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KOReader 2020.10 “Poignant Raindrops”

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


This month we’ve had more PocketBook fixes, and ToC ticks handling was simplified (#6716) and thereby made better.



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



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KOReader 2020.09 “Peanut Butter”

This month’s release addresses a few long-standing PocketBook platform issues to bring the experience more in line with other platforms. A big thanks to @ezdiy for the effort.


On Kobo it’s now possible to enable USB Mass Storage without (re)starting Nickel (#6552). Since most of the KoboUSBMS tweaks required touching the startup script, a full, proper Exit -> Start cycle is required (or a device reboot). With a simple KOReader restart, the old startup script would still be used, and it doesn’t know how to deal with the new changes, which at best means a crash or a shutdown.


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



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KOReader 2020.07 “Tumbleweed”

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


It’s been a busy month, so I’ll get right to some of the highlights.

Ruby (furigana)

Ruby characters (also known as furigani) are now supported in the form of the <ruby> element, small typographic annotations to aid pronunciation (#6305).

Rotation handling

Usually I tend to emphasize user-visible changes, and in a way this one’s both. Rotation was refactored (#6309), which immediately and easily allowed for better Android TV support (#6327).

The following screenshots showcase the new rotation handling on Chrome OS (running Android apps) and Android TV:
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calibre

The calibre metadata search and calibre wireless connections were merged into a single plugin (#6177).

search metadata changes:

  • search directly into calibre metadata files.
  • search can be performed on more than one library (configurable from a menu)
  • device scans now find all calibre libraries under a given root
  • search options can be configured from a menu. (case sensitive, find by title, author and path)
  • removed legacy global variables.
  • option to search from the reader
  • option to generate a cache of books for faster searches.

calibre wireless connection changes:

  • keep track of books in a library (includes prunning books from calibre metadata if the file was deleted locally)
  • remove files on device from calibre
  • support password protected connections
  • FM integration: if we’re in the inbox dir it will be updated each time a book is added or deleted.
  • disconnect when requested by calibre, available on newer calibre versions (+4.17)
  • remove unused opcodes.
  • better report of client name, version and device id
  • free disk space checks for all calibre versions
  • bump supported extensions to match what KOReader can handle. Users can override this with their own list of extensions (or from calibre, by configuring the wireless device).

Hebrew translation

A big thank you to all of our translators. This month a good chunk of KOReader was localized in Hebrew. Please head over to https://hosted.weblate.org/engage/koreader/ if you want to help.

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

  • Fix bottom menu item titles truncation (#6273) @poire-z
  • Add chapter title when exporting notes in Evernote (JSON/HTML, remote) (#6146) @Galunid
  • [chore] Rename ‘More plugins’ to ‘More tools’ (#6279) @Frenzie
  • [chore] Device abstraction (#6280) @pazos
  • Unified calibre plugin (#6177) @pazos
  • [chore, UX] Move some ‘permanent’ settings inside more_tools (#6282) @pazos
  • [Android] Add support for custom startup scripts (#6275) @zwim
    This is only available on the rocks flavor of Android, which is provided here on GitHub. In the fdroid flavor it’s been disabled. See the wiki for more information.
  • [plugin] Dispatcher: for profiles & gestures (#6106) @yparitcher
  • Don’t rotate BookStatus & ReadingProgress in screensavers. (#6286) @NiLuJe
  • Translator: Add definition of the word to the translation (#6295) @Galunid
  • bump crengine: add support for elements (#6305) @poire-z
  • Add the possibility run shell scripts from filemanager on android (#6288) @zwim
  • Add PocketBook 614W (Basic 3) definition (#6312) @roshavagarga
  • [feat] FocusManager: wrap around horizontally (#6315) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Add left to close to ConfigDialog for hasFewKeys (#6318) @Frenzie
  • [plugin] Wallabag: Make remove from history consistent with deletion (#6320) @Frenzie
  • [UX] Move double tap to gesture manager (#6322) @Frenzie
  • [i18n] Add support for fledgling Hebrew translation (#6333) @Frenzie
  • [feat] Add text/html to OPDSBrowser (#6335) @Frenzie
  • Landscape FM / Refactor rotation (#6309) @yparitcher
  • bump crengine: memory fixes, speedup, bg image enhancements (#6350) @poire-z
  • android: support for native surface rotation (#6359) @pazos
  • Allow locking the gyro to the current screen mode (#6347) @NiLuJe
  • Add macOS target (#6361) @JasonInOttawa
  • ReaderGesture: cleanup (#6292) @yparitcher
  • Dispatcher: use sections (#6364) @yparitcher
  • Perception expander: disable margin increase when set to 0 (#6377) @yparitcher
  • Initial handling of the upcoming Kobo Nia (#6380) @NiLuJe NB This may not work properly on a real Nia once it’s released.
  • [UX] German keyboard layout qwertz (#6385) @zwim
  • SetNightMode event & Night Mode refresh rate (#6386) @yparitcher
  • Implement numeric collator (natural sorting) in file manager (#6378) @Galunid
  • Remarkable button-listen when resuming from suspendsuspend fix (#6396) @tcrs

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KOReader 2020.06 “Mosaic”

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





This month we’ve seen quite a number of small improvements in various areas, such as support for book-specific style tweaks (#6244), support for ::before/after (#6236), an offline add link to Wallabag queue (#6170), as well as some Android fixes. Enjoy!


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



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KOReader 2020.05 “May Storm”

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


Good news for Kobo users! There’s a new launcher for apps and scripts called NickelMenu, and it’s supported starting with this version of KOReader.

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

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KOReader 2020.04 “Eating Ghosts”

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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By staying inside and reading, humans have become resistant.

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

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KOReader 2020.03 “Skating Bird”

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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There’s this upcoming videogame called Skatebird. The demo was quite promising. But what you didn’t know is that many of those birbs read heaps and gobs of classic literature from Project Gutenberg and Archive.org. Just like us!

Quite a bit of effort was put into PocketBook this month to make it more maintainable going forward. By creating our own toolchain (koreader/koxtoolchain#22), we can now build the binaries with an up-to-date GCC instead of the years-old GCC 4.8 in the official toolchain, which was starting to become problematically outdated. This is no panacea; most PocketBook issues are unrelated, but a higher maintenance burden can be quite demotivating and gets in the way of addressing actual issues.

In-page footnotes are now enabled by default (#5908). We’re quite fond of them, but if you’d like to disable them you can do so in the document menu (second from the left in the top menu) → Style tweaksMiscellaneousIn-page footnotes.

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

  • Make dictionary margin depend on font size (#5865) @Frenzie
  • Footnote popups: CSS: remove some vertical margin (#5863) @poire-z
  • Font menu: show only 5 items per page (#5863) @poire-z
  • Style tweaks: reorganize in submenus, add a few (#5863) @poire-z
  • Get rid of the old PB TC (#5860) @NiLuJe
  • Statistics: revamp settings, add calendar settings (#5867) @poire-z
  • CoverBrowser: fix “Extract and cache” crash (#5874) @poire-z
  • Warn if color rendering is enabled on a grayscale device. (#5871) @NiLuJe
  • TextBoxWidget: handle tabs and tabstops (#5870) @poire-z
  • [Android] Prevent previous book reopening in some situations (#5880) @pazos
  • continuous: do not limit visible area to page area (#5885) @yparitcher
  • Add “message at top of screen” screensaver (#5739) @RenaKunisaki
  • Add support for PocketBook InkPad X (#5890) @KucharczykL
  • Disable HW dithering on Kindle (#5893) @NiLuJe
  • Style tweaks: force List items bullet/decimal style (#5897) @poire-z
  • Migrate books to normalized xpointers (#5897, #5904) @poire-z
    This means highlights should be a lot more stable from now on, across rendering setting changes or rendering engine improvements.
  • kosync: validate username and password against empty/blank strings (#5894) @pazos
  • Avoid writting highlights into read-only PDFs (#5889) @pazos
  • TOC: validate and fix misordered page numbers (#5907) @poire-z
  • Style tweaks: enable EPUB/FB2 in-page footnotes by default (#5908) @poire-z
  • SDL2 MacOS HiDPI (#5917) @magicmirror1365
  • PathChooser: fetch ‘show_hidden’ setting on each use (#5923) @poire-z
  • Correct Frontlight status on suspend when screensaver mode is ‘Leave … (#5928) @clarkspark

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KOReader 2020.02 “90 % Cocoa”

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


Thanks to @tcrs the program has now been ported to the Remarkable (#5828).

Additionally, OTA update reliability should be better from now on, by switching to zsync2 with a few custom patches (#5810). The update from 2019.12 to 2020.01 managed to sometimes trigger an edge condition where the OTA update would just keep looping without ever finishing. Furthermore, the download progress will now be printed directly to the screen on supported devices, so you’ll always know exactly what’s happening.

By switching to the connectivity manager on Android, we should stop falsely triggering an unconnected message in some edge cases such as Ethernet, which you typically don’t see on the platform (#5801).

And as a final little unexpected gift, @poire-z implemented a calendar view for the reading statistics, so you can easily see what you were reading when (#5854).

An illustration of the calendar view.

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

  • Style tweaks: adds “Enforce steady line heights”
  • Wikipedia Save as EPUB: better gallery rendering
  • cre: default to enable crengine call cache
  • View HTML: adds another extended debug view ((#5800)) @poire-z
  • Update fonts & add Noto Sans Devanagari UI (#5803) @NiLuJe
  • [i18n] GetText: ignore fuzzy strings (#5807) @Frenzie
  • Allow running shell scripts from the FileManager/Favorites (#5804) @NiLuJe
  • Switch to zsync2 (#5810) @NiLuJe
  • Stop using the “calibre catalog” wording (#5813) @NiLuJe
  • File search & BookInfo: Don’t traverse hidden folders if we’re not showing them (#5816) @NiLuJe
  • end of document: add go to beginning (#5814) @yparitcher
  • Some improvements to the file browser speed when very large folders are involved. On a slow Kobo, you’d have needed at least 500 files in one folder to even have a chance to notice. (#5819, #5827) @Frenzie
  • Add “searchable” capabilities to OPDS catalogs (#5823) @bateast
  • Add searchable version of flibusta OPDS catalog (#5826) @avsej
  • android: switch to connectivity manager (#5801) @pazos
  • Remarkable port (#5697, #5828, #5834) @tcrs
  • Open more varieties of CBT with some upstream MuPDF patches (#5835) @q3cpma
  • Don’t waste time on dir/file attributes in subdirs (#5819, #5827, #5858) @Frenzie @yparitcher
  • Print zsync2’s output on screen (#5824) @NiLuJe
    This is really useful because it gives you a much better idea how much time is remaining for an OTA update.
  • skimto: add beginning and end as hold callback (#5820) @yparitcher
  • crengine: various table and other fixes (#5840) @poire-z
  • [doc] Add some basic info on using ffi-cdecl (#5808) @tcrs
  • Footer: bold font option (#5849) @poire-z
  • Spelling: for example, Wi-Fi, turn on/off (#5855, #5855) @comradekingu
  • Statistics: new Calendar view (#5854) @poire-z
  • PRSTUX fixes (#5857) @v01d

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KOReader 2020.01 “Indoor”

The KOReader translation project has migrated to Weblate. Please head over there if you’re interested in assisting with localization. More information is available here.

A small fix, but important if you used it, the LoginDialog widget no longer crashes on switching focus (#5749).

We’ve also added Liberapay link (#5770), in the form of a “sponsor” button in the top right here on GitHub. We’ve often received requests for something like this, and the platform looks promising.

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

  • Weblate migration (#5713, #5719, #5720, #5722, #5734) @Frenzie (hat tip to @yparitcher for some related fixes)

  • Unbreak the KUAL extension (#5715) @NiLuJe

  • [feat] Adds Document> Auto-save book metadata sub-menu (#5687) @poire-z

  • android: import from Storage Access Framework (#5686) @pazos
    Add an option to the filemanager “plus” menu to import files in current path using Android storage access framework.

    The new menu entry will be displayed on Android 4.4+. Once the user select one or more files in the dialog these files will be imported on the specified folder.

    Only supported mimetypes can be imported.

    On folders outside the file sandbox the “import files here” entry will be disabled.

  • Style tweaks: In-page footnotes: add some classic classnames (#5727) @poire-z

  • [feat] Option to change page gap in continuous mode (#5705) @mustafa-001

  • [RTL UI] Bidi-wrap filenames, paths, urls, metadata (#5696) @poire-z
    This also helps correctly displaying RTL and bidi filenames and directories in a LTR UI.

  • PicDocuments: fix crash on hold + pan (#5742) @poire-z

  • android: call EPD test from within KOReader (#5737) @pazos

  • [UX] Footer: add option to set font size (#5736) @robert00s

  • android: share text (#5745) @pazos

  • LoginDialog: fix crash on focus switch (#5749) @poire-z

  • Remove DSCROLL_MODE and DGLOBALGAMMA (#5754) @robert00s

  • Unbreak OTA on Kindle (#5758) @NiLuJe

  • [UX] Footer: add option to set progress bar min width (#5757) @robert00s

  • bump crengine: support inline-block, better text selection (#5763) @poire-z

  • bump android, fixes ntx landscape tearing, thanks to @char11 (#5769) @pazos

  • cre: add toggle-able crengine call cache (#5773) @poire-z

  • [UX] Keyboard for Arabic and languages with Arabic script (#5569) @WaseemAlkurdi

  • Make Inverted Portrait a first-class citizen (#5783) @NiLuJe

  • [UX] Footer: add options to show title and current chapter (#5775) @robert00s

  • [fix, plugin] Evernote exporter only writes one documents clippings when txt export used, rest is ignored (#5774) @mustafa-001

  • add turkish q keyboard layout (#5795) @mustafa-001

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KOReader 2019.12 “Edge of the Decade”

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


KOReader’s UI is gearing up for RTL. This isn’t truly visible yet since the relevant translations (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, and Kurdic) are only partially finished, but a preview can be obtained in English as well. By going into the file browser → tools (screwdriver & wrench icon) → developer options → UI layout mirroring and text direction you can play around with it. The full discussion can be found in #5359. If you use or develop RTL software, please contribute your expertise.

Another nice improvement this month is the keyboard layout picker (#5583). Users can select keyboards for quick access switching in settings → device → keyboard layout. Hold to pick a default layout. After you’ve selected a few layouts, you can quickly switch between them by tapping on the globe icon, or directly to a specific layout by swiping on the globe icon in the relevant direction. You can also long-press on the globe icon to bring up a popup, just like on every other key.

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

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