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Old 10-21-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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m.c. flatboat[0.8.31] - a mobile pdf viewer

I'd like to present a mobil PDF reader, I've written during the last months:
modern computer flatboat. You'll find it's homepage (including download links) here.

Some of flatboat’s interesting features are (for other features see the help page):
- a column mode: columns are detected automatically and the zoom is adapted accordingly
- an in-document history: you followed a link or looked sth. up in the index/TOC? With a single key you can go back to the page you read before
- writing support for ink annotations and text annotations (others may follow)
- an E-Ink version for Android which simplifies the page before flicking/scrolling, which reduces the slow screen refresh operations (tested on the PRS-T1)

Currently, flatboat is available for Android, Ubuntu, Mac OS X, Windows and Maemo/Meego. Since it uses Qt and MuPDF's libfitz, flatboat is quite portable, so if you have a phone/reader etc. where a pdf reader is missing, but Qt is available, it might be possible to port flatboat to it.

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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Version 0.8.10 is out, which is bugfix release with some additional improvements:
  • the text mode (which is no longer white on white on Maemo - one bugfix) combines very short lines to readable longer ones
  • each annotation and the eraser have their own key now (N: note (“Text”), D: draw freehand(“Ink”), E: eraser), but you have to switch to annotation mode with A (or the pen button in the main menu) first
  • you can remove single entries from both histories (recent files and in-document) without clearing the entire list

Now there's also a Windows version.
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A new year brings a new version: 0.8.31 is out.

I reduced the maximal zoom to 300%, because 500% may result in very long loading times. You can increase this again, once there is an options dialog (starting with version 0.9).

Here's the changelog (vs. version 0.8.10):
  • bug fixed: page not rerendered, if zoom doesn't change in column mode
  • bug fixed: if 2 notes are created without leaving note mode, the second one contains the first as prefix
  • bug fixed: wrong encoding of notes
  • semi-bug fixed: additional file chooser, which starts at drive selection for maemo
  • bug fixed: document not rendered on load if zoom is 100%
    control key also leaves note mode (as ESC) since N900 has no ESC
  • show icon while loading a page
  • adapted size of tap zones to platforms (larger on maemo)
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