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  • 'BetterCenter' Makes iPad's Notification Center Look Better

    When you open Notification Center on the iPhone or iPod touch, itís nice how the interface fills the entire screen so you can see more of your notifications in one place without all the distractions of what is behind Notification Center when it drops down over your home screen or the application youíre in. On the iPad, itís exactly the opposite. For whatever reason, Apple thought it would be a good idea to make Notification Center small and allow the background contents to distract your eyes while Notification Center is open.

    If you hate the busy look of everything showing below Notification Center, try a new free jailbreak tweak called BetterCenter by iOS developer MPow. The tweak forces Notification Center to open at a designated size on the iPad. The tweak is not made for the iPhone or iPod touch. For most, maxing out the tweak to cause Notification Center to take up the whole screen is going to be preferred since the iPad already auto-resizes Notification Center to fit the content.

    The tweak comes with a preferences pane where you can select the height of Notification Center when you launch it:

    The preferences pane allows you to use two separate sliders Ė one for portrait mode and one for landscape mode. By default, the sliders are maxed out so that Notification Center spans the whole screen. Unfortunately, the tweak doesnít completely fill the entire screen the same way Notification Center does on the iPhone and iPod touch, but it does allow Notification Center to stretch all the way to the bottom of the screen. This drastically decreases the strain on your eyes caused by all the busy colors of your application icons and wallpaper that your eyes have to try and put out of focus to see Notification Center in a desirable way.

    Since the tweak works in both landscape and portrait mode, it keeps a consistent design principle. Having the expanded Notification Center is much nicer than having a little sticky-note sized Notification Center hanging down from the top of your screen. Since the tweak is free, itís a nice mod for the iPad that you can try out to see which version of Notification Center you prefer more. Personally, I prefer the way the tweak increases the height of Notification Center.

    Name: BetterCenter
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 5, iPad
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: MPow
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: MPow
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'BetterCenter' Makes iPad's Notification Center Look Better started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. eightyk88's Avatar
      eightyk88 -
      They are both stupid the stock and this pointless stretched out option.
    1. Wiiman20's Avatar
      Wiiman20 -
      I don't like it going all the way down. That's why I didn't install IntelliScreenX on my iPad.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      This is a really cool add on from cydia. Yet one more sign that JB-ing is fundamental. Then you can adjust the size to what you want rather than what SJ wanted. What a despot!
    1. MnVikingsFan26's Avatar
      MnVikingsFan26 -
      This definitely makes it look worse
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      I like the one tweak that makes it look like the notification center is like the one in mountain lion.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      thats nasty i would rather have it be wider then longer also this too would "distract your eyes" its not like it fills up the entire screen...
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      "Better" is such a subjective term... let's say it makes it look "longer"... we can all agree on that one.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      "Better" is such a subjective term... let's say it makes it look "longer"... we can all agree on that one.
      Sure. It's only a difference of opinion.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      I like the one tweak that makes it look like the notification center is like the one in mountain lion.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Sure. It's only a difference of opinion.
      yeah! Except for the fact that it does... look longer.
    1. Raeki's Avatar
      Raeki -
      That looks stupid.
    1. pasmaczek's Avatar
      pasmaczek -
      I don't own an iPad anymore but that just looks ridiculous. Good thing its FREE, because I don't know who would pay for that even if they did happen to like it, it's not "better"
    1. skodwarde's Avatar
      skodwarde -
      yeah this is definitely not "better" looking