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KOReader 2019.11 “Cleft Cloak”

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.


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After many months of testing, “best” kerning has been made the default. Without it, languages like Arabic and Hebrew won’t be displayed correctly, which led to some confusion with regard to last month’s release. The Latin alphabet also looks better this way, but less pronounced (especially compared to “good”). If you want to set an option as a global default, you can always long-press it.

Image credit: I incorporated the coat of arms of Senica as a tribute. Hope you like it!

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

Full changelog — closed milestone issues

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AliExpress seller ships from Porselein

I accidentally ended up on the Dutch “translation” of AliExpress. The machine responsible did the best it could, I suppose…

The “Dutch” translation.

The presumably not machine-translated English version (at least for the AliExpress UI elements).

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Dermal-plated croc

Right after that flying rhino, I also modded this croc.

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Flying Rhino

I had some fun modding a little rhino toy, but I forgot to take a “before” picture.


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KOReader 2019.10 “RTL Edition”

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.


@poire-z has outdone himself this month by implementing RTL/bidi support in crengine. With a hat tip to the FriBiDi and HarfBuzz libraries for minimizing the still substantial amount of effort involved.

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

Full changelog — closed milestone issues

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ArsClip Clipboard Manager

ArsClip uses the same method of quick selection as my own Nimbler.

Press your hotkey, I chose Win + `, followed by a letter to paste. This way it’s user-friendly when your hands happen to be only on the keyboard, as well as when you have your hands on the mouse. Pasting is single-click, so no useless clicks are required.

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KOReader 2019.09 “I Scream For Ice Cream”

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.


koreader-ice-cream-fs8

I was never a big fan of the Android code names. They didn’t have that Ubuntu flair, and I always struggled to couple them to version numbers. But learning that the next version will simply be called 10? It seems to be illustrative of losing a certain kind of fun. In response, I scream for ice cream!

There’s been a fair bit of work on documentation and internationalization. The GitHub landing page was made more welcoming to make it easier to find the information you need, with developer-oriented information moved into a separate file (#5217), while the translation code was updated to allow for proper pluralization in languages like Polish and Russian (#5257). Furthermore, the release package filename has been simplified to exclude excessive compiler information (#5268). This should make it easier to find the package you need.

2019.08 2019.09
koreader-android-arm-linux-androideabi-v2019.08.apk koreader-android-arm-v2019.09.apk
koreader-android-i686-linux-android-v2019.08.apk koreader-android-x86-v2019.09.apk
koreader-cervantes-arm-cervantes-linux-gnueabi-v2019.08.zip koreader-cervantes-v2019.09.zip
koreader-kobo-arm-kobo-linux-gnueabihf-v2019.08.zip koreader-kobo-v2019.09.zip

For Android, we’ve changed our resource bundle from lzma to zip (#5264). Unfortunately, this would make the package size slightly larger and the first time start ever so slightly slower, but we were able to drop the Noto fonts from our package (#5310). On Android these already come with the system. It’s all for a good purpose, because the switch from lzma to zip resolves unexplained first-startup crashes on some systems, improving reliability.

You can now select your keyboard layout independently from your language, because display language and keyboard layout shouldn’t be tied together. (#5318). On Kobo there’s a new crash screen that displays the last few lines of the log (#5328), which looks so neat you’ll want to crash! But hopefully you’ll never see it. 😉

Of course the usual performance improvements and bug fixes are also present. See the full changelog for details, but various CSS parsing optimizations (#5239) can be quite noticeable on affected documents. The gesture manager received some further polish (#5202, #5225, #5294). For the curious who’ve been using MuPDF to read FB2 or EPUB, it’s now finally possible to change the font size without crutches (#5282). Be warned, however, that it’s no less experimental. The document will have to be reloaded to update the total number of pages after font size changes, and bookmarks and highlights will not be in the right location.

Last but not least, accessibility is an often overlooked aspect of design. On a touch screen device without physical buttons the hardware doesn’t exactly contribute to ease of use. Hopefully the new automatic page turner plugin (#5295) will enable more people to enjoy reading. Please let us know about any suggestions you have or resources we can use to do better!

PS Remember, if you don’t use a plugin you can disable it in the plugin manager for a slightly faster startup and a cleaner menu. That’s in Tools (screwdriver & wrench) → Plugin management, which might be on page 2.

Image credit: “Cute Anthropomorphic Ice Cream Cone” from openclipart.

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

Full changelog — closed milestone issues

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The Mono repo broke my apt (and how I fixed it)

Apparently this is not completely unusual, see here. The only solution I found was to manually remove a whole bunch of oddly codependent Mono packages manually with sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq mono-this mono-that mono-whatever-else-shows-up. apt and apt-get were pretty stumped.

Hopefully this helps someone else.

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KOReader 2019.08 “Starling”

As one of the maintainers of KOReader, a versatile a document and image viewer, I’m proud to announce the latest release.


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Enhanced EPUB rendering can now be enabled on demand (#5117). In the relevant jargon this means correct margin collapsing, honoring negative margins and more properly floating images. In regular people speech, it just means paragraph margins and images will sometimes look slightly better. Other nice improvements include viewing unsupported files in the file manager (#5129) and the ability to restart right from the update dialog (#5150).

A few new edge swipe gestures were added to the gesture manager (#5183), as well as spread/pinch configuration and font increase/decrease actions (#5188). On Android volume keys can now be ignored or used to turn pages (#5158). New contributor @sladflob added configurable sleep messages (#5121), and new contributor @lucarota fixed up some issues in the zsync plugin (#5184, #5185).

Image credit: public domain from Yale Center for British Art. “A Starling” by Isaac Spackman.

We’d like to thank all contributors for their efforts. Some highlights since the previous release include:

  • cre: toggable enhanced rendering (floats, collapsed margins…) (#5117, #5180) @poire-z
  • [feat] Add percentage read (and other book information) to sleep message (#5121) @sladflob
  • Auto-detect the touchscreen input device on the PW4 (#5113) @NiLuJe
  • TOC: baseline align chapter name and page number, adds some style tweaks (#5127) @poire-z
  • Fix Kindle model detection in some corner-cases (#5125) @NiLuJe
  • [feat] File manager – add option to view unsupported files (#5129) @robert00s
  • Cloudstorage – Add option to view unsupported files (#5131) @robert00s
  • Fix: Status bar hides text with minimal bottom margin (#5135) @robert00s
  • [feat] Make gesture intervals configurable (#5138) @robert00s
  • android: add support for different screen timeout setups (#5142) @pazos
  • [UX] Set font size for menu items (#5146) @robert00s
  • [feat] Wallabag: customizable articles count per sync (#5147) @michivi
  • [feat] plugins/Wallabag: archiving instead of deleting articles (#5148) @michivi
  • [sdl] Add support arrow key for next/prev page (#5149) @robert00s
  • [UX] Offer to restart KOReader after update (#5150) @robert00s
  • On (really old) Kindles, don’t crash if there’s no sysfs entry to read for battery capacity (#5161) @NiLuJe
  • android: add an option to ignore volume keys or use them to turn pages (#5158) @pazos
  • Add vertical edge gesture (#5156) @robert00s
  • Go Big or Go Home! (#5163) @NiLuJe — adds sensible defaults for the top-left home button
  • [lang] Rename ‘Scroll Mode’ to ‘Continuous’ (#5169) @Frenzie
  • Android: ignore touchscreen by user request (using a hardware key) (#5164) @Frenzie
  • fix “empty folder” when accessing nextcloud webdav (#5171) @jp8
  • Add gesture – show current book statistics (#5167) @robert00s
  • Fix: set custom screen DPI (#5165) @robert00s
  • [UX] Extend the touch zone for up button in touch menu (#5175) @robert00s
  • [fix] Add libSDL2-2.0.so.0 to SDL2 ffiLoadCandidates (#5176) @Frenzie
  • Fix: hold bottom left corner doesn’t work properly (#5177) @robert00s
  • Dict lookups: have them always interruptible (#5173) @poire-z
  • crengine: CSS attribute selectors and pseudoclasses fixes (#5178) @poire-z
  • docs: fix typo (#5134) @Jason-Cooke
  • [UX] Add horizontal edge gestures (#5179, #5181) @robert00s
  • Change default zoom mode & add warning message for fit page + scroll (#5170) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Add double finger up and down swipe gesture (#5183) @robert00s
  • minor: translate some menu text and error message (#5185) @lucarota
  • Fix: Zsync -> Subscribe to book share crashes (#5184) @lucarota
  • [fix] MuPDF: backport fix for upstream 698877 (#5187) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Add spread/pinch & font increase/decrease to gesture manager (#5188, #5189 ) @robert00s
  • [UX] Update for the greek popups (#5193) @noembryo

Full changelog — closed milestone issues

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Windy is a very promising weather forecasting service

It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a clear, attractive interactive map application.

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