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Advanced System Behavior patch brings multiple cards to Email and Messaging

by Derek Kessler Tue, 29 Mar 2011 9:37 am EDT

Sconix was already one of our favorite patch developers after last week’s release of the Advanced System Menus and Prefs patches for webOS 2.1. After this, he’s bumping right up near the top (we can’t pick just one favorite – you’re all awesome). Sconix’s most recently-released patch is the somewhat vaguely named “Advanced System Behavior” patch. While the name might not be clear, what the patch does amounts to awesomeness. We’re going to recommend you fire up Preware of WebOS Quick Install right now for this one.

In the Web browser you get power scroll. This open source feature from the still-in-beta Carbon Twitter client allows you to swipe up or down with two fingers to jump to the top or bottom of the page. Additionally, power scroll has been adapted with two fingers to the left to bring up history and two to the right to open your bookmarks list (a standard one-fingered gesture-area back swipe will take you back to the page you were viewing).

Email and Messaging have gained support for multiple cards. Tapping on an email or conversation will open it right there as is normal, but tapping and holding will open it in a new card (Email currently switches back to the list view, but fixing that is underway). Additionally, if you receive a new email or message while viewing another, opening it from the notification will open in a new card, thus not interrupting your workflow. It’s so webOSy. Messaging has also received new timestamps (small font and light gray) and to prevent premature messages requires you to press the physical Enter key twice to send (on screen is still just one).

Lastly, one of our favorite patches has found its way into Advanced System Behavior: Inverted Keyboard Brightness. The concept is fairly simple: as you turn down the brightness of the screen, the keyboard brightness increases. The reasoning is that you ramp up your screen brightness in bright light where you can see the keyboard, and pull it back down in darkness so as to not blind yourself, but where the keyboard is not lit externally.

This is just the first go at Advanced System Behavior, and it’s been noted that new features will be added in the future (possibly conflicting with existing patches). Like Sconix’s other Advanced System patches, Behavior is not update-safe, so be sure to remove it before applying any webOS updates. Also, as always, patches distributed via WebOS Internals done free-of-charge and open source, with only your donations helping to support this work.