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  • [Giveaway] CallBar 1.0 is Live in Cydia and We're Going to Give Some Away to Celebrate! UPDATED!

    Here it is folks, the new, the beautiful, the one-of-a-kind CallBar 1.0 is live on Cydia!

    Do you like the notification system in iOS 5; the banners that pop up when you are playing a game and disappear instead of the annoying pop up menus that get in your way and pause your game on you? Then folks, CallBar 1.0 is for you. CallBar 1.0 takes the idea of iOS 5's banner system and integrates it with phone calls as well. Usually, when someone calls your iPhone, your entire screen becomes dedicated to a phone interface which allows you to slide to answer the call, or press the power button to decline it. One of the alternatives to being forced to slide to answer was John Heaton's EZDecline, which you can read more about here. Albeit EZDecline seems less iOS 5-like compared to CallBar 1.0; CallBar 1.0 makes the call appear like an iOS 5 banner notification. On top of that, CallBar 1.0 looks better, acts better, and feels better than the previous CallBar.

    CallBar 1.0 is a collaboration work between our very own Joshua Tucker and iOS jailbreak developer Elias Limneos. Joshua Tucker was responsible for the concept of CallBar 1.0 and also for the appearance and GUI of it. Elias Limneos was responsible for coding out and building CallBar 1.0 from scratch. That being said, both of them had a massive input in the design of this awesome tweak and without either one of them, CallBar 1.0 could not exist today.

    CallBar 1.0 has all new settings, interfaces, and functions. In the new CallBar 1.0, when receiving a call, you can swipe left on the banner to decline the call or swipe right on the banner to accept the call. It's pretty intuitive compared to the traditional method of answering phone calls on the iPhone. Moreover, have you ever noticed the options that are on your screen when you are in the middle of a call with someone; the Speaker, Mute, Keypad, Hold buttons? CallBar 1.0 doesn't do away with that – instead, when in the middle of a call, you can tap on the CallBar 1.0 banner and a small spry menu will appear that shows those same options. The spry menu looks like this:



    As you can see from the image above, when you are in a call, CallBar 1.0 automatically adjusts itself so that it is under the status bar. This gives you access to Activator actions and the time and battery life while you're in a call. Additionally, CallBar 1.0 works on the lock screen as well as on the SpringBoard or while you're in an application. When you're on your lock screen and you get a call, CallBar 1.0 will simply appear like a regular banner and offer the same functionality as if would from an application or on SpringBoard when your iDevice is unlocked. It looks like this on the lock screen:



    Joshua Tucker and Elias Limneos didn't slack off with landscape applications either. There are two orientations of the iPhone; portrait mode, which is long ways up and down and landscape mode which is long ways side to side. CallBar 1.0 works with both orientations. To show you this, I started writing myself a note in the Notes application in landscape mode when I suddenly received a call:



    In case you were wondering about CallBar 1.0's settings, here they are:



    You can enable or disable CallBar 1.0 entirely, or you can control if it works on both SpringBoard and the lock screen or just the SpringBoard (applications included). Under that you have the option to turn off CallBar 1.0 for phone calls. This means that CallBar 1.0 will only appear when you are receiving an incoming FaceTime call, Skype call, or Viber call. It won't show up from a phone call. Under that is the Dialer Activation Method which lets you select an Activator action for the built in dialer. Under that, the Answer in-Place option lets you choose between having the phone call through the CallBar 1.0 GUI or having the phone call through the stock iOS GUI. What this means is that when you answer a call, either the screen will show what you normally see, the full screen engulfed by Apple's stock phone GUI, or you will see the SpringBoard or application you are in with your phone call information showing up in CallBar 1.0 instead. The in-Place options are what give you the ability to pull down the spry menu. You can have one of two spry menu options. You can have the black pull-down look which is the default, or you can choose the buttons that are built right into the banner notification itself. I personally prefer the default because it seems more lively. Under those options you have the ability to select which applications get to use CallBar 1.0. By default they are all turned on; CallBar 1.0 can be configured to work with FaceTime, Skype, and Viber as well as the Phone application. Last but not least, you can choose to use the power button to either decline the call or lock the device. I prefer to leave this at the defaults as well, i fact, I like the entire menu of settings at the default. CallBar 1.0 will also put an application shortcut icon on your SpringBoard to gain access to the settings faster.

    In my opinion, I like CallBar 1.0 more than its predecessor. It is sleeker, more useful, and has less bugs in it. I love all of the settings and I love how it looks so Apple-ish. I recommend CallBar 1.0 to anyone who wants a more convenient way of answering calls on their iDevice. CallBar 1.0 is compatible with all iOS 4 and iOS 5 iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. I use it on an iPhone 4 and an iPod touch 4G and it works great.

    EDIT: CallBar 1.0-3 was released to update CallBar 1.0-1. It fixes some problems that were addressed in CallBar 1.0-1. The update includes fixes for:
    • Fixed a crash issue when “Led Flash on Alerts” option was enabled in accessibility on iOS5
    • Added Voicemail button on the Dialer Interface
    • Fixed custom ringtones playing texttones if a custom texttone for the contact was selected
    • Added support for custom vibration patterns
    • Improved dialer’s Favorites and Recents UI
    • Added ability to see the numbers dialed when in a call
    • Phone numbers now appear with localized format
    • Added ability to tap the status bar to scroll on top into dialer’s tables
    • Passing through status bar touches when CallBar is visible, for several gestures compatibility
    • The package now doesn’t depend on Activator, its optional



    Name: CallBar
    Price: $3.99
    Version: 1.0-3
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developers: Elias Limneos, Joshua Tucker
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Sources: Elias Limneos, Joshua Tucker
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Giveaway] CallBar 1.0 is Live in Cydia and We're Going to Give Some Away to Celebrate! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      CallBar version 1.0-3 was released as an update today. Please view the EDIT in the article to see what's new!
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      yeh well after that update to 1.0-3 (ios 4.3.3 iP4) I try to make a call from my favorites list and my phone freezes up for 15sec and crashes into safe mode. Anyone else having issues?
    1. mamipig22's Avatar
      mamipig22 -
      Very nice, apple need to give these jailbreak guys some incentives to make the iPhone really more appealing.
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      Looks great well done I will buy this on my 4s when a jailbreak comes available thank you to the creators and for doing a feature on this
    1. russian711's Avatar
      russian711 -
      Running ios 4.0, on my ip4. Downloaded the newest version of call bar, and my ip4 still crashes. Am I doing something wrong?
    1. iamthekiller's Avatar
      iamthekiller -
      This is sadly the second time I'm trying Callbar and the second time I'm uninstalling after 5 minutes of use.



      I receive a call while the phone is locked. I answer it. I hold it up to my ear and the screen goes dark as usual. I'm still on the call and take the phone away from my ear - the screen never again lights up. Button presses do not allow the screen to come on, although the other caller still hears me. It's not until the call is ended by the caller and I wait about 10 seconds, am I able to use the phone again.It seems to work fine while I'm using the phone (email, browsing, etc), but lock screen is a disaster.



      Note that I have Lockinfo installed, and it's possibly causing a conflict. The phone feature of your phone is too risky to deal with bugs. God forbid there's an emergency and you can't use your phone to call for help.
    1. kressley's Avatar
      kressley -
      Any reason why custom contact ringtones don't work on my IPhone 4 w/5.0, but my wifes Iphone 4 on 4.3.1 works fine? And when I was on 4.3.1 it worked fine?
    1. supeazn's Avatar
      supeazn -
      Quote Originally Posted by guitarded View Post
      Be sure to turn off "led flash for alerts" in settings > general > accessibility before installing callbar 1.0 if you have them turned on in ios 5.
      Y?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by supeazn View Post
      Y?
      You don't need to anymore.

      This bug was fixed already
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      the last update v1.0-4 fixes the calling from favorites issue
    1. Santan's Avatar
      Santan -
      My first call received almost worked flawlessly. My custom ringtones do not work, only default. I also do not have the "Dialer Activation Method" option enabled. When I open it, its blank.
    1. idkanymore's Avatar
      idkanymore -
      Quote Originally Posted by iZangetsu View Post
      The only problems I've have with the update is that the bar stays on the screen during a call and that blocks the buttons at the top of alot of apps. Also it's easy to accidentally end a call with that swipe method also
      That is the exact problem I'm having. I cant continue to use my phone with this thing blocking the important buttons on top of the screen.
      I tried to mess with a few settings but no help. If I turn off "phonecall callbar" it won't show the call bar when people call which defeats the purpose of the app.
    1. allicatmeow's Avatar
      allicatmeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by idkanymore View Post
      That is the exact problem I'm having. I cant continue to use my phone with this thing blocking the important buttons on top of the screen.
      I tried to mess with a few settings but no help. If I turn off "phonecall callbar" it won't show the call bar when people call which defeats the purpose of the app.
      i third this. very frustrating that you cannot multitask on your phone with it blocking the top buttons, so i had to uninstall. developer should have an option to hide the bar by swiping while on the call.
    1. idkanymore's Avatar
      idkanymore -
      Quote Originally Posted by allicatmeow View Post
      i third this. very frustrating that you cannot multitask on your phone with it blocking the top buttons, so i had to uninstall. developer should have an option to hide the bar by swiping while on the call.
      You should send them an email just to show some support for the change. I suggested to somehow shrink it to the status bar. I sent them an email but they didn't respond but it would help if you show them many people are having the same issue. Their email is [email protected]
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      If you get SwipeNav then the back button on apps that gets blocked by Callbar can be bypassed by a simple screen swipe...
    1. idkanymore's Avatar
      idkanymore -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      If you get SwipeNav then the back button on apps that gets blocked by Callbar can be bypassed by a simple screen swipe...
      Going "back" is not the issue. For example, when in the Notes app and in a note, top left is "done" and top right is +. Neither of these buttons can be pressed during the phone call because it is being blocked by callbar. This is just one example. And Getting another app to fix this app's design flaw isn't a great solution.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I agree there is that flaw... I have used Callbar since day one of its release... Honestly I never noticed the issue until i read this topic today... So I tried it out in a few apps... The apps I tried all had a back button in the upper left and so I bypassed that problem because I already had swipe nav... Now that you mention the notes app I can see how that would be a problem... I guess I usually have my phone to my ear and never noticed this issue of callbar blockin things...

      Quote Originally Posted by idkanymore View Post
      Going "back" is not the issue. For example, when in the Notes app and in a note, top left is "done" and top right is +. Neither of these buttons can be pressed during the phone call because it is being blocked by callbar. This is just one example. And Getting another app to fix this app's design flaw isn't a great solution.
      I just tried the Notes app with Callbar... I see your point and it is very valid. Now that I tried it out on Notes it is frustrating that u cant add a new note while using the phone. SwipeNav isn't the best solution to fix this "flaw" but if you already have it at least the apps with a back button are covered while using Callbar... Much respect to the developers of Callbar for the awesome tweak despite its flaw(s). I was not a fan of the stock way of receiving calls... Plus being a huge Activator fan it's nice to be able to place a call while say reading a web page and never having to leave it... In time im sure our friends who created Callbar will give us an update to remedy this flaw, until then I will still happily and gratefully use Callbar and recommend it to those who I inspire to Jailbreak their iPhone
    1. idkanymore's Avatar
      idkanymore -
      I'll agree that I still really like the app as well, hell of a lot nicer than stock but if I end up being stuck again (sometimes I need to write things down or do something on the phone while on a call), I may have to uninstall till they release a update to address it. Would be nice to receive a response to my email as well. What's weird is that I don't remember this issue when I was using 4.x, I think they changed it to this for IOS 5 which is why I haven't noticed it till now (recently jailbroke 4S).

      Long story short, if you use your phone while on a call, you may want to wait for an update before buying this.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Now that I think about it it's kinda funny that at times have to grab a pen and paper to jot something down when I should be able to add a new note while using Callbar... Maybe I will email them as well about usability with apps and primarily notes...