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Apps under Open With on long press in Library
#1  Pajamaman 09-05-2020, 11:33 AM
I have installed, uninstalled and reinstalled various reading apps on a Nova Pro. The trouble is, some reading apps don't show up on the Open With list of apps when I do a long press on a book in the Library. They showed up before, then I uninstall and reinstall and they no longer appear. Is there a way to edit the apps listed under Open With?
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#2  pazos 09-05-2020, 11:39 AM
Quote Pajamaman
I have installed, uninstalled and reinstalled various reading apps on a Nova Pro. The trouble is, some reading apps don't show up on the Open With list of apps when I do a long press on a book in the Library. They showed up before, then I uninstall and reinstall and they no longer appear. Is there a way to edit the apps listed under Open With?
Maybe the list of apps is (re)done once at boot. Have you tried to turn your ereader off and on again? (force-closing the launcher and starting it again should work too, if that's possible)
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#3  Pajamaman 09-06-2020, 10:08 AM
Yes, I've done that. No change. Currently when on long click in

1. the Library, it shows just neoreader
2. the storage folder view, neoreader and alreader.

So the open with options are inconsistent between storage and library.

I previously had this problem with Koreader in Library view (Koreader disappeared after I uninstalled and reinstalled it.)

Edit:

I just installed Alreader on another Onyx Nova and Alreader shows in Storage and Library Open with options.

The Open with behavior seems unpredictable and inconsistent in general. Which is inconvenient as the Onyx Library is the default and dominant interface, and appears not to work well when wanting to switch between reading apps. I may ultimately install a different file explorer, or a even a different launcher. But if you are invested in the main Library view and use more than one app, uninstall and reinstall at your peril.
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#4  joandr 09-06-2020, 01:39 PM
Yes you are right, same observation for me on Nova & Mars with AlreaderX. The solution that works well : install Explorer from Speed Software (on Google Play), the option "Open with" works perfectly it shows AlreaderX (and all the apps) and you can check "always perform the selected action for this type of file" so next time it remains the same in the Library view.
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#5  pazos 09-06-2020, 01:59 PM
The problem that I see with self-backed apps that Onyx make is that they're not following standards (and whichever they choose works worse than the common way of doing things on android)

Speed Software FMs (explorer and root explorer) show how most apps should work. They use methods as showcased in android basic samples: https://developer.android.com/training/basics/intents/sending#StartActivity

Other software, like CC, build their own file picker, but work as intended as they're still relying on PackageManager and intent features.

What Onyx does could be whatever. They did broke most guidelines (physical back button instead of home, custom key mapping...) and I have a few reports they're not using intents/startActivity on a few things (namely to start dictionary app when you query a definition).

A good way to discover if intents are used at all is to install Intent Intercept from Fdroid, enable it and see what happens when you long press a book on your library.
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#6  Pajamaman 09-07-2020, 10:46 AM
Thank you for your insights. I think I may eventually overhaul the whole way I navigate and open books on the Onyx.

@joandr
I am using Alreader, not AlreaderX. Are you familar with Alreader? Can you tell me the differences between Alreader and AlreaderX? I'm not sure if I should upgrade.
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#7  joandr 09-07-2020, 02:42 PM
@Pajamaman.
I used Alreader several years ago on a smartphone, I then abandoned it (for Moon) on the e-readers because the "Chapters x" was framed on the left as well as the first page (the one with Title), to center them I must check "use the internal style of the ebook" but then the displayed font was not the one chosen on my e-reader. (I try to remenber but it's a bit old). I hope to be clear English is not my language (french). AlreaderX corrects all that : the fist page is well centered, the "Chapters x" too, the menus are simpler and clearer. there is a setting for eink. I found it so good that I gave up Moon bought 4 years ago. Try it, it's worth it. It's a free beta but with no problems, AlR X is much better than AlR.
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#8  Pajamaman 09-09-2020, 10:25 AM
I didn't experience your problems with Alreader, but I'll try AlreaderX. Thx.
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#9  Pajamaman 09-13-2020, 08:11 PM
Brief update: The library was offering the Alreader option, but suddenly stopped listing it. Nothing changed, it just vanished...

I'm now going to start looking for other ways to search and browse books. I have es browser but it doesn't look good on e-ink. I'll try Explorer next.
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#10  ottischwenk 09-13-2020, 11:41 PM
For epub I do not use the built-in library or the NeoReader, but Caliber Companion and the AlReader.
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