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Old 10-22-2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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Forma Firmware 4.11.11911

New firmware for the Forma is out today. If you sync your kobo you should get it.

Most notable change I’ve seen is you can now enable or disable the header and or the footer in kepubs

I’ve not looked for other features yet. This update did not come to my KA1 just to my Forma.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:38 PM   #2
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Can a mod edit the topic I mistyped it’s 4.11.11911
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:32 PM   #3
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I've updated my Forma to this new firmware level, hoping it fixes the issues I have with it freezing, we shall see.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:50 PM   #4
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I am seeing "swipe to unlock" when waking my Forma from sleep, can't say I recall ever seeing that on any other Kobo Firmware before.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:33 PM   #5
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As has been seen, there is new firmware for the Kobo Forma. This is the expected first release for the device. I do not believe that this will be released for the other devices. But, I would expect a release in a month or so.

The release notes are (my comments are in bold):
  • Page-turn buttons:
    • While reading, press a page-turn button to go forward or back one page
    • If you want to swap the buttons, go to Settings > Reading settings > Button controls,
    • While reading, press and hold a page-turn button to flip through pages quickly
  • Read left-handed or right-handed:
    • Simply hold your Kobo Forma in either hand and the screen will flip automatically
  • Read in landscape or portrait (not available on other devices):
    • While reading, rotate your device to read in any orientation
    • To lock into portrait or landscape while reading, tap the middle of the page to bring up the menu, then tap the Auto-rotate icon
    • Even when locked, you will still be able to hold your Kobo Forma in either hand.
  • Hide book title or footer (for all book formats - no longer need the full screen option):
    • Keep your book title private, or just give yourself space for words on the screen
    • Go to Settings > Reading settings > Page appearance
  • Reading PDF documents:
    • While reading a PDF, double-tap to zoom in, then swipe to move between sections of the page
    • Double-tap to zoom out, or use a page-turn button to move to the next page
    • While reading a PDF in landscape, you’ll automatically see half of the page. Swipe up and down to navigate through the document
  • Reading Comics (.CBR, .CBZ):
    • Performance has improved when reading .CBR or .CBZ comics, especially when zooming in
    • You can now press and hold to flip through pages quickly in .CBR and .CBZ comics
  • More enhancements:
    • Fast page flip is now faster
    • Several Wi Fi issues have been addressed
    • Enabling and disabling Wi Fi is faster and more stable

With the title and footer hidden when reading, as far as I can tell, this does not suffer the issues that the previous full screen mode did. I don't use it all the time but I couldn't find an example of the cut off text that was reported before. When the title and header are not displayed, there is still some margin. It is a little larger than I would like, but it is not as big as the space taken when they are displayed.

Bugs fixed:
  • When returning from a search or viewing an annotations, the top bar is no longer displayed.

I'm sure there was something else not, but I can't think of what. If I remember, then I'll add it here.

Hopefully, it won't be to long before an update is made for the other devices. There are some good improvements here.

Support for the Kobo Forma and this firmware version has already been added to calibre. This was included in version 3.33.1.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:07 PM   #6
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  • Hide book title or footer (for all book formats - no longer need the full screen option):
This is the new feature that really got my attention. Hope it comes to my old Kobos.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:09 PM   #7
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I've updated my Forma to this new firmware level, hoping it fixes the issues I have with it freezing, we shall see.
Sorry to hear about the freezing. I must have missed this. Did the upgrade help?
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:53 AM   #8
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This is the new feature that really got my attention. Hope it comes to my old Kobos.
Right? I assume the various text cutoff bugs that had to be patched out, were fixed as well.

Feels like the end of an era now that they've actually added FullScreenReading officially. Maybe it means white-on-black text is coming too.
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:50 AM   #9
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Right? I assume the various text cutoff bugs that had to be patched out, were fixed as well.
That's what I said. But, maybe I just happened to only use books that never had this problem.

And it will come to the other devices as part of the next update to them.
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:33 AM   #10
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Can a mod edit the topic I mistyped it’s 4.11.11911
Done, but please use the "report post" facility to request this in future. We only became aware of this when someone else reported it on your behalf (which they really shouldn't have to do!).
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Download link mark 7 http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...4.11.11911.zip (firmware locked, can't be extract)

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Download link mark 7 http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...4.11.11911.zip (firmware locked, can't be extract)
It seems to unpack OK for me. It behaves like every previous firmware. Have I missed something?
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Download link mark 7 http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...4.11.11911.zip (firmware locked, can't be extract)
It unpacks OK for me too.
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It seems to unpack OK for me. It behaves like every previous firmware. Have I missed something?
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It unpacks OK for me too.
I Don't know why it didn't work for me, I will try again latter, thanks.

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