Thread: iLiad FBReader annoyances
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:04 AM   #1
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FBReader annoyances

I am a big fan of FBReader, but it still has a few rough spots on the iLiad. Here is a list of annoyances. Have I missed any?
  1. Boxed +/- in library view too small
  2. Page flip is very slow
  3. Toggle from fullscreen fails
  4. Arrows on Options tag list inoperative
  5. File selector box too small
  6. Options color tag page designed for color device
The 1st is the only one that might prevent use the FBReader (difficult to select authors), but it may be less of an issue with stylus calibration. It is in FBReader's bug database. Changing the "color" of the boxes and lines (under the color options tag) to full black improves visibility.

The page flip is slow (e.g. relative to the iLiad MobiPocket Reader). Faster would be nice, but not essential.

Full screen mode adds ~15% more words per page. I have "toggle full screen" bound to the Up Arrow - Long key for compatibility with iPDF (keys options tag). Full screen mode can be entered, but not exited. This may be a GTK/Matchbox bug. Can the iPDF fullscreen code be used to fix this?

The options menu contains more tags than can appear on the screen. The arrow icons are supposed to bring up the extra tags, but they don't work for me. A work around is to use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard. The most important non-apparent tag is "keys", to bind actions to keys.

The size of the file selector box is apparently set (by the Matchbox window manager?) so that the on-screen keyboard will fit either above or below without obscuring the box. A bigger box would be very helpful in file navigation. I suggest extending the box all the way to the top of the screen, still leaving room below for the keyboard.

The color page under options isn't used frequently, but the Maemo (Nokia 770/800) version, for example, would be much more suitable for a grayscale screen.
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