Skinning/Themes for the Cool-er ebook reader.
#11  codeMonkey 02-04-2010, 08:09 AM
Yep. So far all of them do it automatically.

#12  andygates 02-05-2010, 02:56 AM
That's magnificent. I'm having trouble packing my test skin up for use though - newbie error I'll betcha. I tar the files, then gzip the tarball, but it fails to find the version (1119) - there's a \.\ folder difference between my tgz's and yours. Any tips? (XP / 7zip here)

Cath - The skins have a little text file indicating which firmware versions they are compatible with; the Penguins skin has indicators for 0828 and 1119 but not 1229, which is the firmware you're using. cM can add that to his release, or you can unpack it, add it and repack it, or I'd do it except that I'm having the aforementioned packing problem. (Or you could go back to the 1119 firmware)

#13  codeMonkey 02-05-2010, 04:42 AM
Hi Andy

I think there are some differences between the way that 7zip creates tgz files and the way that the gnu tar does - i've just had a quick check but gnu tar doesn't seem to work very well under Windows at the moment. I'll have another look at lunch - see if I can get something working because I'm guessing most people are going to be using Windows, and I'd love to get some more skins out there in the wild

Note: I've updated the first post in this thread with the latest versions - there's a copy of the penguins skin that has the 1229 tag there. I'm also currently implementing some other changes from suggestions by cyberman and ytrushkov, so the next version should hopefully be a bit tidier. Now I just need to figure out how to delete the two old posts near the top of this thread to make sure other people don't get confused with versions.

#14  codeMonkey 02-05-2010, 02:53 PM
I've had a play with 7zip today, and it seems the problem is that the version of busybox on the Cool-ER can't handle the tar files produced by 7zip.
The gnu version of tar for Windows has problems, but the one in UnxUtils works.
I've grabbed tar, gzip and gunzip out of UnxUtils and put them here to get around the problem.

#15  codeMonkey 02-06-2010, 10:10 AM
Links in the first post have been updated with the latest version to handle the newest firmware - there are still other modifications intended when I get the chance, but for now this will do.

Just re-tested it on my reader - it still works nicely

#16  Moonkey 02-27-2010, 05:23 PM
Hi there! I know this is not the same but, is it possible to have the total number of pages? I mean, for example, instead "145" "145/468". I just miss to know how many pages are left.

#17  codeMonkey 02-28-2010, 01:17 PM
Hi Moonkey

I agree, but unfortunately I don't think this is possible with re-skinning at the moment, unless there are some extra hidden settings that we've not yet discovered.

Cyberman_tm has been able to change things like text size, and a fair few other settings in an example skin he's working on, but I believe this sort of change might have to be a fairly major software change.

Labzuk mentioned he was considering looking at getting OpenInkpot onto the Cool-ers... If that happens then we're set

#18  Moonkey 02-28-2010, 03:07 PM
I guess it should then be a matter of a new firmware update . I may email interead people to make an effort...

#19  Cyberman tM 03-01-2010, 03:49 PM
Quote Moonkey
Hi there! I know this is not the same but, is it possible to have the total number of pages? I mean, for example, instead "145" "145/468". I just miss to know how many pages are left.
Doesn't look that way, unfortunately.

The skin files DO have two separate images as placeholder for page numbers - but only one is visibly used, both are on the same location.

The only case where both are used is the main library - but you know that already, it's the only case where the page numbes are actually used :-(

The interface is very primitive, so I doubt it's possible to actually get it to show more information than it does right now.
Although, the system must know the current and maximum page number, the cursor bar indicating the current position is calculated - if you change the size of the bar, it still works fine without being skewed.

#20  Moonkey 03-02-2010, 03:35 AM
I sent an email to Interead people and this is their reply:


Thanks for contacting COOLREADERS!

Thank you very much for your suggestion. We do value our customers
opinions and inputs and your suggestion has been forwarded to our
Technical Department for consideration.

I hope this helps.
Best regards,
Maria Luiza


The typical answer; I doubt they take it into "consideration".

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