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Here comes a really neat tweak in Cydia called Launch Notify by iOS developer ToolPod. For the developer’s first tweak, it’s pretty polished. This tweak will show a notification whenever
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    Here comes a really neat tweak in Cydia called Launch Notify by iOS developer ToolPod.

    For the developer’s first tweak, it’s pretty polished. This tweak will show a notification whenever you launch an application on your iOS device. You can choose different kinds of notifications, and you can even set launching applications from your home screen to show a different type of notification from launching applications from your App Switcher. You can configure these options from the preferences pane that you’ll find in the Settings application:



    Each of the Enable switches let you enable or disable the tweak on demand for launching applications from either the home screen or the App Switcher. You can also choose the type of notification that you want to appear when you launch applications from either of the two methods – you can choose between a HUD (Heads-up display), an alert notification, or a banner notification. You can even have the application name spoken when you launch an application. It would be a good idea to respring after changing your settings.

    With all of these features and choices, it’s almost like choosing the type of red carpet that you want to roll out for an application when you open it. Below, we’ll show you the different kinds of notification styles, and their appearances:



    This one is the HUD (Heads-up display) style. It looks kind of like the volume indicator HUD, but you’ll notice that it has been modified to show the application icon of the application you launch, as well as the name and the time that you launched the application. It appears and disappears automatically. It's very subtle and clean, and this is probably our favorite notification style that this tweak has to offer.



    This one is the alert style. It takes the style of an alert notification and combines it with an application icon preview, an application name, a time of launch, and a loading circle. The alert notification disappears automatically once the application opens fully, which is great because if you had to manually dismiss the alert, we can see how that could become cumbersome and annoying. It looks pretty good, but we still like the HUD style more.



    Last but not least, we have our banner style. This is the most simplistic style, and most of us are used to seeing banners. This just shows a banner notification with the application icon of the application you’re opening, as well as the application name and the time that you opened the application. Just like any other banner notification, these banners will appear and disappear after a short period of time.

    The developer promises more options will be coming to the tweak in the future, which probably entails more notification styles, and perhaps notification customization, but this is only speculation. If you want to give Launch Notify a try, you can grab it right now from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1. It is compatible with iOS 6.0 and later.

    Name: Launch Notify
    Price: $1.00
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS 6.0+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: ToolPod
    Editor's Rating:  3/5
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    What's the purpose of a notification that tells you the app you just launched?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
    What's the purpose of a notification that tells you the app you just launched?
    It serves as more of an aesthetic than a function.

    Agreed that the purpose isn't really there. It just makes for nice eyecandy. In the right doses, eyecandy is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
    It serves as more of an aesthetic than a function.

    Agreed that the purpose isn't really there. It just makes for nice eyecandy. In the right doses, eyecandy is good.
    Well said. I actually agree and think the HUD style is pretty cool! No purpose, but it's like "Welcome to Calendar," like a friendly door mat. You know it's home sweet home, but the door mat reassures you. It's fun. That said, it's more like a free tweak rather than $1, but with some good features it may get there. We'll have to see what the dev has in store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSteveO View Post
    Well said. I actually agree and think the HUD style is pretty cool! No purpose, but it's like "Welcome to Calendar," like a friendly door mat. You know it's home sweet home, but the door mat reassures you. It's fun. That said, it's more like a free tweak rather than $1, but with some good features it may get there. We'll have to see what the dev has in store.
    As long as it doesn't interfere with using the app. If you have to wait for it to go away every time you launch an app I can see that getting old quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
    As long as it doesn't interfere with using the app. If you have to wait for it to go away every time you launch an app I can see that getting old quick.
    This tweak seems to be really good about that. The notifications seem to appear and disappear even faster than it takes the application itself to load in some cases. But then again, I am using an iPhone 4 to test this tweak.

    Quote Originally Posted by iSteveO View Post
    Well said. I actually agree and think the HUD style is pretty cool! No purpose, but it's like "Welcome to Calendar," like a friendly door mat. You know it's home sweet home, but the door mat reassures you. It's fun. That said, it's more like a free tweak rather than $1, but with some good features it may get there. We'll have to see what the dev has in store.
    Kind of like a splash screen, which some applications have, and many don't.
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