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  • New Jailbreak Tweak Allows Window Management for iPad


    If you have been looking for a way to make your iPad feel right at home with your personal computer instead of having the limited mobile interface on that huge screen, then look no further than a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Quasar by iOS developer Pedro Franceschi. We aren’t claiming in any way that this jailbreak tweak makes your iPad a personal computer, however it adds an important feature to the iPad that most personal computers come with – window management.

    As illustrated by the screenshot above, applications run in windows instead of launching as full-screen applications, which is the way iOS forces them run by default. This allows the applications to run side by side to one another so you can multitask without ever having to use the iOS multitasking App Switcher to do so (just like you would with Mac OS X or Windows). You can manually adjust the size of each window using the resizing handle in the bottom right-hand corner. You can force them into full-screen if you prefer it that way, and then easily slide back into window view. Another really interesting feature the developer included is the ability to run iPhone applications in their native size. This means you can use iPhone applications right next to iPad applications without stretching them and losing image quality:



    Of course, because these applications are running live side-by-side, only the iPad has support for it. It would not be practical to have applications running side-by-side on the iPhone or iPod touch because as aforementioned, the iPad has enough room to escape the limited mobile interface, whereas the iPhone or iPod touch is just bogged down to that small screen. It should also be noted that this tweak will require more memory and processing power to use in comparison to the multitasking App Switcher.

    The developer mentions in the Cydia description how Quasar is integrated into the multitasking App Switcher in such a way where tapping the close button on an application running in window-view will cause the application to close, however it will not quit the application from running in the background. You will also notice the applications in window view respond to your actions in the App Switcher, such as closing an application in the App Switcher will close the window of the related application. Quasar also includes integration with the App Store, Safari, and YouTube applications, so when you tap on a link that opens one of those applications, it launches in a separate window instead of launching one of the applications in full-screen, as iOS would normally.

    Below, the developer shows us a quick demonstration of Quasar in action, to help use better understand the concept:



    The idea is a great one for the iPad, however the Quasar jailbreak tweak will set you back a hefty $9.99 to grab a copy. The foundation for finding Quasar to be a useful tweak depends on how you prefer using your iPad. If you prefer the limited mobile interface, then Quasar might not be for you. On the other hand, if you want to use applications on your iPad similarly to how you use them on your personal computer at home, then you would definitely want to give Quasar a try. You can find Quasar on the BigBoss repository and you need to be running iOS 5 on your iPad to use it.

    Sources: Pedro Franceschi
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New iPad Jailbreak Tweak Allows Window Management for iPad started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. KihOshk's Avatar
      KihOshk -
      So, I tried replying to this thread twice on my iPad, but it froze due to Quasar; multiple hard-resets, lost work, frustration. Great idea, not quite ready yet. I will forego a refund in hopes the bugs are ironed out soon. The first issue I encountered was that the accelerometer didn't work. Next, the cursor would jump around randomly while entering text, and the browser would intermittently scroll to the top of the page. Sadly, I had to uninstall. How about some beta testing first?
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      I purchased this tweak and I too was disappointed. Very buggy. For me it's unusable. Uninstalled until they get some of the bigger bugs worked out. Great idea though.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      looks like the iPad has finally got true multitasking. Cant wait to try it out.
    1. KihOshk's Avatar
      KihOshk -
      Well, you're gonna be waiting...it's not ready yet. Nice avatar! Need a boyfriend?
    1. JesseDegenerate's Avatar
      JesseDegenerate -
      Quote Originally Posted by KihOshk View Post
      So, I tried replying to this thread twice on my iPad, but it froze due to Quasar; multiple hard-resets, lost work, frustration. Great idea, not quite ready yet. I will forego a refund in hopes the bugs are ironed out soon. The first issue I encountered was that the accelerometer didn't work. Next, the cursor would jump around randomly while entering text, and the browser would intermittently scroll to the top of the page. Sadly, I had to uninstall. How about some beta testing first?
      I'm typing this, with Plex running next to safari, watching mythbusters. Do you have an iPad 1 or 2? How many dylibs are you running?
    1. jeffrh's Avatar
      jeffrh -
      This looks really incredible. I run SwitcherCleaner and Backgrounder. Anyone have thoughts on how these might interact? Should I uninstall these two before trying Quasar?
    1. kuanyu's Avatar
      kuanyu -
      wow
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Looks amazing, don't have an iPad, so unfortunately can't try it out.

      As for the "apple should have done this, beaten to the punch by jailbreakers again" type comments, it's my opinion that Apple hasn't added this type of functionality yet for a reason. Does anyone really believe Apple hasn't thought of or created this yet?

      Apple is all about iOS being universal, as simple as pie. This allows people who own a iPhone, to buy an iPad (and vice-versa), and know exactly how it functions, how it works, which button does what, etc, before they have ever even touched the device.

      Adding this big of a change to the iPads iOS would destroy the seamless transition Apple has created for customers when going from the iPhone to the iPad, and vice-versa.

      I know for us techies, we hate the limitations that this universal strategy puts on our devices, and it's hard for us to understand why Apple wouldn't want to just release the most kickass, versatile, powerful, customizable, cutting edge, feature packed iOS possible. I would love that, you would love that.

      Yet sadly for us, the majority of iOS users wouldn't love that. They just want their idevice to work, and not have to learn anymore "difficult" tasks such as learning how to save a picture to their picture roll, or how to enable and disable wifi. Using the task manager..... simply out of the question for many.

      Although I do wish Apple would unleash iOS, it's not going to, and it shouldn't. This strategy is brilliant, and it's only a part of their grand scheme. With Lion, we are seeing OSX slowly evolving into a iOS/OSX hybrid. It's genius...All of these millions and millions of new iPhone users, if they have the option to buy a computer (and TV) that works exactly how their amazing iPhone does, my guess is that they will.

      We see Apple adding iOS features to OSX, so I guess the big question is, when will we see more OSX features being added to iOS? It will happen....but slowly....very slowly. So i guess the moral of the story is.....Thank god for the jailbreak community!!!!!
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      For someone that can't even use this jailbreak
      ie iLoveWindows&iPhone
      nice rant Facepalm
    1. Spaceman1701's Avatar
      Spaceman1701 -
      Great idea but doesnt work properly for me. What a waste ofmoney. I am glad it works for others. It works for me but every window is upside down and rotate doesnt help. I personally use my ipad with thehome button onthe left, this app makes me flip the ipad around and then my case is backwards. Also, when viewing a webpage via this, it is all choppy and slow.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      After having nothing but issues with it I uninstalled this tweak. I did notice today that the version is 1.0.1. Does anyone know if it was updated overnight. I would love for it to work. Especially after the 10 bucks I paid.
    1. fabbuloso's Avatar
      fabbuloso -
      Great tweak.i always wanted this but.it doesnt work properly.fullscreen mode sucks.rotation sucks.if all works well.its worth ten bucks.but for this versio now i wouldnt pay a dime.
    1. johni's Avatar
      johni -
      Who wants to make a wager and bet that this developer will get a job at Apple??
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      This is something I wished the iPad could do ever since it came out! Had I known something like this was coming out in Cydia I would have kept my jailbroken iPad 2 a little longer. Now I have to wait for a iPad 3 JB which may not come for months..
    1. KihOshk's Avatar
      KihOshk -
      Quote Originally Posted by JesseDegenerate View Post
      I'm typing this, with Plex running next to safari, watching mythbusters. Do you have an iPad 1 or 2? How many dylibs are you running?
      Although Mother says "Don't associate with degenerates.", I will answer this:

      I gotta buncha crap running on an iPad2 5.0.1, but never had these issues before. I read that a ver. 1.0.1 came out; I'll have a lookie.

      Quote Originally Posted by KihOshk View Post
      Although Mother says "Don't associate with degenerates.", I will answer this:

      I gotta buncha crap running on an iPad2 5.0.1, but never had these issues before. I read that a ver. 1.0.1 came out; I'll have a lookie.
      Testing...testing...

      The quick lazy dog jumps over a fox or something.

      New version installed, although the update notes do not address my issues, all seems well thus far. Will report back later.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      For those of you suggesting Apple should hire this developer I'm pretty sure they already know how to make this work. they just choose not to.

      Just like the original multitasking. They could have released the first iPhone with the ability to multitask, copy & paste, etc., but simply chose not to.

      I seriously doubt the reason Apple hasn't included this is that they can't figure out how.
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      This is why 5.1 jailbreak for new iPad should come out. I so want this!
    1. Gentleman K's Avatar
      Gentleman K -
      Purchased this amazing little (only 32k!) a couple of days ago and as such, there are a few notable bugs and annoyances...
      - FaceTime is refusing to startup when Quasar is installed.
      - Some iPhone apps are cutoff from the top by about 10px. (i.e. Zombie Booth, etc.)
      - Using iPhone only apps (apps that have no iPad equivalent) has been rather annoying, especially games that are landscape only. For example, if the iPad is portrait mode, naturally a landscape only iPhone game will appear sideways. Changing the iPad orientation to landscape causes the iPhone app to rotate as well.
      - No way to "zoom-in" on iPhone only apps, like iOS natively handles. This renders tweaks like RetinaPad, useless, since there's no reason display the hi-res graphics. (yet in one of the updates, it specifically mentions Retinapad support)

      My wish list:
      1) iPhone only apps have a "rotate", "resize", and "fullscreen" buttons.
      2) Perhaps a "default zoom" feature, where the user can specify which apps (like Safari), natively open in full screen. Then when home button is pressed it minimizes to a window.

      With all that said, people should still check Quasar out. The author is obviously hard at work, with what seems to be daily updates.