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    Anemo: Quick Reply the Apple Way-imageuploadedbytapatalk1378659218.561326.jpg

    For jailbreakers, quick-reply is something of a litmus test. Over the years, there have been quite a few tools released that try to aim to give users a way to respond to SMS without interrupting whatever theyre doing at the momentand the solution you choose can say a lot about you. And if youre jailbroken, you almost certainly have found something to use, whether its a quick-reply tool that tries to mimic the look of the stock Messages app (see Messages and Messages+), or a full-on app replacement like BiteSMS.

    Now we have another option. Anemo is a new quick-reply tool for iOS from the Atweaks design and development team, makers of Auxo, Aplo, and other well-received tweaks and themes. And for the Apple-centric jailbreakerone who prefers that his tweaks disappear into the native design experienceAnemo might be the best option yet.

    As it currently stands, the tweak is pretty bare-bones, offering only a drop down quick-reply sheet that users can invoke by tapping an icon on an incoming SMS banner alert. Thats it, for now. The developers are promising an update that should bring more features, but for many, I suspect the tweak is nearly perfect as iswhile so many QR tweaks overdo their design (bringing in animated popup windows or a fullscreen messaging UI), Anemo feels like a truly native solution that is fully in line with the iOS design style: light, smooth, and intuitive. It does what it needs to do and gets out of the way, and while it doesnt exactly mimic anything in iOS, it feels more native than many tweaks that do.

    Anemo: Quick Reply the Apple Way-imageuploadedbytapatalk1378659201.095912.jpg

    There is still room for improvement, although its likely that the promised update will cover most of my quibbles. For now, the tweak doesnt offer any way to reply to SMS from the lock screen, and it doesnt include any sort of Quick Compose option, only the ability to reply. (Both features are included in the coming update; for now I can confirm that its possible to use BiteSMS for those features while still using Anemo for quick reply.) One other addition I wouldnt mind seeing is the ability to send MMS from the quick reply drop downright now there is no way to attach a photo to a reply.

    But besides those minor points, Anemo feels like a well-designed release, and one that was obviously well thought-out in terms of UI. (For a sense of just how much thought has gone into it, check out the initial concept that designer Sentry first posted to The Verge nearly a year ago.) As a long time BiteSMS user, one of my main complaints has always been about that apps overstuffed UIwhile it has a huge number of features, I rarely use the vast majority of them, and so have little need of the apps many buttons (FaceTime, Templates, Skype, etc), which end up cluttering the interface and detracting from the experience of using it. But what it does it does well enough that Ive stuck with it, using 3rd-party themes to try and make the Bite UI blend in a bit better with the native experience.

    Anemo, by contrast, gets it exactly right, right out of the boxso much so that for the first time in years, Ive got a new quick-reply tweak. And this time, I dont think Ill be looking back.

    Note: the keyboard shown in the screenshots above is the FlatIcons ColorKeyboard theme FlatKeyboard iPhone 5; it is not included with Anemo.

    (Source: jackjohnbrown)
    rdiddy_25 and 098v like this.
    09-08-2013 11:56 AM
  2. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    I saw this yesterday but I'm still sticking with BiteSMS. Thanks Massie
    09-08-2013 12:33 PM
  3. 098v's Avatar
    Looks pretty cool I might put it on my little brother's iPod, so he can text me when he needs something, when it becomes more polished, so to say,

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    09-08-2013 03:23 PM

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