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Old 07-23-2011, 10:48 PM   #1
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How good is the "rooted" Nook STR at reading "technical" PDFs?

Anyone tried technical PDFs on their rooted Nook STR with those readers available for download online? I know that the Nook STRs screen is too small for such a task, but can you pan and scroll to fit any part of the page into the screen without tearing or image becoming unreadable?

I am talking about books like Programming books, Cisco Exam Prep, Graphic Design books... Basically books that show pages of code, screenshots of PCs screen, graphs, images, charts, etc.

Thanks!

PS: Maybe someone can be bothered to post a you tube video of this?
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Can't help as I don't have a STR. The however here a a link to a post that might help

http://www.mobileread.mobi/forums/sh...d.php?t=141532
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:38 PM   #3
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My 2 cents (programming books is basically what I read... mostly)

6" screens are too small for programming books (PDFs or regular ebook format).

If you don't even have landscape mode, is even worse. I tried that, trust me, and it is really frustrating. I've posted screen-shots here of how bad it looks. A 10" screen, let's say a Motorola Xoom, iPad, Galaxy, are much better on that.

If budget is a concern or you want an eink device, try to buy one with landscape mode. It won't cut off (or there is less chance of that) let's say, a Sony or a Kindle 3.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:05 PM   #4
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My 2 cents (programming books is basically what I read... mostly)

6" screens are too small for programming books (PDFs or regular ebook format).

If you don't even have landscape mode, is even worse. I tried that, trust me, and it is really frustrating. I've posted screen-shots here of how bad it looks. A 10" screen, let's say a Motorola Xoom, iPad, Galaxy, are much better on that.

If budget is a concern or you want an eink device, try to buy one with landscape mode. It won't cut off (or there is less chance of that) let's say, a Sony or a Kindle 3.
I second that. I read technical PDFs on my nookColor with ezPDF, in landscape mode; I leave the nook touch for plain text, as I much prefer eInk for that.
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Old 09-10-2011, 12:14 AM   #5
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Doesn't the rooted nook touch have apps that read pdf's in landscape mode??
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Doesn't the rooted nook touch have apps that read pdf's in landscape mode??
Yes, Aldiko 2.0 which works very well:
http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/201...ing-apps-list/
Like users have said above, If you want to use PDF's your better off with a larger screen (Kindle DX) or similar.

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:04 AM   #7
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the Touch doesn't have the horsepower, and e-ink is ill-suited for .pdf
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:12 AM   #8
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My 2 cents (programming books is basically what I read... mostly)

6" screens are too small for programming books (PDFs or regular ebook format).

If you don't even have landscape mode, is even worse. I tried that, trust me, and it is really frustrating. I've posted screen-shots here of how bad it looks. A 10" screen, let's say a Motorola Xoom, iPad, Galaxy, are much better on that.

If budget is a concern or you want an eink device, try to buy one with landscape mode. It won't cut off (or there is less chance of that) let's say, a Sony or a Kindle 3.

I agree completely. The only device I've been able to tolerate PDFs on is my 10" Xoom and it works pretty well.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:09 AM   #9
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mmm just tried aldiko... it chokes on a 500 page 5MB file
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a rooted Nook STR is as good as reading a PDF as an unrooted Nook STR - they both suck

seriously, although you can get a modicum of performance w/text-based pdf files, the STR does not have the 'horsepower' to handle PDFs and to offer zoom in/out, etc.

it ain't gonna happen - no way, no how...

get a more powerful tablet, netbook, or notebook
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I do the same as you regarding TEch Books

Get a Pocketbook 902 or the new 912. I have one and Cisco CCNA, thru CCIE books looks well and work in landscape mode.

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Anyone tried technical PDFs on their rooted Nook STR with those readers available for download online? I know that the Nook STRs screen is too small for such a task, but can you pan and scroll to fit any part of the page into the screen without tearing or image becoming unreadable?

I am talking about books like Programming books, Cisco Exam Prep, Graphic Design books... Basically books that show pages of code, screenshots of PCs screen, graphs, images, charts, etc.

Thanks!

PS: Maybe someone can be bothered to post a you tube video of this?
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Old 11-11-2011, 08:54 PM   #12
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helping to clarify, when unrooted the built in reader is either zoom with reflow wrap --> no diagrams, or full page --> small text. no panning view.

if rooted, it can use any Android reader, but panning is an awful lot of e-ink blinking, if u mind, and some tough content may choke the app, eg pmbok 4 on Adobe.

if course, I am currently pampered with an ipad 2 n HP touchpad, textbooks are fantastic on those. in a pinch, I still read my zoomed n reflowed pmbok on the nook built-in reader, cos of bookmarks. but formatting is compromised.

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Old 11-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #13
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not enough 'horsepower'? that's sad, because it looks like the app called ezPDF can do a lot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayAcdHuI5hw
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not enough 'horsepower'? that's sad, because it looks like the app called ezPDF can do a lot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayAcdHuI5hw
from 2:00
you can read .pdfs on the STR - and some .pdf conversions to epub via calibre work fine, but no matter how well coded the commercial 'droid .pdf app is, the experience is guaranteed to suck on STR when attempting to ready graphics-heavy .pdfs...

note the demo only shows text-based .pdf reading - aside from one small line drawing...

don't buy the STR expecting it to perform as a .pdf reader - you will be disappointed

on the other hand, it is a wonderful device for reading books and running a few other 'droid apps - and rooting is unobtrusive
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thank you all so much for your detailed rplies. i really appreciate that.
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