By now, most of the popular iOS apps have been updated with display optimization for iPhone 5, but long before that happened, Cydia store started offering plenty of options to forcibly maximize apps to get rid of the letterboxed view
on your device’s larger display. Though what if you want your apps to take up even more of your screen? How about a new tweak that adds a full screen mode to iOS apps. FullScroll
isn't aimed at owners of iPhone 5 only, as it doesn't have anything to do with letterboxing. FullScroll has the ability to make any app full screen, in a way that is reminiscent of the new full screen mode recently added to Chrome for iOS
. Whenever you scroll down in an app, FullScroll makes the toolbar and title bar go away, letting you get both back any time you swipe upwards.
The iOS app of Google Chrome has gone through a few changes since its release last summer
, but the app hasn't received any major updates yet. The previous update gained more popularity for the crashing issue it introduced in jailbroken devices, rather than the few new features it brought. The latest update, however, is a lot more significant. The app now has a full screen mode, lets you convert any webpage to a PDF, and enables you to print pages via AirPrint or Google Cloud Print right from within Chrome. This brings Chrome almost at par with Mobile Safari, as other than the ‘Reader’ mode, you can now do everything with Chrome that can be accomplished in Safari, and then some.
Accessing notifications, options and navigation controls can be a daunting task on an Android device when you’re using an app in full screen mode like watching a movie or playing game. This is most problematic in case of tablets and large phones. Also, there are occasions when you wish the status bar could just disappear so that an app can gain some more screen estate. full!screen
is an app that takes all of these scenarios into consideration and delivers functions that will be hard to let go of, once you get used to them. The app will not simply hide the status bar, but will also provide you with two translucent, configurable on-screen buttons that remain available whether you’re watching a video, surfing the web, or just using the phone normally with the status bar hidden. The buttons can also be configured to your liking. Let's take a closer look at how the app functions and what else it has to offer. Read More
It was bad enough when iPad owners had to wait for app updates just to get rid of the letterboxed view, but with the release of iPhone 5 and the latest iPod touch, the issue now affects a much larger number of people. It’s such a shame that many iOS apps do not take advantage of the full four inches available on the screen of the latest iPhone and iPod touch. Admittedly, most of the popular apps are now optimized for all screen resolutions, but if some of the lesser known ones are on your iPhone, things might get a bit annoying. If you have ever owned a jailbroken iPad, you might be familiar with at least one solution for the letterboxing problem. The Cydia tweak FullForce allows users to run any app in full screen on the iPad, even if it is only optimized for the iPhone. With iOS 6 finally getting jailbroken this week, there are already similar solutions available for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G. Let's take a look at a couple of them.
I've seen a lot of users complain about the small screen size of their iDevices, and maybe that is why designing full screen apps is quite a popular practice among iOS developers, and not just for games, quite a majority of which are full screen on all major smartphone platforms. While full screen designs are favorable in most cases, there are times when you might want a convenient way of taking a quick peek at the status bar. That slim strip at the top of the screen does, after all, display the time and essential information regarding your device's status. Though, most users would rather they didn't have to exit the current app altogether just to take a look at it, then launch it again from the home screen or App Switcher. This is where StatusTab
can help you. This new Cydia tweak brings the best of both worlds to jailbreak users by letting them temporarily summon the status bar in full screen apps with a simple downwards swipe at the top edge of the screen.
Although the screen size of iPhone has always been kept rather small by Apple in order to keep one-hand usage possible at all times, there are still a lot of people who aren’t fans of the iPhone’s diminutive display dimensions. When you have got a smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen, every little area of the display becomes important. So, it is quite understandable if some users are disappointed when any app does not take full advantage of the available screen area by refusing to run in full-screen mode. Admittedly, nothing more than the status bar remains visible at the top of the apps that don’t support full-screen mode, but why even have that? Maximization
is a new Cydia tweak that allows users to make any app (stock or third-party) run in full-screen mode, without the status bar ever getting displayed! Not only does the app give you the choice to select the apps that will be affected by Maximization, it also adds a battery percentage and time display to the Notification Center grabber, so that you don’t have to come back to the Springboard just to see the time.
How many times has it happened to you that while playing a game, you pressed a wrong key on the keyboard - for instance, the Windows key - and the game window lost focus. Since a lot of games use the Space Bar as well as the Left Ctrl key for performing different functions, such as Jumping, Crouching, Running etc, it is very common for people to press the Windows Key by mistake (due to the fact that it lies in between the Left Ctrl and Spacebar). I am sure many of us have gone through this annoyance and wished for a way to disable, at least, the Windows Keys on the keyboard when you are playing a game, or running any other full screen application. One way to handle the issue is to reassign the functions performed by the keys surrounding the Windows Key, to other keys. Today, we found a useful little tool for Windows called KillKeys
that lets you disable the desired keys on your keyboard. In this article, however, we will show you how to disable user-specified keys when applications are running in full screen, as well as in window mode.
Some time back, we covered a Cydia tweak by the name of DisableNC, which allowed jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users to avoid accidentally pulling down the Notification Center while playing games
. DisableNC is basically an SBSettings toggle, which is added to the SBSettings panel, and can be controlled from there. While everything about DisableNC worked absolutely fine, it had one major shortcoming - it cannot be used for full screen apps other than games. If you are an iOS user, you must be aware of the fact that most apps work in full screen mode, and pulling down the notification center while using them is almost as annoying as doing it in games. This is why DisableNC Switch
has been released in the Cydia store, which is a standalone tweak and lets its users disable Notification Center in all apps running in full screen mode. So, this implies that you don't need separate NC disablers for games and other apps, as DisableNC Switch works its magic on all the apps in your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
You probably have your one favorite media player that you use for both audio and video files. If you’re a Mac user, that media player might just be iTunes or QuickTime. Both are exceptional, feature-rich apps, but imagine getting bit by a radioactive spider, sprouting an extra pair of eyes and being able to watch four videos at once. Even if that doesn’t happen, you might feel you need to watch several videos at once either for research or educational purposes (or, perhaps, just because you can). QTSpaces
is a free Mac app built for just such purposes. It allows you to play four videos at once, switch to single video view, create playlists, and switch to fullscreen mode with each four of the videos taking up a quarter of the screen.
provides you with a new way to switch between tabs when you're working online in full screen mode. This handy Chrome extension has been developed particularly for people who don’t want to exit the fullscreen view to change tabs, or go to a new website. After you’ve installed the extension, simply press the mouse scroll wheel to access a preview of all your open tabs in a new page, or navigate to a new website by hovering your mouse over the top of the page to display a URL bar. You can also switch between tabs by using the ctrl+left mouse click.
Screenshot apps aren’t hard to come by for any platform - desktop or mobile - and we’ve certainly covered a whole slew of them. Of the many Mac variants that we’ve covered, they all had one thing in common; they were apps. Screenshot Plus Widget
is a widget for Mac that rests on your Dashboard, and is as feature rich, if not more, as SnapNDrag
. The widget not only does the basic screen, window and area capturing, but also allows you to take a timed screenshot of any desktop space or the Dashboard. It lets you save images in JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and PDF formats, and lets you choose one of four actions to perform after capturing a screenshot and save it to any location on your hard drive.
WinSuperMaximize is a small portable tool for Windows that lets you “super maximize” any window. In other words, it enables Full Screen mode similar to the one found in Firefox and Internet Explorer when pressed F11. What it actually does is to move the title bar above the screen boundary and the status bar below the screen boundry, thus saving some extra pixels.
Just run the tool and it will sit silently in the system tray. To switch any active window to Full Screen simply press the hotkey Win+F11, press this hotkey again to bring the window back to normal state.
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