Right before iOS 5 was launched, the echo of, “Oh my gosh! Notification Center looks amazing” could be heard from all around the world. Now that iOS 5 is out, people seem to dislike the fact that Notification Center houses not only notifications, but also widgets. It gets very crowded when you throw all the third party jailbreak widgets into the mix.
To help bring the name, “Notification Center” to a more true level, iOS developer Ori Kadosh
is introducing Dashboard X
, a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to use your Notification Center widgets either on a separate dashboard, or on the home screen among your application icons to brighten up the boring home screen.
The most interesting part about Dashboard X is the ability to add Notification Center widgets directly to the home screen among your application icons. The widgets do not interfere with the placement of the application icons, nor vice versa. Even though they don't interfere with each other, they will layer over each other, meaning that it's a good idea to rearrange the icons so they are away from the widgets. You can rearrange and delete widgets from the home screen exactly the way you do with application icons, holding down on them to enter jiggle mode, dragging them around, or even tapping on the black X button to remove them:
If using Notification Center widgets on your home screen isn’t your cup of tea, then you could opt to use them in a dashboard-like interface, which will be separate from your Notification Center. Ori included this feature so he could dedicate Notification Center to notifications only and then have his widgets in a place away from the notifications to reduce the crowdedness. The dashboard is invoked using an Activator action, and looks like this:
Another awesome feature of Dashboard X is the ability to disable widgets from Notification Center, however they will still remain visible in the dashboard or on the home screen. This is how you can avoid having widgets in Notification Center (dedicating it to notifications only) and keep notifications as the standalone content of Notification Center.
After installing Dashboard X, you will find a preferences pane in the Settings application. From within these options, you can enable and disable widgets from Dashboard X and also choose editing modes, dismissal methods, and Activator actions. The first few settings are involved with the home screen widgets and the bottom section is associated with the dashboard section of the tweak. The preferences pane is dead simple; shown below:
The only people that will find Dashboard X useful are those that like to take advantage of iOS’ widget abilities. Since Dashboard X relies on the beauty of iOS’ widgets to use its functionality, if you don’t use the widgets that often then you probably won’t want Dashboard X. Dashboard X does not slow down the home screen and the animations resemble that of Mac OS X’s dashboard. The animations are very smooth and look native to iOS. Since the dashboard has a transparent background, you will always be able to see what you were doing right behind the widgets. The best part is that Dashboard X works with several third party widgets from Cydia (almost all of them). Apart from those, there will also be some Dashboard X-exclusive widgets.
Developer: Ori Kadosh
Sources: Ori Kadosh