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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. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vinski- View Post
      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.
      So i take it you dont buy generics at target? If it saves you money who cares where it came from?
    1. Vinski-'s Avatar
      Vinski- -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bernie-Mac View Post
      So i take it you dont buy generics at target? If it saves you money who cares where it came from?
      Thats different. Brand products have the advantage of being a brand product.
      Neither of these two apps are brands, no shiny apple logos.

      And I do buy mostly generics..
    1. The Spirit's Avatar
      The Spirit -
      which repo do i have to add to cydia in order to download it?
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vinski- View Post
      Thats different. Brand products have the advantage of being a brand product.
      Neither of these two apps are brands, no shiny apple logos.

      And I do buy mostly generics..
      But the basic comparison still stands
    1. Vinski-'s Avatar
      Vinski- -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bernie-Mac View Post
      But the basic comparison still stands
      Fine Ill just say it: I prefer open source freeware over paid and closed software. Are u happy now?
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Wow this looks like the best multi-tasker yet! Love that the app give you the option one how to view the different pages!

      --Does it require backgrounder to be installed or is this a stand-a-lone application?

      --I personally do not like that it has an icon... I liked the double tap to open multitasking from the other programs. Hopefully double tap (home button) will be an option

      Great job on this App!

      tim
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      has anyone compiled the package, created a .deb file and installed? Has anyone actually used this yet?
    1. DirtyDan's Avatar
      DirtyDan -
      I'm so glad I didn't purchase multifl0w yet.

      Can't wait for this!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Now this looks excellent. I'll be getting it for sure.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Man that's nice! i don't use background utilities but i like this one
    1. asmacumber's Avatar
      asmacumber -
      The article says "No word on official release, probably a few weeks, but you can easily find the beta or visit Ryan's hub here: ..."

      I am unable to find a beta and do not have the ability to compile my own. Anyone else able to find it? I's love to play with it ...
    1. Freerunnering's Avatar
      Freerunnering -
      yeah i noticed it said easy to find the beta so can someone post?
    1. BxK's Avatar
      BxK -
      Starts for about 3 seconds then dies. Trying to figure out why...

      http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9004/imageqk.jpg

      http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1451/imagewvt.jpg
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      multiflow I can never use it because my ipod always goes to Safe mode, because its a sad iPhone.lol so i not using it now but hopefully this one works good
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Surely Apple will find some hidden cartoon character, nazi relationship, or something to deny it, right?
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by bxk View Post
      can you give the repo link please thank you
    1. BxK's Avatar
      BxK -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      can you give the repo link please thank you
      There is none . I compiled it. I can link you later when I get back home
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      the F-ing site is full of viruses!!! WTF? i keep getting script requests!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      User sa2b19 seems to have posted a hidden link to http://************/edvinas/flashas1.jar which keeps on trying to run.
      No idea what it is and I don't intend letting it run....
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      User sa2b19 seems to have posted a hidden link to http://************/edvinas/flashas1.jar which keeps on trying to run.
      No idea what it is and I don't intend letting it run....
      how about one of those trash talking moderators do something useful and ban him?