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Old 07-09-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Academic pdf on rooted multitouch NST

Just wanted to know how usable the nook simple touch is with multitouch enabled (pinch to zoom, fit pdf to landscape width) for reading academic pdfs. How easy is it to open multiple documents and switch between them? Is ICS available along with multitouch enabled for this device? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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I use a reader called APV. This can be set to stay in landscape with the rest of the Android interface in portrait.

Reading academic PDFs is OK in landscape if the text is one column across a normal A4 page width. A giant textbook presents problems. You have to read down one column then scroll back up, and the response is not fast with a very big file. Pictures may well be hard to see across the full width.

I don't feel the need for multitouch as there is a zoom button (autohides itself) available all the time. If e.g. the margins change, you can tap "fit to width" then tap the zoom to adjust. Only takes a second. It is not possible to switch between documents with this software, but you can just open a different PDF and it will remember your page, so it is effectively the same as if both were open at once. It is three presses (menu, open, choose file).

Basically it is not a problem so long as the PDFs are all text and in one column on a normal size page.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #3
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Thank you. I think I will go ahead and get it then.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:49 AM   #4
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Alright, I hope you don't get mad at me if it doesn't live up to your hopes in some way.

Look for a special on the Nook, they often seem to run discounts.

Before you root it, be sure to make a backup image of the drive. There are instructions for this on the XDA site. You never know if you are going to screw up somehow and brick the thing ("root" it in the Australian sense).

You will need the Search Market app for the Android market. You can push this across to the Nook from your computer using your Google account.

It is worth taking some time to get the Android interface set up for e-ink. This means going through and turning off all the animations, changing the icons to black and white, and that sort of thing.

Bear in mind that the battery will drain faster in Android if you are running processor-intensive or screen-refresh-intensive applications.

I put some initial impressions of my experience here, though soon after that I went back to using it in portrait mode except for PDF viewing. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=181034

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Frankly, I'd go with a larger tablet for pdfs - something like a 10". PDFs are viewable in like half-page view on a Nook Color sized gadget, but I wouldn't get it for frequent pdf usage.
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