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Old 12-17-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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For the Pocketbook 360: FBReader with page breaks & wrist pageturn

Our member SciFiFan again managed to create a marvelous little custom version of FBReader. The existing version of FBreader on the Pocketbook 360 is a couple generations out of date, and this custom version adds a few tweaks that improve usability. Not only does it feature page breaks before chapter beginnings (in ePub), but it also uses the motion sensor as a trigger for page turns. I don't know how he does that exactly, but he has created a mode where the automatic 360° mode is reduced to 180° up or down, right or left and a wrist movement turns pages, where a turn to the right turns a page back, while a wrist movement to the left moves a page forward! It works fine!

You should be aware that the pagebreak before the chapter counts as one paragraph. This leads to the fact that jumping back to your original reading place might be slightly erroneous the first time (you might have to move a page forward in later chapters)

It's here

http://code.google.com/p/fbreader-po...76_fbreader180

Just paste it in your system/bin! If you don't like it, just remove it from there! Don't forget to give SFF some HUGE K!

NB: I changed the link to a new version featuring a more sensible g-sensor and allowing to export external links!

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Old 12-17-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Our member SciFiFan again managed to create a small marvelous FBReader version. Not only does it feature pagebreaks before chapter beginnings (in ePub), but also features page turns using the g-sensor.
I thought that was already present in the current version of FBReader. It's certainly present on my Jetbook (which is running FBReader).
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:46 AM   #3
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The PocketBook firmware uses an older fbreader (based one fbreader version 0.8.15), which doesn't support page breaks before chapters in EPUB yet. They have promised to port the current fbreader to PocketBook by March 2010. The newer versions of fbreader seem to add page breaks at the start of each htm file, and also when instructed via css. My solution adds a page break before each chapter, based on what is stored in the table of contents (toc.ncx) file. This is just a temporary solution until the current version of fbreader will be ported to PocketBook. I'm not a PocketBook developer, I'm doing this mainly for myself to make reading easier.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:24 PM   #4
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This is magnificent.

I do not care for pagebreaks, but pageturning by means of accelerator sensor is great. Now I can build a very simple, very effective case for reading in bath or on the beach. Switch on the reader, open book, put into very simple waterproof box and turn pages by moving the entire box.
It is MUCH easier to make a box if you do not need to press any buttons while the device is inside.
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Very cool. Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:15 PM   #6
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There is a new version 'a' which reacts to a smaller tilt angle:
http://pbook.s3.amazonaws.com/fbreader_180b.zip

Please copy to directory /system/bin on the PocketBook.

Updated sources (just the changed files):
http://pbook.s3.amazonaws.com/fbreader_180b_src.zip

P.S. Links Updated to better 'b' version.

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Old 12-17-2009, 11:21 PM   #7
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Great, I was waiting for this!

However:

The page turns appear to be different--no flashing, rather a slow morphing. That seems to be slower and also leaves after a while shadows of previous pages. Can the flashing somehow be turned on? Or is this a part of the porting which has not been done for this version of fbreader?

I could not figure out how to get the page turning via accelerator. If I switch the accelerator on, it still rotates pages to landscape.

Cheers,

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Old 12-18-2009, 12:36 AM   #8
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Great, I was waiting for this!

However:

The page turns appear to be different--no flashing, rather a slow morphing. That seems to be slower and also leaves after a while shadows of previous pages. Can the flashing somehow be turned on? Or is this a part of the porting which has not been done for this version of fbreader?

I could not figure out how to get the page turning via accelerator. If I switch the accelerator on, it still rotates pages to landscape.

Cheers,

Jens
I think those are 2 fundamentally separate questions:

1) SFF has added a new feature allowing for faster pageturns without full inversion. Per FBReader configuration you can turn that back to normal

2) There are a few options for page turning (also in FBReader configuration) You have to turn the 180° config on in order for the pageturning to work!

You may access the FBReader configuration by a short push on ok after having opened a book with FBReader!
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:37 AM   #9
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that's what I love about the 360... you can install other programs, fonts, etc.
mtravellerh, it seems like you communicate with the developers, could you ask them for a "to do list" application? something really simple
thanks!
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:18 AM   #10
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that's what I love about the 360... you can install other programs, fonts, etc.
mtravellerh, it seems like you communicate with the developers, could you ask them for a "to do list" application? something really simple
thanks!
Yes, will do!

There is a new version of this now. It's now possible to adjust the sensibility level of the wrist turn and as extra bonus, external links are saved so that they can be followed when MM is connected to a PC!

http://pbook.s3.amazonaws.com/fbreader_180a.zip

I changed the adress in the original post, too!
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:47 AM   #11
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Its probably me, but I've twice tried SFF's nice efforts and, while they do what they're supposed to do for epub, they seem to glitch the DOC, rtf, and prc parsing on my PB360; all I get in those other formats is run-on lines breaking in mid-word.
Is this a known issue (specific settings needed to get it to work right?) or am I the only one experiencing this behavior?
Just asking; I understand the situation perfectly---SFF is addressing his needs and graciously sharing his mod---so I'm not asking for a fix.
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I didn't change anything in the handling of these formats from the sources provided by PocketBook. Two questions:
1. What does the configuration of fbreader show for the hyphenation language for these files? It should show e.g. "auto (en)" if it detects English.
2. Can you send me (e.g. by board mail) a sample file which causes this problem? I don't have such problems with any of my files...
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Sorry for my earlier complaints, now I see that there are two new settings for fbreader that answer the flashing+accelerator questions--works excellent.

Brilliant!

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New version

1)Fine-tuning between 20 and 70 degrees wrist-turn now possible in 5 degree steps, so that you can choose what comes easiest to you!

2) full inverting at page turn now turned on by default!

http://pbook.s3.amazonaws.com/fbreader_180b.zip
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