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Old 01-31-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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SonyFont - quick and easy font updater

This utility simplifies the process of preparing your own custom fonts for Sony Readers (especially for PRS-505, but the same fonts work also with PRS-300, PRS-600 and probably other models as well).

Essentially, it does all work described in *VERY* detailed guide on changing default Reader fonts by Valoric, with several important modifications:

1) It doesn't require any commercial third-party software to do so.

2) It works not only for serif fonts, but also for sans-serif (used in Reader's menu) and monospace (may be used in books).

I prepared two versions, one for Windows command-line, the other for Windows GUI:


Source code (in Delphi 5) is also included.

Download: http://www.pepak.net/files/e-books/sonyfont-0.01.zip
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:48 PM   #4
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This doesn't even require flashing with a Russian firmware?

BTW, is there a consensus on which fonts tend to look better?
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This doesn't even require flashing with a Russian firmware?
The utility just takes care of editing the font's contents and naming. After that, you need to flash it using some flasher.
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The program works really well!


By default, the source associated tt0003m_.ttf to menus and the source tt0011_.ttf to the text of books (but you can change the BookDesigner). Both sources can be serif or sans-serif as desired. I think in the program (in the Font Family box ) would be more appropriate to "source for menus" and "source of text" instead of serif or sans-serif.
For example, you may have a serif font in the tt0003m_.ttf file and have the menus of reader with serif fonts.

Is a positive review. :-)
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Both sources can be serif or sans-serif as desired. I think in the program (in the Font Family box ) would be more appropriate to "source for menus" and "source of text" instead of serif or sans-serif.
That depends on whether you use Book Designer or Calibre.

Personally, I prefer the font-family based names to default-usage based names.
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The utility just takes care of editing the font's contents and naming. After that, you need to flash it using some flasher.
Excellent, thank you for the clarification. Now I'm off to read up on the preferred method of flashing. Wait, that didn't sound right.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:53 AM   #10
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Thanks for the program!

I have a PRS-600. Can you explain how to use the program with this reader?

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At the moment, flashing your own fonts to PRS600 is difficult. Unless you understand command-line operation enough to use CRAMFSCK and MKCRAMFS (Google these terms and if you don't understand what they are about, don't even bother, for now at least), you can't do it.

Don't worry, I plan to write a frontend sometime in the near future...
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I can offer you this: If you send me prepared fonts, I will build a CramFS image specifically for you.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:00 AM   #14
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Hello.

Thank you for the software. But I am completely new to the world of eReaders, and therefore I have no idea how to mod them. Would you mind giving a step-by-step mini guide as to how to apply new fonts using your software? Thank you.
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1) Download the guide from the first post in this topic:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28447

2) SonyFont simplifies "Step One: Modifying our font" and extends it for the two other typefaces. Instead of downloading FontCreator and renaming the font in it, which is prone to mistakes and requires a commercial app, download SonyFont, choose the font file and let it do its work. Then you can continue with steps Two and the rest from the guide.
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