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  • [Review] Chip - Deep Notification Customization


    iOS 5’s Notification Center system is amazing, however wouldn’t it be cool if you could customize any application notification sound, the color of your banners, and have the ability to set custom animations for when the banners appear on your screen? Now that idea is a reality with a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Chip by iOS developers Davide Mainas and Nicolo Ciraci. The screenshot above demonstrates the use of color changes with Chip.

    Unlike most jailbreak tweaks, which put a preferences pane right in the first Window of the Settings application, you will find Chip’s preferences pane right under the Notifications section from the Settings application. The preferences pane is labeled, “Global Preferences” and doesn’t have any icons on it like usual tweaks. Tapping on it yields the limitless customization panes illustrated below:



    The first preferences pane comes with four main components, which will be broken down into sections for this review. These components include banner colors, animations, sounds, and the ability to test the notification appearance changes.

    Banner Colors

    One of the best parts about this tweak that you won’t forget is the banner color changing options. The options for changing the colors of the banner are extensive and range from changing the background color of the banner, to the text color within the banner, and even changing the color and the width of the border around the banner. You can even have a gradient color instead of a solid color. Since the colors are changed with RGB sliders, there are no limitations to the colors you can use, however the tweak also comes with some presets if you’re not comfortable with the heavy load of controls the developers give you.

    Animations

    Apart from colors, you can also change the entrance and exit animations for the notification banners. The animations are chosen from a pre-set list from the preferences pane. You have all of these to choose from:
    • default
    • fade
    • right to left
    • left to right
    • bounce
    • rotation
    • cascade


    Sounds

    If appearance isn’t enough to float your boat, the tweak also comes with the ability to set custom sounds for the banners. For most notifications, the banner is followed by a tri-tone notification sound. Chip allows you to change that sound to any other stock notification sound from the list such as tones from your ringtone and text tone list.

    After all your customizations are said and done, you can go back into the original preferences pane and tap on the, “Test notification” button to launch a test banner to see how the notification will appear and sound. The banner mimics any other notification banner you would receive from an application and includes the animation, sound, and custom appearance. You don’t have to look at the test banner, however it’s a good way to see if you will like your changes.

    In an upcoming update, a version fixing a slight bug that caused a small fraction of users to fall into a safe mode loop will be completely fixed. The version is already finished and is waiting approval. The update, (version 1.0.1) will likely be live in the next 24 to 48 hours.

    If you love having the power to customize things beyond Apple’s control, then Chip is a tweak you will want to look into. Because of the extensive options it comes with, it blows all other banner-customizing tweaks out of the water. Chip does require iOS 5 to be installed and you can find it in the BigBoss repository. In future updates, the developers will be adding even more animation options and custom banner appearances.

    Name: Chip
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0.1 (unreleased, but coming)
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): Davide Mainas and Nicolo Ciraci
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: Davide Mainas and Nicolo Ciraci
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Chip - Deep Notification Customization started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Ken Griffey III's Avatar
      Ken Griffey III -
      ...and that's why you read the whole article. Downloaded this then immediately got stuck into the respring loop. Guess I'll be waiting for the update. Sounds like a cool tweak though.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      I tried this last night but my springboard crashed and got stuck in trying to respring. Rebooting the phone helps but it must be done each time or else you're stuck in a stuck respring. I've uninstalled until a fix is released.
    1. Belgmeister's Avatar
      Belgmeister -
      ...and that's why you read the whole article. Downloaded this then immediately got stuck into the respring loop. Guess I'll be waiting for the update. Sounds like a cool tweak though.
      Same here, eventually after a reboot it worked fine, although I wasn't able to change the order of my notification apps/widget.
      The arrange table showed fine but didn't work

      very nice tweak when it works
    1. lukeyb's Avatar
      lukeyb -
      only alters the top banners, so if you don't use that style of notification its no good to you, personally I like the old popups, i tried this out thinking it may alter the colours etc of those and it didn't
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      Nice! Only thing missing is a transparency or blurred background slider...
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Chip crashes my springboard on 5.1.
    1. tinymech's Avatar
      tinymech -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ken Griffey III View Post
      ...and that's why you read the whole article. Downloaded this then immediately got stuck into the respring loop. Guess I'll be waiting for the update. Sounds like a cool tweak though.
      It is is italics to make it stand out
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      Chip crashes my springboard on 5.1.
      it crashes everyone's springboard
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I use ColorBanner..it does the job and doesn't crash anything. It offers less but it works :]
    1. Mr. B's Avatar
      Mr. B -
      For those just interested in custom notification sounds, check out PushTone.
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Still safe modes after the update. Shoddy work dudes.
    1. ssemmel's Avatar
      ssemmel -
      Same with me.... constant safe mode after update... i had to remove the app.
    1. itsTrentB's Avatar
      itsTrentB -
      Quote Originally Posted by ssemmel View Post
      Same with me.... constant safe mode after update... i had to remove the app.
      Quote Originally Posted by GooseG View Post
      Still safe modes after the update. Shoddy work dudes.
      Same here....Still using color banner in the meantime
    1. Absentmindful's Avatar
      Absentmindful -
      1.01 fixed all the crash issues it seems like. Works just as hoped. No better, no worse.
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      They fixed ****, the first build was fine for me, now since the update I get the respring loop. The developer doesn't answer emails either. How do I get a refund, or do I have to get PayPal to get the money back.
    1. ssemmel's Avatar
      ssemmel -
      I also emailed the developer a number of times. No response. How do we get a refund?