If you would like your banners to not only be smaller on your screen, but also to display content more efficiently while doing so, then check out a new free jailbreak tweak called DietBulletin by iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich. It makes your banner notifications exactly the size of the Status Bar instead of being twice the size. What sets it apart from similar tweaks, such as SmallBanners, is that it comes with more customization, does more, and looks better.
DietBulletin looks better because instead of just being one half of a banner cut in half like SmallBanners is, the entire banner itself has rounded edges to make it look like a native banner, only smaller. In addition, any text that is too long for the banner to display will actually scroll from right to left so you can read all of it instead of just having stand-still text where you can only see between 4-8 words of the notification:
Not only is the text scrolling from the right to the left demonstrated in the screenshot above, but also is the ability to hide and show the application names in the banner. Since the banners show the application icons, there is really no reason to have the name of the application showing. It just takes up space in the banner and makes it so you have less room to read the actual notification.
Choosing to hide or show the application names is done from the DietBulletin preferences pane (shown above) from the Settings application. From here, all applications are enabled by default, meaning that all application names will be shown. By turning any of the switches off, you are saying that you donít want the toggled off applications to show their names in notification banners. The icons for the applications will still be shown on the left side of the banner. The tweak does not require a respring for this setting and its effects are immediate.
While DietBulletin is free, you will only find it on Ryan Petrichís private repository. You can add it by opening Cydia and going to the Manage tab, tapping on Sources, tapping on the Edit button, tapping on the Add button, typing in the URL below and adding the source:
Requirements: iOS 5
Repo: Ryan Petrich's private repository
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Editor's Rating: 4/5