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  • 'Screen Extender' Forces Apps to Fill the iPhone 5 Screen, Free With Drawbacks

    Wednesday afternoon we showed you FullForce for iPhone, a tweak by Ryan Petrich that stretches legacy applications to the full height of the four-inch display for the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G. However, FullForce for iPhone did have a price tag of 99Ę. A similar tweak was also released today called Screen Extender, and itís free, by iOS developer rcm.

    As shown above, Screen Extender will give you a similar result to FullForce for iPhone. The tweak will make the older iPhone 4/4S applications fill the letterboxed regions of the larger display so it seems like the application has iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G display support. Both FullForce for iPhone and Screen Extender do this well.

    The major differences in Screen Extender, when compared to FullForce for iPhone, is that with Screen Extender you have to respring every time you make changes to the Settings for the tweak, and Screen Extender wonít alert you when youíre about to open a legacy application and ask you if you want to enable the stretched version.

    In addition, the preferences pane uses a different style from FullForce for iPhone, allowing users to select appliationss that they want to enable and disable for the stretching, rather than how FullForce for iPhone lets users toggle on and off switches for applications they want to enable and disable for the stretching:

    Personally, I find the thought of having to respring every time to be daunting. I would rather have FullForce for iPhone because I can enable and disable applications on the fly. Itís also nice how when you download applications that donít support the display, FullForce for iPhone will ask you if you want to enable stretching, without having to inconvenience you to visit the settings and enable stretching like you have to in Screen Extender.

    Screen Extender is free, however, so if you can deal with some of the inconveniences for the advantage of not having to pay anything, then you can get by just fine using Screen Extender. It is available right now in the BigBoss repository.

    Name: Screen Extender
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0.0-2
    Requirements: iPhone 5 or iPod touch 5G
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: rcm
    Editor's Rating:  3/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Screen Extender' Forces Apps to Fill the iPhone 5 Screen, Free With Drawbacks started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. irvinrivas83's Avatar
      irvinrivas83 -
      That's the only draw back that's not even a big problem
    1. jzhu625's Avatar
      jzhu625 -
      just tried this app on my iphone 5, it doesn't work
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      All it does is put a big black block on top lol.
    1. anhtuanle84's Avatar
      anhtuanle84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jzhu625 View Post
      just tried this app on my iphone 5, it doesn't work
      Same here. All it did was shift the 3 or 3.5" display area up for me and left a gray/black bar at the bottom of the iphone 5 screen. I guess you get what you "pay" for on dis hahaha.
    1. smallarmsdealer's Avatar
      smallarmsdealer -
      Quote Originally Posted by jzhu625 View Post
      just tried this app on my iphone 5, it doesn't work
      That's because you have to respring each time you enable an app to be fullscreen. I don't think I care enough to do this every time!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Yeah apparently this is kind of buggy.

      I personally didn't experience any of these bugs when I tried it, however.

      I really recommend Ryan Petrich's FullForce for iPhone. It's much more solid.
    1. Sakyr's Avatar
      Sakyr -
      Works really well! Wouldn't call a respring a draw back.... It does what it's supposed to and it's free.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      It doesn't work on my iPhone 4! Lol jk
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      I tried it... Doesn't work right. Causes apps to crash or glitch beyond usage... Guess I better cough up that buck for fullforce lol
    1. ryanmv4's Avatar
      ryanmv4 -
      Full force is well worth the money it works perfect
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Useful articles: much appreciated!
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I tried the free one, and while GrindR was stetched, when I tried to tap on the text box at the bottom to chat, the keyboard wouldn't pop up. I uninstalled it, and I can get the keyboard to work again finally. (but no more stretch) I'd be happy to try to paid one if maybe works better? (or will it have the same result?)
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by irvinrivas83 View Post
      That's the only draw back that's not even a big problem
      No, the biggest drawback is that there's virtually no support available for screen extender, versus FullForce, which is handled much more professionally and elegantly.

      Neither worked for ascension or penny arcade, but I was able to, in the span of 20 seconds, leave a compatibility report for them both to be reviewed. And on top of that, there is a list of apps and games that are compatible.

      Knowing how hard Petrich worked to support his previous apps, I think it's safe to say that this is a dollar well spent.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Idk how this would work for games such as, say, Angry Birds. What about vjay? Stretched apps aren't very attractive in my opinion