Abstergo: the perfect tweak for managing notifications

By , Apr 15, 2013

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It’s been a very long time in the making, but the release of Abstergo is almost upon us. Abstergo, as you may remember, has been talked about and worked on for over a year. It is the concept and creation of Andrew Richardson and Joshua Tucker, and it promises to make managing your notifications better on iOS.

Needless to say, lots and lots of time has been invested into nearly every aspect of the tweak. Tucker, in a candid discussion with him via Twitter, stated that the pair worked hard on one particular portion of the tweak — the ability to add notifications back to the Lock screen — for a couple of weeks.

With its release a mere six days away, Abstergo is shaping up to be a tweak that has been well worth waiting for. I believe it truly will lend a better ability to managing iOS notifications. It’s one of those tweaks that’s a bit difficult to explain how it can help you without seeing it in action for yourself. For that reason, we’ve hit the video lab to give you an in-depth hands-on demonstration of the tweak’s most intimate functions. Take a look past the break for the full scoop.

From my usage with the tweak, I’ve been able to break up its functions into a few key areas. First and foremost, Abstergo allows you to clear all notifications from the Lock screen in one fell swoop. This is accomplished by dragging down on the Lock screen when you have more than one notification on screen at once. A quick swipe quickly clears all notifications display on the Lock screen without unlocking your device. Abstergo also lends the ability to clear individual notifications using swipe gestures while in Notification Center.

Abstergo Lock screen Clear and Remind me in

The second big aspect of Abstergo is its ability to set snooze reminders for notifications. This can be accomplished by using a simple tap and hold gesture on the notification itself. Tap and hold gestures can be used while on the Lock screen, in Notification Center, and you can even execute them on messages received in the Messages app. Reminders can be established in 5 minute blocks of time. Once enough time elapses for the reminder to take effect, the notifications appear just as they would appear if the notification was just received for the first time.

Abstergo remove from Lock screen

Once a reminder is set, you can add the notification back to the Lock screen by means of a tap and hold gesture, lending further emphasis to its importance. You can tell which notifications have reminders set for them by means of the little clock icon residing to the right of the notification. Reminders can be easily cleared and edited, again, by using simple tap and hold gestures on the notification itself.

Abstergo banner reminders

Abstergo features a preference panel in the Settings app, but for now, it’s only used for contacting the developers of the tweak. Since everything about Abstergo uses stock iOS UI, there was really no place for the developers to interject any personal sentiments without slapping a preference panel in the Settings app.

For those of you who feel that iOS’ notifications lack the flexibility that they should, you’ll be especially happy with Abstergo. In the famous words of Mr. Sam Cooke, It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come. Well folks, as far as notifications on iOS go, that change is almost here. On April 21st, you’ll be able to purchase Abstergo from Cydia for $1.99. Hit me up in the comments section.

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  • Bob

    This is Jeff…..With iDownloadblog 😀

    • Mr. E

      Never gets old

    • I don´t know how or why but he relaxes me when he says that

      • D1M

        ASMR. Google it. Had the same affect on me.

      • OMG she blew my mind

      • maybe that´s it 😀 don´t really care, I´m way to relaxed to think about it.

  • Compatible with LockInfo 5?

    • Should be!

      • Damian W

        Lockinfo and this tweak are meant to work together. Perfect tweak couple.

      • mk3s

        If it works with Lockinfo then sign me up!

      • blawbair

        Nice, was wondering this myself! 🙂

  • Perfect! Love it

  • C’mon. You spelled “Lots” wrong in the screenshot.

  • A pull to delete notifications on the lock screen would be good

    • Maybe. Don’t think the idea of pulling down and accidentally removing them pleases me though.

  • Looks like a nice & useful tweak. I’ll be getting this too! 😀

  • will it work with IntelliScreen X?

  • Looks pretty cool. This is slightly off topic but I wish there was tweak that disabled the slide-to-unlock bar from taking you into an app when you receive a notification. I can’t tell you the number of times I have gone to unlock and a notification comes in and I’m taken to that app instead of my home screen. It’s crazy annoying!!

    • Mr. E

      Definitely off topic but theres one called Sliderkiller

      • I thought it would be alright since it was related to notifications…

        Also, I saw that one the other day but it isn’t compatible with BiteSMS.

      • Beta382

        It’s cause BiteSMS does their own mangling of the slider functionality. Using SliderKiller with BiteSMS just causes your device to hang.

        I do believe the dev is working on a compatibility fix though.

      • Just heard back from the developer that BiteSMS compatibility will be up either tonight or tomorrow. This makes me crazy happy.

    • A sketchy way to get around that is to lock your screen and light up the screen again if you see that when you slide it will open a notification.

      • Yeah, but that’s kind of annoying. It doesn’t make sense for iOS to behave this way when you have the option of sliding the actual notification to open the app.

      • Beta382

        The tweak “Slider Killer” does just that.

        EDIT: Looked down a few comments…

      • I agree. I have thought about this myself as well. Unfortunately, we have to remember that us here are considered “advanced” users. Unless you’re taught it, you have no idea. I think Apple recognized that it may not be as clear so created a way to assume some things about the scenario. It’s an interesting issue.

      • I tried out SliderKiller and it DOES fix this annoyance. The only reason I’m not using it is because It doesn’t play nice with BiteSMS. I just heard from the developer that this is fixed and will be posted tonight or tomorrow. Yay verily!

    • Try ClearLockNotification its for free.

      • It doesn’t appear in the description that it will solve my problem.

    • Maybe a tweak to switch the slider so you still have that option but its impossible if you want to unlock your phone. 🙂

      I mean switch the slider direction.

  • Finally there is a tweak to “snooze” notifications!
    Or are there that I don’t know of? I used to use RemindMeLater, but it does not with iOS 6.
    Jeff, and other guys…install CoverMeNot…great tweak!!!!
    As an extra I recommend Icky Sticky.

    • Damian W

      AnyReminder already can snooze notifications

      • Completely different, mind you. They allow you to add reminders to the Reminders.app, not live notifications that allow you to go right to the notification. It also doesn’t deal with the Notification Center or lock screen whatsoever either :).

      • Damian W

        AnyReminder deals with notifications for all apps, not just reminder app. I agree you with you that your tweak is more advanced, and probably better. Just anyreminder and abstergo seem to be very similar at the first glance.

      • Fair enough :). Here’s a breakdown so you know the differences:

        1) Although AnyReminder deals with notifications, you can only add a reminder from the lock screen and it must be recent. If it goes into the table view, or another one comes in, you have no other opportunity. You can add reminders to any notification with Abstergo anytime as long as the bulletin is visible on screen (wherever it is – lock screen, banners, Notification Center)

        2) AnyReminder offers support for Mail, Messages, and Safari. Abstergo offers support for Messages and has plans to integrate access points from a variety of different places and in different apps

        3) AnyReminder, as mentioned in my post above yours, adds items to the Reminders.app. Abstergo adds reminders on actual notification bulletins so that when the alert goes off, the real notification appears again and you can open it to go right to whatever that is

        I’m not here to bash AnyReminders or to sway you my way, but knowledge is power and it’s always good to know before you make a decision for whichever works best for you :).

      • Damian W

        Great answer. Now I can live in peace 🙂 AnyReminder actually stopped working on my phone for some unknown reason. So I am not using it anyway. I will be expecting your tweak with the hope of something really great 😀

  • ClearLockNotification is free, try it!
    But definitely this is a more complete tweak

  • Damn. I was wondering what happened to this tweak.

    • It went “underground” and came up something completely anew :).

  • Mo

    Reminds me of Bulletin (hopefully it won’t be as buggy)… but looks GREAT! I’ll pay that $1.99 in a sec.

    • It’s well polished! I don’t believe you’ll have any issues with it.

  • Beta382

    Awesome! I was beginning to wonder what had happened to this project…

    Hopefully my issues buying Cydia tweaks through PayPal are resolved by the time this comes out.

  • Tom Canuck

    really liking the look of this, a lot. One question though 😐 this wouldnt happen to clear the badges off the app when you clear the notification would it 😡 kinda didnt look like it from the video (i just woke up so may have missed it )

    • It clears from the lock screen and Notification Center – no badges.

      • Tom Canuck

        Alright. Thanks for the reply.

      • Should be an option. Maybe even app specific.

      • That’s a lot of configuration right there :). Also clearing badges doesn’t mark the content read in-app. It’s extremely difficult on a large scale.

  • missing jeffs fingers :

  • not useful for me, but happy for having the choice

  • MrShutEmDown

    It bugs me when we get these tweak reviews and cant touch or test them.. And it feels like they never are coming out.. Or when they do another tweak that does the same thing a little bit better is announced the developer all of a sudden makes a beta available (badger… When news of Velox came out)…

    Maybe im just on the edge of my seat because six days does sound better than “in a few weeks” (velox, auxo 1.4 when yall announced it)

    • I understand where you are coming from. The reason we chose Sunday was because that six-day cushion gives us an opportunity to change anything if required before release. We want to make Abstergo the best possible and we thought it would be an “injustice” to hold onto this forever :). We both want Abstergo out for people to use as much as people are looking forward to using it. That’s why we didn’t consider previewing anything earlier then when it was ready.

  • love it

  • Anyone know if this will be compatible with IntelliscreenX

  • The reminders for notifications could come in handy for calendar events I wish to postpone but not forget….oh wait, that’s already handled by the stock App. Other than that, all of this is a sub-part of LockInfo 5.

    Will save my change for Velox instead.

  • Awesome tweak! On a side note… Abstergo? Like in Assassin’s Creed? That’s pretty funny.

    • It wasn’t named in relation to Assassin’s Creed. The word Abstergo comes from the Latin word “abstérgere” which means “to clean or wipe away”.

      • So then Ubisoft stole it! *Gasp*

      • Haha well, there was no “stealing” anywhere I think. They were clever in naming it that way :).

      • Definitely! All jokes aside, the name really did stand out for me. They did a fantastic job.

      • Yeah I love how much Ubisoft puts into their games because it’s clear they want an extremely well-made experience on all fronts (so to speak).

      • Oh, I meant this tweak haha… BUT, I actually am an avid Assassin’s Creed fan as well.

      • Oh haha OK. Well thank you! Andrew and I are excited to have this ready. I love the AC series myself. Working through the third one right now, collecting all the feathers, etc.

      • You’re welcome. And I’ve just focused on the stories for AC, but I think i may want to go back and complete them 100%. The full sync missions can be such a pain!

  • Matthew

    For whom it may concern, Abstergo means I cleanse, a fitting name for this tweak

    • Indeed! It comes from the Latin word “abstérgere” which means “to clean or wipe away”.

    • Hi.
      I’m an Assassin.
      Nice to meet you.

  • It’s probably already been said a ton, and I realize it has no relation, but everyone does realize that Abstergo was the bad guys in Assassin’s Creed, right?

  • iPad compatibility? This seems like a keeper.

  • anasiatka

    I logged in just to post this comment on another computer I don’t normally use… This tweak is AMAZING! @joshmtucker:disqus This is amazing! It’s one of those things that because you never had it, it is hard to imagine it being possible. That is where you brilliant devs come in and show us what we all have been missing. Thank you and I will be making this purchase the second it hits Cydia!

    • Thank you kindly! Andrew (@nosdrew) and I are ecstatic as well! It’s been a long process and it’s good to finally have it “finished”. The cool thing Abstergo is that it will always evolve and grow – we thought it was an injustice to hold onto it forever so we have stuff planned for updates to come :).

  • For $1.99 you can’t really go wrong! I would gladly pay $5 or even $10 for a tweak as powerful as this. Great job Josh and the developers behind it

    • Thanks Aidan – both Andrew (@nosdrew) and I are very excited to have this finished. It’s been a long journey with lots of backend and front end work and we are looking forward to people trying it themselves!

  • James

    Looks sweet. I’ll definitely pick that up on release day.

  • This is what jail breaking is about. Making a existing feature much more useful. Can’t wait for this tweak

  • I just use intelliscreenx :3

  • AnyReminder, as recently released tweak that iDB mentioned only briefly, does a lot what this tweak does already. Yet no love for it?

  • iBanks

    Not compatible with Action Menu 🙁

  • How can you “clear from the lockscreen” using IntelliscreenX? I can’t seem to figure this one out.

    • Clear All is only available on the stock lock screen – not in the ISX shade. If you have the shade closed on the lock screen and there are notifications on screen, you can use it there.

  • SweKiwi

    Not compatible with biteSMS. Can’t longpress a SMS to get a reminder-option. It just mutes/un-mutes notfications from that specific sender.
    Can this be fixed?

    • SweKiwi

      .. and the “clear-all” function in the notifications screen does not work with NCSettings =(

      • SweKiwi

        There must be other people trying this tweak, who also use NCSettings and/or biteSMS. Care to contribute?

    • It should be completely compatible with biteSMS now.

      • SweKiwi

        . .and it is 🙂

  • nice tweak but in my phone crashing with ForeCast or Bulletin or LockLauncher! 🙁

    • It’s crash in my case also. Specially when I finish the call and tap on home button instead end call on screen. Also doesn’t work with reminders…

      • Please send us a report so we can know about these things! We’d love to fix the problems.

        How does it not work with reminders?

      • I think that problems gone – didn’t notice problems last time. What about reminders, I got few times situation where after set 15min reminder I saw that entry on sceer with timing “now” but without name of reminder, was only icon of reminders app, and “now” text…

    • If your issues still persist, please send us an email! We’d love to make them compatible.

  • Adol Guzman de Leon

    Thanks, for the explanation