AltKeyboard 2: The Awesome Keyboard Tweak just got a lot better

If you have heard of AltKeyboard or if you previously used it in iOS 6, then you’re in for a real treat. AltKeyboard 2 has just been released for iOS 7. It brings all the old features along with some really great new ones. Let’s go ahead and take a deeper look into this newly updated tweak.

The first thing you will notice when activating your new keyboard are the alternate keys placed directly above the original keys. This will be your road map to using AltKeyboard 2. By default, swiping up on a key will type the alternate key and swiping down will give you the capitalized letter of the key.

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You will also have some other functions with the shift key, spacebar, backspace, and return key. With the shift key, you can easily swipe up and slide to the right/left to highlight text. If there is something you would like defined, you can highlight it and just swipe up on the shift key.

The spacebar is going to give you the ability to cut, copy, paste, and select all. Just swipe up and you’ll be given options that you can easily select just by swiping your finger from left to right.

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The backspace key is going to allow you to undo and redo. Just swipe up and you’ll get a prompt to undo your last actions. If you undo, then swiping up on the backspace key will also give you the ability to redo.

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And of course we have the return key. If you get annoyed by those autocorrect suggestions and you have issues tapping that tiny little ‘x’ to dismiss it, only to find out you tapped on the word to accept the correction, then you’re going to enjoy this. Once you get a autocorrect suggestion, you’ll see a red ‘x’ above the return key, just swipe up on it to dismiss it. Simple as that.

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If you’re going to edit text, you need an easy way to move that cursor and the default iOS way, isn’t very helpful. Do you have SwipeSelection? You don’t need it anymore. With AltKeyboard 2, you have 2 tabs on either side of the keyboard that are going to allow you easily swipe from the left or right side in order to move that cursor. You even get a nice magnified view of the cursor in a few of the options. There are 4 different options to choose from. The Keyboard Viewfinder, Keyboard Loupe, the Classic Loupe, or none. Here are a preview of those respectively.

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If you’re not a fan of having the alternate keys showing up on your keyboard, you can turn those off within the settings. You can also switch the function of flicking up on a key and flicking down on a key, if you don’t prefer the default settings. Another awesome feature is the “Lowercase Keyboard”. If you’ve used the tweak “ShowCase” then you can uninstall that, if you purchase this tweak. This feature shows you the case of the keys depending on the shift key. So if caps lock is on, all letters are capitalized, if the shift key isn’t pressed, then all keys are lowercase. I love that this is a built in feature.

There are a few options that you can configure regarding the “Select Bar”, which is the cut, copy, paste, etc. options you get from swiping up on the spacebar. And if you don’t like the built in features of the define, or undo/redo, then you can disable those. Also, if you don’t want autocorrect suggestions, there’s a toggle to turn those off, too.

If you want to see an in-depth review of AltKeyboard 2 then check out my video walkthrough below:

You can grab AltKeyboard 2 for $2.99 in the BigBoss repo. Let me know in the comments what you think about this tweak and if you plan on purchasing it!

jLauncher: A Sleek New App Switcher Alternative For Jailbroken iPhone

jLauncher is a new jailbreak tweak that aims to replace the app switcher and allow users to get the most out of multitasking according to the developer-John Corbett.

In iOS, when you double-click on the Home button, the app switcher or the multitasking bar appears at the bottom, showing the most recently used apps. You can swipe the bar to the left to see more apps, swipe the multitasking bar from left to the right to see the audio playback controls along with the orientation lock and swipe again from the left to the right to see the volume control and the AirPlay button.

jLauncher replaces this with all the controls in one screen with a translucent background along with the brightness control and date & time so you don’t have to waste time scrolling.

You can invoke jLauncher using an Activator action. We like the way jLauncher slides in from the edges. The jailbreak tweak has a native look and feel to it, so it doesn’t feel out of place compared to the other app switcher alternatives.

One downside of the jailbreak tweak is that, it doesn’t currently allow you to kill an app from the list of recently used apps, so you will still need the iOS app switcher until the developer includes the functionality in jLauncher.

The jailbreak tweak doesn’t provide any configuration options in the Settings app, all you need to do is configure the Activator action to start using it.

You can check out the video walkthrough of jLauncher below and let us know what you think:

jLauncher is available on Cydia for $1.99. It requires iOS 5 or higher.

If you’re looking for app switcher alternatives, check out Multifl0w, MissionBoard Pro, Dash, Aero, Switchy before buying jLauncher.

FlagPaint: Jailbreak Tweak Changes Color of Banner Notifications Based on The App

We’ve seen a number of jailbreak tweaks that allow you to change the font and color of the banner notifications, but a new jailbreak tweak called FlagPaint takes things to the next level by dynamically changing the color of the banner notifications based on the app.

So here’s how it works: If you get a banner notification for an iMessage, the color of the banner notification becomes green, if you get a banner notification for Twitter, the color of the banner notification becomes blue and so on.

The jailbreak tweak makes the background of the banner notification transparent by default, which can be disabled via the Settings app (Settings -> FlagPaint).

You can also remove the icon of the app from the banner notification or change the alignment of the text via the Settings app (Settings -> FlagPaint).

Check out the video walkthrough of FlagPaint below:

FlagPaint is available on Cydia for $0.99. If you use color labels in Gmail, you will dig this jailbreak tweak as it makes it easier to identify the banner notification is for which app by just looking at the color.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.