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12-19-2011, 10:23 AM #1
[Review] Make the App Switcher Easier to Use
This tweak makes using the App Switcher easier.
How would you like to make your App Switcher easier to use? Well, it's already easy to use isn't it? That's not to say that it can't be made easier. Developer r_plus found a way to make it easier to use by reducing the number of actions that you need to perform to close running applications. The tweak is called SwitcherCleaner and it works to make the App Switcher less time consuming. The tweak is free in Cydia and can be downloaded right now.
What does SwitcherCleaner do? It makes it so that you don't have to hold down on applications to put the App Switcher into jiggle mode. In fact, it skips jiggle mode altogether. Usually, when you open the App Switcher, you need to hold down on an application to bring up the red "–" badges to close the applications that are running in the background. With this jailbreak tweak, when you open the App Switcher, your applications already have the "–" badges appearing on the running applications so that you can close any running applications immediately. While in jiggle mode, you cannot open applications from the App Switcher, you can only close them. With this tweak you can close applications and switch between them without ever entering jiggle mode for any reason. In other words, opening the App Switcher gives you this:
As you can see, the App Switcher isn't in jiggle mode, but I still have the option to close applications running in the background. I feel that this tweak makes it a little easier to close applications because sometimes holding down on applications just feels annoying. Since the App Switcher isn't something that you would normally open too often just to close applications (maybe to switch applications), this might not feel like a tremendous improvement. For me, I think it's just more convenient to have. Yes, it doesn't really do anything special and out of the ordinary, but it's an addon for something that already exists to make it (in the developer's eyes) more efficient.
I have to agree that it's more efficient. It's faster for me and I don't have to use an extra second of my life to hold down on the applications to close them. Since it does what it's intended to do, it gets a good rating from me. It's free, so you have nothing to lose from trying it out! So give it a shot! SwitcherCleaner is an open-source project and you are free to edit and distribute its source code which can be found here.
Editor's Rating: 4/5
Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments!
Sources: Cydia, r_plus
12-19-2011, 10:32 AM #2
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12-19-2011, 10:56 AM #5
Sounds like a cool tweak but KillBackground is still one of my favorites. It's simple and awesome!
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12-19-2011, 12:23 PM #9
Same as SwitcherMod (SM has bit more functions tho), but at least this one works on iOS 5.
I already went ahead and bought Springtomize 2 though, has this functionality built in as well.
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12-19-2011, 02:21 PM #15
I believe there is a time and a place for this conversation, and it is neither here nor now.
This tweak seems appealing to me since my fat thumb seems to screw up the hold-down-for-3-seconds thing by moving the app. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this a big feature in whited00r and other jb tweak background-switchers for iOS 2 and 3?
12-19-2011, 04:14 PM #16SwitcherCleaner is not on BigBoss repo
not on BigBoss repo - where is it??