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Old 01-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #46
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What would be very useful is an on-device app which lists all your custom .css files contained in the /mnt/sdcard/css directory and lets you pick a new default when you want to change fonts or font-sizes or whatever else.

Not having to connect to the PC to make the change would be very convenient. It could be as simple as just copying the selected .css file to the fixed filename style.css in the same directory. Then your modded reader app would work as-is. This is how the PRSPlus custom firmware for the older Sony models handles this feature.
That would be a convenient solution. I no one beats me to it, I'll take a look at it in the weekend.

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Again thanks much for the good work. By the way, I'm using the latest version, and found that the font size setting doesn't follow the global setting value (System Settings -> Application Preferences -> Books/Periodicals -> Font Size Preference). I've set the system setting value to a larger font size (the third smallest), but the font size of all the new books that I open with your modded reader app is the system's initial default value, which is the second smallest.

FYI, just in case you weren't aware of this issue.
Thanks for pointing it out. I'm fairly certain it is because the modified Reader is not allowed access to the stock Settings app's shared data, because it is signed with my key instead of Sony's. I think I'll have to provide a modified Settings app (which in turn would not work with the stock apps) to make it work but I'd love to be proven wrong.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:07 PM   #48
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Thanks for pointing it out. I'm fairly certain it is because the modified Reader is not allowed access to the stock Settings app's shared data, because it is signed with my key instead of Sony's. I think I'll have to provide a modified Settings app (which in turn would not work with the stock apps) to make it work but I'd love to be proven wrong.
I don't think that's to do with the key, but rather than it's installed as a different app with a different user ID.

For example, on my T1 /data/data/com.sony.drbd.ebook.reader is owned by UID 10006 (and GID 10006) but /data/data/com.sony.drbd.ebook_mod.reader is owned by UID 10046 (and GID 10006). Under /data/data/com.sony.drbd.ebook.reader there's a directory called shared_prefs and a file in there called com.sony.drbd.ebook.reader_preferences.xml and the permissions on that file are read/write for the user and group, but no access for everyone else.

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I don't think that's to do with the key, but rather than it's installed as a different app with a different user ID.

For example, on my T1 /data/data/com.sony.drbd.ebook.reader is owned by UID 10006 (and GID 10006) but /data/data/com.sony.drbd.ebook_mod.reader is owned by UID 10046 (and GID 10006). Under /data/data/com.sony.drbd.ebook.reader there's a directory called shared_prefs and a file in there called com.sony.drbd.ebook.reader_preferences.xml and the permissions on that file are read/write for the user and group, but no access for everyone else.

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Yes, but all apps sharing a user ID must be signed with the same key Perhaps the actual file permissions can be changed, but then I'd have to make sure they aren't overwritten.
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Yes, but all apps sharing a user ID must be signed with the same key Perhaps the actual file permissions can be changed, but then I'd have to make sure they aren't overwritten.
Ahh, I didn't realise that more than one app can share a UID. I had thought that all the Sony apps are different UIDs, but if I look closely I can see for example that reader and netapp both use user ID 10006.

I've set my reader shared prefs file to mode 664, and then changed the default font size and that at least didn't reset the permissions. I'll see if it sticks or gets reset at some stage.

The sledgehammer would be for your app to run as root but that does seem like overkill.

Off topic - there's a pref in the xml called SpreadDirection, set to 0. Does that make any sense to anyone?

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Ahh, I didn't realise that more than one app can share a UID. I had thought that all the Sony apps are different UIDs, but if I look closely I can see for example that reader and netapp both use user ID 10006.

I've set my reader shared prefs file to mode 664, and then changed the default font size and that at least didn't reset the permissions. I'll see if it sticks or gets reset at some stage.

The sledgehammer would be for your app to run as root but that does seem like overkill.

Off topic - there's a pref in the xml called SpreadDirection, set to 0. Does that make any sense to anyone?

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Does the modified Reader use the default font size after you set the permissions?
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@Morkl,

On the subject of font-sizes and building on your sterling work so far... The Sony reader app has a choice of 8 (which admittedly is an improvement on the earlier models), however, I expect I'm not alone in finding it not as good as it might be. I was wondering if it would be possible to give the user more control of what those 8 sizes are, by fine-tuning the size increase between one setting and the next?
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Does the modified Reader use the default font size after you set the permissions?
Umm, stupid question - how do you normally use the default font size stuff?

I've tried both the modified Reader and the standard Reader after changing the default font size to the largest setting. Both still use the (normal) second smallest font size. I've reverted the permissions on the pref file back to the way they were originally, and still no change. I've opened books that I haven't yet opened on this device but still the same.

I'd never changed the default font size setting before, so I don't know what I'm looking for. It seems like it should be a lot simpler than this!

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@Morkl,

On the subject of font-sizes and building on your sterling work so far... The Sony reader app has a choice of 8 (which admittedly is an improvement on the earlier models), however, I expect I'm not alone in finding it not as good as it might be. I was wondering if it would be possible to give the user more control of what those 8 sizes are, by fine-tuning the size increase between one setting and the next?
Should be possible; I think I've seen the sizes defined as a list of numbers somewhere in the code. Will look into it.

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Umm, stupid question - how do you normally use the default font size stuff?

I've tried both the modified Reader and the standard Reader after changing the default font size to the largest setting. Both still use the (normal) second smallest font size. I've reverted the permissions on the pref file back to the way they were originally, and still no change. I've opened books that I haven't yet opened on this device but still the same.

I'd never changed the default font size setting before, so I don't know what I'm looking for. It seems like it should be a lot simpler than this!

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Seems weird! I have no idea how it should work though; I've never used it myself either. Anyone else who uses the default font size setting?
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Should be possible; I think I've seen the sizes defined as a list of numbers somewhere in the code. Will look into it.
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Seems weird! I have no idea how it should work though; I've never used it myself either. Anyone else who uses the default font size setting?
I just tried this out. I have my default size set to 4.
If I open a new book with the default reader the book opens at size 4.
If I open a new book with the modified reader the book opens at size 2.
Do I care? No, not really, because once you set the size for a book it's remembered forever after. If this is the tiny price I pay to get all your improvements I'll take it any day (IMO only of course).
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...and here it is! Stock Reader with custom fonts in the select-a-font-thingy (and the italic/bold-fix, of course).

Fonts are specified in /sdcard/fonts/fonts.xml, and if that file is not found or cannot be read it falls back to the stock fonts.

"Screenshots" attached, with exaggerated fonts to make it clear that it works (the reason "Bold italicized text" is not italicized in one of the images is that I had no bold-italic file for that font, so i set the bold file as bold-italic).

As you can see, the "Selected Font Type" thingy does not show the custom font name for now; it consists of a bunch of hard coded button resources and so requires a bit of extra work to replace.

File: http://morkl.se/reader/readermod_v2.zip (contains loose apk as well as installer for non-rooted devices; and fonts folder with sample settings)
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Any chance to make Sony PRS T1 stock reader to display notes and TOC in unicode?
It's really not helpful when I see ???????? marks in squares. Please, can you do anything about that? Thanks!

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Yes, but all apps sharing a user ID must be signed with the same key Perhaps the actual file permissions can be changed, but then I'd have to make sure they aren't overwritten.
Why not to sign your app with the same key Sony does? To the best of my knowledge they are using testing keys from CyanogenMod project, you just have to be careful which key to use with which application (see keys.txt in my SVN), that all. If you will re-sign EbookSettings - your reader may start working, but other applications will lose - or are you going to re-sign all of them?
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It's really not helpful when I see ???????? marks in squares. Please, can you do anything about that? Thanks!
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Any chance to make Sony PRS T1 stock reader to display notes and TOC in unicode?
It's really not helpful when I see ???????? marks in squares. Please, can you do anything about that? Thanks!
Install the modified reader app and then you can try any of the fonts. If none of them work, you can install your own font and put it in the font menu. Problem solved.
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Install the modified reader app and then you can try any of the fonts. If none of them work, you can install your own font and put it in the font menu. Problem solved.
Thanks. I did install mod reader. I tried sylfaen.ttf it shows fonts correctly. But it crashes when I try to go to notes to see if my bookmarks show correct characters. Any suggestion?
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