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Old 07-24-2008, 02:27 PM   #1
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Exclamation PRS-505 FIRMWARE update is out!

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This utility updates the Sony Reader (PRS-505) system software to version 1.1.00.18040 and provides the following benefits:
Support for EPUB file format
Support for Adobe® Digital Editions 1.5 or later and Adobe DRM-protected content
Note: Requires installation of, and authorization with, Adobe Digital Editions 1.5 or later.
Enables text within PDF eBooks to be "reflowed". This will enlarge the text and improve the readability of text-based PDF’s
Support for SDHC memory cards that have a capacity of more than 4 GB
Delete eBooks directly on device
General fixes to improve stability and performance
For eBook Library Installer.exe v2.2.00.18100:
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This utility updates eBook Library or the CONNECT™ Reader software to eBook Library version 2.2.00.18100 software, and provides the following benefits:
Support for EPUB file format
Support for Adobe® Digital Editions 1.5 or later and Adobe DRM-protected content
Note: Requires installation of, and authorization with, Adobe Digital Editions 1.5 or later.
Enables text within PDF eBooks to be "reflowed". This will enlarge the text and improve the readability of text-based PDFs
Improvements to sync functionality
Enable to select a "file folder" and set it as a "Favorite" to sync
Enable to sync to external Memory Card
General fixes to improve stability and performance

Note: Any existing Library content and eBook store registration and functionality will be automatically migrated to eBook Library 2.2.00.18100.

Note: Transfer of EPUB and Adobe DRM-protected content to the PRS-500 are not supported.

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Old 07-24-2008, 02:30 PM   #2
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:31 PM   #3
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I've just fixed the link and the topic. All is well now.
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #4
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Interesting. Installation was smoothe and everything works fine. I have DE on the Mac but see no way to get stuff onto the Reader on the Mac. Need more time to tinker.
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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Inserting the device in Parallels running Windows, DE detects and authorizes the device.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:03 PM   #6
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Copied over ebook, all is well. The initial scan of the books on the memory card took quite a while, longer than usual, but I don't know if it's the DRM of just the amount of books.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:09 PM   #7
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See here:
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu...l=PRS505&LOC=3
For PRS-505 Updater 1.1.00.18040.exe:

For eBook Library Installer.exe v2.2.00.18100:
I note that Sony decided to totally screw over all PRS-500 owners while updating PRS-505s. Way to go, Sony!

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Old 07-24-2008, 04:11 PM   #8
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I note that Sony decided to totally screw over all PRS-500 owners while updating PRS-505s. Way to go, Sony!

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From reading other posts it appears it may be a hardware limitation with the 500 (not enough memory).
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:11 PM   #9
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I note that Sony decided to totally screw over all PRS-500 owners while updating PRS-505s. Way to go, Sony!

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According to what was said in another thread, the update needs more memory then the 500 has. So basically, if Bookeen was to do the same sort of update, all the original Gen3's would not get it either.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:37 PM   #10
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Well, the Sony connect software can go stuff itself, I'm sticking with Calibre

Other than that, the new firmware runs nice. The reader seems more responsive, snappier. Random PDF reading is actually possible, instead of hoping the text will be readable and/or formatting it for the Sony, although it still gets a little confused on documents with footnotes.

For instance, this article on privacy (interesting read, btw) which is not all that complex and only has 28 pages seems to flummox the reader here and there, although it is better than it was with the previous firmware. OTOH, a 1300 page Vista "bible" PDF I had lying around not only looked great, but switching font sizes took very little time. Changing the font size on bbeb files still happens at the same speed.

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Old 07-24-2008, 06:59 PM   #11
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Well, the Sony connect software can go stuff itself, I'm sticking with Calibre
I, too, prefer Calibre but I've updated the Sony software just in case I need it for something, such as my rare but occasional book buying at the Sony store (a whole 3 books since I bought my 505) .
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:38 PM   #12
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If Bookeen pulls that with the 64MB Cybooks, it'll be all over for them as a responsible company.

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Old 07-29-2008, 04:33 PM   #13
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This new update bricked my reader and I can't seem to get it to unbrick. Sony is saying tough luck. This is just a warning out there, don't update if you don't have the receipt for the reader.
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UnderSeven, download the Universal Flasher 2.0 at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...versal+flasher and unzip it to the root of an SD or Memory Stick. Insert the memory card and turn on the 505. If you do get a menu, use option 7 put it into firmware update mode and try falshing your reader again with the new firmware. Also, if you are on a simulated Windows, don't do it from there, but do it on a real Windows system.
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Maybe that's why Bookeen decided to come out with the 512MB version since DE won't work with the 64MB version.
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