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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. shahab86's Avatar
      shahab86 -
    1. orrms's Avatar
      orrms -
      Thank you Mr Petrich, looking forword to this
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      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?
      Dude, Ryan Petrich is THE MAN. I'm not saying you meant anything against him, but there's no problem with improve others' ideas. And if you really wanted to, you could say the dev of multifl0w ripped off of MY idea for a screenshot-based task switcher. But I can't develop (yet), so you can't say that. And personally, OverBoard is a MUCH faster and cleaner solution than Orbit, and I doubt he just decided "IMMA MAKE MAH OWN!!1!11" Judging from the timespan between releases, I HIGHLY doubt Ryan would have been able to whip up his "clone" (if you want to dumb it down to that) of Orbit. They probably worked on it separately at the same time, sorta like with the Newton-Raphson Method in Calculus.
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      Tards.... this will be released as A JAILBREAK APP, through Cydia and the like... not in the damn App Store! Please STOP wasting my time by making me read your dumbazz posts about how or why Apple will reject it!
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaserph View Post
      has anyone compiled the package, created a .deb file and installed? Has anyone actually used this yet?
      I downloaded the source and paged through it (doesn't look like we'll be getting live previews anytime; the screenshots are pretty much hardcoded into the backbone of the extension). It comes with everything (app, preference pane, .plist) EXCEPT for the .dylib, the important part that actually gets injected into SpringBoard. I tried compiling in Xcode myself and it resulted in ~130 errors, sooooooo... haha
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Well, at least you tried. Seems there's a few here that have the file, I wish they'd share it or post it.
    1. zwaldowski's Avatar
      zwaldowski -
      The developers expressly forbid redistributing it until they do their first release. It won't be too long, according to one of the guy's last night they're "just tieing up some loose strings."
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      I'm so happy.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by deathbybunnies6 View Post
      I'm so happy.
      You're telling me!! I haven't been this excited for an extension since Backgrounder itself showed up on Cydia!

      Quote Originally Posted by zwaldowski View Post
      It won't be too long, according to one of the guy's last night they're "just tieing up some loose strings."
      Where did you hear this? Surely not Twitter, as I check my feed AT LEAST once per hour..
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      And I thought IRC was an archaic medium of communication that people haven't used since the days of AOL. Silly me. What's the server/channel?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      lmao. Check out the link in my sig for MMi's channel. The dev team's channel is on hackintosh's server in #iPhone but there are many others where devs hangout
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Thanks =]

      You know, I'm actually kinda glad they took this long to announce it. Otherwise I would have just been waiting longer.
    1. thecritter's Avatar
      thecritter -
      Thank you @TheOnlyest! haha. I was getting sick of reading the "will apple approve it?" comments too. lol. And for the person that asked if its going to take a heavy toll on battery life. I highly doubt the app itself is going to have a heavy drain on it. But it can depending on how many/what apps you have backgrounded. So if you have a ton of backgrounded applications, you're going to see the effects on your battery life. lol. And about the whole 'copying of others ideas' thing. If he can make them even better and cleaner... why would you complain? haha. It's beneficial for everyone. It just raises the bar that much higher.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      Looks tight, and better yet free! Very excited to test it out
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      Just waiting for the release.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vinski- View Post
      Fine Ill just say it: I prefer open source freeware over paid and closed software. Are u happy now?
      Yes, good for you, admitting it is usually the first step
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      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.
      Actually it works fine for 3g. It won't be too heavy don't worry

      BTW I think it was chpwn that started it & decided to change the name & I know he is doing a lot of work on it.
      The article makes it sound like he's not a big player in this app and most of the credit should go to ryan pretrich... just saying..
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I love Ryan! His apps/mods are amazing. Use Action Menu Plus and Inspell and they're both so nice. I already bought MultiFl0w, but if we don't get more updates, I'll ditch it for Ryan's app.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      angiepangie, thanks or the info. I've edited the post slightly to reflect this.