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Old 10-09-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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Connect Software (It's Crap)

Lovely lovely device..

But I'm sorry the connect software just sucks with a passion. (Is that plane enough..) I was chatting to Bob.R earlier about RSS support. I'm no IT newbie but I can't even figure out how to add an RSS stream.

I must admit I've only been playing for a few minutes.. But C'mon Sony.. You create sexy device and then expect us to settle for software like this...

pffffffffffffffttt I'm off to play some more.
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Old 10-09-2006, 04:46 PM   #2
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Umm, you cannot add your own RSS feed, unless Sony adds it. That's not a bug, it's a feature

But take a look at Content subforum, there are at least 3 intermediate solutions listed there.

CONNECT software is still c..p though. It "dies" while you're trying to open or delete some files. It takes too much vertical space, so people couldn't see whole page on their screen. I'm sure there are more reasons. But for the first release it's OK

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Old 10-09-2006, 05:22 PM   #3
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I have only been playing for about 30 mins now - I just had high expectations I guess. I also got bitten by 'Sony Connect' when I bought one of the HD Walkmans.
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:51 PM   #4
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Sony have never written good PC application software. Sonicstage is just as bad. I just wish they would give us the tools (ie decent memory card support and as many tech specs as possible)
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:58 PM   #5
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It is making me cry. I have to restart it virtually everytime I delete an imported file or even the files that it came with. It's particularly frustrating considering that you have to use this darn thing to make BBeB books. I am going to try the Libre printer.
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The Connect software does not make BBeB books. It just indexes the files put into it and stores the info in the cache.xml file.

You may want to try reinstalling the software, Jane, it doesn't crash on me like that, and it shouldn't do it to you either. Something's not right there.
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I thought that when you "imported" a file, it converted it to BBeB format? No? I'll go ahead and try to reinstall. I wish that it had the option to automatically sync with the Reader. I keep forgetting to "import" and then to drag over to the reader. I am really trying to use this. Really, I am.
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I thought that when you "imported" a file, it converted it to BBeB format? No?
Definitely "No."

For a test, drag an RTF file that you've put in the library onto a memory card installed in the Reader, then pull the card and look at the contents -- mine all show as RTF's when I do this.

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I'll go ahead and try to reinstall. I wish that it had the option to automatically sync with the Reader. I keep forgetting to "import" and then to drag over to the reader. I am really trying to use this. Really, I am.
This is just one of the many wished for options for the Connect Software, I'm hoping that they'll have an updated version with more features pretty soon.

On the other hand, I'm not sure I'd want it to automagically put everything I import into the library onto my Reader. But then I like the collections feature a lot.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:43 AM   #9
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I wish that it had the option to automatically sync with the Reader. I keep forgetting to "import" and then to drag over to the reader.
You don't need it to import books first. You can drug them directly to the Reader.
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:58 AM   #10
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The first thing I did with the software was to try importing an RTF file to the library, the software crashed. I was hoping it would be a bit more "iTunes" like. It really is bad software.
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:11 AM   #11
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Companies like Sony should follow the Web 2.0 examples that define computing today and release general accessible APIs to their Webstore. What do you think how fast people would come up with improved versions of the Connect Software... take Amazon's S3 service as an example.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:22 AM   #12
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Maybe I'm missing something in what you're describing but I haven't had any problem at all.

Admittedly the only thing I'm bothing to put on my Reader is .rtf and .txt files. and that has been simple and fast.

I just got to the directory containing the files on my hard drive. then Drag them to the Sony Reader entry in the left column. That's it. I'm not even sure what the Import function is supposed to do so I havent bothered with it. The Reader handels rtf and txt just fine so I'm happy with it.

BTW moving a PDF to it is the same process. Drag and drop on the Sony Reader entry in the left column.
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:18 PM   #13
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I haven't had any problems either, except when I tried to import a Librie file from ManyBooks, it gave an error but kept my file locked so I had to close the Connect program to delete it. (Haven't tried putting one on the SD card directly yet.)

At any rate, it's not full of bells and whistles, but it's been pretty solid for me so far at the basics. I just have to remember a few things to not mess myself up:
* When you drag it's a copy, not a move
* Everything has to either go on the SD card, or to the library first
* If you delete a book in the library, it is deleted from the collections also, but not the reader
* You can't do hierarchies (at least I don't think so). That's my biggest issue, especially with the library which sort of feels like a dumping ground.

My plan is to basically treat the reader as useful for managing onboard content for the Reader, but to handle my to-be-larger library of Sony book files independently on my computer.

I'll keep them under a SonyReaderBooks directory with main subdirectories for Bought, CameWith, OtherAcquired, ReFormatted, and then other layers for things like subjects or authors or unread,etc.

So what I'm saying is that it's obviously not fancy, but importing and moving books around seems to work fine for me, for BBeB, txt, rtf. (I also have not used many pdfs or Word files). And keeping my library in my own file system seems to be a reasonable way to handle the book files in mass.
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Yeah, Connect really sucks. I tried adding an RSS feed just for a laugh, but all I get is "this feed is no longer available".
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