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MapleRead - eBook Reader and Server for iOS
#11  sbaylor 07-09-2016, 07:56 PM
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I wanted to thank you for the latest version and all the improvements.
I know you have written an App Store review for an earlier version of BookMaster/MapleRead. Thank you. But do you know that you can now write a new review for each version without overwriting the old ones? Please consider doing so, as this will give us an extra incentive to update the apps. We're not getting more money for each app update, but how about more praise at the App Store?

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The addition of the margin settings is great. It doesn't appear that the ability to adjust the appearance of the Title, chapter etc. has been added, did I miss something or will this be added later?
When the top & bottom page margin is small enough, the header and footer will disappear, as there is not enough room (margin) to display them properly.

As for the content of header and footer, it is not supposed to be different from previous version (v1.4.1). As I mentioned in some post in the old BookMaster thread, this issue will be addressed in future releases.

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Although I rarely read on my iPhone, it's a nice addition and will come in handy occasionally.

I did notice some issues doing a backup/restore in order to "Enabled migration of all contents and settings of any MapleRead app to any MapleRead app via backup and restore operations. ".

After going through the extremely convoluted process using iTunes, especially for the restore, I finally got it to work. This probably needs it's own set of instructions. I realize that it's mostly iTunes fault for how annoying this is but it's really awkward.
All of my settings were not transferred. The ones I noticed that were not were my OPDS sites, the background image (it shows the MR symbol) and the settings I had for night theme (amber on black). There may be more but I only just completed this.
Thank you for your report. We have not got around to try to reproduce this problem yet.

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Before I ask my question, a bit of information about how I use MapleRead.
All my books are stored in a Calibre library. I load books onto my iPad from the Calibre OPDS server.
I can certainly continue to do this for my iPhone as well whenever I have the occasion to read on the phone but I'm wondering if this is the best way or if there are easier alternatives. I don't necessarily need all my content on the phone but would like to hear your recommendations.

Thanks,

Tom
If you are using SE on iPad, I suggest you try using SE as your flagship, and serve books to your CX on iPhone. With respect to this screenshot, imagine that the two IP addresses are those of your two iPhones. Let me know if you encounter any problem. I may then use your feedback to improve our FAQ.
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#12  odamizu 07-09-2016, 08:08 PM
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Obviously you are very eager to see the privacy policy. I'm just curious as to how you can overlook it? There are at least two such obvious places to look at ...
Ha! My bad. I kept looking on the Maplepop web site and FAQ page. I did indeed overlook the other two places

Thanks!
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#13  Kai Winters 07-10-2016, 12:04 AM
I like the CX version and have been using it all day on my iPhone 6+, which is my primary reading device.
I also upgraded to the paid version...nice price...thank you.
I've used all three methods to download books and find the Calibre server method the easiest of all though the other two weren't bad just a bit more effort required.
I'm having a good time tailoring the app to my visual preferences and am happy for the choices.

My only wish is for the page turning in Classic View to be a bit slower, start from the top right corner rather than the full right side and not have a white back page when flipping. It is almost like a flash. When looking at the website the screen shots, perhaps for the iPad versions?, look like turning a page in a book much more than how it works in the CX version. Perhaps we could have some choices in how the pages turn?
Otherwise...great job !

PS: The FAQ you provide is one of the best written and easiest to understand I've read in some time...well done.
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#14  svenlind 07-10-2016, 04:32 AM
I also want to praise the new version of MapleRead.

I am especially pleased with the new EPUB multi-language text translation support. It is a Google service but it works far better than expected in Mapleread.

I don't read very often on my iPhone but Mapleread CX could really tempt me to do so.
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#15  cedhax 07-10-2016, 11:46 AM
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[*] Introduced Reading Dimmer as a convenient way to choose between system-wide and app-specific brightness control, optionally dependent on night mode, good for battery-saving and extra dimming
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That's exactly what I really want!
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I want this too. To me, sometimes even setting the system brightness to the lowest at night won't be dark enough. Bookmaster allows me to dim it to a more comfortable level with the convenient vertical swipe control. During daytime, however, I would often like to see it applies to the system brightness. When reading at different angles, I need to adjust the system brightness slightly. It's just frustrated to use the tiny iOS system brightness slider.
Back then, I thought that the toggle switch between system-wide and app-specific brightness control was already very good. Now that I've tried Reading Dimmer, I can't live without it!

I like the fact that I can fine-tune my night-time brightness/dimness level. This is way better than just a crude extra-dimming toggle switch offered in some other app(s). I also appreciate the change of the brightness icon(s) by the brightness slider and %indicator during vertical swipe, so that I should never be confused about what kind of brightness I'm controlling.

Overall, it's a small innovation compared with many other big features already embedded in MapleRead, but it really reflects the level of details and the quality of service of your great product.
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#16  cedhax 07-10-2016, 12:23 PM
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[*]Fine-tuned EPUB layout algorithms for rendering fidelity of Publisher's style and enforcing of User's override
The rendering fidelity of EPUB books is the #1 feature I care most. The #2 feature is the preservation of the Publisher's style other than the layout parameters (such as font size, font family, line spacing, etc.) I choose to override.

By #1, I get a reading experience as close to the pbook (paper book) as the publisher has intended. By #2, I get a better personalized reading experience than I can get with number one.

I have been extremely happy about MapleRead in terms of satisfying my strict criteria set for features #1 and #2.

It's hard to cite specific examples of how MapleRead is better than other apps in this aspect without comparing it against other apps' flaws.

However, I do notice that there is very little (or none?) about this rendering fidelity being discussed in threads about BookMaster and MapleRead over the last 6 months since sbaylor introduced himself to this community. This is in stark contrast to what you see in another sub-forum where many rendering problems/errors are posted. Why? I think in this case no news is good news.
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#17  democrite 07-10-2016, 01:23 PM
Agree rendering is perhaps the most important feature and many many apps, usually those that provide options to mess with the CSS, mess it up in someway.

Did a quick test of one ePub in MapleRead iPhone. Sadly it didn't do well. From what i remember of the CSS, it was a "p + h3" margin-top. But that looks to be the only issue with that one ePub so not too bad and better than most. Options to adjust paragraph indents and spaces between paragraphs maybe should just not exist since so far, I don't think I've seen one app with those options without problems.

I did find one other issue. For chapters that span multiple files, it's perhaps best for the scroller to show a heading for next files until it finds a new heading. That might not be best for front matter that might not always have a TOC entry but i believe is safest overall.
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#18  cedhax 07-10-2016, 01:55 PM
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Agree rendering is perhaps the most important feature and many many apps, usually those that provide options to mess with the CSS, mess it up in someway.
You mean apps you mentioned in other threads, such as Marvin, messes it up too?

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Did a quick test of one ePub in MapleRead iPhone. Sadly it didn't do well. From what i remember of the CSS, it was a "p + h3" margin-top. But that looks to be the only issue with that one ePub so not too bad and better than most.
I'm not sure I understand what you're talking about. Could you please post this example EPUB so that I can see for myself? As you surely know, like lots of Marvin users in other threads post concrete examples so that the developers can actually see if they can reproduce and fix the bugs.

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Options to adjust paragraph indents and spaces between paragraphs maybe should just not exist since so far, I don't think I've seen one app with those options without problems.
I don't understand what you are talking about. Do you have a concrete example that demonstrates the layout problem? If yes, then I'd like to try it too on the many reader apps I own.

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I did find one other issue. For chapters that span multiple files, it's perhaps best for the scroller to show a heading for next files until it finds a new heading. That might not be best for front matter that might not always have a TOC entry but i believe is safest overall.
This is really not a layout problem per se. It's a problem of how to show TOC metadata. I've seen other apps that handle this case similar to MapleRead does. And I think it's fine.
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#19  democrite 07-10-2016, 02:45 PM
Yes Marvin 2 and 3 have rendering issues with 3 being not as good as 2. CSS can get complicated and likely those that mostly read novels or simply formatted books with endless paragraphs with no formatting other than text indent, they might not notice.

As far as the problem CSS i found in MapleRead, I'm typing from my phone so it's hard to check. But from memory i can describe it. Imagine a file with an H1 heading and many later H2 and H3. Let's say it begins H1 then H2. Then a bunch of paragraphs. Then another H2. If you want that H2 to be formatted differently, you can define an H2 that follows a paragraph like so:

H2 { margin:...}
p + h2 {margin-top: something different. }

Pretty sure that's what it is.

Except for font family, line height, and page margin, I'm not sure if it's wise to mess with an eBook's styling. Who knows what other unknown issues remain. iBooks rendering I've found best so far. Maybe not perfect but no recent issues i can remember except not using iBook's line height when it's specifically defined or other things i can fix by editing the CSS.

Edit: found an issue with full justification. Normally I only want on or off, not to set left and then see centered and right justified now left. I'm not sure if having options other than off and on are common enough to warrant such a setting.
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#20  cedhax 07-10-2016, 05:19 PM
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Yes Marvin 2 and 3 have rendering issues with 3 being not as good as 2. CSS can get complicated and likely those that mostly read novels or simply formatted books with endless paragraphs with no formatting other than text indent, they might not notice.
Exactly. What's the point of releasing Marvin 3, which renders worse than Marvin 2, as you've just pointed out?

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As far as the problem CSS i found in MapleRead, I'm typing from my phone so it's hard to check. But from memory i can describe it. Imagine a file with an H1 heading and many later H2 and H3. Let's say it begins H1 then H2. Then a bunch of paragraphs. Then another H2. If you want that H2 to be formatted differently, you can define an H2 that follows a paragraph like so:

H2 { margin:...}
p + h2 {margin-top: something different. }

Pretty sure that's what it is.
Fine. There is no hurry. I'll wait for you to post your EPUB test case(s).

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Except for font family, line height, and page margin, I'm not sure if it's wise to mess with an eBook's styling. Who knows what other unknown issues remain. iBooks rendering I've found best so far. Maybe not perfect but no recent issues i can remember except not using iBook's line height when it's specifically defined or other things i can fix by editing the CSS.
It seems that you personally prefer to hack the CSS files of an EPUB (which involves unzipping the EPUB file, and open up a text editor to modify one or more CSS files, and then zipping all the files to create a modified EPUB file again) over letting a good reader app to do the job almost effortlessly for you. Well, the average user don't want to do that.

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Edit: found an issue with full justification. Normally I only want on or off, not to set left and then see centered and right justified now left. I'm not sure if having options other than off and on are common enough to warrant such a setting.
Perhaps for you, but definitely not for me. Arabic and Hebrew are written horizontally right-to-left instead of left-to-right as in English. Right-justification setting is absolutely essential for these languages. I don't see any harm in putting center setting there for completeness.
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