Those taking advantage of the Zebra package manager instead of Cydia or Sileo on their jailbroken handset will do good to launch the app and refresh their sources.
A fresh update to Zebra was released Monday afternoon that officially brings the zippy package manager up to version 1.1. Citing the project’s official change log on GitHub, this release incorporates a lengthy list of improvements. Brace yourselves:
– Goodbye, clutter! You can now filter out packages and authors from your Changes page that you don’t want to see.
– Import sources with ease. We’ve created a new “Import Sources” view to allow selecting sources that will be imported from another package manager or a previously exported sources file.
– Life (and Zebras) isn’t always Black and White. Choose from a variety of different accent colors to customize your Zebra experience.
– Now, what was its name? A new detailed search tab helps you find the package you’re looking for quickly and easily.
– Improved Payment API Support. We’ve reworked our payment API support to be more reliable so there is less confusion about purchasing packages.
– Parlez-vous français? You can now pick which language Zebra speaks instead of using your System Language.
– Context is important. Support for iOS 13’s new Context Menus has been added into Zebra across the app.
Other Additions and Improvements
– Added several missing section icons for many sections that previously had icons in Cydia
– Added a new “Legacy” alternate icon
– Zebra will now display faulty sources so that they can be removed
– Added support for .xz and .lzma package files to be downloaded from repositories
– Added a new “Finish Automatically” option which will respring, close Zebra, or dismiss the console after installing packages
– You can now long-press on the Queue Bar for a quick way of clearing the queue without opening it
– Added a new “Reset” section in Zebra’s settings
– Tweaked the “Installed Files” view to make for more readable content
– Added a new “Automatic Refresh” option that will no longer refresh Zebra’s sources automatically when disabled
– Your UDID and other sensitive information (like account email) will now be hidden automatically when a screenshot being taken or screen recording
– Added the ability to export your wish list for safekeeping
– Added the ability to sort your wish list by most or least recently added
– Packages that are on your wish list that have been installed are now removed from your wish list automatically
– firmware.sh (which generates virtual dependencies for dpkg) has been rewritten and improved for reliability on newer iOS versions
– Reworked the local install feature of Zebra. deb files that are imported into Zebra will now render a depiction and queue any dependencies needed for local files. It will also respring/uicache if necessary.
– Improved font on the console views
– Tapping any of the tab bar icons while inside of a tab will now scroll to the top of the current view
– When a package has the same version hosted on multiple repositories, an indicator is now displayed in the Downgrade/Upgrade menus to indicate which source it is from
– Zebra will no longer open cydia:// and sileo:// URLs
– Twitter link on the homepage now goes to the @getZebra account instead of the developer’s
– A source’s label will now be displayed instead of its origin
– “Repos” has been changed to “Sources” across the app
– Payment and repository login support is no longer available on iOS 10 and below
– Slightly modified the style of the Packages and Source cells
– Zebra will now attempt to load an entire repository (when loading All Packages) instead of using batch loading
– Support for flat repositories has been improved to allow directories other than the root of a website
– The “Add from Clipboard” popup on the Sources List will now only show if you have a verified source in your clipboard
– A warning popup will appear when attempting to add an insecure source
– When installing a package with multiple versions, a popup will now ask which version you’d like to install
As you might’ve noticed, whether you actually read all the changes or not, is that Zebra v1.1 is a particularly major release for the third-party package manager. While some of the changes address bugs that many users have reported their dismay over, a large sum of the changes are actually feature improvements, which have been implemented in response to community feedback.
Among some of the highlights, Zebra will no longer hijack your cydia:// and sileo:// URLs, which ensures that these links will always open in the package manager they’re designed for. Additionally, your device’s UDID will be automatically hidden from screenshots and screen recordings, which is particularly useful for privacy reasons.
For iOS 13 users, support for the operating system’s context menus is now built into the entire app. Users can also take advantage of novel de-cluttering features that make the app look and feel a lot more minimalist-friendly.
From what we can gather, the developer is currently working on a full rewrite and redesign for the Zebra package manager in an upcoming update, so it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen the end of this package manager by a long shot. This upcoming update will bring significant performance and usability improvements, as well as a beautiful new user interface that jailbreakers will love. That’s all we know for now, however.
Like other updates before today’s Zebra v1.1 is available from the official Zebra repository. Those who’ve never used Zebra before and would like to try it can follow our step-by-step tutorial for getting it on their jailbroken device.
Have you installed the latest Zebra update yet? Let us know how it’s working for you in the comments.