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Old 01-20-2022, 05:26 PM   #1
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Firmware 4.31.19086

Firmware 4.31.19086 has been released.

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Old 01-20-2022, 05:37 PM   #2
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Increased Language Support
  • Added Catalan dictionary
  • You can now select Simplified Chinese in Settings > Language and dictionaries
  • Added Pinyin keyboard
  • Added English - Simplified Chinese dictionary

Book Covers on Sleep and Power Off Screen
  • Book covers will now appear on the sleep screen for Fnac customers.
  • Tip: You can hide book covers or make them full screen in Settings > Energy saving and privacy.

Bug Fixes & General Improvements

Elipsa & Sage:
  • Fixed a bug where the zoom preview window for PDFs was not displaying correctly

Sage:
  • Improvements to increase battery life

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Old 01-20-2022, 06:29 PM   #3
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One caution is that this firmware is not totally compatible with NickelMenu. For instance, highlighting will trigger a popup "NickelMenu Could not find the required SelectionMenuView and SelectionMneuController symbols for adding selection menu items (this is a bug)".
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:31 PM   #4
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One caution is that this firmware is not totally compatible with NickelMenu. For instance, highlighting will trigger a popup "NickelMenu Could not find the required SelectionMenuView and SelectionMneuController symbols for adding selection menu items (this is a bug)".
I do hope this can be fixed without too much hassle.
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:33 PM   #5
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I do hope this can be fixed without too much hassle.
Since this is disruptive, I'll try and make time to get a fix out tonight.

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NickelMenu v0.5.3

This release fixes the selection_search location on 4.31.19086+.

See the release on GitHub for more details.

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Old 01-20-2022, 06:37 PM   #6
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To make it easier for those who like to sideload, here are the links to the new dictionaries:
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:40 PM   #7
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This release should be going to all devices (except the Mini) and should roll out on the usual schedule.

My notes on the changes in this firmware are:
  • Sideloaded mode (see separate post)
  • Improvements in handwriting performance
  • Catalan dictionary added
  • Simplified Chinese support:
    • Language in UI
    • Three new fonts any of the Chinese languages are selected (after syncing)
    • English - Simplified Chinese dictionary
    • Pinyin keyboard
  • FNAC affiliate now has options for showing the cover
  • Fixes:
    • Crash when opening sideloaded epubs (Adobe OOM issues)
    • Move Notebook section from More view back to the tab widget on the home page when stylus is detected
    • Remove File Size limit when parsing text document. Previously text files over 2MB were ignored.
    • Syncing annotations across devices
    • Timezone database has been updated.

There are probably other things I missed and I will add them as I think of them.

For calibre, the only change is to bump the supported version numbers. I have checked in this change and it should be in the next calibre release. Until then, it is safe to use the "Attempt to support newer firmware" option on the driver.

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Old 01-20-2022, 06:50 PM   #8
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One caution is that this firmware is not totally compatible with NickelMenu. For instance, highlighting will trigger a popup "NickelMenu Could not find the required SelectionMenuView and SelectionMneuController symbols for adding selection menu items (this is a bug)".
If this means that KOReader will fail, then this update is a NO for me. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-20-2022, 06:57 PM   #9
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Sideloaded Mode

In firmware 4.31.19086, Kobo has added "Sideloaded Mode". This is intended for users who cannot connect to a network during the setup. The device will finish initialising and you can signin later. Some function will be missing until you sign in. Once you are in sideloaded mode, it does not force you to sign in and can continue using the device, but, the option is there.

While Kobo has added Sideloaded Mode, it is not intended for continued use. It is intended as a stopgap to get the device working when a network is not available so that sideloaded books can be read. I think that support from Kobo for Sideloaded Mode will be limited. If you have issues, Kobo will most likely ask you to sign in.

Having said that, when in Sideloaded Mode:
  • Almost all syncing behaviour is gone. If you tap the sync icon, it shows a "Sign in" button.
  • WiFi will work and does not force you to sign in when connected.
  • No home screen. The device opens to the book list.
  • The bottom of the screen has "My Books", "Activity" and "More"
  • The "More" tab has:
    • My Articles
    • Beta Features. This has all beta features including the browser.
    • Settings
    • Help
  • Within the Settings, most of the settings are available. The ones missing are one only useful when signed in.
  • Dictionaries can be changed and will be downloaded if WiFi is available.
  • The browser works.
  • Firmware updates can be looked for by using "Check for updates" on the Device information page of the settings.
  • You can authorise the book for Adobe DRM and sign into Pocket.

Overall, the device works without having to sign in and there is no evidence of the shop. The reading experience is unchanged. My testing was on an Aura ONE. I assume that Stylus and handwriting will be fully supported in the devices that support them. I do not know what will happen with audiobook support.

To get into Sideloaded Mode, I signed out of the Kobo account on my Aura ONE. Then I broke my network so that the device could not reach the Kobo server during setup.

When in Sideloaded Mode, the config file had the following entry in the "ApplicationPreferences" section:

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SideloadedMode=true
I do not know what will happen if this is added to a device that is already signed into a Kobo account. And I do no know what will happen if it is removed from a device that is in Sideloaded Mode.
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Old 01-20-2022, 07:26 PM   #10
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If this means that KOReader will fail, then this update is a NO for me. Thanks for the heads up.
Switching into KOReader is fine after upgrade. It's just using NickelMenu with highlighted text actions that throws an error message.
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Switching into KOReader is fine after upgrade. It's just using NickelMenu with highlighted text actions that throws an error message.
Great to know, thanks. I do >95% of my reading in KOReader, its welfare is paramount.
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If this means that KOReader will fail, then this update is a NO for me. Thanks for the heads up.
I don't have KOReader on my Sage which is where I noticed the issue with NickelMenu and highlights. Doing a quick check on my Clara HD and installing the 2022.1 OneClick package, I didn't see any issues with opening KOReader or Plato on my Clara HD though that testing was opening the renderer and then opening a single book.
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