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Old 08-07-2017, 07:11 AM   #4171
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The problem is that the return you' get from fixing up PRS+ is almost non-existent. Most people who used PRS+ have moved on as their Sony batteries died. Plus, with Readers such as Kobo, there's no need for PRS+. So not only do you no longer need PRS+, but you get a Reader that's faster, more reliable, handles hi-res images much much better, has a significantly better higher res screen with more contrast, font light, newer version RMDSK, and maybe a larger screen.
Nope, PRS-350 trumps all new reader is all aspects. For epub, there is simply no better reader than the 5 inch Sony on the market. Why would anyone need a reader larger than a 5 inch for epub? I have collected over half a dozen PRS-350 over the years, most of them in most are in new conditions with excellent battery life. I have sony lighted cover, which is better than front light because it also lights up my footpath which front light can not do. And the traditional light is so much better, just any thinkpad users, which do they prefer, thinklight or backlight?

Also, sony PRS-350 has metal body and FIVE physical buttons, which I can map with PRS+, giving me 10 shortcuts/functions. The new readers are horrible with their button less designs.

Anyways, I really want to improve PRS+, which language is it coded in? There are many bugs, although there are workarounds, but I want to remove them.

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Old 08-07-2017, 09:54 AM   #4172
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Nope, PRS-350 trumps all new reader is all aspects. For epub, there is simply no better reader than the 5 inch Sony on the market. Why would anyone need a reader larger than a 5 inch for epub? I have collected over half a dozen PRS-350 over the years, most of them in most are in new conditions with excellent battery life. I have sony lighted cover, which is better than front light because it also lights up my footpath which front light can not do. And the traditional light is so much better, just any thinkpad users, which do they prefer, thinklight or backlight?
I find the size of the 350 to be too small. I have a 650 and yes, the aluminum body is nice, but it also adds to the weight. I have a Kobo Aura H2O and I rather like the 6.8" screen. As for the lighted cover, I much prefer the front light. It's a lot more even and I can adjust the level of the light other than low or high. One thing I rather like that PRS+ cannot do is hyphenation. I prefer hyphens to gaps. Also, I like the Carta screen as it does give better contrast than Pearl. And the resolution makes the text sharper and clearer.

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That can make it easier to jump to some place instead of multiple taps.

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If you go to the the first post in this thread, the link to the project is there. You can get the source. It's in javascript.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:07 AM   #4173
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The problem is that the return you' get from fixing up PRS+ is almost non-existent. Most people who used PRS+ have moved on as their Sony batteries died. Plus, with Readers such as Kobo, there's no need for PRS+. So not only do you no longer need PRS+, but you get a Reader that's faster, more reliable, handles hi-res images much much better, has a significantly better higher res screen with more contrast, font light, newer version RMDSK, and maybe a larger screen.
Depends on what you want Jon.
My 650 is still in daily use as the reader I use on my lunch at work (Kobo Aura HD at home).
My 350 is still my travel reader of choice (over my Kobo Mini)

So I probably read on a Kobo slightly more than a Sony, but not by much.

Reliability has never been an issue with any of my Sony Readers (My 505 still works ).
And browsing folders is still preferable to me than managing collections.

Saying that though, can't say I've seen a lot of bugs in PRS+.
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I prefer the H2O over a 650 with PRS. It just works better and looks better for a more enjoyable read.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:59 PM   #4175
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Saying that though, can't say I've seen a lot of bugs in PRS+.
oh geesh, where do I begin. Some bugs I have found

1. When are you reading upside down after rotating 180 degrees, then you go to the home screen, the home screen is completely screwed up with bottom sections missing.

2. When you are reading upside down, the images in stand by returns to normal position, not upside down.

3. When you have "close popup by page tap" turn on and "keep selection after dictionary" turn on, the reader will NOT keep selection after you close the popup by page tap. (but will if you close the popup by clicking on the X)

4. When you have the dictionary popup active, and you swipe to turn a page, it will turn pages infinitely until you tap again to stop it.

5. If you assign "size" to one of the key bindings, it will give you "zoom page" instead of "size".

6. When you read in portrait mode, the text size will be a lot larger than the size in portrait, and the book will not flow properly, absolutely unusable for epub.

7. When you assign turn 180 degree (not sure about turn 90 or 270 degrees) to a key, and you press that key. The screen will not rotate until you initiate another action.

8. When turn 180 degrees, the keyboard is f**ked up, only showing 60% of it.

There are some more bugs that I can't recall right now and I'm sure there are a lot more that I have not discovered.

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Old 08-08-2017, 05:05 AM   #4176
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oh geesh, where do I begin. Some bugs I have found

1. When are you reading upside down after rotating 180 degrees, then you go to the home screen, the home screen is completely screwed up with bottom sections missing.

2. When you are reading upside down, the images in stand by returns to normal position, not upside down.

3. When you have "close popup by page tap" turn on and "keep selection after dictionary" turn on, the reader will NOT keep selection after you close the popup by page tap. (but will if you close the popup by clicking on the X)

4. When you have the dictionary popup active, and you swipe to turn a page, it will turn pages infinitely until you tap again to stop it.

5. If you assign "size" to one of the key bindings, it will give you "zoom page" instead of "size".

6. When you read in portrait mode, the text size will be a lot larger than the size in portrait, and the book will not flow properly, absolutely unusable for epub.

7. When you assign turn 180 degree (not sure about turn 90 or 270 degrees) to a key, and you press that key. The screen will not rotate until you initiate another action.

8. When turn 180 degrees, the keyboard is f**ked up, only showing 60% of it.

There are some more bugs that I can't recall right now and I'm sure there are a lot more that I have not discovered.
That's probably it then, I don't rotate my reader
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@kuromusha I'm a recent Sony PRS owner and am looking to dabble in PRS+

I most recently realised somehow the extern.css installed on my PRS-650 had only one long line so the size controls (alignment, line height, font size) were not working. I had to look around in there to figure that out.

So, with the original google code site being closed to development is there any official place for this to be? Or should I just start a new repo on GitHub?

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Old 11-24-2017, 08:09 AM   #4178
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The link at the top of the first post is still functioning.
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Whilst it goes to a page/site, said destination is a read only archive. So any further development will have to happen elsewhere.

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Whilst it goes to a page/site, said destination is a read only archive. So any further development will have to happen elsewhere.
There is not going to be any further development. The developers have moved on. Also, newer Readers such as Kobo do a lot of what PRS+ does but with a better screen, faster processor, and a front light.
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There is not going to be any further development. The developers have moved on. Also, newer Readers such as Kobo do a lot of what PRS+ does but with a better screen, faster processor, and a front light.
"Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

PRS+ is open source so continued development is entirely possible if anybody on Earth feels like doing so. Like me, for example. I've already made some changes and have built my own installer/update locally.

My query was more what should I do with it after I'm done? If there really isn't a current official repository (there may be) I will simply start my own repo/fork on GitHub.

And you know what? I don't want to buy a Kobo or a Kindle or any other reader. I have this PRS-650 and I'm happy using it as it works just fine indeed. I'd appreciate it if this could be the last of your preaching for people to buy new devices.

If you have nothing constructive to add to a thread please do not reply to it at all.



edit: I've received a thumbs-up from the OP @kartu who is one of the original developers, who also pointed me to the repo i should fork (I'd found it anyway but it's good to have it confirmed) https://github.com/kartu/prs-plus/

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PRS+ is open source so continued development is entirely possible if anybody on Earth feels like doing so. Like me, for example. I've already made some changes and have built my own installer/update locally.
It's good to see someone interested after all this time. PRS+ really added to the reader's functionality. The device is solid and it was easy to replace the battery on my 505, which is really the only limiting factor. Add to that how well calibre's device driver allows you to organize your books on the device and it is a great, solidly built ereader.

I no longer own one having passed on all of my Sony ereaders to other family members.
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Good to see interest in PRS+. While I have newer readers, I still have two 350's that I really enjoy using. I like the compact size and elegant Sony covers.

Let us know about any improvements to PRS+.
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I've finished my "font size normalization" tool and it works perfectly. Not specifically PRS+ so I'll start another thread about it somewher more general.
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Thanks for your good work! I'll download when I can have access to a Windows machine, either real or virtual. I still like my PRS-650 even though I have both Kobo and Kindle. Its battery is still well behaved (better than the Kobo in fact) so I'll probably keep it for a long time.
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