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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. warfa's Avatar
      warfa -
      looks awesome! will it get approved?
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Have been hearing about this a lot lately, but didn't know it'd be free! Can't wait!
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Here are some more screenshots. Visit the link on your iPhone

      http://xuzz.net/cydia/proswitcher/depiction.html
    1. jrlrule's Avatar
      jrlrule -
      is this a fail for the 3G/2G?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      tried multiflow but it seemed to be lacking something. petrich allways comes out with quality apps, so pro switcher sure is to be highy improved on this type of multitasking technology
    1. xxfr0stbytexx's Avatar
      xxfr0stbytexx -
      @jrl it's for every device...
      Can't wait forthis been hearing about it for a while can't wait to actually get it!
    1. Userno9583's Avatar
      Userno9583 -
      this app looks great. can't wait till it comes out
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      wow.. this would come in handy big time!
      Hope it doesnt lag performance
    1. thecritter's Avatar
      thecritter -
      It's gonna be sick. Multifl0w has a lot of memory leak issues... This app should far exceed multifl0w. He has the source code on his site, so if you really wanna play around with it now you can compile it. Or I'm sure there's an already compiled version around somewhere. :P But I'd recommend just waiting until the official release..
      and @warfa
      "looks awesome! will it get approved?"

      What do you mean? Do you mean will it get approved by Apple? lol. Because it's going to be a cydia release, not appstore.
    1. loafomatic's Avatar
      loafomatic -
      This looks epic!
    1. thecritter's Avatar
      thecritter -
      Too heavy for the 3G? It uses a very very low amount of RAM/CPU. Explain? lol. Multifl0w has the memory leak issues and IT wasn't even THAT bad. This is gonna be mucho better.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr. S0DAPoP View Post
      Naaa, think i'll stay away from this. It's to heavy for the 3g. I would love to here how it works for you guys though.
      err...dec2009 1 post

      whos upset? mult****w
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Thanks, guys! I hope everyone's as excited about this as I am, especially with my new 3G S that came in the mail! (but it's at home and I'm at college so it will be a bit =[ )
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      thanks, guys! I hope everyone's as excited about this as i am, especially with my new 3g s that came in the mail!....

      im excited...get..get..excited!
    1. alantoo's Avatar
      alantoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      err...dec2009 1 post

      whos upset? mult****w
      Haha good call!
    1. elementvdz's Avatar
      elementvdz -
      This looks a lot better than multifl0w. I'll probably use it if I get a 3GS this weekend.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lem View Post
      1st Yahoo!
      Major fail and....
    1. fmt's Avatar
      fmt -
      I would love for a multitasking app that look like OverBoard
      It will be the fastest way to switch apps.
    1. Vinski-'s Avatar
      Vinski- -
      Its nice to have free alternatives, but imho this guy just seem to rip off his ideas from another products, first with overboard, now this. What next, free CategoriesSB clone? biteSMS?

      Anyway, I like the idea that its free, I always liked the idea of open source and free in jailbreaking, but now its coming more and more commercial.
    1. 40_ounce's Avatar
      40_ounce -
      Will this kll my battery life?