There has been a major redesign of main window and dialogs
In addition to the book text and book background colors, there are six more colors to be set:
Sets of colors can be saved as color schemes.
Selecting the new "Full screen" option (shortcut Ctrl+Enter) extends the book (and the table of contents, if it is currently on the left side)
to the whole screen area.
Page numbers below the text
If the bottom margin is large enough (>16 pixels) the page numbers may be positioned in the center below the text, which is particularly
useful in full screen mode.
Now the very first page on the left is a title page, so that the odd page numbers are on the right side, as in books.
The most important functions for turning pages and jumping to chapters are now available via a set of buttons in a navigation bar.
These are: Go to the first (title) page, go 10 or 2 pages back or forward, go to the last page.
Not included here are: Turning single pages (Left/Right key) and going back and forward in the page history (Alt+Left, Alt+Right).
A progress bar can be displayed either below or above the text (see General options).
If the progress bar is positioned below the text, the current time can be displayed to the left of it.
In the position above the text, the navigation bar is replaced by the progress bar, however, buttons for turning pages forward and back are still shown to the left and to the right of the progress bar.
Some users were confused by the method of turning pages with left (back) and right (forward) mouse clicks over certain window regions. Others however had no such problems, so I decided it was best to implement both styles of control:
In addition to the above mentioned regions, where the cursor takes on the form of a horizontal double arrow, there are now two new regions
near the left and right window border (over the page edges if 'Book style' is active) where the cursor will be a diagonal double arrow.
The recent file list has been redesigned, and there is a new list for favorite files/directories below the recent files list.
Click to open one of the files, or use Shift+Click to remove an entry.
Right clicking on 'Recent' opens the most recently read file (or use Ctrl+Shift+R).
The keyboard shortcut to show/hide the Recent/Favorite dialog is Ctrl+R.
Jump to a file
Press Ctrl+Home/Page Up/Page Down/ End to open the first/previous/next/last file in the current directory.
New feature to automatically turn pages (one by one, with a warning by a blinking progress bar) after a certain time interval.
New control keys
There is a new resizable editor that lets you choose a font and performs find/replace tasks.
When opened, the editor scrolls to the paragraph at the position of the text cursor (click on one of the pages to set it, otherwise it's the first paragraph of the left page).
Browsing and downloading Project Gutenberg etexts
If there is no Project Gutenberg index file ('GUTINDEX.ALL' and/or 'GUTINDEX.AUS') in the program directory, then a message will inform you to update the index (click on "Update index now"). You will have to decide whether to download the index of PG Australia, too (There might be legal issues, because they use a 50 year copyright rule, by which more texts are in the public domain than there are in other countries).
The PG index (the upper of the two lists) is created from GUTINDEX.ALL (automatically extracted from GUTINDEX.zip) and or GUTINDEX.AUS, where the Australian files are marked by an 'A' before each number.
Any additional information, e.g. contents of anthologies, is shown in a third column of the etext list. The information can also be seen when the mouse hovers over an ebook entry (provided that "Show info" is checked).
You can filter the titles by entering text into the field above. If "Active" is checked, filtering will be done while you type, otherwise press Return or click on "Filter".
Click on the column titles to sort by PG number and/or Title and Author.
Reset removes the filter and loads the initial index again (with titles ordered as found in GUTINDEX).
Table of contents (TOC)
Changed the TOC behavior: If the program window is not maximized window or in full screen mode, the window is expanded to the left to show
the TOC without any changes in line/page formatting. Therefore, the lines don't have to be wrapped again.
The keyboard shortcut to show/hide the table of contents has been changed from Ctrl-H to Ctrl+T.
Creating the table of contents is much faster now, so you probably won't have to turn that feature off at all.
Use the keyboard to navigate in the table of contents.
Find in files
After opening a file from the result list, the Find function is started immediately to find the first occurence of the text.
Import filter for MS Word files
The reader now imports text from MS Word files (Word Version 2.x or later), including fast-saved (complex) documents are opened correctly.
Optionally the program can insert an additional blank line between paragraphs.
OpenOffice/StarOffice Writer files
The document format of Writer (*.sxw) is zipped XML, with the main text stored in the file "contents.xml" in the root path of the
Palm Doc text files Import+Export
Standard text files for Palm PDAs (often called Palm Doc files) can be imported directly from a *.pdb file.
Optionally the program can ensure that at least one blank line separates the paragraphs.
Save files in the Palm Doc format simply by using the 'Save as' dialog and selecting the PDB file type or entering a .pdb extension.
Opening multiple files
The Open dialog now allows selection of more than one file; these files are appended to form one big text (Unnamed) that you can save as a
single text (*.txt) file.
Opening multiple files also works in the zip contents dialog (whereafter the dialog to change the sort order will appear).
You can even mix normal files and zip archives (in the Open dialog), then the zip contents dialog(s) will appear for each archive, and finally all selected files (whether from an archive or not) will be listed in the sort order dialog.
Appending files (Ctrl+A)
Append one or several files to the current text. Before each text part is appended, 3 blank lines and the file name are inserted, so you can configure the TOC to show where each part starts.
File closing/editing (Ctrl+W)
You can now close the current file.
If the program is exited with the file closed, the next time it is run the last file will not be opened, even if the Auto-opening option is active. It can still be opened manually by right clicking on Recent.
The font size range has been extended (up to 99 pt) and the control has been replaced by a drop down list, so you can quickly change this
setting (the + and - keys now step through the drop down list values).
You can also change the tab(ulator) width.
New file specific options: You can enter title, subtitle and author of the book, which will then be displayed in the title bar and
Enter synopsis, personal remarks, and additional information (e.g. release date, characters etc.) for each etext.
Default file specific settings
For many file specific settings (font, line wrapping, TOC parameters) there are now default values (in a new 'Default' section in the
ini file). If no file is open, these settings are active and can be modified. There are also two 'Set as default' buttons for the font
and TOC parameters, respectively.
If an 'unknown' file is opened (i.e. a file is opened for the first time or from an excluded path) either the current or the default settings are applied, according to the 'Apply default settings to new files' checkbox (under 'General').
List, delete and edit INI file entries
Each file that you open leaves its traces in the file eTextReader.ini - font settings, bookmarks etc. are stored there. Now you can see the list of files for which information is stored in the INI file. The list can be sorted, and file specific information is displayed as tooltips over the filenames.
Data for selected files can be set to the current values of either font name, font size, line break settings, TOC settings, or all file specific options at once.
You can also delete these data for
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