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Make native port of FBReader for Jolla?

asked 2014-01-27 19:44:51 +0200

geometer gravatar image

updated 2015-03-06 09:50:43 +0200

eric gravatar image

FBReader (an e-book reader, http://fbreader.org/) for Android works on Jolla well. Does it make a sense to create native version? Why? Do you know real arguments pro (or contra)? Not "native is always better", but serious reasons like "it will be possible to ...".

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It would be possible to make the native app the default one for epubs. And also native ones are more efficient, better integrated and it could use existing infrastructure like the tracker index of books. With the android you currently also have to take care of permissions as it doesn't run as nemo

schmittlauch ( 2014-01-27 20:46:23 +0200 )edit

I am using your android app on Jolla. I downloaded an ePub file but it wouldn't open. I can add ePub files to your app If I download them from the android Dropbox app so that is two android apps required.

Android apps cannot access the file system I don't think.

Hazy ( 2014-01-27 21:50:45 +0200 )edit

@Hazy you can access your home directory, but cannot access (out of the box) the SD card.

Some Android apps cannot find files, because they are in nonstandard (for Android) places. just browse to /home/nemo/Download

ortylp ( 2014-01-27 23:20:45 +0200 )edit

It would be possible to do real multitasking since right now all droid-apps run in one window. plus you could make a cool cover view which displays the book cover and the current site number

mgbler ( 2014-01-28 07:53:35 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-06-24 15:12:56 +0200

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Ahoy, I am the fellow sailor who sponsored and performed the port of FBReader to SailfishOS which is in OpenRepos since beginning of March. I labeled it alpha release, but it is really stable, so I will change the status to beta (or just released) after adding a contributed icon. To get it into into the Jolla store I need to do some internal restructuring wich is currently coordinated with the FBReader developers. After that in the roadmap is alignment with the latest feature set of FBReader builds for other architectures.

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Thank you, this is one of the (still) missing apps on my Jolla.

magullo ( 2014-06-24 15:24:10 +0200 )edit

good news, thanks a lot

marco73f ( 2014-06-24 16:35:47 +0200 )edit

Hi, I currently use the openrepos Fbreader, an it works very vell. I also sent donations and my thoughts and feedback the given email address but no reply since then. But I am glad sailfish version happens, because it is the best reader so far. Thanks.

Macilaci457 ( 2014-06-24 17:03:25 +0200 )edit

@Macilaci457, I am not sure which address you sent your feedback to, but I believe it was to FBReader. If you like you can send it to info@ the domain you find on the openrepos page.

ljo ( 2014-06-24 17:29:04 +0200 )edit

Waiting to see your app in jolla store soon. your app icon needs some changes. Great app

unlikeyou ( 2014-06-25 04:11:51 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-01-28 14:01:50 +0200

Nilux gravatar image

According to the git repo, they seem to be working on a native port. I donated to them for this cause. Happy to see them support us!

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FBReader alpha for sailfish available from openrepos :) FBReader for SailfishOS

Mece ( 2014-03-04 13:35:15 +0200 )edit
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