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    Default 'Protean' Provides Extensive Status Bar Features and Customization for iOS 7

    The iOS 7 Status Bar is intended to be a tool for you to view information about your device, but what would be nice is the ability to have the control over what gets to be in your Status Bar, where it will go, and better yet – what will happen when you try to interact with it. That's where a new jailbreak tweak called Protean by iOS developers Elijah and Andrew comes in.

    Protean will add a preferences pane to the Settings application after you install the tweak, and from there, you can start digging right into the goods:

    From here, you will find a killswitch where you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, and you will also find yourself with seven major sections that have preferences of their own in them.

    The first major section is entitled "Organization," and from here, you can have more control over the order of the items in your Status Bar. You can control where in the Status Bar that items will appear:

    As you can see, there are 5 headers in this preferences pane: Left, Right, Center, Hidden, and Default. You can drag each individual item into any section that you want, and your Status Bar will change in real time so you can see what it will look like as you make changes to where the items will start appearing.

    The second major section is entitled "Total Notification Count," and from here, you can configure icons that will appear in your Status Bar when you have notifications. You can pick from a wide variety of different icons, and when you interact with the icon in your Status Bar, you can assign it to open the application, perform an Activator action, launch an associated quick reply, or even do nothing:

    The third major section is entitled "Applications," and this section ultimately lets you add application shortcuts to your Status Bar. You can add any icon to your Status Bar that you want from the list of included icons, and then you can assign it to any application that you want a quick shortcut to:

    The fourth major section is entitled "System Icons," and from here, you can configure each of the icons that appear in your Status Bar in iOS 7:

    The fifth major section is entitled "Flipswitches," and from this section, you can enable icons in the Status Bar that will perform Flipswitch actions when you interact with the icons:

    From the sixth major section, entitled "Bluetooth Devices," you can configure icons and actions for any Bluetooth devices that you use in regards to your Status Bar through the Protean jailbreak tweak.

    And last, but not least, the seventh major section, entitled "Advanced Options," lets you configure a variety of other Status Bar-enhancing options:

    The things you can configure here include:

    • making the Lock Screen Status Bar the same size as the normal SpringBoard Status Bar
    • showing the RSSI level of your signal
    • showing the Lock Screen time
    • enabling use of Notification Center counts in addition to application badge counts
    • force Status Bar glyps to default to the right side of the Status Bar instead of the left
    • configure your battery percentage style
    • configure a custom carrier
    • configure a custom time format
    • enable a lowercase A.M. or P.M. instead of uppercase
    • disallow cutting off items in the Status Bar
    • respring to save changes

    Protean is a very in-depth Status Bar tweak and it may be worth your while to check it out. It's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now for $1.99. iOS 7 is required for the installation.

    Name: Protean
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0-1575
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.1.2
    Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.2
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): Elijah and Andrew
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    You can watch our video review of Protean below:

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    I actually enjoy this tweak and it replaces Opennotifier quite nicely. I just wished it could show the silent icon when in use. 😜

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