We already know that Cydia and the official repositories are full of fantastic, powerful and innovative packages that make interacting with our iOS devices a lot more pleasurable. We also understand that developers and designers are always working hard behind the scenes to improve their existing packages or come up with new offerings that provide some needed functionality to the loyal jailbreak user base. It seems that Joshua Tucker and Andrew Richardson have been doing exactly that and are all set to release their new notification and scheduling centric tweak that will be known as Abstergo, which will land on Cydia on April 21st.
We’ve seen multiple tweaks in the past that make an attempt at hooking into Notification Center with the intention to allow users to better interact with their incoming and stored notifications. Some of the existing options do this extremely well, while others get it entirely wrong and fail to understand the minor changes necessary to make Notification Center a complete package. Abstergo seems to cover most requirements by not only giving users a way to dismiss multiple notifications at once, but also introducing a per notification removal system as well as scheduling functionality to remind us to reply to texts or act on a notification at a later date.
Abstergo is also an out-of-the-box system, meaning that you purchase it, download it and every aspect of the functionality is provided. Some packages require additional setup options. Some packages don’t really require them but add them in anyway, making things overly complex. Abstergo does away with them and offers all features to every user. When downloaded and installed, it is extremely easy to get up and running with notification dismissal. A simple and familiar left or right swipe on an individual notification will bring up a ‘Clear’ option that will remove that single entry.
The lock screen hasn’t been forgotten with this package either. A downward swipe gesture forces a new slidable panel into view that allows all notifications to be cleared with a single tap. In addition to the ability to dismiss notifications system wide, Abstergo also includes the functionality that allows users to tap and hold on a text message bubble or individual alert to set up a reminder to act on that particular event.
It’s simple enough to work flawlessly out of the box, yet powerful enough to handle the majority of users’ notification based needs. Abstergo is set for an April 21st release and will be available for $1.99 for jailbroken iOS 6.X devices.