Sugar unusable as an e-book reader
jim.simmons at walgreens.com
Tue Oct 28 12:52:37 EDT 2008
I have never worked on the core Read activity. From what I have seen of
it, I would say that you would have to modify evince so that it could
support more formats, notably plain text files and .cbr files (which are
archive files containing sequentially named images). If it did that the
need for my two Activities would vanish. I believe that evince can
already support comic books in the .cbr format if you compile in
optional support for it. Of course evince is not an OLPC project, and
that will limit what can be done with it.
Some of the problems you mention in your entry are actually issues with
the Journal (not remembering page numbers and making unnecessary copies
of files). I think others are working on improving the Journal
datastore, which should help a lot of Activities.
Document sharing is not reliable with Read (or Read Etexts either).
Text to Speech in Read Etexts needs additional software to be installed
on the XO to work. Someone was working on this a few months ago.
As I said on my page for my Activities, I see them as only stopgaps
until the XO has a better Read activity that supports more formats. I
don't feel qualified to work on Read itself.
>Subject: Re: Sugar unusable as an e-book reader
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>Hi James and David,
>I want to track additions and improvements to the XOs eBook Reader on
>our Feature roadmap page.
>I created a requirement called Better eBook Reader at:
>Can you update that with any additions or work we need to do? If you can
>separate it in to requirement (what we want to do) and specification
>(how we will do it) that will help.
>You can also put your name down as an "owner" if you plan to work on it
>in the near future.
>Any questions or comments welcome.
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