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NSR Reader (PDF, DjVu, TIFF and TXT) app crowd funding campaign

asked 2014-03-31 19:37:00 +0300

Alexander Saprykin gravatar image

updated 2014-07-28 10:27:47 +0300

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Hi there!

As MeeGo user and simply a man interesting in mobile platforms I've started first (could't find any other) Jolla related crowd funding project for a new app for Sailfish OS - NSR Reader. This is a PDF, DjVu, TIFF (multipage) and TXT files reader. Currently it is available under Symbian, MeeGo and BlackBerry 10 platforms. Now I want to port it on Sailfish OS and need a device at least. After a year of working under BlackBerry 10 the app has already plenty of features which can be also implemented in Sailfish OS version.

I think Sailfish OS time has come. If project will get maximum budget I would try to implement following features:

  • High-quality PDF, DjVu and TIFF rendering with TXT files support
  • Start reading from last saved position
  • Fast page preloading and caching
  • Encoding selection for TXT files
  • Autodetection and cropping of blank edges
  • Support for password protected PDFs
  • Bookmarks support
  • Text reading mode for huge text-enabled files
  • Inverted colors for both graphical and text reading modes to save power and to read at dark
  • Nice preview of recently opened files
  • Various configurable options
  • Integration with Sailfish OS in UI and services

App is going to be FREE!

More possible features are to come depending of raised budget. Anyway, I will try to implement as much features as I can for any raised budget. Even if you are not going to fund the project, please help to spread it across other Jolla users! Any help like retweets and Facebook shares are appreciated.

See NSR Reader App Project

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Will it be free and open source software?

tomka ( 2014-04-02 20:27:41 +0300 )edit

If I will raise money for the device than it will be free (without ads), but I'm not sure about going open source because it takes more time.

Alexander Saprykin ( 2014-04-02 20:31:37 +0300 )edit

Thanks for the reply. Why would it take more time to release it as free and open source software? I would support the project if you were to release it under a free (as in freedom) software license.

tomka ( 2014-04-02 20:48:01 +0300 )edit

Because when your project is on public you need to support it in more clean and consistent state. I couldn't promise you that it will be open source right from the start, but after initial release I can make it open source.

Alexander Saprykin ( 2014-04-02 21:09:25 +0300 )edit

@tomka: Thats what I try to point out in my comments below: Free and Open Source without ads because it will lead to a different path.

fblm ( 2014-04-03 10:34:39 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-04-01 20:14:10 +0300

Alexander Saprykin gravatar image

For now $100 out of minimum $750 is collected, thanks everyone who has committed to project!

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answered 2014-04-02 20:07:58 +0300

Alexander Saprykin gravatar image

Actually I'm ready to make NSR Reader free for Sailfish OS, but I'm still need to raise funds for the device.

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answered 2014-04-02 07:25:49 +0300

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We are a community of ambitious users. We don't pay for an application. If you beleive in Jolla, as you mentioned on your website, buy one, as we all did.

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I do not want to start holy war under the title "free vs. paid". I always pay for good apps on any platform, and I know how hard it is to make and support an app. For some reasons I couldn't buy several phones for every year. You are supporting Jolla by buying the phone, I can support Jolla by making a good quality app. You are paying money for your support, and I'm paying my time for my support. I suggest my help for app ecosystem in case of some help from community. It is your choice to go.

Alexander Saprykin ( 2014-04-02 08:29:55 +0300 )edit

@fblm "We are a community of ambitious users. We don't pay for an application." Sorry, this is just... eeehm... a bold statement. For my part, I am an ambitious user and I am still willing to pay for good software. What makes you believe you are the spokesman for the Jolla community?

tokaru ( 2014-04-02 10:53:07 +0300 )edit

We are all spokesman of the community. The major line of Jolla doesn't go the way of paying for software.

fblm ( 2014-04-02 12:23:47 +0300 )edit

No, we're spokesmen for ourselves, this community consists of individuals. Please cite your source when you speak about what the major line of Jolla wants. I love free software, and I like to support the creators of free software, and I also respect developers earning part of their living (or at least a tip) with closed source software. IMHO they well deserve me to pay for their software or buy them a drink, if I use and like their work.

tokaru ( 2014-04-02 13:36:06 +0300 )edit

Do you mean the major line of Jolla is to make business with software. Don't get me wrong. I used to purchase free software and mostly open source for my linux boxes. As a respect to the developer I made donations. I won't pay. As a matter of fact, we don't pay for software, didn't we ? We are not registered with our credit card. In this case I only want to point out what will be next ? Free apps with blinking commercial and advertisements ....

fblm ( 2014-04-02 19:22:58 +0300 )edit
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