SuperSwitcher is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you add favorites and more to your App Switcher.
The App Switcher is a nice little tool to use when you want to switch between applications quickly, but wouldn't it be nice if it did more than just make you scroll through the applications that you used last? With a new jailbreak tweak that has been dubbed SuperSwitcher
by its developer Akhil Tolani
, you can do just that. As you can see from the image above, you are given a box that includes a list of chosen applications which you can set in the Settings application after you install the tweak. But is that all? No... actually there's also a few really useful toggles included!
SuperSwitcher was invented to keep you from having to swipe through your applications in the App Switcher to find your favorite ones. You will find that it makes it easier to launch applications that you've chosen as favorites in your settings than if you had to go through and manually find it in the list of applications in the App Switcher. When you open the Settings application, after installing SuperSwitcher, you will find the ability to set up to nine favorite applications that will always be in your App Switcher no matter what. The applications won't be in the App Switcher itself, but they'll appear in the black box above it. The settings for SuperSwitcher look like this:
The applications that you choose as favorites will always be accessible in the App Switcher and will appear in the box in the order that you choose them respectively. You can move them around by changing your first application with another, your fifth with another, and so forth. You can't just drag to move them like you do on your SpringBoard. When you touch one of the applications in the black box, you'll get a nice glowing effect that occurs until you release the application; at that point the application will launch.
If you didn't notice already from the first image in this review, SuperSwitcher has two pages. One has to do with application switching (the Favorite Apps page), which includes shortcuts for the Phone application, Email application, Messages application, and Safari application. The next page might excite you even more. It includes some useful toggles and sliders (System Settings page). You can see what the toggles and sliders look like in the image below:
SuperSwitcher includes four switches; a Bluetooth toggle, an airplane mode toggle, a Wi-Fi toggle, and a location services toggle. Additionally, there are two sliders at the top. The top one adjusts your screen brightness and the one below it adjusts your iDevice volume. I think that the appearance of the toggles and the sliders looks really nice; very Apple-like for sure. To be straightforward, it basically integrates a really good idea into a function of iOS that we met in iOS 4; it uses SBSettings-like functionality.
You will also notice that there are four buttons; one to respring, one to reboot, one to toggle safe mode, and one to shut off. The four buttons work as soon as you tap them but unfortunately work without giving you any notice of what it's doing first. You might not want to tap one by mistake. At the top left of SuperSwitcher there is a red exit button which you can use to close the black window. After you close it you can get it back again by closing the App Switcher and reopening it.
SuperSwitcher works with iOS 4 and iOS 5 and it doesn't put any icons on your home screen, just a settings cell in your Settings application that lets you choose your favorite applications. I think that this is a cool tweak, you should try it out if it looks like something you could use.
I talked to Akhil about his thoughts on this tweak and here is what he had to say:
Anthony: What was the purpose of making something like this:
Akhil: I have a lot of apps so i really hate scrolling left and right every time I want to launch my favorite app. Also after searching, it's pretty pointless to type the name of it in the spotlight, so that gave me the idea of bookmarking apps in the App Switcher so I can quickly access them without searching the whole SpringBoard.
So while the motive behind making an intuitive tweak like this might have been laziness, you don't have to be lazy to use it. I think that having the toggles there in my App Switcher is a cool idea since you normally have to navigate through settings to get to them. I also feel that the SBSettings method is a bit outdated now - it makes Notification Center lag too much and the pull down menu just doesn't look good anymore with nice-looking applications like IntelliScreenX to compete with it. I think SuperSwitcher is worth trying out - won't you give it a look in Cydia?
Note: Akhil has released two updates for SuperSwitcher to BigBoss which should go live shortly; 1.0.1 will fix a problem which makes the power buttons and other functional buttons not appear correctly. Version 1.0.2 will fix an icon scaling problem. There are no other known problems with SuperSwitcher.
Developer: Akhil Tolani
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Sources: Akhil Tolani