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Freda Ebook Reader for Windows Phone 7
#111  dwig 12-31-2017, 01:36 PM
My Win10 installation just updated the other day. It mentioned a fix/improvement to the text selection. So far, I've found selection very much improved on my touch-only 8" Win10 tablet. Thanks.
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#112  Jim Chapman 01-02-2018, 06:05 AM
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My Win10 installation just updated the other day. It mentioned a fix/improvement to the text selection. So far, I've found selection very much improved on my touch-only 8" Win10 tablet. Thanks.
Thanks for that.

The other newly introduced feature that I'd be interested to have feedback on is the reading of MOBI/AZW and PDF books. Freda does now support opening these book types, but:Feedback welcome.
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#113  dwig 01-06-2018, 03:26 PM
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The other newly introduced feature that I'd be interested to have feedback on is the reading of MOBI/AZW and PDF books. Freda does now support opening these book types, but:Feedback welcome.
I've begun to experiment with using Freda to read MOBI, AZW3, & PDF, though as yet I can't provide much feedback. I have found that the MOBI files I've tried all looked good and were quite readable.

I have found an issue. It seems that the app, or perhaps the update process, has failed to "publish" the fact that it supports .mobi, .azw, .azw3, and .pdf, at least on my installation which was somewhat old and has been updated. As a result, it can't be set as the default reader for those formats. With "desktop" applications, like calibre, you get the option to manually navigate to an installed app in such situations, but with the "modern" apps you don't have that option. Even using the "find app on Store" option fails to list Freda as an app for .mobi (I haven't tried to other formats.
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#114  Jim Chapman 01-09-2018, 11:56 AM
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I have found an issue. It seems that the app, or perhaps the update process, has failed to "publish" the fact that it supports .mobi, .azw, .azw3, and .pdf, at least on my installation which was somewhat old and has been updated. As a result, it can't be set as the default reader for those formats. With "desktop" applications, like calibre, you get the option to manually navigate to an installed app in such situations, but with the "modern" apps you don't have that option. Even using the "find app on Store" option fails to list Freda as an app for .mobi (I haven't tried to other formats.
Thank you for checking this out, and reporting the issue.

Right now, I am a bit conflicted about this. If I strongly claim that Freda is able to read PDF and MOBI (e.g. by making a file-type association) then I'm going to cause irritation to people who try to use it for those book types, and find it does not work for them. But if I don't do it, then the app is somewhat less useful.

I've already picked up some bad reviews in the Store from people who don't like Freda's rendering of PDF. Which is fair enough, because it is not very good (on the other hand, it is hard to do much better, because PDF really does not expect to be reflowed to fit a small screen, so any rendering solution based on reflow is going to be a mess).

Right now, my inclination is to associate Freda with .MOBI/.AZW format, and publish that association, because I think MOBI rendering does basically work (excepting that it is slow, and right now the table of contents is broken, for some reason that I've not yet got to the bottom of). But I am minded not to associate Freda with PDF files, or make any great song and dance about the fact that Freda has some capability to show the content of PDF files. Most people who want to read a PDF document will be wanting to see content in the original layout (i.e. no reflowing) and for them, Adobe Reader or their web-browser plugin will be a better reading system.
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#115  dwig 01-09-2018, 01:29 PM
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Right now, I am a bit conflicted about this. ...
I agree that not listing PDF as being supported is the right idea. The PDFs i've tried were somewhat difficult to read as the reflowed text included header and foot info and frequently "absorbed" spacing that was needed to understand where one segment of text ended and another began, sort of a paragraph analogy to a run-on sentence.

I do think that when you're ready (or perhaps now) that MOBI should be associated. I've had some AZW3 files (DRM removed and convertible in calibre) fail to open, but I haven't researched the issue to see what is the cause.
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