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  • [Review] Deck - The Ultimate iOS Shortcut Menu


    So many functions of iOS are concealed within the Settings application, or require extraneous gestures to perform. There are also so many tweaks and applications in the Cydia store that try to make shortcuts in iOS great, but they lack a major feature features. This sounds bizarre, I know, but features are the number one thing that most shortcut tweaks and applications lack in the Cydia store.

    Coming to the table to compete with all of those shortcut tweaks and applications is a new premium-designed tweak dubbed Deck by iOS developer SBCoders. Just taking a look at the screenshot above, you see the beauty of and work that has gone into Deck. It reminds you of something you would expect right out of Apple themselves, being sleek and simple to use. Deck will set you back just $1.99 to snag a copy from the ModMyi repository of Cydia.



    Deck does more than just offer you toggles like SBSettings or IntelliScreenX can, but it also gives you shortcuts for system actions like composing messages and Tweets, launching Siri or the multitasking App Switcher, respringing and shutting down, or even shortcuts for launching up to six applications of your choice. You can customize not only the applications you want to show in Deck, but you can even customize which system shortcuts will appear.



    The composition button brings up an iOS-style popup, which gives you the ability to compose Tweets, e-mails, or text messages. The iPhone-shaped button gives you an iOS-style popup with the ability to respring, reboot, power down, or lock the device (put it to sleep). Throughout Deck is an interface of extremely great built quality and animations that only add the icing to the cake. The icons look fabulous and the implementation is stunning.

    The list of things you can do with Deck:
    • Respring, reboot, power down, lock the device
    • Quick-upload text to Pastie
    • Toggle a flashlight
    • Launch a music application of your choice (Music, Pandora, Spotify)
    • Launch App Switcher, SpotLight, Notification Center, Siri, Camera, Wallpaper settings
    • Quick compose text messages, e-mails, Tweets
    • Toggle Wi-Fi, airplane mode, location services, Bluetooth, mute, 3G
    • Create up to six application shortcuts

    Deck is opened with an Activator action, which is customizable from the Settings application after you install it from Cydia. I recommend the slide status bar to the left action because it matches very well with the animation of launching Deck as it swings in from the left side of the screen when you launch it. The full Settings pane for Deck is shown below:



    From the Settings pane you can enable and disable Deck at your leisure, choose which interface will appear first when you launch Deck, pick your Activator action for launching Deck, choose which music application on your device will be launched by Deck, and last but not least pick your six actions or applications for the Deck shortcut section.

    At the moment, the 3G toggle is a pseudo-toggle that will take you to the Settings application. The reason for this is because SBCoders released Deck early due to high demand and has yet to finish the toggle. The 3G toggle will work like any other toggle as soon as SBCoders releases the next update. Another thing to be aware of is after installing Deck you will need to disable and then re-enable it and then pick a music application for it to work. This is a small glitch, which will be addressed in the next update.

    I love Deck. I'm sure anyone else who tries it will too.

    Name: Deck
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 0.0.9-1
    Repo: ModMyi
    Developer: SBCoders
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Sources: SBCoders
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Deck - The Ultimate iOS Shortcut Menu started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. Maxime Caudebec's Avatar
      Maxime Caudebec -
      Wow doesn't work on iOS 5.1... That sucks
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Don't know If it's me but it only works on the home screen not when your inside other apps.
    1. nrfuller's Avatar
      nrfuller -
      It's not just you. It seems to only work on the homescreen. Which kinda makes it useless. Pretty app, but without the ability to access settings wherever we want- what's the point? Two bucks, down the drain...
    1. Ryaninfg's Avatar
      Ryaninfg -
      My custom applications aren't showing in the favorites section. Anywhere for that matter.... Anyone else?
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Where did you get that background? Looks like the stock one but better.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryaninfg View Post
      My custom applications aren't showing in the favorites section. Anywhere for that matter.... Anyone else?
      Go into the settings above where you pick your applications and make sure you enable the application shortcut.

      Quote Originally Posted by nrfuller View Post
      It's not just you. It seems to only work on the homescreen. Which kinda makes it useless. Pretty app, but without the ability to access settings wherever we want- what's the point? Two bucks, down the drain...
      This was a pre-release. Expect extended support in the future....
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee19841 View Post
      If this works good with no flaws. I will reconsider using sbsettings.
      Nah, not for me. SBSettings will always be on my jailbroken iPod. It's one of the first tweaks I install everytime I do a jailbreak.
    1. micaiah12's Avatar
      micaiah12 -
      Link to background please?
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Looks slick... Another 1 to add to the purchased apps list lol
    1. rhythm97's Avatar
      rhythm97 -
      I installed this and cannot get it to appear, I've tried multiple Activator methods and nothing gets it open, whether on the Springboard or in an app. help? v0.0.9-1 btw
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhythm97 View Post
      I installed this and cannot get it to appear, I've tried multiple Activator methods and nothing gets it open, whether on the Springboard or in an app. help? v0.0.9-1 btw
      I resprung and the activator methods worked after... But not in apps yet anyways. I'm sure it will get an update soon tho
    1. rhythm97's Avatar
      rhythm97 -
      Ah finally! thanks for the advice, i thought i had resprung it already but apparently not. thanks again
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      This has to be one of my favourite tweaks. Really good!
    1. Modmywhat?'s Avatar
      Modmywhat? -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhythm97 View Post
      I installed this and cannot get it to appear, I've tried multiple Activator methods and nothing gets it open, whether on the Springboard or in an app. help? v0.0.9-1 btw
      see the FAQ: sbcoders.com/home/apps/deck/


      If you want to be safe and thorough, reinstall Deck, reboot, disable deck in settings, respring, reenable Deck in settings, respring, set your activator action from the Deck settings, and activate it from the homescreen.

      You don't /need/ the reboots and resprings really, but that will ensure it works without a doubt every time for every person.
    1. zerowind's Avatar
      zerowind -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      Nah, not for me. SBSettings will always be on my jailbroken iPod. It's one of the first tweaks I install everytime I do a jailbreak.
      Same here. There are too many app toggles I use (mywi, hands free for Siri, openvpn, gv send) that just isn't available on this app. For non-power users this will work instead of SBsettings, but definitely not for me. And with the right skins, SBS looks even slicker.
    1. hotman's Avatar
      hotman -
      For the time being activator is not yet fully compatible with iOS.5. The only reason I still use SBSettings is that it has Autolock, invertcolor, Data, hotspot, etc toggles. which in others tweaks/apps are not available. This tweak surely as bad as SBSettings cause it depends on activator. Let say you forgot to turn autolock off while downloading a big size of app/theme in Cydia. If you try to run SBSettings the activator will warn you "...potentially dangerous..".
    1. hadivelko's Avatar
      hadivelko -
      Great app, can someone tell me what Theme is used in preview it looks beautiful, thanks in advance.
    1. morbidpete's Avatar
      morbidpete -
      Loving this! only 5 mins in and totaly loving it! Might be a full sbsettings replacment!
    1. pete.heat's Avatar
      pete.heat -
      Quote Originally Posted by emartins View Post
      Is that the new iPhone 5 with the larger screen?
      yes thats exactly what it is. The carrying case can also be used as a safety guard for a samari sword.

      *mod edit*
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Will it work without Activator? I have problems with my phone every time I install Activator, probably some compatibility issues but that's another story...

      yes thats exactly what it is. The carrying case can also be used as a safety guard for a samari sword.

      Are you retarded ? I feel bad for your parents. You must have the IQ of a hard boiled egg.

      ******* retarded children.
      Is that what this world is coming to ?
      OMG bro chill out man! I guess we should all just have your temperament. Guy just asked a question cuz he probably did not realize that its Photoshop image to show the entire settings page... geez bro!