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Old 03-26-2007, 01:56 PM   #1
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While I'm waiting for my iLiad, I'm stuck in research mode. I can download and compile apps, but can't really test them. So therefore, bug fixing for existing programs isn't possible. In the meantime, I can try to port new apps that perform new functions. The problem is that I'm out of ideas. The iLiad now does everything that I need. What do *you* want it to do? Give me a software wishlist of programs you'd like to see on the iLiad.

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  • Email Application
    1. Sylpheed Claws - http://sylpheed.sraoss.jp/en/
      1. Porting Already Begun
      2. Need work to be usuable with iLiad screen refresh
    2. Mutt - http://www.mutt.org/
      1. Compiles and runs in development area
      2. Terminal Based
      3. Probably unusable without external keyboard.

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Old 03-26-2007, 02:40 PM   #2
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I would be interested in a database. namely SQLite. Isn't worth much alone, but if someone succeeds in getting something like Python on it, that would be a interesting combination.
Point of SQLite is, you can use the files everywhere, there are bindings for PHP, Java, a DLL and executable for windows ...
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Ideas/Wishes

Adam,

I wanted to use FBreader from the internal memory. It worked at least partly, but the icons were not visible. You made a MMC/SD-version and a CF version.
Could you also make a single universal version, that can run from anywhere, so with relative paths to the needed files.

Other wishes:

An editor. Maybe Ted.
A diary
A phone book
A GPS program with a map (a GPS-mouse connected to the USB-stick port)
Same for a keyboard or a barcode-scanner.
The ipdf-dictionary connection.

Good luck with getting your iLiad working again.
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:17 PM   #4
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Adam,

I wanted to use FBreader from the internal memory. It worked at least partly, but the icons were not visible. You made a MMC/SD-version and a CF version.
Could you also make a single universal version, that can run from anywhere, so with relative paths to the needed files.

Other wishes:

An editor. Maybe Ted.
A diary
A phone book
A GPS program with a map (a GPS-mouse connected to the USB-stick port)
Same for a keyboard or a barcode-scanner.
The ipdf-dictionary connection.

Good luck with getting your iLiad working again.
For one that you can install to internal memory use the instructions for the native installation here: http://wiki.mobileread.com/index.php...ILiad_FBReader

Instead by making the symbolic link from /usr/local to the memory card, just name the fbreader directory to local, and put it in the /usr directory. Watch your file system space though, I don't know how much is free.

Ted, Diaray, and Phonebook should be pretty simple as long as I can find an open source project using the right libraries. I'll let you know what I come up with... I know work has been done on Ted already. I'm sure if anyone can figure it out, it's Antartica.
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:13 PM   #5
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Could you try compiling the Sun Java virtaul machine for the Iliad. Then we could develop directly in Java. The download of the sourcecode for the JVM should be here:

https://jdk6.dev.java.net/

Hope this can be done. It would be a nearly universal platform on which to develop without the fear of bricking the device and stuff like that.
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:17 AM   #6
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My wish is the Midnight Commander or something like that.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:58 AM   #7
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As a comic reader I'd love to see something like comix (http://comix.sourceforge.net/) on the iLiad.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:50 AM   #8
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A database would be good - a simple card file would do - something that can hold addresses and weblinks.

If you're getting really ambitious - how about a simple spreadsheet or expense program?

A .doc viewer would be awesome.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:07 AM   #9
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How about an email client like like Sylpheed or Claws? http://www.claws-mail.org/

Scotty had started a port of Claws but he never finished it.
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Ditto on the above, especially a text editor and the Midnight Commander.

A .LIT reader or plugin for FBreader would be extremely helpful. Not the DRM version, but non-DRM versions. There are a couple of converters out there, so the format must be documented somewhere, and it would save converting a lot of files before being able to read them. It would also jump the iLiad to the head of the pack in terms of number of formats supported natively, I think.

I'd also really like a simple sketch program that could support pressure sensitivity, in the hopes that once the basic stylus calibration is done, pressure sensitivity will be supported.
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As always, a conversion of the xCHM Viewer ;O)
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:19 AM   #12
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My wish is the Midnight Commander or something like that.
I was able to compile and run this from my build environment. It's text based though. I don't see how it would be usefull...
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As always, a conversion of the xCHM Viewer ;O)
When my iLiad was working, I had this compiled and running. However, after using it for a bit, I found FBReader to be a better solution for chm files.
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How about we specifically consider the various open-source apps out there and decide which of them could be of practical use on the iLiad. I would go for Midnight Commander and Plucker
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When looking for softare to perform specific applications, I suggest http://gnomefiles.org/ . All of the files there use GTK, which is usually easily ported to the iLiad. The only exceptions are those that require python, perl, java, or specific Gnome libraries. Find a program that doesn't require any of those, and you are golden.

I'll keep the first post updated with programs that I find, and possible problems they may have.

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