Question about Categories App

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by jcde7ago, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. jcde7ago macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    I know Categories has been out forever, but i haven't tried to use it since it caused me to restore twice during the days of 2.0 (before 2.1 and 2.2, not just the 2.x firmware in general I mean).

    My question is, is it pretty stable nowadays, and more importantly, does it cause any sort of noticeable lag whatsoever?
  2. macfan09 macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2008

    1-) No. Unless you're willing to respring EVERY TIME you change ANY little thing. Don't get me wrong, I love Cat. (use it myself) but have just learned to "respect it" and let it work how it wants to. ie: You add 1 folder, you re-spring before you even ATTEMPT to create a 2nd. If you have that kinda' time, then yes it is pretty stable! LOL

    2-) I don't know if it's Cat. or the jb in general, but yeah, there seems to be a lil' lag to the iphone when it's jb'n (and you have A LOT of stuff - apps, vids, music, etc.) ;)

    All in all, I do give this app a thumbs up though!
  3. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    What you need to realize is that each Categories folder is actually an application itself. I don't think Categories causes any lag, per say, but each time you open a folder, you need to wait for that folder to load, because, in actuality, you're waiting for an app to start up.

    You can use the "Keep Resident" option, to reduce this, but that uses RAM, so do so sparingly.

    Personally, I love categories, and I have some folders with 30+ apps in them, and it has never given me any problems, or lag.

    Yes, it can crash, if you try adding too many folders at once, but I usually just keep adding them, and if it crashes, pick back up again where I left off.

    The most important thing to remember, is that you need to empty your folders before you restore or update your OS!

    The reason being, that when it adds an app to a folder (which is really just a launcher), it hides the icon on the springboard.

    If you restore, with an app in a folder, that app will appear to be missing when you try to find it afterward. It's not really gone though, and you can use Poof get make it appear again, but you're screwed if you have Cydia in a folder, when this happens! ;)

    I learned about this the hard way, and updated to 2.1 with my folders full!

    Even then though, it wasn't anything that I couldn't fix--It was just a major PITA!
  4. jcde7ago thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
  5. thetaxigalt macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2008
    How did you fix that? I had a complete system crash so I couldn't cleanly remove everything from the catagory--including cydia and installer, I had a 'jailbreak' folder!! After a restore and re-jailbreak, I have nothing.

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