Lately, a popular topic for recently released jailbreak tweaks and applications is the use of gestures. Whether on the lock screen or within an application of some sort, a fascination for custom gestures has truly taken off lately in regards to what developers are creating. One that is extremely unique and stepped away from the traditional method of gesturing, Gesturizer by Conrad Kramer (@conradev), offers a unique way of utilizing gestures to perform specific actions.
Gesturizer's slogan phrase is "just draw," and the tweak concept is just that. With Gesturizer, draw certain gestures with your fingers to open applications and even perform actions within Activator. By tapping the home button twice and accessing the App Switcher, you have access to the "drawing board" where you can draw your custom gesture.
Custom gestures can be created within the settings tab for Gesturizer and is a simple and easy five-step process. The five-step process goes as follows:
- Name the gesture
- Set the action
- Configure the method by which you perform that action
- Set the glyph (which is the shape you will draw). After setting it, Gesturizer will recognize the drawing and perform that action for you when you do it. You can change this at anytime.
What takes Gesturizer beyond the norm is its deeper integration and reliance on Activator. Your custom gestures can make use of Activator or even open specific URLs you set. When making your gesture you can choose what Activator method you want to utilize whatever method you want. Gesturizer not only uses Activator but can even alter methods and activations directly from the settings panel making it super handy and quickly configurable.
Gesturizer can also be used on the lock screen if you install and configure Cydget, giving you full reign to its numerous capabilities. Find it in the Cydia Store now for $2.99! Note that it is compatible with iOS 4.0+ on the iPod 3rd generation or iPhone 3GS and newer, as well as the iPad.
Author: Conrad Kramer
While undergoing the processing of reviewing this application, I had the opportunity to speak with Conrad and ask him a few questions about Gesturizer. He was gracious enough to answer these questions and give us an inside look on what he's up to in regards to other projects and features for Gesturizer:
JOSH: What gave you the idea to create Gesturizer? How long did it take for you to create a working version of it?
CONRAD: I came up with the idea to make Gesturizer a long while ago. The only thing that prevented me from making it happen, was that I didn't know how to go about implementing it. What got me started working on it was the discovery of an openly published gesture recognition algorithm that I could use to put Gesturizer together. After looking through the algorithm, and planning out how I was going to design Gesturizer, I got a working prototype completed over the course of a three-day weekend.
JOSH: When making Gesturizer, was it pretty easy for you or were there tough spots that took a while (coding, implementation, etc)?
CONRAD: When I wrote the first prototype, the only serious problem I encountered was that the tweak had severe performance issues, due to the nature of the algorithm. This was solved by optimizing and setting limits in the code.
JOSH: Do you have any planned updates with new features coming up soon?
CONRAD: Not currently. I released an update this weekend (1.0.1) that addressed most, if not all, of the bugs people experienced and added in Activator listener support and a lock screen cydget.
JOSH: On top of Gesturizer, do you have any other projects that you are working on that you are able to speak on?
CONRAD: None currently.
JOSH: What other applications have you made and or available?
CONRAD: I am the author of Graviboard and many other small, free tweaks.
Follow Conrad Kramer (@conradev) on Twitter to keep up to speed on what he has in store for Gesturizer and other potential projects.
Source(s): Conrad Kramer