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Old Today, 06:25 AM   #226
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Here is another short video for those of you, who wanted to see how text editing on Max2 works. I used Textmaker Mobile Free. It works just fine. Same experience with the WPS Office ( I did try it but didn't record a video of it)
That looks fantastic Booxtor, it certainly does look faster than past devices.

Have you met the issue of the device stopping responding while writing - or, on another angle, do we need to implement wake-locks to force the device to be fully alert when using this type of interactive software (typing etc.), or did Onyx improve the firmware to recognize these cases?

Of course, whether the answer is in one direction or the other, the important thing is that a way exists to patch it.

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot! It's nice that you use TextMaker, I also think it is a remarkable piece of software. But on the MaxCarta the feature to load documents on TextMaker was broken. Since we could not see it, as you started a new text document from scratch in the video: I suppose the "load document" works, now on Android 6?

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Of course, whether the answer is in one direction or the other, the important thing is that a way exists to patch it.
Which, by the way, suggests a different topic: is USB On-the-Go now something that can be enabled from the settings interface (if not always available), or should the feature be enabled through some "hacking"?

It is a hot topic after the lack of the SD-card.
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Yes, of course you can connect a USB cable and transfer files! Linux, Windows (surely, though I don't know by experience), others - natively, no strange additions needed.

It mounts two external drives (two, if you have an SD-card). Of course, you can also use `adb push|pull` (etc.).

I find it scary and creepy that on other systems, you write, it would not work that way...
I have some first hand experience with the way the reMarkable handles file transfers, and I've read a little on how the Sony RP1 works.

On the reMarkable, the files as presented on the UI (either PDF documents, or epub documents, or "notebook" documents that are created from writing on blank pages through the device's software) are not directly the same as on the filesystem - there's a single directory on the filesystem, with several files per document that describe both the contents and the abstract filesystem that the UI shows. It's transparent enough, but it also means just copying your PDF files by mounting the device as an external drive wouldn't work. The default file transfer utility goes through a specific cloud service, which is accessed by proprietary aplications; fortunately, there's also an alternative way to do it, via a Web interface: in practice, it works pretty well to just connect the device to a USB port and use the Web interface in a browser. Not as simple as it might be, but I can work with it, and more importantly, I can work with it on any of my computers (they happen to all have USB ports available).

On the Sony, from what I understand (and I admit I haven't any first hand experience with the device), you have to use the proprietary application to transfer files, and no alternative is provided. If you don't want to, or cannot, use this application (it doesn't exist for a Linux machine, for example), then you're out of luck, unless you "jailbreak" the device.

On the more classical e-reader that I have access (from Kobo), ebook transfer can be done through the dedicated application, or by downloading them directly from the Kobo store when you buy there, but Calibre also works with it pretty fine, so I never had to look any further. I understand that this is share by most "standard" e-readers - but then, these large-screen devices are not "standard" to me.

So, my question was asked to understand where the Boox devices stand on this. The answer is very reassuring to me, but I wouldn't want to buy one and then discover that I couldn't use it the way I need it to work. If I decide to buy one, it's with professional use in mind, and at work I only use Linux machines (Windows is at home only, and mostly dedicated to games). I could live with transfering ebooks only through my Windows machine when it's just books I read for pleasure; I don't want to have to go through the same kind of hassle for everyday work.
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On the reMarkable, ... not directly the same as on the filesystem
On the Sony, ... you have to use the proprietary application to transfer files, and no alternative is provided. [they must pay in blood]
On the more classical e-reader that I have access (from Kobo), ebook transfer can be done through the dedicated application, or by downloading them directly from the Kobo store when you buy there, but Calibre also works with it pretty fine [So why the applications? Are you talking of a direct USB connection?], so I never had to look any further. I understand that this is share by most "standard" e-readers -
The monstrosities they propose today: creepy, ghastly, scary, despair, cringe, a silence full of horror.
I hope I will never come in contact to any such abomination in my life - not if they came with a million in your favourite currency.

EDIT: ok, as an afterthought I concede - maybe as a lent device to read Lovecraft.


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So, my question was asked to understand where the Boox devices stand on this. The answer is very reassuring to me, but I wouldn't want to buy one and then discover that I couldn't use it the way I need it to work. If I decide to buy one, it's with professional use in mind, and at work I only use Linux machines (Windows is at home only, and mostly dedicated to games). I could live with transfering ebooks only through my Windows machine when it's just books I read for pleasure [not even, please]; I don't want to have to go through the same kind of hassle for everyday work.
I fancy to be pretty much an extremist - be reassured.

EDIT: and with this 500th post, I see I become a "fanatic". See?

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EDIT: and with this 500th post, I see I become a "fanatic". See?
I see

I am not as strict as you are. I understand why e-reader manufacturers provide their own apps - as a "nicer" UI to the functionalities of their readers, and also, for those who have their own stores, as a way to make it slightly easier to buy books through their own channel than through others. As long as they don't try to force me to use them (i.e., make it purposefully hard to use the device one's own way), I have no real problem with it.

The way the reMarkable works is also OK to me - it is not actively trying to obfuscate things for the user who wants to have a look at it.

Of course, it's always better (in my view) if everything is open, but that's also how you make it easy for the user to "break" something.
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I see an "overlapping windows" icon between "arrows switch", "mode switch" and the menu icon: could it be the "recent tasks"?
Booxtor, I remembered (having just mentioned something relevant in a parallel thread):
in the new interface it is visible:
clock | arrows switch | EPD mode switch | MYSTERY | menu

Is that "mystery", guessing from the icon, the "Recent tasks"?
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