View Full Version : Beta Firmware for Pocketbook 360 und 301+


Forkosigan
11-16-2009, 04:42 PM
Since today there last beta version of firmware prior to the official version.

http://rapidshare.com/files/307990899/fw360-de-161109.rar.html

For possible bug reports, I am very grateful!

The Pocketbook 301 + version coming tomorrow.
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19.11.2009
Now the current version of the firmware, all the mistakes of the last version have been resolved quickly as promised.

http://rapidshare.com/files/309331881/fw360_de_191109.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/309332967/fw301plus_de_191109.rar

Yar-PocketBooker
11-16-2009, 10:56 PM
Thanks, Tol

luqmaninbmore
11-16-2009, 11:51 PM
This firmware is significantly more buggy than the previous experimental one. While epub support seems slightly better (the highest font setting appears to be a little bigger and the rotation is much quickewr) PDF support has gotten significantly worse. Reflow has repeatedly caused the device to lockup and, when I reset the device, the pdf will not open. I had to manually delete the PDF and retransfer it with ADE. Two pocketbooks now show up under ADE now; that's a disturbing bug. These problems are with DRM pdf. I also noticed that when the device is rotated so that the buttons are on the bottom, epubs are skewed to right. When the buttons are on top, the text is centered normally. This was a problem with the previous experimental firmware. PDF reflow also eats the last few words on each page under ADE (I havvent noticed an issue with the native pdf viewer). The font sizes on epub (but not pdf, curiously enough) are also way too limited. The largest size is the only legible one, and I'm still in my 20s. I'm going to switch back to the experimental firmware posted previously to this one.

tufrostie
11-17-2009, 12:09 AM
First time I tried it it changed the language on my reader. Did it again and it didnt see the update. Not sure what to do. I am using an micro sd card.

Yar-PocketBooker
11-17-2009, 12:44 AM
First time I tried it it changed the language on my reader. Did it again and it didnt see the update. Not sure what to do. I am using an micro sd card.

... shouldn't be any problem: just go to "Settings"--> "language" and choose your language.
There's one tricky thing if you changed the system language to Hebrew - all commands on your central 4 buttons are flipped: where you usually would press right button, you need to press left and vise versa: it's from right to left:)

kacir
11-17-2009, 04:35 AM
There's one tricky thing if you changed the system language to Hebrew - all commands on your central 4 buttons are flipped: where you usually would press right button, you need to press left and vise versa: it's from right to left:)
I think it is possible to edit a device config file in /system/ folder manually when you connect the reader to computer. You should be able to return to the default English menu this way.

Abelturd
11-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Hi guys, a cybook owner here. Don't know if my question fits here, but I'll give it a try anyway.
How's the situation with service centers outside of Ukraine at the moment, does anyone know?
I've been considering sending my cybook in for a firmware reflash, but as Ukraine is not part of the EU and with all the customs fees and stuff I changed my mind for the time being, seems like a lot of trouble. If I could send it to a center inside of EU, it would be more simple, I guess. Does anyone have some advice for me? Thanks.

Forkosigan
11-17-2009, 02:44 PM
The problem is solved in one-two days, the penultimate version was better, now have some additional features enabled, and somewhat disturbed, is usually quickly resolved.

Here are the last two beta versions:


http://rapidshare.com/files/308438501/Firmware_Beta_1and2.zip

luqmaninbmore
11-17-2009, 02:54 PM
The problem is solved in one-two days, the penultimate version was better, now have some additional features enabled, and somewhat disturbed, is usually quickly resolved.

Here are the last two beta versions:


http://rapidshare.com/files/308438501/Firmware_Beta_1and2.zip

I didn't follow. So these are more recent then the firmware you posted at the top of the thread? My main concern is the instability of the DRMed PDF support when reflow is used, the chopping of of the last few words on a page in reflow, and the oddity of having multiple Pocketbooks show up under ADE when only one is connected. More font sizes or a greater difference between them in EPUB would be nice too. I also noticed that in dictionary mode, under the Adobe reader, you cannot scroll off the page and onto the opposite side like you can under FBReader. This makes dictionary look up a bit more tedious. That would be as simple fix, I think.

Luqman

luqmaninbmore
11-17-2009, 03:04 PM
The problem is solved in one-two days, the penultimate version was better, now have some additional features enabled, and somewhat disturbed, is usually quickly resolved.

Here are the last two beta versions:


http://rapidshare.com/files/308438501/Firmware_Beta_1and2.zip

Apparently Rapidshare is only allowing ten downloads for that file and this limit has already been reached. Does any body feel like sharing?

Forkosigan
11-17-2009, 06:02 PM
Apparently Rapidshare is only allowing ten downloads for that file and this limit has already been reached. Does any body feel like sharing?

There should be restrictions on loading, as laid out in the Premium account.

For Pocketbook 301+

http://rapidshare.com/files/308503301/fw301plus-de-171109.rar

LevAizik
11-18-2009, 07:54 AM
Frimware for 301+ deleted.

Forkosigan
11-18-2009, 08:28 AM
Frimware for 301+ deleted.


http://rapidshare.com/files/308503301/fw301plus-de-171109.rar

Forkosigan
11-19-2009, 02:30 PM
Now the current version of the firmware, all the mistakes of the last version have been resolved quickly as promised.

http://rapidshare.com/files/309331881/fw360_de_191109.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/309332967/fw301plus_de_191109.rar

luqmaninbmore
11-19-2009, 08:18 PM
Overall, this is an improvement. Page turning is much faster all around. An extra font size has been added to epub handling under the Adobe reader. Other issues have not been addressed. The reflow for PDF is still cutting out words that appear at the end of the page; the larger the font, the more words are cut. I checked the same PDF under the other PDF reader and the reflow works fine, so it's not the pdfs. Epubs are not centered in landscape with the buttons on the bottom; they are centered when the buttons are on top. This is no longer just an aesthetic issue now that the larger font size has been added; the text now disappears over the right side of the screen. The issue from the last firmware which caused two pocketbooks to show up on ADE has been fixed. In dictionary look up you still cannot scroll up from the top margin and come in at the bottom. This combined with the slower running of the dictionary under ADE makes dictionary look up more tedious. It is still quite functional. I will be keeping this firmware because of the general speed up and the larger font sizes in EPUB. Before it is commercially released, the reflow issue with PDF and the decentering of EPUB text in portrait mode should be resolved. The other issues could be resolved further down the road.
These two issues really impact the readability of the readily available DRMed ADEPT encrypted books. I don't mind reading in landscape mode for PDF; its still quite legible. But for others this could be a hassle.

Forkosigan
11-20-2009, 02:10 AM
Thank you luqmaninbmore!

In this firmware fixed all critical bugs your last Beta Firmware, which makes it already quite working. But of course before the official version will be made more improvements and fixes. In the first place to increase the fonts in EPUB in the ADE and to resolve those issues on which you noticed.

luqmaninbmore
11-20-2009, 07:32 AM
Thank you luqmaninbmore!

In this firmware fixed all critical bugs your last Beta Firmware, which makes it already quite working. But of course before the official version will be made more improvements and fixes. In the first place to increase the fonts in EPUB in the ADE and to resolve those issues on which you noticed.

No problem. I really like this device and want it to succeed.

Katelyn
11-21-2009, 03:57 PM
Are the links above for the 301 only or also for the 360? My new 360 will arrive tomorrow and I will check the firmware version. Any opinion on whether I should update to the newest beta (if there is one for the 360)?

Also, any suggestions for fonts what work especially well with the 360?

JSWolf
11-21-2009, 04:01 PM
Since today there last beta version of firmware prior to the official version.

http://rapidshare.com/files/307990899/fw360-de-161109.rar.html

For possible bug reports, I am very grateful!

The Pocketbook 301 + version coming tomorrow.
----------
19.11.2009
Now the current version of the firmware, all the mistakes of the last version have been resolved quickly as promised.

http://rapidshare.com/files/309331881/fw360_de_191109.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/309332967/fw301plus_de_191109.rar
Can you please find a site to post these on that's not rapidshare? Downloading them is going to be difficult to impossible for a lot of PB users.

Forkosigan
11-21-2009, 04:11 PM
Can you please find a site to post these on that's not rapidshare? Downloading them is going to be difficult to impossible for a lot of PB users.

My firm is in the process of education and has no content. You can offer what no other suitable option for you laid out the files in the Internet? One can question why you can not unload with rapidshre? Fafly are on the Premium account and is configured so that any user can unload them without waiting.

Forkosigan
11-21-2009, 04:13 PM
Are the links above for the 301 only or also for the 360? My new 360 will arrive tomorrow and I will check the firmware version. Any opinion on whether I should update to the newest beta (if there is one for the 360)?

Also, any suggestions for fonts what work especially well with the 360?

360
http://rapidshare.com/files/309331881/fw360_de_191109.rar

301
http://rapidshare.com/files/309332967/fw301plus_de_191109.rar

JSWolf
11-21-2009, 04:17 PM
My firm is in the process of education and has no content. You can offer what no other suitable option for you laid out the files in the Internet? One can question why you can not unload with rapidshre? Fafly are on the Premium account and is configured so that any user can unload them without waiting.
I have not tried the current uploads. It's just that with rapidshare the way they are going now, it's not a good idea to use it if you cannot 100% guarantee the download will work.

Forkosigan
11-21-2009, 04:36 PM
I have not tried the current uploads. It's just that with rapidshare the way they are going now, it's not a good idea to use it if you cannot 100% guarantee the download will work.

I can guarantee that the download will work, since I specifically configured so that they download, that it all can download without waiting, and limitations.

Dulin's Books
11-21-2009, 07:38 PM
I will host the files stating monday

davebalme
11-22-2009, 06:40 AM
I've just clicked on the link and downloaded the update for my 360 without having to log into my Rapidshare account so going on that, I don't think there should be a problem for anybody downloading.

Yar-PocketBooker
11-22-2009, 02:51 PM
Folks, no need to go to Rapidshare (though links are working there as well). Here are the latest firmware updates for both models of PocketBooks available, with How to do's in English:
http://www.pocketbookreader.com/Downloads.html

Yar-PocketBooker
11-22-2009, 02:51 PM
I thought, maybe I should post it as a separate thread?... I'll do that so ppl won't be searching through all threads looking for them.

Forkosigan
11-23-2009, 08:09 PM
Beta Firmware German ( 23.11.09 )

360
http://rapidshare.com/files/311304441/fw_360_de_231109.rar

301+
http://rapidshare.com/files/311310064/fw_301plus_de_231109.rar

After the update you have to delete the folder "adobe degital edition", and that gets on the PC with new ADE authorize

Attention!

ADE allows only a limited number of authorizations!

If you have then re-authorize the FW update the reader should be sure to save the deauthorize Reader (before update), since it is otherwise no longer do, and this device permanently take away a place!

tselling
11-23-2009, 08:57 PM
Anyone else seeing really huge margins with adobe drm'd epubs? I am testing with a free adobe epub => A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K Hammilton - http://www.shortcovers.com/mixes/A-Kiss-Of-Shadows/book-fZaEJYYVzkSBAWFeG9Yr1w/page1.html?utm_source=shortcovers&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=free%2Bbooks+HP+ad

tufrostie
11-25-2009, 07:09 PM
Beta Firmware German ( 23.11.09 )

360
[After the update you have to delete the folder "adobe degital edition", and that gets on the PC with new ADE authorize

Attention!

ADE allows only a limited number of authorizations!

If you have then re-authorize the FW update the reader should be sure to save the deauthorize Reader (before update), since it is otherwise no longer do, and this device permanently take away a place!

What?

wallcraft
11-26-2009, 12:00 AM
ADE allows only a limited number of authorizations!

If you have then re-authorize the FW update the reader should be sure to save the deauthorize Reader (before update), since it is otherwise no longer do, and this device permanently take away a place! ADE allows 6 devices at a time to be authorized per AdobeID. The entire authorization process is screwed up, you can't see what devices are authorized to your account and there is no menu item to select to deauthorize devices. So, before you install the new firmware first deauthorize your existing PocketBook inside Adobe Digital Editions (assuming you have authorized it, obviously). The way to do this is different on the Mac and Windows, see Mac (Cmd-Shift-D) (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=640733&postcount=2) and Windows (ctrl-shift-e) (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=596301&postcount=19). You can contact Adobe and have the devices removed, but you may not be initially aware of the problem - until you hit the 6 device limit with all those zombie authorizations.

The process is so broken that I suggest never authorizing side-loading devices (like the PocketBooks), but instead immediately stripping the DRM, see Adobe ADEPT DRM for EPUB circumvented (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39423). That way you can use either ADE or FBReader for the ePub, and you can edit it (e.g. run it through Calibre with CSS overrides) if you want. Circumvention for personal use on ebooks you bought is probably legal in the US, and I have not heard of a single case worldwide where this has resulted in legal action.

mtravellerh
11-26-2009, 02:53 AM
Anyone else seeing really huge margins with adobe drm'd epubs? I am testing with a free adobe epub => A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K Hammilton - http://www.shortcovers.com/mixes/A-Kiss-Of-Shadows/book-fZaEJYYVzkSBAWFeG9Yr1w/page1.html?utm_source=shortcovers&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=free%2Bbooks+HP+ad

It's just this one epub, tselling: I had a look inside that book and it was appallingly formatted. Best bet is to just use FBReader with that book or change the margins with an editor if you know your way around CSS stylesheets. (you may have to remove the DRM first->Wallcraft's post)

My Pocketbook 360 is in the mail and hopefully I will get it before this weekend. As it has the newest firmware on board, I will test it over the weekend and let you know about my results!

Dulin's Books
11-26-2009, 10:26 AM
OH! that's why I ran into the authorization problem and had to jump through hoops with a support ticket to Adobe. firmware updates grrrr...

They really need to fix that.

Yar-PocketBooker
11-28-2009, 02:11 AM
Is there a way to de-authorize a devise in such a manner that it really goes from the list of authorized devices and you can authorize another one?

mtravellerh
11-28-2009, 02:22 AM
Is there a way to de-authorize a devise in such a manner that it really goes from the list of authorized devices and you can authorize another one?

No!!
The only way is to jump through the hoops, as Dulin put it so charmingly!

Yar-PocketBooker
11-30-2009, 02:01 AM
:(... I think I'm on count "4" or something...

mtravellerh
11-30-2009, 02:55 AM
:(... I think I'm on count "4" or something...

Then you may have to contact Adobe and explain. MM is still not authorized!! And doing fine, thank you!

rireed3
12-05-2009, 02:13 PM
I have a different epub/ADE device, a BeBook I. This thread made me a bit nervous because I have been trying different epub/ADE firmwares available for its HanLin V3 hardware, so I went back and re-flashed them all, trying the ctrl-shift-e.

This is what I found:

With a device running a new firmware connected, ADE will start with a prompt from some Adobe 'configuration manager' for authentication of the device.
If you have an SD card (you must if you re-flashed), it will do this again the next time, until you have authenticated twice, but there is no need for the second one, and it probably wastes an authorization - I just ignore it, and you can turn off the prompt.
The only way to tell if this firmware has been authorized is to do ctrl-shift-e. ADE is really horrible software and doesn't work every time. I think it only works when the remote device is selected in the left pane, and I've had to restart ADE even though I knew I had an authorization, so you can only guess there are none on this firmware by repeated ctrl-shift-e-attempts/ADE-restarts.
I didn't see any indication that subsequent re-flashing of the same firmware after others uses up authorization counts, and I have been through each of three firmwares 3 times, 4 for two of them, although I did start deauthorizing after 4 (times 2?).

I hope this sheds some light on silly ADE.

Richard

ChrisAIX
12-12-2009, 05:10 PM
I've got a ShineBook (firmware like Cool-ER), "mtravellerh" said the PocketBook 301 firmware is much smarter - so I would like to check that out.

As fare as I understood the hardware is the same (except the case).

Perhaps someone has already made some experiences and can tell ...


Is it possible to flash the ShineBook / COOL-ER with the PocketBook 301 firmware?
How to "backup" / "restore" the originally delivered firmware?


// Chris

Yar-PocketBooker
12-13-2009, 01:18 AM
Is it possible to flash the ShineBook / COOL-ER with the PocketBook 301 firmware?

Nope.