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  • [Review] Dashboard X - A New Way to Use iOS Widgets


    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.

    Name: Dashboard X
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: ModMyi.
    Developer: Ori Kadosh
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    Sources: Ori Kadosh
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Dashboard X - A New Way to Use iOS Widgets started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. marciopego's Avatar
      marciopego -
      Weather widget doesn't update automaticly, need a springboard restart :/
    1. LTechTalk's Avatar
      LTechTalk -
      Cool ! Does this work with the iPad 2 ?
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryaninfg View Post
      Lockinfo also allows you to do this. This tweak just seems a little more customizable. May have to give it a shot.
      LockInfo is great but it had some problems with some of the widgets. I bought this tweak within a heartbeat and I love it already. Not a single problem.
    1. gotzaiPhone's Avatar
      gotzaiPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by marciopego View Post
      Weather widget doesn't update automaticly, need a springboard restart :/
      Instead of re-springing, try this. Pull down the NC and tap the weather widget to update (even though you don need to) and then once the little location arrow goes away, the springboard widget will be updated too. Its an annoying way to fix the issue, but better than a respring. I hope there is some fix or new weather widget in the future to fix that.
    1. Mc-Lovin_341's Avatar
      Mc-Lovin_341 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LTechTalk View Post
      Cool ! Does this work with the iPad 2 ?
      Yes, works on all devices
    1. LTechTalk's Avatar
      LTechTalk -
      Cool :P
    1. Limpfoot's Avatar
      Limpfoot -
      This tweak doesn't work well, Iam using clock widget for dashboard its showing me different time from the original time and time update is slow.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Limpfoot View Post
      This tweak doesn't work well, Iam using clock widget for dashboard its showing me different time from the original time and time update is slow.
      Are you sure that isn't the widgets fault and not dashboard X itself?
    1. albey20's Avatar
      albey20 -
      It doesn't seems to work for me, don't know what is the problem but keeps crashing the springboard, have intelliscreen x, barrel, folder enhancher, winterbord, don't know which one makes the incopatibility
    1. Mc-Lovin_341's Avatar
      Mc-Lovin_341 -
      Quote Originally Posted by albey20 View Post
      It doesn't seems to work for me, don't know what is the problem but keeps crashing the springboard, have intelliscreen x, barrel, folder enhancher, winterbord, don't know which one makes the incopatibility
      Try removing folder enhancer I have all them but that and mine works fine
    1. albey20's Avatar
      albey20 -
      This is cool, I remove Dashboar X an now I cant make the phone get out of safe mode
    1. Limpfoot's Avatar
      Limpfoot -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Are you sure that isn't the widgets fault and not dashboard X itself?
      Not sure if it's the widget, ll try it later.
    1. albey20's Avatar
      albey20 -
      Ok, graviboard and clip erre the problem
    1. Trist@n's Avatar
      Trist@n -
      After 48 hours of testing, I have found the culprit causing the iPhone to suddenly go into super lag and then eventually just freeze which requires a tethered reboot.

      Using NCDate (which I love)is the culprit.

      Something in the coding must be slowing down the iPhone. I think there may be a conflict in the time code where the app seems to go slower then the iPhones time which eventually (after a few hours) just lags out and freezes the iphone.

      NCDate is perfectly set up and matches the weather widget to a "T"! Wish it would work because it really looks good on the iPhone and the widget & text can all be resized. Font and font color can be changed!

      Overall, I LOVE THIS APP and the widgets. Also using the new twitter app. I would use Ori's clock app but it does not look right on my setup and wish that it had the same look as NCDate. This app has NOT crashed my iPhone on iOS 5.1 at all! Can't wait for update and know that more widgets are on the way...Great job Ori!!!
    1. Minister4love08's Avatar
      Minister4love08 -
      I Update my Iphone 4 and I can't get service again.... Can anyone help me ????
    1. donaglia's Avatar
      donaglia -
      ...useful and wonderful tweak....I tried to write to Ori on twitter ,but now I post here too in the hope he could read my "request"...it would be really great if we could have dashboard widgets scrolling vertically too like notification center so that we can have in one page all we need...would you ( Ori ) make something about this?thank in advance....!
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by donaglia View Post
      ...useful and wonderful tweak....I tried to write to Ori on twitter ,but now I post here too in the hope he could read my "request"...it would be really great if we could have dashboard widgets scrolling vertically too like notification center so that we can have in one page all we need...would you ( Ori ) make something about this?thank in advance....!
      What I want to have is an Add-On like WidgetTask. WidgetTask always "breaks" while using Dashboard X and even LockInfo too.
    1. blbeesley's Avatar
      blbeesley -
      Dashboard X is causing my iPhone 4S to crash on 5.1.1
    1. Trist@n's Avatar
      Trist@n -
      A tad bit of info I have gleaned from using widgets with Dashboard X so take it for what its worth (using iPhone 4). If you use a clock related widget or any widget that syncs with some other aspect of the iPhone then you can only use it in one location. If you use the IntelliscreenX Ticker, NCDate Widget or similiar you have to choose to put it on your Homescreen OR in the Notification Center. If you put them in both, it will eventually lag out the iPhone or cause a crash because for some reason they do not maintain the time.

      To validate, put a clock widget in notifications, one on your homescreen and then watch the time up at the status bar, you will notice that they will stop changing with each other and the widget will loose time.

      If you still have problems with other widgets then try removing one from one location and only keeping one on the homescreen.

      Good Luck
    1. Ryaninfg's Avatar
      Ryaninfg -
      Quote Originally Posted by teej1410 View Post
      What I want to have is an Add-On like WidgetTask. WidgetTask always "breaks" while using Dashboard X and even LockInfo too.
      Widget tasks works great for me on dashboard.... Never worked on lockinfo though...