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OpenInkpot: free software for e-book readers

Oct 13, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hanno Zulla)

"PDF files are handled by OI's own locoPDF and madeye is a simple viewer for images. A sound player application for audio books will join the OI software collection soon. History

"The initial motivation for OpenInkpot was the limited use of the original software that Debian hackers Mikhail Gusarov and Yauhen Kharuzhy found on their newly acquired Hanlin V3. They found it too slow and its software clunky. E.g., there was no way to adjust the PDF viewer's zoom and the bookshelf couldn't handle Cyrillic or other non-ASCII characters in file names.

"Because of that, the V3 became the only supported device of the first public 0.1 OpenInkpot release in August 2008. Mikhail says they achieved most of their goals for the V3. OI supports more formats and is faster to display and turn pages, although the more complex user interface of OI eats up some of the speed improvements to the original firmware. [OI page]

"Right now, the team is busy porting OI to a second hardware platform for the upcoming 0.2 release, the Hanvon N516. Both V3 and N516 are available inexpensively under various brand names around the world. Intrigued by OI, your author quickly found an online shop based in his country and, a few days later, the original firmware of his brand new N516 didn't survive more than 30 minutes before it got overwritten with a development snapshot of OI."

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