VideoPane is one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks by Ryan Petrich that lets you detach videos from its native video player and places it into floating window that can be moved around on the screen.
It was so good that Apple incorporated the picture-in-picture functionality in iOS 9.
The latest update of the tweak makes VideoPane even more awesome by bringing a redesigned UI, support for more iOS 8 apps including those that include DRM and now provides the ability to choose what buttons you’d like to see on the detached video.
VideoPane 2.0 update is already available in Cydia but it’s flagged as a beta version. After taking it for a ride, I can say that it’s a huge improvement over the last version and is much more stable. When you detach videos, the app will now get minimized automatically while displaying the floating window. You’ll also notice a few new buttons that allow you to re-open the app that the video belongs to as well as view it in fullscreen.
What I appreciate mostly about the latest update is that closing the detached window will now cause the native video player within the app to continue playing from where it was stopped when closing. This wasn’t the case with the previous version of VideoPane as it would sometimes cause the video to start buffering from the beginning.
Here’s the complete changelog for VideoPane 2.0 beta:
- Redesign of video view on iOS 8
- Support many more apps on iOS 8, including those that use DRM
- Add ability to customize buttons on iOS 8
- Add Easter Egg
Overall, my experience using the latest version of VideoPane was much better compared to the previous one and I would recommend that you give it a try again if you were not satisfied with the previous version.
VideoPane 2.0 is available as a free upgrade for users who already purchased the package previously. If you’re a new user, it will cost you $1.99.
Update: VideoPane is available on Rpetrich’s repo: http://rpetri.ch/repo.