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Old 01-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #405
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Thanks for your feedback Jon,

Some comments...

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0. Please do not wait until version 1.2 to fix the paragraph spacing. Do so now and release a new version. As it is now, no ePub is readable using Marvin because of the paragraph spacing. That is one thing that is needed so I can start to use Marvin to actually read. I do not read with paragraph spaces as they take me out of the book every time I finish a paragraph.
I understand. Unfortunately, Marvin isn't currently in a state to be submitted yet (It's in the "middle" of a build). I'm expecting to submit to Apple by today week.

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1. Respect an indent of 0. Don't override that.
That's fixed for 1.2.

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2. I'd like to have the ePub's formatting used as an option. I do format my ePub the way I like it to look and if I could use that, that would be great.
I'll be working on that soon.

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3. Use more of the screen. When in full screen mode, get rid of the book's title at the top. Use that space for more text. There is room for at least one more line of text at the bottom of the screen when the progress bar is not showing.
I'm already working on a prototype to do that.

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Also, the left/right margins are too large and will be even worse on an iPhone. Please go out to the edges.
Technically, the left/right margins already go all the way down to zero. Some ePubs have CSS that overrides my minimum margin settings. Internally, I'm trying to strike a balance between respecting the original layout of the book and provide customisation. If I aggressively override what the ePub says I'll run into other formatting problems. I'll look into it more deeply.

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4. Make all of the various options have an off switch that uses the ePub's default for each of the options. That would mean that if I prefer how the ePub is coded, I can have it like that for each of the options.
To be honest, I'd rather have a global "user publisher's layout" per book rather than fine-grained on/off switches. I don't want to alienate non-advanced users with too many options.

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5. A true full screen mode where the text goes to all four edges of the screen.
Got it.

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6. Embedded fonts should be supported.
Working on it, including user loaded TTFs and OTFs.

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7. Show how many pages are left in the entire ePub instead of just 4 pages left in chapter.
As discussed earlier in this thread, there is a technical limitation to doing this properly. The book needs to be prerendered for this to happen (ideally in the background not to keep the user waiting). However, there are certain tasks that Apple are not happy about me backgrounding. I don't want to risk getting rejected from the app store. As a compromise, I added estimates of percentage in the book.

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8. The way the search works should (IMHO) be changed to search the entire ePub and not just the current chapter. Take a James Patterson book (for example), it can have over 100 chapters. The way search works, I'd have to hit the arrow to move on way too many times. Just have the search search forwards or backwards until it wither finds what's being searched for or ends up not finding it.
You're right. Search needs to be improved.

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9. Savable options. Save the options so they can be recalled later. Be able to save multiple option sets.
This isn't too difficult to do and a good idea. I just need to come up with a good UI to do this such that it won't be confusing to casual users.
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