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Old 09-09-2009, 07:49 PM   #1
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New Firmware Upgrade Posted Already!

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We got the new Firmware Upgrades posted on our website faster than expected. They are avialable right now:

www.theEZreader.com (under "support")

This update is regarding the font size choices, hyperlink, bookmarking improvements, and more.

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Old 09-09-2009, 10:19 PM   #2
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Awesome! Downloaded and installed the firmware. It looks like the fixes/upgrades are mainly for the epub format. It seems like the page turn response is faster too. This firmware update also adds TTS to epub (unencrypted epub at least), although the TTS needs a little work as it can’t handle contractions – for example ‘you’ll’ is read as ‘you’ ‘l’ ‘l’ and 'you're' is read as 'you' 'ray'.

Robertb, you convinced me to buy a Pocket Pro (I bought a white one) and I have to admit that I’m very pleased with it. I upgraded from a Cybook Gen3 and, while it is a great reader, communication from the company is really bad. You said that Astak would listen to us and so far, you’ve been proven right!
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This did fix one bug the last firmware hit me with, the missing last sub toc entry on all sub tocs.

The search function works ok, but the timing on hitting the button to select the correct letter is a little tricky.

The bug, introduced in the last firmware upgrade, of not using the embedded font for toc entries in an epub is still there. This one is really causing problems with my Armenian Bible.

The list of features on the download page said it supports hyperlinks, but I still can't find a way to do that in an epub.

I also still can't figure out how to set a bookmark in a mobi file.
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In regard to the font sizes, there has been some posting that the default font is too small to read comfortably, and the next size up (and all other sizes) is too big.

Does this firmware fix take care of that issue, or will we have to wait for another update?
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:43 AM   #5
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I was happy with the last firmware and font size changes. This one does not look like it has changed again.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:27 AM   #6
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I was happy with the last firmware and font size changes. This one does not look like it has changed again.
But if the major ADE/ePub bug(s) have been fixed, then updating the firmware is a rather good idea.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:30 AM   #7
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Dear All:

We got the new Firmware Upgrades posted on our website faster than expected. They are avialable right now:

www.theEZreader.com (under "support")

This update is regarding the font size choices, hyperlink, bookmarking improvements, and more.
Well done on the firmware.

But not so well done on the website. The rather flashy, loud, and annoying intro really does need to go. It looks amateurish. And for people at work who do have sound capabilities on their work computers, this is not good to have. And the way the site is setup, there's no way to skip past the intro.

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But if the major ADE/ePub bug(s) have been fixed, then updating the firmware is a rather good idea.
And that's why I jumped at the new firmware, It fixed at least one major bug. I will keep pestering them about the bugs that are still not resolved.
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And the way the site is setup, there's no way to skip past the intro.
There is a skip button in the lower right, but as far as sound goes, it is already too late.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks sound no a professional web site is a bad idea. Now if I can get one of my clients to listen to me instead of his "marketing genius" he will probably end up annoying a lot fewer of his customers...
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The intro is no different than many other sites that I have to go to and at least I can skip it there or a few that will not let you skip.
While I am not crazy about the intro I believe the site is well done.

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The intro is no different than many other sites that I have to go to and at least I can skip it there or a few that will not let you skip.
While I am not crazy about the intro I believe the site is well done.

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I do believe the intro will lose Astak some customers.
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Has anyone installed the new firmware and tested that hyperlinks in ePub work?
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Has anyone installed the new firmware and tested that hyperlinks in ePub work?
Hyperlinks work in PDFs, but not in ePubs. There is also no "go back" key to return from a hyperlink. Two bugs that were fixed in the BeBook firmware but are still present here are that images get zoomed to larger than the page in ePubs and the ePub page number gets bigger with the zoom size.

The smallest ePub page size is way too small, which means that the largest size is a bit too small. This is still a big improvement on the original set of font sizes though.
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And the way the site is setup, there's no way to skip past the intro.
There is a HTML-only entry point http://www.theezreader.com/html/. I agree that this should be the default starting point. The current "intro" could easily added to this page as an option.
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Hyperlinks work in PDFs, but not in ePubs. There is also no "go back" key to return from a hyperlink.
Someone else posted that they do work in ePub. Could it depend on how the book was made or something?
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...9&postcount=10

Kinda need that "go back" key though.

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