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Old 06-04-2010, 04:49 AM   #1
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RC1 firmware review

1 the contrast rate is better than beta, but still not as good as 1.71.
2 faster to open folders and menu, but page-turning speed for PDF with pictures or scanned books is much slower.
actually, i happened to think that the most useful functions of 2.0 in comparson with 1.71 is the short cuts at the tool bar. otherwise, there are more cons than pros.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:05 AM   #2
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Here is my own review (copied from another thread). It was written after just one hour with RC1, after which I switched back to the beta version because of the "cons":

Just been playing with it on my DR1000 for about an hour. My very early feedback:

Pros:
- Page turning on cached (i.e. previously viewed) pages seems to be a lot faster. I can't see much improvement on non-cached pages though (in fact, see cons below).
- Contrast is much improved, so that faint text that was hard to read on the beta is now very legible. I would say contrast is as good as the old 1.7 release, which is great.

Cons:
- All my notes and scribbles from the beta version are now misaligned - they are no longer in the same place on the page and even have a different pen thickness. This is particularly troubling where I had underlined or circled words - since I now just have circles and lines at random places on the page. This was a serious disappointment since I have made notes on hundreds of pages since the beta release. Having said that, I did know the beta was a beta, so cannot complain too much.
- Page turns in portrait mode for non-cached pages do not seem to be faster. They seem, in fact, to be slightly slower, but that may be my imagination. In landscape mode the situation is worse in that pages turns for some documents are now much slower than before - in fact, sometimes they may even be hanging the system (twice in the past hour I have rebooted the device because a page turn was taking more than two minutes).
[Very minor] The rotate icon (which I use frequently) is no longer on the toolbar, and has been replaced with a page thumbnails icon (which I never use).

So, I have mixed feelings. The improved contrast is a help, but not at the price of the cons. I am going to switch back to the beta release (if I can).

EDIT: I successfully went back to the beta release, and to my joy all my notes and scribbles are back where they should be.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:54 AM   #3
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Image based pdfs are much slower indeed
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:19 AM   #4
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Maybe a Bug?

when you block all the buttons and use full screen mode, you cant go back or change page, because you cant select the menu again and the buttons doesnt work, so you will need to reboot the device.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:28 AM   #5
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I too noticed that. Especially awkward as I'd locked the bottom Menu button. However touching the side buttons brought up the lower "menu bar" again.

The locking of all buttons and full screen ode has been an issue almost since the beginning with the original firmware. It would be good if you could permanantly enable a "hot" zone that would always bring up the menu, espcially for full screen mode.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:09 AM   #6
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And the contrast for me is much worse than 1.71

We need another boost on this to read better technical pdfs.
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:13 PM   #7
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I must admit I don't seem to have a problem with contrast and believe me my eyes are hopeless. Can't see I've noticed any difference.

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Old 06-05-2010, 08:42 AM   #8
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Hmm.. widely different opinions on the all important matter of good contrast! Different types of documents perhaps?

whopper / splendor: would you per chance be able to post an example page (as a pdf)? I'd hope that the iRex developers visiting here can be persuaded to look into this, if we can get them material to work with.
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:23 PM   #9
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I wish I could test this version. I refuse to drop my Mobipocket books and lose my dictionary. At the moment I will be saying goodbye to iRex this Fall when a large number of Window's tablets will come out. I wish iRex would realize what they have done to us. They need to open talks with Amazon. Kindle is on the iPad. This should be an easy fix.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #10
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This 2.0 RC1 seemed to have bricked my DR, it installed and when it was about to restart into the new firmware. Nothing. Screen is all blank and only the power (orange) up led and bottom middle led are lit. Tried all kind of resets as well. I tried also to use a new SD card and original IREX SD card formatted. Nothing. DR1000 is completely blocked.
I tried all possible downgrade to beta 0401, 0408 and to firmware 1.7.1, nothing, always a blank screen and the power (orande) up led and bottom middle led are lit.
I opened a case at iRex American support.
By the way, for now, I think that it's better to not use new release of firmware
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:34 AM   #11
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Hi there,
My first message on this forum.
I recently acquired the Irex DR1000S in v1.7.1.
I'm very happy to see beta versions and feedbacks for this reader.
If you don't mind me asking some questions about this RC1.

I'm interested in the Epub format.
What is the feedback for this format ?
As I understand the epub could be viewed before only by adding the soft FBReader.
What are the advantages of each one ?

Is there a width zoom for PDF, now ?
How is scribble improved in this version ?

It looks like many problems are coming from integrating the Adobe rendering engine...

As for Mobipocket is it possible there'll a new and different version.
Coming from Bookeen Gen3, that's what they did because there was some commercial rules forbidding them to have both formats on one reader.
Anyway on Bookeen there wasn't beta released and we waited over a year for a new firmware...
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:26 PM   #12
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Weird, they have pulled off the dr1000s RC1 blog.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:45 PM   #13
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Weird, they have pulled off the dr1000s RC1 blog.
mmm.. but why ?
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:13 PM   #14
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Weird, they have pulled off the dr1000s RC1 blog.
Wow! That is very strange. There could at least be an explanation in place of the removed RC1.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:44 PM   #15
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Be cool, downloading the rc1 is still possible...
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