As I ‘ve mentioned before, I have great respect for Saurik, who runs Cydia, for his huge and positive contributions to the iPhone jailbreak community.  I ‘m sure running Cydia is no easy task, but on days like today I really just wonder does using Cydia really have to suck so much. Cydia is, rightly, […]
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Why Does Using Cydia Have To Suck So Much?

Cydia screenshots page

As I ‘ve mentioned before, I have great respect for Saurik, who runs Cydia, for his huge and positive contributions to the iPhone jailbreak community.  I ‘m sure running Cydia is no easy task, but on days like today I really just wonder does using Cydia really have to suck so much.

Cydia is, rightly, considered to be the leading jailbreak app store, by some distance.  So for most of us who are jailbroken, it is the app store we rely on for finding and installing good jailbreak apps.

And the experience when using it flat out stinks.

Today has been a great (or in this case horrible) reminder for me of how bad the experience is.

Cydia is slow to load and refresh its data, so you have a wait on your hands straight away when you launch it.

When it finishes loading I generally go straight to the Changes tab, to see what ‘s new.  Today the Things for LockInfo plugin immediately caught my eye and I knew I wanted to take a look at it.

The plugin ‘s main screen said to scroll down for screenshots.  There ‘s another very noticeable wait period while the page loads ads before I ‘m able to scroll down and see the Screenshots bar.

Once I tap the screenshots bar I get nothing useful to me at all. Instead I just get a page with a banner for the plugin ‘s source “ modmyi “ and another general ad, and no screenshots anywhere to be found (after again waiting a fair while for that page to load). I tried refreshing the page a couple times “ but no screenshots showed up.

So I gave up and ended up grabbing the plugin without seeing screencaps.  Not the end of the world, but frustrating and just dumb really. 

I ‘ve posted about this before, but I ‘ve seen no improvement in Cydia.  No improvement on the slow loading pages.  None on making the app description pages look consistent so that we know where to find certain bits of information comfortably and easily.  And apparently no improvement in just having some minimal standards for what an app description must contain “ like say a screenshot for example.

Again, much respect to Saurik for all he does for jailbreak users “ but here ‘s hoping, wishing even, that he gets some help or whatever it takes to make Cydia less crappy to use.

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