Feeds

How to hack a Sony Reader

Inside the Linux-based e-book viewer

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

More tweaks

You’re not limited to simply altering the text that appears on some of the screens - you can actually add additional functions, though this is where things start to become somewhat less straightforward.

For a simple tweak, look at the applicationStart.xml file. You’ll see definitions near the top for the different keys, for example:

<string key="6" do="doDigit" />

for the non-numeric keys, there are entries such as:

<boolean key="0x27" do="doCenter"/>
<boolean key="0x27-hold" do="doCenter"/>

Assigning a global built-in function to one of these keys is achieved by changing the value of the do parameter. A popular tweak uses the long press on the centre of the navigation button to shut the Reader down, though you could equally choose to use it to much the audio. Just change the do= value to doDeviceShutdown or doMute if you prefer.

More complex customisations tend to rely on adding extra code in the main.xml file. Look through, and you’ll see that there’s a group tag for the different screens, as for the About screen that we tinkered with earlier. The <code> tag allows you to define specific functions for that page, each within its own <function> tag.

Look, for example, at the PAGE_GROUP, where you’ll find a function with the id “pageChanged” which updates the bottom of the screen with the current page of the current book. A similar function is found in menus.

And another popular hack adds a clock to the bottom of the screen. A call to this.shd_clock() is added at the bottom of “pageChanged”. Then, a new function shd_clock is defined, using a function tag, which starts like this:

<function id="shd_clock"><![CDATA[
var time = new Date();
var show = "";

It goes on to checks the preferences for clock display, and shows the time in the appropriate format, each time the page is changed. A companion function on the About screen uses the 0 key to toggle the clock display between off, 12 and 24 hour. It begins by using doDigit, then checking if the 0 key was pressed, and setting a preferences option appropriately.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?