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03-06-2012, 06:38 PM #1
[Review] NCRotationLock - Rotation Lock Button for Notification Center
If you’re one of the many people who agree that the iDevice’s auto rotation is bothersome because it seems to rotate at the worst of times, then you’ve already become accustomed to enjoying the rotation lock feature to keep the iDevice display from rotating while you use it. The usual place for enabling and disabling display rotation is from the multitasking App Switcher when you swipe to the left and find the iPod music controls. The left-most icon is the rotation lock button which will engage when tapped on and disengage when tapped again.
A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed NCRotationLock by iOS developer rud0lf77 will put a mini rotation lock button in the bottom left-hand corner of your Notification Center, which will engage and disengage rotation lock the same way that the large button in the multitasking App Switcher will. The screenshot above illustrates how it looks.
The tweak makes accessing the rotation lock easier – being a two-step process (1. launch Notification Center; 2. tap the rotation lock button) instead of Apple’s implementation of rotation lock which is a three-step process (1. launch the multitasking App Switcher; 2. swipe to the left; 3. tap the rotation lock button). The ease of this tweak over Apple’s way is not necessarily a huge leap, however it does require less work.
If you have IntelliScreenX or Flowtation installed (as I do in the review testing), it works absolutely fine with the two. The only massive downside to the tweak would be having to add another button to Notification Center, which is not exactly the most preferred way to get tasks done. Many tweaks continue to put buttons in Notification Center which only adds to the incompatibility list. The icon is the same as Apple's multitasking App Switcher icon just scaled down; it doesn't really look as great contained within Notification Center. NCRotationLock requires iOS 5 and has no options to configure.
Editor's Rating: 3/5
03-06-2012, 07:21 PM #2
"it doesn't really look as great contained within Notification Center"
03-06-2012, 08:14 PM #3
Not bad but I always end up keeping mine locked until I just use the switcher for the lock
03-06-2012, 10:20 PM #4
Good idea but I just use Rotation Inhibitor and assign it to an activator gesture.
03-07-2012, 03:24 AM #5
It works with IntelliscreenX but IntelliscreenX already has this.
03-07-2012, 08:48 AM #6