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New Patch: Resize emulator window on TouchPad for legacy apps

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Mon, 12 Sep 2011 6:08 pm EDT

In the screenshot above, you see what looks to be your typical emulator view for legacy apps on the TouchPad. Normally, this view is about 1/4th the size of the TouchPad screen and makes for using older applications, like Express Stocks above, a bit of a touchy situation. A new project taken up by members of our forums is likely to at least make the experience a little nicer to cope with, even if it doesn't solve the problem of having small windows outright.

Users rmausser and GyroJoe have been working on a new patch that makes those small emulator cards get a big resizing. By changing the emulator window height and width in the luna-platform.conf file, they were able to double the size of that window for all apps on the device and get a better look at the apps they've brought over from the smartphone-sized app catalog. A new patch is there in the forums for testing, and even though it's still a work in progress, it may be suited perfectly for your needs.

Some things that you should be aware of:

  • Not all applications will resize very well, especially if the background of that app is an image (like the Pandora screenshot below).
  • You'll want to set the size to 1.5 times larger, and not 2. This will allow you to use the TouchPad's virtual keyboard without a hitch and navigate through card view a little easier.
  • If you install this app, you're doing so as a tester and with the knowledge that the app, which is a work in progress, could cause problems on your TouchPad that haven't yet been found. Keep the webOS Doctor on hand just in case.
  • If you don't like the idea of putting something on your TouchPad that isn't finished yet, then take a pass on this patch for right now until it can be pushed through to Preware.
If you are interested in trying out the patch and helping make the development of it as smooth as possible, head to the forums at the link below and read through the entire thread before installing. You can also hit the break for a few more screenshots of different apps that have been tested already. As you'll see, it's by no means perfect (yet), but it sure gets the job done.