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02-12-2012, 12:27 PM #1
[Review] NCControl - Use iOS While in Notification Center
Normally, opening Notification Center yields the effects of being in an application; you have to get out of it before you can go and do something else. If this isn't your cup of tea, then you can try a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed NCControl by iOS developer Ron Melkhior which lets you control the normal functions of your iDevice even when you have Notification Center opened.
After installing and respringing your iDevice, you are found with a transparent Notification Center as shown above in the screenshot. The widgets, the 'No New Notifications' text, and any notifications that you have in Notification Center are sitting over whatever you are doing and you still have the ability to scroll around in iOS when Notification Center is opened. You can also tap on things and open them.
Because of the fact that the Widgets take up a lot of space, I find this tweak to be bluntly useless. If you attempt to touch the screen where one of Apple's widgets are, you will open either Weather or Stocks instead of controlling whatever you're in. If you like to add a ton of third party widgets, you will hate NCControl even more as it makes using iOS behind those widgets nearly impossible.
Another thing about this tweak that you will probably dislike is the fact that the widgets make viewing the information behind them very difficult. It's also very hard to see any text in Notification Center depending on what you have opened behind it - the Settings application in the screenshot above is a prime example where you can see how hard it is to read the white text on top of the white background because it lacks contrast.
I was able to get it working in certain places, but I wasn't able to launch applications from the home screen with Notification Center down. While I personally see no reason to need to run applications under Notification Center because I would rather just close it to mess around in an application, someone, somewhere will like to use this tweak. It is free, but I simply cannot recommend it. It requires iOS 5 to use and it does not have any settings to configure.
Developer: Ron Melkhior
Editor's Rating: 1/5
Sources: Ron Melkhior
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