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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. Commandor's Avatar
      Commandor -
      This the one of two my must have cydia tweak. As IntelliscreenX is so popular that I missed the giveaway, I hope this time I could win one copy of callbar BTW, why is there are only 2 comments after login, but 16 comments before login???
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      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
      Then you can disable that feature if you want. That's what the PhoneCall CallBar option does.
    1. crackertime's Avatar
      crackertime -
      Here is a good question to ask in 2011: How do you retweet something while adding text (like your Cydia number and someone elses name, let's say). Pity answer accepted.
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      I've had callbar for quite some time now and it's a must have. I love the new features that are integrated into v1.0. Great job!
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Never tried callbar before but it looks fantastic. Hopefully I win, If not then I'll buy this bad boy.
    1. thuwun's Avatar
      thuwun -
      This is an awesome tweak. Let's me continue to do what I'm doing without suddenly interrupting. Can't wait to see what the new update brings
    1. AAred's Avatar
      AAred -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Love this tweak. I have no doubt Apple will implement something like this as it's so good!
      You do realize that Apple has only added approximately 0 activator-based tweaks from Cydia to iOS... The closest thing would probably be the notification center that looks like notified and lockinfo
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by AAred View Post
      You do realize that Apple has only added approximately 0 activator-based tweaks from Cydia to iOS... The closest thing would probably be the notification center that looks like notified and lockinfo
      The focus of this tweak is barely around Activator. It's mostly just taking Apple's already-used iOS 5 notification banners and using it for calling too.
    1. AAred's Avatar
      AAred -
      This tweak is awesome! The only thing i could suggest is being able to minimize calls off-screen and putting them into the background which would add an icon to the status bar. And then like biteSMS you could just tap the icon and that would activate the call bar to return.

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      The focus of this tweak is barely around Activator. It's mostly just taking Apple's already-used iOS 5 notification banners and using it for calling too.
      But something this awesome isn't gonna be added by Apple. Just look at the obvious quickreply that they still haven't added. You're still expected to go to the messages app. Preposterous. Meanwhile, Developers like Tucker and Limneos work on these amazing apps that Apple magically manages to break with updates. I think it's pretty sick.
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Then you can disable that feature if you want. That's what the PhoneCall CallBar option does.
      Hmm I thought so but I disabled it and it was still there
    1. blondelefty's Avatar
      blondelefty -
      awesome giveaway! lol
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Nice. This would be a great feature for my iphone4
      Wonder why crApple dont steal this and put it in the next IOS? I bet they will in IOS6

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Why wouldn't it be? You only have 1 Cydia number.
      Actually I have 2.
      When I log in with Facebook I have a different number than if I log in with Google but they both have the same content that I've paid for so I'm not sure which number to use so I use both of them.

      Quote Originally Posted by AAred View Post
      You do realize that Apple has only added approximately 0 activator-based tweaks from Cydia to iOS... The closest thing would probably be the notification center that looks like notified and lockinfo
      What are you going on about? Just about all the new features in IOS5 are either stolen from a cydia or android.

      How about the camera button is now actuvated by the volume buttons. I had that from a cydia/activator tweak and now they've taken it and put it in IOS5.

      I guess you got a new iPod that came with IOS4.3.3 so you don't have a clue about what was happening with the iPhone 1 with iPhoneOS1.3 way back when Cydia started along with Installer.
      I've seen many Installer and Cydia apps become part of IOS and I know crApple WILL steal this as its a very usefull and popular addition to IOS.
      As I said in my last post I think crApple will put this in IOS6.
    1. CByrdie's Avatar
      CByrdie -
      I updated to the new version and it caused my springboard to crash repeatedly! How do I notify josh?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Looks good. Price a bit steep for what it does IMO.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      iPhone 4 iOS 4.3.3 problems ahoy if enabled on the springboard the status bar becomes unresponsive, you have to load an app to get rid of it, so on that note I uninstalled it I use holding the home button for bitesms & had set swipe down on the status bar to activate call bar, but due to the above I can use it.
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      no jailbreak here
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      iPhone 4 iOS 4.3.3 problems ahoy if enabled on the springboard the status bar becomes unresponsive, you have to load an app to get rid of it, so on that note I uninstalled it I use holding the home button for bitesms & had set swipe down on the status bar to activate call bar, but due to the above I can use it.
      Those problems are probably because this is designed for the iOS 5 notification center.
    1. The 8th Immortal's Avatar
      The 8th Immortal -
      I'm on 5.0 (iphone 4) and since i upgraded to 1.0 (officially purchased oringinal) my springboard crashes and i'm thrown into safe mode. My LED notifications wasn't disabled i admit, which some suggest should be done before upgrade or purchase (found out about that in this article).I'll disable LED then report back.

      Quote Originally Posted by duromega View Post
      no jailbreak here
      Whutchoo watin fo?

      After disabling LED notifications then installing Callbar 1.0 my springboard DOES NOT crash. I suggest to anyone having a problem with being thrown into safe mode after installing CallBar, disable LED notifications as suggested by Guitaded. It's also written in the article.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thekirbylover View Post
      Those problems are probably because this is designed for the iOS 5 notification center.
      Its actually not it's fixed now anyways in version 1.0.3 so all good now, also LED notifications on iOS 5.* is fixed.
    1. Tashawn's Avatar
      Tashawn -
      This is one of my favorite tweak. This update is amazing.