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  • [Review] NCControl - Use iOS While in Notification Center


    Normally, opening Notification Center yields the effects of being in an application; you have to get out of it before you can go and do something else. If this isn't your cup of tea, then you can try a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed NCControl by iOS developer Ron Melkhior, which lets you control the normal functions of your iDevice even when you have Notification Center opened.

    After installing and respringing your iDevice, you are found with a transparent Notification Center as shown above in the screenshot. The widgets, the 'No New Notifications' text, and any notifications that you have in Notification Center are sitting over whatever you are doing and you still have the ability to scroll around in iOS when Notification Center is opened. You can also tap on things and open them.

    Because of the fact that the Widgets take up a lot of space, I find this tweak to be bluntly useless. If you attempt to touch the screen where one of Apple's widgets are, you will open either Weather or Stocks instead of controlling whatever you're in. If you like to add a ton of third party widgets, you will hate NCControl even more as it makes using iOS behind those widgets nearly impossible.

    Another thing about this tweak that you will probably dislike is the fact that the widgets make viewing the information behind them very difficult. It's also very hard to see any text in Notification Center depending on what you have opened behind it - the Settings application in the screenshot above is a prime example where you can see how hard it is to read the white text on top of the white background because it lacks contrast.

    I was able to get it working in certain places, but I wasn't able to launch applications from the home screen with Notification Center down. While I personally see no reason to need to run applications under Notification Center because I would rather just close it to mess around in an application, someone, somewhere will like to use this tweak. It is free, but I simply cannot recommend it. It requires iOS 5 to use and it does not have any settings to configure.

    Name: NCControl
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0.0-1
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Ron Melkhior
    Editor's Rating:  1/5

    Sources: Ron Melkhior
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] NCControl - Use iOS While in Notification Center started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. christoforo's Avatar
      christoforo -
      Why
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      Quote Originally Posted by christoforo View Post
      Why
      thats what I'm saying.. I almost feel bad for the person who developed this. Probably thought he was on to something. Oh well I'm sure theres someone out there that will find this useful.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by christoforo View Post
      Why
      Because you can.

      I'll try this tweak out. I don't think I'll keep it. I hardly ever use NC.
    1. k3u's Avatar
      k3u -
      Quote Originally Posted by christoforo View Post
      Why
      Exactly.
    1. nickveldrin's Avatar
      nickveldrin -
      Quote Originally Posted by christoforo View Post
      Why
      People with ipads have plenty of room when the notification bar comes down.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickveldrin View Post
      People with ipads have plenty of room when the notification bar comes down.
      It's even easier to close Notification Center and use your iPad.