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Old 11-21-2013, 02:19 PM   #106
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:07 PM   #107
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I'm seeing an issue in the new WP8 version where the "remove blank lines" setting doesn't seem to work when it's set to "no". Specifically, I have a book where the code looks like this (suboptimal, probably slightly incorrect, but it is what it is):

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      <p class="para">It was time to fight.</p>

      <p class="spaceBreak">&nbsp;</p>

      <p class="paraNoIndent">Barriga stumbled as he crawled past the stump of a fallen tree. Blood from his brow dripped onto the ground, and the dark-speckled nettles seemed to soak it in, feeding upon his life. He raised a trembling hand to his brow. The bandage was soaked through.</p>
That "spaceBreak" paragraph is intended to create a space between the two paragraphs, and I would expect with "remove blank lines" set to "no" Freda should do the right thing. Instead, Freda is actually removing that blank line. See the attached picture, for example.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:24 AM   #108
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I'm seeing an issue in the new WP8 version where the "remove blank lines" setting doesn't seem to work when it's set to "no". .
I will take a look at it - it does, as you say, look like wrong behaviour.
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I will take a look at it - it does, as you say, look like wrong behaviour.
Turns out it was my bad. I had my max margin setting ridiculously low at 5 (though that's where I've had it for a while, and it used to be fine -- must be another change to rendering from WP7 to WP8). When I changed that up to 20, the spacing came back.

I have, however, had an issue with Calibre's "polish ebook" functionality to update covers in books. Specifically, if a book's content.opf file is in a subdirectory (OEBPS\content.opf) but references files from the directory above it (../titlepage.xhtml, ../cover.jpg, which is where calibre puts covers when polishing), Freda fails to load the book. It seems like Freda's unpacking the epub at the content.opf level and deeper rather than unpacking everything and using the well-known META-INF/container.xml tell it where to find stuff?

I'll see if I can get a repro to send a debug log, as I already manually fixed the book I was interested in reading.
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Freda Ebook Reader now available on Android

Freda has been updated on the Microsoft Store – and in addition, is now also available for Android. That means that you can enjoy the same reading experience across your Windows and Android devices, using the app’s features to sync between the two platforms. You can get the latest version of the app from the Microsoft Store – and the Android version, is on Google Play (still in beta-testing right now, so please feel free to offer feedback).

Freda is a free (advertising supported) app which gives you easy access to over 50,000 public domain classic books, free of charge, from Feedbooks, Gutenberg and other on-line catalogs. Or read your own (DRM-free) books in the supported formats: EPUB, FB2, HTML and TXT. App features include:
  • Customisable controls, fonts and colours
  • Highlighting and bookmarks/annotations
  • Integration with on-line catalogs – Feedbooks, Smashwords, Gutenberg …
  • Connection to your OneDrive and DropBox accounts for downloading book files
  • Linkage to your Calibre book library
  • Opening books from websites and email attachments, and from files anywhere on your device
  • Ability to tag books by subject, and sort/filter your bookshelf by tag, author, title, and series
  • Text-to-speech, speedread and auto-scroll
  • Automatic synchronisation of your reading position across all the devices you are using
  • A save/restore feature that allows you to copy all books and settings from one device to another
  • The OpenDyslexic font and a range of dyslexic-friendly settings, for use by readers who are affected by dyslexia

For further details, take a look at the intro video, the manual, or the support forums, and if you have any questions or ideas about the app, I would be glad to hear from you, on this thread, by PM, or by email (jim@turnipsoft.co.uk).
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My Win10 installation just updated the other day. It mentioned a fix/improvement to the text selection. So far, I've found selection very much improved on my touch-only 8" Win10 tablet. Thanks.
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My Win10 installation just updated the other day. It mentioned a fix/improvement to the text selection. So far, I've found selection very much improved on my touch-only 8" Win10 tablet. Thanks.
Thanks for that.

The other newly introduced feature that I'd be interested to have feedback on is the reading of MOBI/AZW and PDF books. Freda does now support opening these book types, but:
  • It's quite a lot slower than EPUB and FB2
  • PDF layout is quite bad (it should work OK for books consisting mainly of a sequnce of paragraphs, but images will end up out of place)
Feedback welcome.
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The other newly introduced feature that I'd be interested to have feedback on is the reading of MOBI/AZW and PDF books. Freda does now support opening these book types, but:
  • It's quite a lot slower than EPUB and FB2
  • PDF layout is quite bad (it should work OK for books consisting mainly of a sequnce of paragraphs, but images will end up out of place)
Feedback welcome.
I've begun to experiment with using Freda to read MOBI, AZW3, & PDF, though as yet I can't provide much feedback. I have found that the MOBI files I've tried all looked good and were quite readable.

I have found an issue. It seems that the app, or perhaps the update process, has failed to "publish" the fact that it supports .mobi, .azw, .azw3, and .pdf, at least on my installation which was somewhat old and has been updated. As a result, it can't be set as the default reader for those formats. With "desktop" applications, like calibre, you get the option to manually navigate to an installed app in such situations, but with the "modern" apps you don't have that option. Even using the "find app on Store" option fails to list Freda as an app for .mobi (I haven't tried to other formats.
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I have found an issue. It seems that the app, or perhaps the update process, has failed to "publish" the fact that it supports .mobi, .azw, .azw3, and .pdf, at least on my installation which was somewhat old and has been updated. As a result, it can't be set as the default reader for those formats. With "desktop" applications, like calibre, you get the option to manually navigate to an installed app in such situations, but with the "modern" apps you don't have that option. Even using the "find app on Store" option fails to list Freda as an app for .mobi (I haven't tried to other formats.
Thank you for checking this out, and reporting the issue.

Right now, I am a bit conflicted about this. If I strongly claim that Freda is able to read PDF and MOBI (e.g. by making a file-type association) then I'm going to cause irritation to people who try to use it for those book types, and find it does not work for them. But if I don't do it, then the app is somewhat less useful.

I've already picked up some bad reviews in the Store from people who don't like Freda's rendering of PDF. Which is fair enough, because it is not very good (on the other hand, it is hard to do much better, because PDF really does not expect to be reflowed to fit a small screen, so any rendering solution based on reflow is going to be a mess).

Right now, my inclination is to associate Freda with .MOBI/.AZW format, and publish that association, because I think MOBI rendering does basically work (excepting that it is slow, and right now the table of contents is broken, for some reason that I've not yet got to the bottom of). But I am minded not to associate Freda with PDF files, or make any great song and dance about the fact that Freda has some capability to show the content of PDF files. Most people who want to read a PDF document will be wanting to see content in the original layout (i.e. no reflowing) and for them, Adobe Reader or their web-browser plugin will be a better reading system.
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I agree that not listing PDF as being supported is the right idea. The PDFs i've tried were somewhat difficult to read as the reflowed text included header and foot info and frequently "absorbed" spacing that was needed to understand where one segment of text ended and another began, sort of a paragraph analogy to a run-on sentence.

I do think that when you're ready (or perhaps now) that MOBI should be associated. I've had some AZW3 files (DRM removed and convertible in calibre) fail to open, but I haven't researched the issue to see what is the cause.
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