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Old 09-19-2020, 05:27 AM   #1
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Marvin and IOS14

Marvin is important to me. I would really like to hear if any of you have encountered problems with IOS 14?
Positive news are also very welcome.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:25 AM   #2
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Marvin is important to me. I would really like to hear if any of you have encountered problems with IOS 14?
Positive news are also very welcome.
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I have not tried everything, but it seems to work.
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Old 09-19-2020, 01:33 PM   #3
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I actually run betas on my backup device to test for Marvin compatibility.

I've been using iPadOS 14 since around July and Marvin works fine. iOS 14 actually fixed a text selection bug I had in dialog boxes with iOS 13 and iPad 7 (unsupported resolution).

Obviously still less than ideal on notched iPhones if using light backgrounds.
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Old 09-20-2020, 04:27 AM   #4
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Thank you for your replies. I have installed IOS14 on my 9.7 iPad pro, and Marvin seems certainly to be working allright.
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I actually run betas on my backup device to test for Marvin compatibility.

I've been using iPadOS 14 since around July and Marvin works fine. iOS 14 actually fixed a text selection bug I had in dialog boxes with iOS 13 and iPad 7 (unsupported resolution).

Obviously still less than ideal on notched iPhones if using light backgrounds.
That's pretty much what I do. Eventually Marvin will stop working as they change the API's, but so far no problem.
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That's pretty much what I do. Eventually Marvin will stop working as they change the API's, but so far no problem.
Sad thing is the alternative I was okay with (Hyphen) seems to have been abandoned as well. I've tried MapleRead, KyBook, etc. but I still keep going back to Marvin.
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Sad thing is the alternative I was okay with (Hyphen) seems to have been abandoned as well. I've tried MapleRead, KyBook, etc. but I still keep going back to Marvin.
It's basically a niche market that seems to be more of a hobby than a business. The vast majority stick with whatever reading app is associated with the store they use - Kindle, Books or Kobo. After a few years, most developers get bored with it.
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It's basically a niche market that seems to be more of a hobby than a business. The vast majority stick with whatever reading app is associated with the store they use - Kindle, Books or Kobo. After a few years, most developers get bored with it.
Yeah, I know.

Until we go through another transition similar to 32- to 64-bit, I think Marvin should work fine with basic usage (reading books and browsing the library). It's Dropbox support and iCloud syncing that's iffy.

I can easily give up progress syncing but if Dropbox goes, I'll probably end up using Books.

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As long as OPDS continues to work then I'll be sticking with Marvin....actually forget that....I'll probably figure out a workaround even then. It would have to be a really good program for it to outperform Marvin!
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Yeah, I know.

Until we go through another transition similar to 32- to 64-bit, I think Marvin should work fine with basic usage (reading books and browsing the library). It's Dropbox support and iCloud syncing that's iffy.

I can easily give up progress syncing but if Dropbox goes, I'll probably end up using Books.
Progress syncing is a biggie for me, but I don't use dropbox to store ebooks.
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As long as OPDS continues to work then I'll be sticking with Marvin....actually forget that....I'll probably figure out a workaround even then. It would have to be a really good program for it to outperform Marvin!
I read a lot of in progress works so I need to be able to easily overwrite existing books in the library. In-app Dropbox is the only source that allows that in Marvin.

Every other source (OPDS, web server, cloud picker or import via iOS share sheet) just gives a message that the book's already in the library. If I want to overwrite, I'd need to search for the book, manually delete it and download again.

I would prefer to use OPDS or web server instead of Dropbox. I requested the overwrite option for other book sources a couple of times back when Kris was still active. Alas, he never did implement it so Dropbox is my fallback.
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On my iPhone SE2, I have ios 14.2 (Beta) although problems started since 14.1. I can't download books from Dropbox any more, keep getting error. And the scroll bar on the bottom doesn't work very well. When I try to scroll books to the middle of a chapter, it keeps going back to the front. Takes a few swipes before it will scroll but I cant scroll slowly to look for a certain page.

I'm still on ios13 on my main phone just coz I find the Marvin on the ios14 buggy. I'd rather have a working Marvin than new features on ios14

Really wish Marvin would get updated. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat! Have tried others but I keep returning to Marvin just coz it's easier to use, very organized and has more settings.
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You’re right. Tested on both iPadOS 14.0.1 and 14.2 Public Beta 2 and scrubbing is funky. Lol, I guess I never use that feature much.

That said, Dropbox is working fine for me. Have you tried restarting the device and/or re-linking Dropbox?
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You’re right. Tested on both iPadOS 14.0.1 and 14.2 Public Beta 2 and scrubbing is funky. Lol, I guess I never use that feature much.

That said, Dropbox is working fine for me. Have you tried restarting the device and/or re-linking Dropbox?
thank you! Re-link my dropbox again and it's working fine now. Only problem left is the scrolling so far.
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What ever happened to the developer of Marvin? I remember when it first came out and immediately blew us all away. I bought two different versions, even though I almost never read on my phone, in order to support the ongoing development of such an awesome program, and then... he just went away? I remember that he used to post here fairly regularly too.
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