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  • CardSwitcher 2.0 Released


    iOS multitasking is nice, but there are a myriad of ways to improve it especially graphically. Coming to the ring to compete with it is iOS developer iKy1e, the creator of CardSwitcher, which is a WebOS-like multitasking interface for iOS. Just released is version 1.9.9-65 (dubbed 2.0) with a major overhaul and in fact, not even one line of identical code to the previous version as it has been rewritten completely from scratch.

    The update brings not only smooth-as-butter animations, iOS 5 compatibility, and extreme stability, which the older versions did lack, however it also comes with a new view dubbed live view. Live view allows applications that arent suspended by iOS to be moving around in real time while in the background and being viewed through CardSwitcher. This is most notable with games where the environment is always moving. Since iOS multitasking suspends most applications, live view will only pertain to the last-opened application before launching CardSwitcher. If youre using Backgrounder, which keeps iOS from suspending applications, then all of the applications in the background will show in live view.

    Cardflow multitasking as been removed (not to be confused with card view) to make way for a new type of graphical interface called the grid. Pictured above, the grid view places applications in a 2x2 grid with X buttons for closing the applications. If you give the grid a little pinch, you can expand your view to a 3x3 grid, which is extremely useful for when you have numerous applications open at once:



    Once installed, CardSwitcher puts a preferences pane in the Settings application with many kinds of customization settings; the first being an Activator action so you can invoke CardSwitcher on demand separately from the App Switcher (by default, CardSwitcher replaces the App Switcher when you double-press the home buttom). Under that is the option to sync your CardSwitcher multitasking with the App Switcher by having CardSwitcher truly close applications when you quit them from CardSwitcher. The last category has to do with the interface from here you can choose between card or grid view, choose to have the wallpaper or a black background behind the CardSwitcher interface, or the ability to show or hide the X buttons. Applications can be closed one of three ways: 1. Swiping up on them; 2. Swiping down on them; 3. Tapping their X buttons. The settings are shown below:



    CardSwitcher works with any iOS 4 or iOS 5 iDevice including the iPad. Coming in the future for CardSwitcher will be drop shadows for the applications to give it more depth in appearance and new multitasking interface types. This is a pretty awesome-looking multitasking tweak!

    Name: CardSwitcher
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.9.9-65
    Requirements: iOS 4+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: iKy1e
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    Sources: iKy1e
    This article was originally published in forum thread: CardSwitcher 2.0 Released started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      How is this different or better than Multifl0w? multifl0w - an iPhone multitasking interface
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeStorm View Post
      How is this different or better than Multifl0w? multifl0w - an iPhone multitasking interface
      Wondering the same thing.
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeStorm View Post
      How is this different or better than Multifl0w? multifl0w - an iPhone multitasking interface

      to tell you the truth.. except from the live view thing,they area really identical...same tweak different developer
    1. anime007's Avatar
      anime007 -
      better than multiflow esp with vwallpaper installed, multiflow shows black background even with wallpaper selected while cardswitcher shows wallpaper
    1. Sasukekun77's Avatar
      Sasukekun77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by anime007 View Post
      better than multiflow esp with vwallpaper installed, multiflow shows black background even with wallpaper selected while cardswitcher shows wallpaper
      Is it really that big a deal to have a wallpaper in your switcher?
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      Does live view then actually keep apps running like backgrounder does, or only one app (most recently used)?

      And is Backgrounder Beta stable? Been asking this question for weeks without any reply unfortunately.

      I'd like to be able to download through ProTube or other downloading apps while using other apps.

      If CardSwitcher 2.0 can do this, I'm sold! Else, is Backgrounder Beta stable and compatible with CardSwitcher? Any help appreciated.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeStorm View Post
      How is this different or better than Multifl0w? multifl0w - an iPhone multitasking interface
      you mean apart from the fact that it's compatible with iOS5?
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      I'm just wondering when this was released because I def have the bigboss repo and there is NO card switcher 2.0. It's still version 1.99.65 or whatever. Has this not yet been released in Cydia?

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      you mean apart from the fact that it's compatible with iOS5?
      I'm pretty sure multifl0w is iOS 5 compatible. On the download page in Cydia it states they fixed a "black screen" error on iOS 5. My guess is they wouldn't have posted that if it wasn't iOS 5 ready. But the actual changelog doesn't confirm it.
    1. raptorjr's Avatar
      raptorjr -
      I'm using multifl0w on a 4S, iOS5, not a single problem
    1. mogul75's Avatar
      mogul75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by anime007 View Post
      better than multiflow esp with vwallpaper installed, multiflow shows black background even with wallpaper selected while cardswitcher shows wallpaper
      But I already own Multiflow.... so I guess I will stick with it. I have to say it is the mod I used the most.
    1. Freerunnering's Avatar
      Freerunnering -
      Quote Originally Posted by iMack007 View Post
      Does live view then actually keep apps running like backgrounder does, or only one app (most recently used)?

      And is Backgrounder Beta stable? Been asking this question for weeks without any reply unfortunately.

      I'd like to be able to download through ProTube or other downloading apps while using other apps.

      If CardSwitcher 2.0 can do this, I'm sold! Else, is Backgrounder Beta stable and compatible with CardSwitcher? Any help appreciated.
      CardSwitcher is just a UI it leaves the choice of multitasking to the user. Backgrounder has been updated to iOS 5 (there are only a few minor issues).
      CardSwitcher shows a live view of an application which is running. Once iOS has suspended the app then it isn't displaying anything so CardSwitcher shows an image of just before it was suspended.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      I'm just wondering when this was released because I def have the bigboss repo and there is NO card switcher 2.0. It's still version 1.99.65 or whatever. Has this not yet been released in Cydia?.
      From the article

      Just released is version 1.9.9-65 (dubbed 2.0) with a major overhaul and in fact, not even one line of identical code to the previous version as it has been rewritten completely from scratch
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      I'm pretty sure multifl0w is iOS 5 compatible. On the download page in Cydia it states they fixed a "black screen" error on iOS 5. My guess is they wouldn't have posted that if it wasn't iOS 5 ready. But the actual changelog doesn't confirm it.
      They really should update their website multifl0w - an iPhone multitasking interface and the description in cydia which mentions iOS 4 but not until you get to the changelog - as others have confirmed it does work with iOS5 so the main difference between the apps appears to be the price...
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      I'm just wondering when this was released because I def have the bigboss repo and there is NO card switcher 2.0. It's still version 1.99.65 or whatever. Has this not yet been released in Cydia?



      I'm pretty sure multifl0w is iOS 5 compatible. On the download page in Cydia it states they fixed a "black screen" error on iOS 5. My guess is they wouldn't have posted that if it wasn't iOS 5 ready. But the actual changelog doesn't confirm it.
      Your assumption is correct. Multifl0w works fine with no poroblmems on my 4S
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      Your assumption is correct. Multifl0w works fine with no poroblmems on my 4S
      Well good I'm glad I finally assumed something right lol. I wish Zephyr would now be updated to have the ability to just close an app via a swipe, but when you choose it, it also causes the switcher to open which in turn conflicts with cardswitcher. In your opinion do you think Multiflow is better than The new updated card switcher?
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Why does it show terrn comments at the top but only one shows...
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      .yeah i like multiflow... Only thing would be letting it hook the apps with zypher or even multitouch gestures n iPad. I hate HAVING to use the home button to be able to use multiflow when icon close apps and switch apps with a number of other options.
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Quote Originally Posted by anime007 View Post
      better than multiflow esp with vwallpaper installed, multiflow shows black background even with wallpaper selected while cardswitcher shows wallpaper
      Now if it could actually support vwallpaper overlay it would be totally SICK! Lets hope it happens, eventually. Sayin...
    1. ZSakowski's Avatar
      ZSakowski -
      This app works Great! Runs smooth and looks good! As soon as I installed this, I removed MultiFlow and Backgrounder because it's much more user-friendly and seems to do the job of both apps.
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      Quote Originally Posted by raptorjr View Post
      I'm using multifl0w on a 4S, iOS5, not a single problem
      Same here
    1. fatmono's Avatar
      fatmono -
      Quote Originally Posted by PoEtikly View Post
      Well good I'm glad I finally assumed something right lol. I wish Zephyr would now be updated to have the ability to just close an app via a swipe, but when you choose it, it also causes the switcher to open which in turn conflicts with cardswitcher. In your opinion do you think Multiflow is better than The new updated card switcher?
      Check your settings - you can choose just to close an app with Zephyr. But I love the multitasking shortcut it provides.. I don't think I can give it up for this or multifl0w