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12-18-2011, 10:25 PM #1
[Review] See Your Open Safari Pages In A Multifl0w-Like Way
This jailbreak tweak lets you have a new style to your open pages.
Multifl0w is quite possibly one of the most sought-after multitasking addons for iOS in the Cydia store to date. The way that it allows you to multitask is fun and intuitive. Many have hoped that Apple would make multitasking similar to multifl0w, but only clean it up a bit. However, multitasking isn't the only thing that a clever developer who goes by the name of tom-go thought this kind of animation would be good for. Instead, he took this idea way over the top and built a tweak that lets you multitask through your Safari pages much more easily and efficiently than having to page through each of them. You can see in the screenshot above just how it transforms your Mobile Safari work-space into a multitasking efficiency desk with the Web at your fingertips. Tom-go is the developer behind another useful Mobile Safari tweak known as Magnifier for Safari.
The jailbreak tweak is dubbed GridTab for Safari and what it does is pretty straightforward - it lets you spread out your open Web Pages across a wide view so that you don't need to waste time paging through all of them. This tweak is aimed towards heavy Mobile Safari users because it makes it easier to have more things open at once and lets you multitask among each Web Page more efficiently without wasting any time. The animations are great; they're smooth and inertial and they simply compliment iOS with open arms. You can tell right off of the bat that time was put into this tweak and the time paid off in the end.
GridTab for Safari includes a settings cell in the Settings application that lets you choose if you want your Mobile Safari grid to be composed of rows and columns of two by two or three by three. From my own preference (to reduce paging) I choose to leave it on three by three so that more pages will fit on the screen. When you open the Settings application, you will see only one thing to tap on; Layout. Tapping the Layout cell will bring you to the Settings for GridTab for Safari:
Now that I have three by three selected (the first image in this review shows you two by two, obviously) you can see how it dynamically changes with no respring necessary to let you fit the extra row and column of Web Pages in your Web browser than the default two by two settings allowed:
Also, just in case you didn't know what I meant by paging, here is a screenshot of the default Mobile Safari without GridTab for Safari installed on your iDevice:
As you can see, the default configuration for Safari is much less convenient for the average Mobile Safari power-users. Having to scroll through each page like your Music's Cover Flow takes time and this jailbreak tweak makes it simple to just tap on what you need when you need it open. One thing to note is that if you fill up your two by two or three by three page on the Mobile Safari page, a new page will be created meaning that you will need to page through grids. So if my setting was to leave it on two by two and I had four pages open in Mobile Safari, a new page would be started that would show one Web Page open and I would have to swipe left to get to my main four by four page again. One way to think of this is the way that iOS stores your applications. When you fill up a page, a new page begins filling up. Unfortunately, there are no folders for Mobile Safari's Web Pages though.
Name: GridTab for Safari
Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
I was able to talk to tom-go via email communication and ask some questions about the tweak:
Anthony: What was it that gave you the idea for GridTab for Safari?
tom-go: One of my friends asked me to make this tweak. He wanted to bring the tab screen of the iPad to the iPhone. I thought it would be handy and worth trying to make.
Anthony: How do you feel about your jailbreak tweak versus Apple's stock Safari page switcher?
tom-go: GridTab for Safari is better for heavy Safari users. It is very convenient to be able to see many tabs on one screen, making it possible to find a desired tab quickly; and users can arrange tabs, it is useful too.
Anthony: What was the hardest part about making GridTab for Safari?
tom-go: The previous version utilized the iPad's Tab screen. But since iOS 5, the iPad does not have a tab screen any more. So, I had to re-write it completely.... It took more time than I expected, but I made it. =)
Anthony: Are you planning any future updates for GridTab for Safari?
tom-go: Unfortunately, no.
So guys, that's GridTab for Safari for you. It isn't new but it works with iOS 4 and iOS 5 devices. It was cool meeting tom-go and I'm sure that many of you will enjoy using GridTab for Safari if you try it. I highly recommend it. Let us know what you think about GridTab for Safari in the comments.
12-18-2011, 10:29 PM #2
12-18-2011, 10:33 PM #3
had it for months. glad I bought it. nuff said
12-18-2011, 10:54 PM #4
I always wondered why the iphone safari didn't show the 3x3 grid like the safari on the ipad. There's plenty of screen resolution now on the retina display.
12-18-2011, 11:24 PM #5
No disrespect to the Devs, but this tweak is useless. You can already see open Safari pages in a grid interface on iPad, prior to iOS5 and you can see them in a multifow interface on iPhone still. Given, you can't pick the layout, but it's the same concept. And to have the nerve to charge for this useless waste of memory space is laughable.
12-18-2011, 11:50 PM #6
Wonderful idea and it's more than welcome & wanted on my device...
12-19-2011, 01:51 AM #7
Is it compatible with FullScreen for Safari?
12-19-2011, 05:44 AM #8
Tom-go, kick *** app and thanks for your hard work. Well worth the money spent.
12-19-2011, 09:49 AM #9
One of the best tweaks ever for Safari, I've had it since it was first made available, the upgrade to iOS5 was greatly anticipated and wanted. Kudos!
12-19-2011, 09:52 AM #10
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12-19-2011, 10:19 AM #13
God I wish there was a jailbreak for iPhone 4S..
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12-19-2011, 01:17 PM #16
This is a pretty good tweak but the iPad nor the iPhone has enough ram to hold 9 pages, I have two pages open on my iPad & once I tap on the next tab it refreshes!
12-19-2011, 07:55 PM #17
This looks just like GridTab... which has been available forever
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12-19-2011, 10:08 PM #19
Take advantage of that anonymity that the web gives you! My reply was very objective and respectful, unlike your childish retorts. The screen on the iPhone is too small to take advantage of a grid layout (My Opinion). This app is useless to Me for that reason.
12-19-2011, 11:08 PM #20
What about tab+??? It's almost the same...