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  • [Review] Appswitch - App Shortcuts In the App Switcher


    Shortcuts, shortcuts, and more shortcuts; they make iOS so pleasing to use. When do we draw the line? A quick answer – we don’t, because jailbreaking means unlimited possibilities.

    If you find it extremely difficult to look on your home screen to find the application you want to launch, or to search SpotLight for the application you want to launch, or to launch Siri and tell her to open an application after installing a third party Siri addon to give her that functionality, then a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Appswitch by iOS developer Ron Melkhior might help you out some.

    Appswitch makes it so you can add up to four application shortcuts to your multitasking App Switcher. These four applications are added through a preferences pane inside of your Settings application and they will always be present in the multitasking App Switcher no matter what – even when you have one of the applications running. There are four cells for choosing each application and then you tap on the “Apply Changes” button to perform a respring and save your changes:



    While the tweak could undoubtedly come in handy for certain things, it’s not without its noticeable visual flaws. Some of the major flaws include how the applications don't have any labels and the way the icons are shaped oddly (more rectangular) in comparison to Apple’s true icon size (which are perfect squares):



    Functionally, the tweak works just fine. All of the applications launch rapidly as you would expect them to. If you have any applications hidden with Springtomize or some other kind of application-hiding service, these shortcuts will still show those applications in the App Switcher. This means if you want to hide applications from your home screen, Appswitch is a good way to keep them in reach.

    Appswitch is a SwitcherLoader add-on and will therefore install SwitcherLoader as a dependency if you don’t already have it installed. Appswitch also requires iOS 5 to be installed. If you want to add application shortcuts to the App Switcher, then check out Appswitch. If you hate adding clutter to places like the App Switcher, then Appswitch will not impress you. It does not yet work with the iPad – only the iPhone and iPod touch.

    Name: Appswitch
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0.0-1
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Ron Melkhior
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: Ron Melkhior
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Appswitch - App Shortcuts In the App Switcher started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      Would be better if it puts four of the one we want on the bottom of the notification bar. Unless I missed one for that.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by spooneditr View Post
      Would be better if it puts four of the one we want on the bottom of the notification bar. Unless I missed one for that.
      Not sure what you mean by notification bar.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      How about a video? ;p
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Quote Originally Posted by spooneditr View Post
      Would be better if it puts four of the one we want on the bottom of the notification bar. Unless I missed one for that.
      You mean putting launchable apps in notification Center?
    1. tuantime's Avatar
      tuantime -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Not sure what you mean by notification bar.
      Probably meant notification center which would be nice. Too bad my home button doesn't always work, I download this for sure.
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      The settings read a little weird: First App, Second App, App Three, App Four. Just kinda inconsistent there, nbd though.
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by tuantime View Post
      Probably meant notification center which would be nice. Too bad my home button doesn't always work, I download this for sure.
      grab zephyr. it's great
    1. CustomSS1's Avatar
      CustomSS1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spooneditr View Post
      Would be better if it puts four of the one we want on the bottom of the notification bar. Unless I missed one for that.
      There's another tweak for this called "AppsCenter". Check it out on Cydia, it's free
    1. iMod94's Avatar
      iMod94 -
      i have a question, where do you get the iPod & iPhone pictures you use cause i have been looking for one like that.
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      So there is one for the notification center. The one where you pull down from the top. If AppsCenter is that one.. That'd be awesome to use and zephyr.. is that similar?

      Could be a image he has saved and then take's the picture and puts in them and then.. BAM!