[Bookreader] FBReader

Sayamindu Dasgupta sayamindu at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 17:45:43 EDT 2009

Hi SJ,

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM, Samuel Klein <sj at laptop.org> wrote:
> Sayamindu --
> Sweet.  How easy would it be to add this as a new reader-type to Read?

Unfortunately the current avatar of Read is quite tightly coupled with
the Evince backend, so it would need quite a bit of work.

> Regarding mime-types, let's revisit making one-click reading from
> Browse work as expected (add item to journal, launch new activity to
> open it).  Michael says this is possible under the current rainbow
> implementation.

I'll try to talk to Michael about this. The mime-type issue is
completely different though. I'm not yet able to pinpoint the cause
exactly, but I suspect it has something to do with Browse's download
code and Sugar's implementation of the shared-mime-info Freedesktop
standard. I have a patched Browse at the moment which seems to work,
but I'll also like to try to check out Tomeu's suggestion.


> SJ
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM, Sayamindu Dasgupta <sayamindu at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 5:21 PM, Nikolay Pultsin <geometer at mawhrin.net> wrote:
>>> Hi Samuel, Sayamindu,
>>> I'm glad to know you both.
>>>> http://dev.laptop.org/~sayamindu/fbreader_sugar.png
>>> This screenshot looks great. I'm really impressed with such unusual look
>>> of our program. ;) Are you sure it is really FBReader? :)
>>> Can I publish this screenshot at http://www.fbreader.org/?
>> I have now a better screenshot at
>> http://dev.laptop.org/~sayamindu/fbreader_sugar_v2.png (I don't think
>> the design will change much after this - unless I get flamed by
>> someone regarding the UI ;-)
>> I have a working activity now (which works on the XO independently
>> without any external software dependency as well). I'll take a few
>> more days to figure out the mime type mess in Sugar (I have already
>> started annoying the Sugar developers and have a couple of possible
>> solutions), and then release a bundle which can simply be downloaded
>> and run on a XO with a recent build.
>> A lot of work still needs to be done for a good reading experience,
>> but I'm quite happy with what has been achieved in this week. And
>> kudos to Mikhail, Nikolay and the rest of the FBReader dev team for
>> their superb work. FBReader works absolutely smoothly on the limited
>> XO hardware - no glitches, no sluggishness, nothing :-)
>> Cheers,
>> Sayamindu
>> --
>> Sayamindu Dasgupta
>> [http://sayamindu.randomink.org/ramblings]

Sayamindu Dasgupta

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