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Old 10-18-2006, 06:24 PM   #31
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The manual is a Word Docment, converted to a PDF file according to the spec's posted in another thread.
Have you tried simply importing the Word doc itself or changing to an RTF? The Sony Reader does a better job with RTFs vs. PDF, I've found. I agree that you may have to enlarge the font to 16-20 pt for better reading.
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:39 PM   #32
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I tried importing the Word Doc, and the Reader crashed on it (though it did come up in the main menu).

I haven't tried RTF - the PDF is serviceable for now. Thanks a lot!

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Old 10-19-2006, 01:07 PM   #33
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I should correct that iLiad starts not several minutes, but 45 seconds. And as you said some time to find and load a book.

With latest version 2.7 iLiad turns a page in 1.5 of second in PDF file.
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:54 AM   #34
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I should correct that iLiad starts not several minutes, but 45 seconds. And as you said some time to find and load a book.

With latest version 2.7 iLiad turns a page in 1.5 of second in PDF file.
Maybe my iLiad is slow - (or it's owner is slow) but it does take over a minute to start up. I just timed it, and and it booted up in about 75 seconds. Then to load my manual takes another minute or so.

I haven't, however, upgraded to 2.7. I will do so eventually, but I have to remove the security settings from my airport to get the wifi connection to work and it's just a hassle. I'll revisit the iLiad with some enthusiasm when they announce a deal for content. I can only reread "The Sign of the Four" so many times before I start calling my wife "stout fellow," clutching a pipe and looking for clues everywhere...

Right now I'm reading "The Secret Man," by Bob Woodward - the story of "Deep Throat" from Watergate. I wish I could read it on the iLiad - but not so. At least, not yet...

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Old 10-20-2006, 07:50 AM   #35
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40 second startup here, version 2.7
Looking forward to suspend mode though, with immediate restart...
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:29 PM   #37
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Larry,
I agree with you that even 45 seconds and 1 minute to find and load last book is too long. And I more like that Sony have sleep mode.

But I write to iRex and they told me that that hardware of iLiad doesn't allow sleep mode. So I'm afraid we will not see several seconds of waking up.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:07 PM   #38
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Hi Malder1,
It would be interesting to see what iRex told you in the email - from discussions in the iRex forum it seems like suspend mode (even between page turns) is a future possibility. Implementing this should get us closer to the promised 21 hr battery life (currently at around 11 hrs).
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I agree with you that even 45 seconds and 1 minute to find and load last book is too long. And I more like that Sony have sleep mode.

But I write to iRex and they told me that that hardware of iLiad doesn't allow sleep mode. So I'm afraid we will not see several seconds of waking up.
You know, I've always shut it off before using it - so I've never really tried to resume a session... I should give that a shot one night...

I still haven't tried 2.7 either... Maybe I'll give that a go tomorrow.

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Hi all -

I updated my iLiad software to 2.7, and I have a few additional reactions...

1. I boot up to the main menu in about 40 seconds, and it takes an additional 30 seconds or so to get to the book menu, select my book, and begin reading. The Reader, on the other hand, starts right up where I left off in about 2.5 seconds. That's a big difference. Making a pot of coffee to drink while I'm reading takes exactly the same amount of time regardless of device.

2. Now I have to revise a point I made earlier in the thread. The iLiad's larger screen is discernably better. I found it easier on the eyes, and I think tonight was a better time to judge, because I read the Reader for about two hours before I did the update to the iLiad.

3. Page turns on the iLiad are feeling better to me after the update, but still not quite as fast as the Reader. (Close though...)

4. The page turning bar on the iLiad feels more natural than the button on the lower left of the Reader. I realize that the Reader has the little "arrow" buttons to turn pages on the spine, but since I use the Sony Leather Cover those buttons are a little inconvenient.

5. At this point, I still favor the Reader based on two main points... First - content. Sony has the ebook store. That's a huge thing for me. Second, the "wake up" time of 2.5 seconds. Hit "on," and begin to enjoy the book. That's the way it should be, and how it works with paper copies.

The iLiad's wifi connection is a great idea, but the fact that I need to reconfigure my router every time I use it (I'm on a security enabled Mac) is a pain. If iRex sorted that out and had an online bookstore that could be accessed by wifi that'd be great.

I'm not sure if the iLiad will mature in that direction, but I'm happier with it after the update. It's getting better, but still not there yet IMO...

Larry Z.

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