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  • [Review] HUDChanger - A Less Annoying Volume HUD?


    Apple’s design of the volume HUD (heads up display) seemed like a nice touch to me, however if you feel that the design of the HUD is distracting and gets in the way of things you are trying to look at, then a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed HUDChanger by iOS developer Ron Melkhior may interest you as it brings a smaller, less intrusive interface to your fingertips. As shown above, the new change is not smack in the middle of the screen and the size of the HUD is substantially decreased.

    The new HUD that comes with the tweak seems like it has a few drawbacks. One of the most obvious being that it is so much darker than Apple’s HUD, which can actually obstruct your view even worse than Apple’s version of the HUD. The other major drawback has to do with the fact that it doesn’t support landscape mode. One example of why a person might want this tweak is to keep Apple’s HUD out of view in the middle of a video, which this tweak seems to have completely missed by not supporting landscape mode:



    On a positive note, the new HUD also shows your volume percentage in numeric format instead of with indicators, which some people may prefer. It’s also nice how the new HUD is so small that it barely takes up any of the screen space. This is great if you are looking at photos, as it has a low profile and doesn’t lay smack in the middle of the display the way Apple’s does. It seems that the new HUD seems to disappear much faster as well, allowing you to get back to what you were doing as soon as possible.

    Finding this tweak useful is subjective to opinion. While the tweak does have a less-obtrusive interface, some people may prefer the nice design of the stock HUD indicator to this one. I would personally rather not use it until it at least sees landscape support, as seeing a sideways indicator in the middle of a movie seems to be a small detail that I know Apple would have paid attention to while creating a HUD for iOS. Until then, it sort of feels incomplete.

    Since the tweak is free, if the design looks nicer to you, be sure to give it a try. It doesn't come with any options to configure. Simply install it to use it and uninstall it to stop using it.

    Name: HUDChanger
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Ron Melkhior
    Editor's Rating: / 2.5/5

    Sources: Ron Melkhior
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] HUDChanger - A Less Annoying Volume HUD? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      It should be displayed in the status bar.... Yepp.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Less obtrusive, but ugly.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Agree^^ Nice idea though
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      I never though of it as being annoying but maybe i look at more important issues to complain about....nice tweak though
    1. KihOshk's Avatar
      KihOshk -
      What a bunch of entitled douch-bags. Thanks Ron; great job!
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      THlS IS BRILLIANT!!!
    1. Liambakerg's Avatar
      Liambakerg -
      Honestly... This is great... The amount of time I've tried to show someone a video and when un muting the phone having to wait for that poxy thing to go!! Good stuff!

      Quote Originally Posted by Liambakerg View Post
      Honestly... This is great... The amount of time I've tried to show someone a video and when un muting the phone having to wait for that poxy thing to go!! Good stuff!
      Should of checked the tweak before posting... Doesn't do what I said.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Tried it- nice, but I don't like how it kind of hovers over the top of the dock icons. Not really an elegant placement. If it were up higher it might look a bit nicer. Thanks to the dev for a nice first step. Maybe a bit more tweaking...?
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      90% of these JB tweaks are either worthless or somewhat harmful.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      It should be displayed in the status bar.... Yepp.
      That would be awesome.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      is it just me..or do they always use iPods..for their Picts.?
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      90% of these JB tweaks are either worthless or somewhat harmful.
      Then don't use them......OMG! Problem solved
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Tried it... didn't seem to work that well. I would adjust the volume and it would pop up with the % one time and not again so I had no idea what the level was. Dumped it.... nice idea though.
    1. Secretss's Avatar
      Secretss -
      Does nobody have problems with it? The percentage on mine is always at 87% even after I adjusted the volume slider in the app switcher. It doesn't register subsequent volume button presses so the hud disappears after the first press and doesn't change its value. It must be due to an existing conflicting tweak. Anyone else with this problem who has figured out the conflict?

      At least rkswat seems to have the same problem.
    1. xshey's Avatar
      xshey -
      Well, gave this tweak a try, liked the minimalist feel, but disappointed with it's functionality. If you want to be able to see what your volume is, you can only change your volume once maybe every 5 -10 seconds. I would recommend this tweak, but that problem must be fixed first.
    1. jber's Avatar
      jber -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      Tried it... didn't seem to work that well. I would adjust the volume and it would pop up with the % one time and not again so I had no idea what the level was. Dumped it.... nice idea though.
      Same thing here, hoping it gets updated and problem is solved, I have been annoyed by that HUD for a while, especially when you use BiteSMS.