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  1. Jim Chapman

    Post [APP] Freda - a new ebook reader

    I am afraid not. Freda for WM6.5 won't be getting any more updates (I no longer even have the development tools to build updates for it). Sorry.
  2. Jim Chapman

    Post [APP] Freda - a new ebook reader

    A major update to Freda is on the way, adding: A new more sophisticated EPUB/HTML/CSS parser, which renders page layouts (including tables) more faithfully, and uses the font sizes and faces (including embedded fonts) as specified by the EPUB file. Because it's experimental at this stage...
  3. Jim Chapman

    Post Epub app, needs to open files and preferably comply with the standard

    Why is it important that the app doesn't install the epub file in its own library? Epub files are not generally that large (and you can always delete the file when you have finished with it). And if you insist that the app does not make a copy of the epub file, you're imposing a serious...
  4. Jim Chapman

    Post [APP] Freda - a new ebook reader

    Freda launched on Android Just in case anyone is still following this thread: Freda is now available on Android. See: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-freda-ebook-reader-available-android-t3711102
  5. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Freda Ebook Reader now available on Android Just in case anyone is still watching this thread: Freda is now updated and available on Android. Please see the relevant new thread in XDA: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-freda-ebook-reader-available-android-t3711102
  6. Jim Chapman

    Thread [APP][4.2+] Freda Ebook Reader Available on Android

    The Freda ebook reader, which has been popular on various Windows platforms since 2009, is now also available for Android. That means that you can enjoy the same reading experience across your Windows and Android devices, using the app’s features to sync between the two platforms. The Android...
  7. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    OK it should be on the update servers now.
  8. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Sorry about that. There was an issue with the last release, and the WP7 version got dropped incidentally. I will put the WP7 XAP back on the store now. If you have any issues with that please email me at [email protected] and I will send the XAP over.
  9. Jim Chapman

    Post Windows 8 eReader app

    As it happens, I am in the process of testing this feature out now - so it will be arriving in Freda some time fairly soon. The code does not work quite right yet ... so expect it to take a few weeks. But it is definitely in the pipeline for Freda (both on Windows 8 and Windows Phone).
  10. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    This will get fixed at some point - but not immediately. The problem is that Freda is still a 'Windows Phone 7' app, and when running such apps, Windows Phone 8 just scales the screen size up uniformly. So for phones with a different screen shape (aspect ratio) from 800:480, you end up with a...
  11. Jim Chapman

    Post [Q] Good ebook, epub organizer - ala iBooks or eBooks on Samsung Galaxy Tab

    Well, once the next release passes through Microsoft certification (in the next few days if we are lucky) it will support bookmarks/annotations - so you can select a word, and associate some annotation text with it. Bookmarked words are shown with a diamond-shaped tag, rather than a highlight...
  12. Jim Chapman

    Post [Q] Good ebook, epub organizer - ala iBooks or eBooks on Samsung Galaxy Tab

    There will be a couple of further releases in the next weeks - adding various features (including the one you mention - removing imported ebooks). In the current version, you don't need to use Calibre - you can also use a filesystem/SkyDrive browser, and Freda does register itself as able to...
  13. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Freda Development Roadmap Update Folks, I just thought I might offer a quick update on where Freda development stands, across Windows Phone 8 (WP8) and Windows 8 (W8). Right now, I am working on debugging some issues with Freda for WP8 (the XNA renderer goes strangely wrong when you launch...
  14. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Windows 8 / RT Not really an 'XDA' topic, but maybe of interest - at least as an excuse for my lack of WP7 activity in the last couple of months: Freda has now arrived on Windows 8 / RT. Link to Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/freda/fcd5a822-22a7-48e9-8726-eec07c5056fb
  15. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Thanks for the feedback. If you'd like to email me example books (that don't open, or that display 'ruby remark' in other reading programs) I will take a look at them.
  16. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    The updated version of Freda-Chinese is now published.
  17. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    It doesn't support PDF, so you would need to convert them (using Calibre for example)
  18. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    It hasn't gone well; Microsoft rejected the Freda-Chinese update. For a good reason, I have to admit. I've fixed it, and submitted again. It will take another week for them to process it, I expect. P.S. In this update, I've added a couple of extra Asian fonts - for Korean and Japanese.
  19. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Yeah, not really sure what I was thinking of when I initially called it "unfree". How lame!
  20. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    It's mildly tricky to implement, which is why it's not done right at the moment. The logic I want is: "If the text doesn't break across lines, center on the image; if the text does break across lines, align top". You can combine that with the fact that I need to explictly set the height of the...
  21. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Did you try it? It should work already (and if it doesn't, please email me the example book that doesn't work). Thanks, Jim ([email protected])
  22. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Well, it got to be the way it is because I decided the clock display should follow the phone's style (size and font) for displaying the clock, whereas the page number display follows the same style as book text. So it's logical, sort of. The app doesn't have any settings that let you change...
  23. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Not quite sure what you mean here. I can think of two issues you might be experiencing: 1) Screen brightness changes depending on the level of lighting around you. This isn't a Freda setting at all - it's what you will see if the phone's brightness setting (Settings->Brightness from the main...
  24. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    If all goes well, it will be about one week.
  25. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Freda v2.6 Update now published on Marketplace Version 2.6 adds new features including: Improved Metro-style appearance (including a jump-list view of the bookshelf) FB2 format Ability to backup and restore the bookshelf using SkyDrive Better handling of CODE, PRE and DIV elements...
  26. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    I just took a look at your log-files and tried downloading those two books from Smashwords myself. Both of them opened OK on my phone, so I don't have a quick answer for you. Can I ask you do a few things for me (I'm posting here rather than simply emailing you because these things are...
  27. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    It's not going to be at all easy to get Freda to pick up EPUB files from a folder in isolated storage, I'm afraid. Freda doesn't scan any particular folder to find EPUB files, and in order to keep track of which EPUB file belongs to any particular book, it relies on rows in a SQL database...
  28. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Just started the second round of beta-testing. So far, there are no blocking bugs reported, so during the weekend I will start the Microsoft App Submission process (after all, I can always stop it, if someone finds a catastrophic problem during the beta testing). Assuming the update passes...
  29. Jim Chapman

    Post [APP] Freda - a new ebook reader

    Yes, I am planning to do that. Not yet sure when it will be released, though (right now, I am working on releasing the latest version of the Windows Phone 7 app).
  30. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Fair point. My problem is that I'm not sure what features are important from that perspective. (after all, *I* am still a committed Freda user ;-) ). So you could help me there by answering the question: What are the features that Bookviser has, that make it better than Freda? (and so...
  31. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Sure - or email me at [email protected] .
  32. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    The icon and splash screen will both get changed - hopefully an improvement. I need to see what is possible in terms of changing the name of an app on the Marketplace. What I want to do is rename the paid-for version of the app to 'Freda Plus' (and the iconography is then the regular Freda 'f'...
  33. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Beta-testing Freda ebook reader (version 2.6) I've got a new release (2.6) of Freda ready for beta-testing. I've just emailed my regular beta-testing team with a link - but if you're interested in testing the program (and you've not received an email from me in the last few minutes) please...
  34. Jim Chapman

    Post [Q] Q : How to change unlock button to "Home" for Nokia 710?

    Thanks for the info about Flibusta and the redirects - I will check it out, and make sure it works with the next release of Freda. Actually, I am about to start beta-testing that release in the next days, so if you want to join the beta-testing team, just let me know ([email protected])...
  35. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    I have been trying out various ideas for what I could do with the live tiles, and I'll certainly add your thoughts to the mix. Development is continuing. Three major areas: 1) translation of UI into German, French and Russian (and if anyone wants to help with other languages, please tell me)...
  36. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Yes that does look interesting (actually, it looks like Petzold has done something similar to this in the page-turn effect for his 'Phree ebook reader' program). I probably won't get to implementing this in Windows Phone 7 - but when I do the port to Windows 8 Metro and Windows Phone 8, I will...
  37. Jim Chapman

    Post [APP] Freda - a new ebook reader

    Sorry, no, there has been no update yet. Windows Phone 7 continues to take up my available development effort.
  38. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    That is strange. Are you seeing this with every book, or only some books? What localisation (language etc.) is your phone set up with? I'm looking for ways to add a 'select text' or 'copy/paste' function to Freda at the moment. Maybe I can do this in the next update. Thanks, Jim
  39. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Like it!! I only hope that some kind soul will add such a control to the Windows Phone Toolkit (because I think that developing it myself might be a bit of a distraction from Freda-development, and indeed my day job!)
  40. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Got them thanks - I will reply by email with suggestions Yes I will be improving the settings screen - my first priority was to produce a setup that let me quickly add new settings to the program. Which means that Freda can have many, many settings (and so give you a *lot* of control over how...
  41. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Thanks for the feedback. See below for some responses: I'm depending on the Microsoft tools for SkyDrive integration - my program can't control whether SkyDrive asks you to repeat the login, or whether it keeps you logged in. Did you put a 'X' in the option 'keep me signed in' on the Windows...
  42. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Do you mean 'log in for a particular book source'? Because if so, that is already provided (when viewing a book source, tap the 'login' button - the one that shows a person's head in profile). Or do you mean a 'front screen' which, whenever Freda starts up, will ask you to enter a pass-code...
  43. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Glad you like it :)
  44. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    It is on the list for future development (and if anyone can find me a good clear spec - or even some sample code - for unpacking FB2, it will happen all the sooner. This is also on the list for future work, though some issues around Asian languages won't be fixable until Microsoft improve their...
  45. Jim Chapman

    Post file transfer to/from HD7

    It's just a different way of thinking about storage, that's all. To improve security, and reduce the risk of a bad app trashing your phone, Microsoft adopted a model where pretty much everything operates in a 'sandboxed' mode. You are not meant to share data between apps on the phone (except...
  46. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Freda can open text files directly, so you can just create the file, put it on your SkyDrive (or some other cloud location that Freda understands), navigate to it in Freda and tap on the file name to open it. As long as the book has a file name ending ".txt", Freda will understand that it is a...
  47. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    If you find it crashing on a particular book, please send me the logfile (by tapping the 'email for support' button). It might be an issue that I can fix, and I'd certainly like to try. And if you wouldn't mind emailing me the problematic book, that would help with debugging. Thanks, Jim
  48. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    It is indeed. SkyDrive, OPDS and all that do help, but they don't really solve the problem. The other difficulty (which I will have to face soon) is tha, now I have created a way for people to fill their phones up with ebooks, I am going to have to provide some kind of 'file manager' so they...
  49. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    I'm expecting, some time (i.e. not necessarily soon) to work on EPUB3 compatilibilty. So for audiobooks that wrap up their audio content in an EPUB3 container, Freda will eventually be a good solution. I'd prefer not to implement any other audiobook formats (because the more formats I support...
  50. Jim Chapman

    Post [App] Ebook Reader (Freda)

    Yes - I submitted the updates at the same time - so the Freda-unfree update should be there soon.