Flick Scroll Demo

The concept of Flick Scroll is a great one: being able to use a simple flick gesture on a scrollable view to align the page exactly where you want it. If you’ve ever been reading a long article on Safari or any other app with a scrollable view, perhaps you’ve struggled trying to keep the text aligned in a manner that makes consuming the content less arduous. That, in theory, is what Flick Scroll aims to accomplish, but the jailbreak tweak, which just appeared on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, isn’t quite ready for primetime.

Once Flick Scroll is installed, open a page that contains a scrollable view. This can be an RSS reader, Safari, or any other type of scrollable view. Now flick the page starting from a part of the screen where you want the page to stop. The tweak is designed to stop at the spot where you initiated the flick.

With normal iOS fluid scrolling, there’s no way to have the page stop on a dime in the desired place. Flick Scroll aims to implement a way for reader to have more control over scrolling. If the tweak worked perfectly, it would be helpful in helping reader align a page to an exact spot with effortless ease.

Developer of Flick Scroll, Matthew Huusko, has included a very good video demonstrating how the tweak should ideally work. Although Flick Scroll doesn’t exactly meet the standards set out in that video demo, it aspires to do so. With that in mind, here’s hoping that Huusko can push the tweak closer towards the concept video in future updates.

Flick Scroll

Flick Scroll does contain a two finger option, which forces the flick scrolling to only work when two fingers are used to scroll. I found the two finger option to be difficult to use, as the page zooming kept interfering with the scrolling. I also noticed that if you scroll to the top of a scrollable view continuously, it will “loop around” to the bottom of the view in what is definitely a bug.

At the end of the day, Flick Scroll is an uber-promising tweak with a lot of potential to improve the iOS reading experience. That said, it’s definitely not there as of yet, and I recommend holding off until the tweak receives an update or two.

You can find Flick Scroll on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.49. What do you think about its potential? Are you seeing it?

  • Schemme

    Seems inacurate. Nice idea though

    • It is…but like you said, very nice idea. Give it some time to marinate, and hopefully Matthew can come back with a great update.

      • BS Detector

        Meh. I’d much sooner have a refreshed webscrollian that worked properly (like it once used to). IOS scrolling is just too slow after using android for a while.

      • aw81

        Webscrollian is one of the “in the background” tweaks i love that enhances iOS without you realising.
        Shame its not working well on iOS 8

      • I had never heard of webscrollian until now. I have tateu’s repo added to my Sources though and they had an iOS 7 update for this and it runs perfectly on iOS 8!

        This is definitely one of those tweaks I was missing from my arsenal. Thanks so much for the heads up and hope my info might help you guys out.

      • Chris Buck

        Yep, worked for me too on 8.1.2 😉

      • aw81

        Thank you!

      • BS Detector

        It doesn’t work properly anymore. Technically it speeds things up, but the scrolling never stops until you touch the screen. Previously, it would work identical to normal, just a LOT faster.

      • It works awesome on my 5S with iOS 8. I am so happy to finally have that tweak. One of my absolute favorites that I never knew I needed until I had it.

      • mickey

        Fascy in bigboss!

      • aw81

        I tried both but found the tateu version to be more useful.

      • mickey

        Is there a difference? I thought the tateu version was based on the original but for personal use?

      • aw81

        The tateu version scrolls all the way with one swipe, its easy to get used to giving the right speed flick and catching the page where you want it.

      • mickey

        Ah I see. Didn’t notice a difference but I didn’t try the tateu version since iOS 7.

      • mickey

        Check out fascy in bigboss!

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      *Inaccurate

  • QuarterSwede

    I prefer Apple’s way because you can always stop the inertial scrolling by tapping on the screen like you would to stop a piece of paper you flick up. Much more versatile.

  • Diego Milano

    I actually think this may be pretty good for reading!

  • rockdude094

    Useful if someone just flicks everything

  • Uhm, if you can already see the content you want to move to the top/bottom, why not just put your finger besides it and take a second to drag it to the top/bottom instead of using that time to steer at the screen?

    • gittlopctbi

      Agreed.

  • MICKEYBLACKEYES

    NO! just NO

  • gittlopctbi

    I don’t know…I agree with MrElectrifyer. This would be a good idea if our screens were REALLY long. It may implement better on the 6 or 6+. But even on those phones, how long does it really take to just tap and hold the screen and scroll up/down to where you want, anyway? How much trouble is it to do? And you would be more accurate than what this tweak is currently.

    As I said on another tweak thread, seems that lately we are only getting tweaks that are created because it it possible, not necessarily because it is solving a problem or making the iPhone operation more efficient. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  • Kyle Adams

    Seems like it takes the idea of HTML page anchors and puts it into a dynamic experience.

  • Jay

    Hey Jeff could you help me dish out a idea to the JB community?