The power of Ryan Petrich’s Activator (free on Cydia) dawned on me only this weekend. Activator is used in the excellent Overboard and ProSwitcher apps to launch them with gestures, status bar taps, and hardware button presses. I had heard that these options should soon be applicable to BigBoss’s SBSettings panel, but that hasn’t happened yet.
What has happened, though, is even better: you can now choose to launch any of your installed applications using any of the gestures and actions that Activator supports. There are also a number of system shortcuts (respring, reset, turn off, lock, etc.) that you can control as well. You can set these actions to perform any time you use a gesture or command, or you can set them only to occur on the Springboard, or while within an application.
There are lots of ways to customize Activator to launch apps or system actions:
Home Button, Sleep Button, Status Bar – double tap, short hold
Motion – shake and bake
Slide in Gesture (from the bottom of the screen) – bottom-left, bottom, bottom-right
Volume Buttons – display tap, down and then up, up and then down
The system actions available within Activator are:
Home button press
It’s easy to get a little too Gung-ho with Activator when you first realize how powerful it is. I had set up all three Slide in Gestures at first, but I found myself accidentally activating things when all I meant to do was simply type on the iPhone keyboard. My favourite launching gestures are still the slide-in, home button hold, and volume button display tap. The first two are pretty self explanatory, but the display tap can sound a little confusing at first. It involves pressing either of the volume buttons and then tapping on the volume pop-up on screen. My favourite jailbreak SMS app, iRealQuickSMS, used this same function to launch, and I’m now using display tap to activate my Contacts app.
The rest of my controls are pretty simple: a short hold of the home button to activate Overboard, a swipe from the bottom to activate ProSwitcher, and a swipe on the bottom-right to activate Simplenote. How about you folks? How have you tricked out your Activator settings?