Open URLs Quickly with QuickSafari
Ever wanted to look up a URL quickly without having to go into Safari and typing in the URL? The tediousness of just about anything where you have to leave what you're doing to do another process can get on your nerves after a while. And in this case, searching URLs could be a potential tedious act for you. Since web browsing is a stable feature of any iDevice, cut yourself some time by using QuickSafari to launch URLs and the Safari application.
Just as the name eludes to, QuickSafari allows you type in URLs and open the Safari application with the respective address - the key feature though is the dialogue box can be activated from anywhere. Set the QuickSafari window to any Activator method to bring it up from anywhere on your device, including the lock screen (does not work correctly if you have a passcode on your device - I let the developer know of this). The process is rather simple; activate the the window, type in your URL, and than execute. The application is pretty basic at this point does have potential for being even more convenient and handy.
If you find this application of interest to you, download it from Cydia. It's available for $0.99 and is compatible on on all devices and firmwares, except the iOS 5 beta.
I was able to speak the developer, Itay (@itaybre)
, and ask him a few questions about his work with QuickSafari:
What gave you the idea to make QuickSafari? How long did it take to make a working version?
ITAY: Well, I usually use my iPod touch in the school to search Google and browse websites, so I realized that the process to search something in Safari was too long. It didn't take me much time, like 3 or 4 hours with the testing.
Was this an easy tweak for you to make or was it difficult? If it was difficult, what components were the most difficult?
ITAY: It wasn't too difficult because I already had most of the code from other apps I did, I only had to sit and write the code again.
Do you have any planned updates with new features coming soon?
ITAY: Yes, I have many features to include like custom browser, search commands for other sites, and much more.
Are you working on any other projects that you'd like to speak on?
ITAY: Currently I am working on a tweak called SpyPhoto which will allow you to take pictures on your device (front or back camera) without making any sound or making that "flash" motion on your screen. It will be activated using a gesture. I am going to release it in the next few days if I can confirm that it is working fine.
What other applications have you made and are available (App Store and (or) Cydia)?
ITAY: I have many applications and tweaks in Cydia, like iFinder, iRepo, ClearSpotlight, No Keyboard Spotlight, Custom Double Space and TorrentER. Most of them are free and are very useful for any user.
Stay informed about what Itay (@itaybre)
has in store by following him on Twitter.
: Itay Brenner