For those of you that have always wanted the ability to have two windows open at once on your iOS device... well, that might not be coming around any time soon, but at least you can have one of the next best things: floating screenshots.
If you've ever been in a sticky situation where having something to reference while you were trying to type could have been useful, for example, typing a complex Wi-Fi password that you had stored in your Notes application, forcing you to switch back and forth between your Notes and Settings applications over and over until you completed that hard-to-remember password, then a new jailbreak tweak called Snapper
by iOS developer Jonathan Winger Lang could come in handy.
With this tweak installed, you can easily capture a portion of your screen, and that portion of your screen will remain on your screen until you dismiss it, no matter what interface you go into. For example, above, we captured the "Google" icon from the Google Web site, and after closing the Mobile Safari application, the screenshot we took is still pinned to our screen.
You get into the screen capture interface (indicated by the darkened user interface), by using an Activator action of your choice. When you want to choose pixels to select for your screenshot, you just drag your finger from one point of the screen to another, and that will become the screenshot that is pinned to your screen. You can then tap and drag on the screenshot to move it around on your screen. If you want to make the screenshot disappear, you can just use your Activator action again, and the screenshot will disappear forever from your screen. If you pinch on the screenshot, you can re-size it to your liking – You can go either bigger or smaller with it.
You can tap and hold on the pinned screenshot to bring up sharing options:
Here, you will be given a prompt that gives you the ability to close the screenshot, save it to your Camera Roll, save the screenshot to your Camera Roll AND close the screenshot, copy the screenshot, or copy the screenshot AND close the screenshot. The Cancel button will dismiss the prompt.
Snapper also adds a small preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure a few options:
Here, you can choose the Activator action that you will use, enable or disable the drop shadow behind the pinned screenshot, and enable or disable a think black border line around the perimeter of the pinned screenshot.
Snapper is one of the more promising-looking jailbreak tweaks we've seen in some time, and we think that this tweak would become very useful in many real-life situations outside of the one mentioned earlier. If you want to give the tweak a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just 99¢. The tweak is confirmed to work on iOS 6 and later.
If you would like to see the tweak in action, you can check out the developer's demo video below:
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iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4
Jonathan Winger Lang