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  • Take Advantage of True Video Multitasking With 'VideoPane'

    Have you ever wanted to be able to watch a video, but continue to do other things on the side on the same device? iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich has a usable solution for us all.

    Shown above, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed VideoPane allows you to watch a video continuously while doing other things on your iOS device at the same time. It doesn’t simply make the video audio play in the background, but rather it allows the video to play in a window on top of the application that you’re in so that you can use the application and watch the video at the same time.

    When you tap on the video pane window, you will get access to several controls, such as a close button to close the video window, an expand button to make the video fill the whole screen, and a pause/play button to pause or play the video:

    Detaching a video into a separate window is simple. Very simple. As soon as your device begins to play video media, you will automatically get a pop-up asking you if you want the video to play in a separate pane or not. You can detach it into a separate window, or leave it alone in its current application. You can only have one of these videos playing at once:

    VideoPane adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure the tweak's options. You will be able to choose an Activator action for invoking a VideoPane, and choose to require landscape or not. Notably, if you choose to use an Activator action to invoke a video pane, you will need to invoke the Activator action for the pop-up to appear in a video. A pop-up will not appear automatically asking you if you want the video to play in separate window if you choose an Activator action:

    VideoPane works with several video-playing applications including, but not limited to:

    • YouTube
    • iTunes
    • Netflix
    • Mobile Safari
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Dropbox
    • Twitch
    • DisplayRecorder

    We think VideoPane is definitely worth taking a look at. It's a little slower on older devices because of the use of system resources, but with a dual-core iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, the software will run much smoother and feel more native. You will find VideoPane in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.99.

    Name: VideoPane
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0.1
    Requirements: OpenSSL, Activator
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Ryan Petrich
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Take Advantage of True Video Multitasking With 'VideoPane' started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Mrquarter's Avatar
      Mrquarter -
      This actually seems to be pretty a awesome. I may get this once there is a jailbreak for iOS 7.
    1. blueaviator's Avatar
      blueaviator -
      Well, this is a feature available after quite some time in Android. I used this regularly when I had my Galaxy Note II. Also, it was good to split the screen in two (although the screen is bigger than iphone5) and being able to watch the net (like watching sports on streaming with firefox and... flash) and send sms/emails at the same time. I have to admit it's great.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      I like it. I just wish it was free :P
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      I might actually get this. Any bugs? Would it be possible to code it for FT?
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrquarter View Post
      This actually seems to be pretty a awesome. I may get this once there is a jailbreak for iOS 7.
      It was available last year when the Note II came out.
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      iPad ?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Love this tweak.
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      iPad ?

      On another note, Is it just me or did the Keyboard input slow down after the last update?
    1. Cmds187's Avatar
      Cmds187 -
      Nice work 😋
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Could this allow the video be forced to video-out? I like having a second screen and multitasking.
      Also, does this work on iPad?

      Even still, not a bad tweak from what I can tell.
    1. smith01's Avatar
      smith01 -
      Its great on my S4 also. Doing other things with a video playing in a window.
      So many features on Android that the iPhone is missing but slowly jailbreakers are adding those very useful features.
      Just if they were the same price as the Android versions would be better. (All those features on Android are stock and free)
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      I might actually get this. Any bugs? Would it be possible to code it for FT?
      whats ft?
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      FaceTime and I bought the app and it actually works pretty well. Loving it.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Was super stoked when I saw this on Cydia the other day... Haven't purchased yet but prolly will soon... Ryan Petrich really makes jail breaking worthwhile...
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Funny how when Android had it it was said to be a stupid gimmick that no one would use
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Impressive work, as always, from Mr. Petrich :-) But the "resize" option only seems to give you the choice of full-screen or really, really small. Or am I holding it wrong?!?
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      You have to double tap and hold then move finger up or down to resize. Also note that when you initate the video pane your video will restart and you need to make the size big enough in order to see the slider controls to adjust the playback.