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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. Freerunnering's Avatar
      Freerunnering -
      Quote Originally Posted by fatmono View Post
      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
      Zephyr and CardSwitcher don't conflict, CardSwitcher is a replacement interface. The multitasking bar is still there as well.
      I have Zephyr installed on my development device and have never had a problem with them interfering with each other.
      So you could have Zephyr installed to close apps and switch back to the last app you just came from but then also use CardSwitcher as the multitasking UI it was designed to be.
    1. fatmono's Avatar
      fatmono -
      Quote Originally Posted by Freerunnering View Post
      Zephyr and CardSwitcher don't conflict, CardSwitcher is a replacement interface. The multitasking bar is still there as well.
      I have Zephyr installed on my development device and have never had a problem with them interfering with each other.
      So you could have Zephyr installed to close apps and switcher back to the last app you just came from but then also use CardSwitcher as the multitasking UI it was designed to be.
      The conflict I meant is that I want it to actually replace my multitasking bar and open it with the Zephyr gesture. I will probably try out the tweak anyway - any reports on ram/battery?
    1. Freerunnering's Avatar
      Freerunnering -
      Quote Originally Posted by fatmono View Post
      The conflict I meant is that I want it to actually replace my multitasking bar and open it with the Zephyr gesture. I will probably try out the tweak anyway - any reports on ram/battery?
      The ram & battery usage are unchanged. It is just a UI, it leaves the choice of multitasking up to you. So you can use Backgrounder which keeps them all running at once, and so displaying a live feed CardSwitcher can show.
      Or, as most people do, you can just keep the standard iOS multitasking which suspends the apps in the background. (meaning they aren't displaying a live feed anymore, instead CardSwitcher will show an image of just before they were frozen by iOS).

      Either way CardSwitcher has no effect on the battery, one of 2.0's main goals was to deduce ram usage, and be much smoother and faster then the last one.
    1. Eclipse538's Avatar
      Eclipse538 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sasukekun77 View Post
      Is it really that big a deal to have a wallpaper in your switcher?
      I have a very nice interface ive developed using many tweaks and a my own very custom theme and its a serious flaw to me to not have the bg or ability to choose a bg in any area of the phone.

      2.0 is great but i still must rely in my stock switcher to insure that all of my apps get closed