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  • Orbit: Exposť for your iPhone
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    video via Steven Troughton-Smith

    Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that are the most useful. Steven Troughton-Smith, a twenty-year-old independent iPhone developer (and student) living in Ireland, has finally released a working implementation of the "Exposť for Springboard" concept as a working app. Called Orbit, it's available for $1.99 on Cydia, and is a simple and straightforward way of navigating up to 12 home screens using a Exposť-like interface.

    The developer is said to be working on an Orbit 2.0 app that makes use of a "pinch" gesture to bring all miniaturized screens up at once. More than just another app, Orbit 2.0 would be a subtle but significant and fundamental modification of the basic iPhone navigation paradigm. Especially if you have a large number of home screen to navigate, this would make a significant difference in the smoothness and speed with which you can control your apps.

    Apple's centralized control of the "look and feel" of the iPhone interface is helpful - up to a point - for helping ensure the ease of use that we've come to expect. However, it may be that the jailbreaking community can provide these kinds of innovative breakthroughs that could make the iPhone eve better. It's further proof that both the authorized and jailbreaker ecosystems are important, and key to future innovation.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Orbit: Exposť for your iPhone started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. scraggles's Avatar
      scraggles -
      Yeah, his tweets are getting further and further from his apps. He's talking about everything BUT the apps. I understand it's twitter, but he should have 2 separate twitter accounts. One for his personal life, one for his 'business'.
    1. mavisxp's Avatar
      mavisxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by scraggles View Post
      Yeah, his tweets are getting further and further from his apps. He's talking about everything BUT the apps. I understand it's twitter, but he should have 2 separate twitter accounts. One for his personal life, one for his 'business'.
      Agreed. Showing potential customers that you have the attention span of a small child is probably not the best idea ...
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Still a bad *** app and I'm glad he wrote it. I use it several times a day, but then again, I have an *** load of apps.

      I wish it would read all of my icons properly, but small price to pay. Hell, I use them as place markers so I can remember the pages quickly.

    1. mavisxp's Avatar
      mavisxp -
      Does anyone have any idea how to get Orbit to launch with a doubletap of the Home button? It would make it infinitely more useful.
    1. iBlade's Avatar
      iBlade -
      Quote Originally Posted by edwilk55 View Post
      Still a bad *** app and I'm glad he wrote it. I use it several times a day, but then again, I have an *** load of apps.

      I wish it would read all of my icons properly, but small price to pay. Hell, I use them as place markers so I can remember the pages quickly.

      I know the solution for your problem. Orbit does use the Icon-Small.png icons from the apps. Just make the missing smaller icons, which have a size ot 29x29 pixel btw, and place them in your app folder. This way you can have different icons on your springboard and others that show on your orbit screen. I for example use semi transparent icons because I use Bosspaper for rotating wallpapers, which would have caused finding the apps I want on my orbit screen, but like I said before since Orbit uses the smaller icons I still see which apps are on each page.
      Hope this helps you out.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Just upgraded this morning from the original package. Even more awesome!!! Great upgrade...very professional looking product now. Well worth the $$$. Thank you!