the iPhone for just $60 a month with the same plan that cost me $100 on at&t. That's if they get the iPhone though.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by rashad1 View Post
      That's probably true, but I'm tired of at&t nickel and diming me. I will have a similar user experience for just $60 a month. If Verizon gets the iPhone, it will be able to be unlocked for Sprint. Then I will have the iPhone for just $60 a month with the same plan that cost me $100 on at&t. That's if they get the iPhone though.
      Very true about AT&T, but my family has T-Mobile, and we have 4 lines, 500 minutes shared between us, unlimited texts on ALL lines, and unlimited data on 2 lines and we pay around $120 a month. (Our data plans are only $6/month!)
    1. rashad1's Avatar
      rashad1 -
      They are to only other option currently, unfortunately their 3G band is different. Or else I would be with them right now. I don't mean to hijack the thread btw
    1. starjar's Avatar
      starjar -
      I really like this app.
    1. wim66's Avatar
      wim66 -
      Don't like the new Activator, it's separate from ProSwitcher now.
      Guess its going to be a stand-alone app to launch anything.

      BTW, if your theme wont work after updating LibActivator, respring twice.