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By ace7196, Guest on 16th December 2011, 02:48 AM
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So there are a few threads of apps that plain work on the NST, but I want apps that are optimized (i.e. black and white/no animations/useable). Below are my findings.

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Battery drain
First off, let's say you've rooted and installed some basics gapps. I found that some things seems to cause some pretty fierce battery drain (I remember on my G1 that calendar sync was buggy, resulting in constant syncing attempts and bad battery drain). Now this is on a per-user basis, but I basically removed everything but the core gapps files and gmail. Here's a list of stuff you can "safely" remove (remember, ALWAYS backup).

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Launchers
I've tried them all, but the ADW with the minimalistic black theme is the best IMO. You can make the background white of the app drawer, remove all but one page, and turn off everything that moves (I set all the options to max/0 to ensure that I do not see any animations of any sort).

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Navigation
So depending on how you achieved root, you may or may not have button savior installed. I didn't want extra stuff cluttering up my screen, so I removed it. For those of you who want a high contrast eink button savior, you've got it here. Buy the pro and support the dev. If you want to use the hardware buttons, you have to get this (which you may already have if you have rooted via Nooter).

I set the top left button as back, top right as menu, bottom left as pagedown, and bottom right as pageup. The page up and page down are from the normal left side, so they appear as LEFT_PAGEDOWN and LEFT_PAGERIGHT. I also disabled the BN menu when you press the N and made it just go to ADW.

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Apps
Sorry to disappoint, but since I want to get rid of as many distractions as possible, I only have a few:
Android PDF Reader: Has optimizations for eink devices, is quick to redraw, and page up and down work.
Sparse RSS: I've been working with the dev and have gotten page up/down to work. I have a dev build if interested, but I'm sure he'll publish an update soon with it working on the market (1.3.1 does not work, but the next version should have the fix).
Some of the other random eink optimized apps floating around the Apps section here.
SetCPU: Allows for changing the governor and you can underclock if you wish. I have to 600 MHz, and it's fine for reading. I setup the scale up preference to 80, and the Powersaving Bias to 300. Feel free to look up and mess around with these...it's pretty safe.
Coolreader: Has some nice eink optimized settings (can change how the page is partially refreshed/how often/etc. You can also set it as the main reader app in the NookSimple Tools apps, so when you click the book in the top left if opens Coolreader. The standard BN library and reader aren't bad, though (except for PDFs that are not meant for reflow, like tech. documents).

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28th December 2011, 12:49 AM |#2  
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Hi,

Here is a NST optimized (and slightly customized) version I did for Simon Tatham's Puzzles Collection (including source).

github.com/marspeople/sgtpuzzles/downloads

ace7196, could you post the "page up/down" patch for Sparse RSS? Also, I've noticed a interface bug (also present in NewsRob) when you go back to the article list, it loses which list position it was previously, that is pretty annoying.
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29th December 2011, 05:22 AM |#3  
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Here's the latest release dev build of Sparse RSS.

I know the left side buttons for page up/down are mapped, not sure if he mapped the right side equivalent as well.

Also, I've noticed on a few rss readers (as mentioned above) that once you touch the screen and make is scroll, the titles of the articles change, but not that content. I only plan on using the hard keys, so now that I have an RSS reader that works with that...
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What is the checkbox under Feed URL when you're adding a feed? Other than that, seems to work great!
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3rd January 2012, 04:20 AM |#5  
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What is the checkbox under Feed URL when you're adding a feed? Other than that, seems to work great!

Not sure....try checking it
3rd January 2012, 05:03 AM |#6  
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Not sure....try checking it

Installed it on my phone, turns out it's "Only Sync over Wifi". Kind of a useless setting for us Nookies, but it's good to know I guess.
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Sparse RSS is really great though the right buttons are not mapped.

Also, is there a way to remove the "Goto link" bar at the bottom of each page?
It blocks the last line of text on every page. It is also kind of distracting and I will never need to go to the full page or use the onscreen touch buttons since the buttons are mapped
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6th January 2012, 12:09 AM |#8  
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Got email from the author that right button support will be added, and will be published this week (will let you know when).
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9th January 2012, 02:44 AM |#9  
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Latest Sparse RSS Reader with left and right button support:
http://code.google.com/p/sparserss/downloads/list
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Launcher
too add...
I'm finding Relaunch as optimized launcher.

I'm happy with it, give it a spin.
(well you might need to spend some time in enabling adb to install non market apps)

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the home, app list and the settings
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