Rolodex upgrades the user experience of the alphabetical sidebar scroller

A small number of interfaces found throughout iOS display a letter-based sidebar on the right side of the display to improve navigation through lengthy, alphabetical lists.

Users can tap and drag on this sidebar to navigate through the list more quickly than they can scroll, but iOS developer MTAC has discovered a way to make it better with a free jailbreak tweak dubbed Rolodex.

As shown in the screenshot examples above, Rolodex summons a small heads-up display in the center of the screen with a letter in it when you navigate the alphabetical sidebar using the tap and drag method.

As you scroll, the heads-up display changes the letter to depict where the user is in the alphabetical list.

In our case, we’re using Rolodex in the Zebra package manager app, and you can see how the letter in the heads-up display coincides with the packages in the alphabetical list.

I found Rolodex to be a respectable, yet subtle addition to the user interface. While it’s not necessary to get the job done, it certainly augments the user experience, and that’s something I can appreciate.

If you’re interested in giving Rolodex a try for yourself, then you can download it for free from MTAC’s personal repository via your favorite package manager app. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices.

Those not already taking advantage of MTAC’s personal repository can add it to their package manager app of choice via the URL provided below:

Do you think Rolodex adds a nice touch to the alphabetical sidebar? We’re excited to read all about your thoughts in the comments section down below.