Idea for Gutenberg Qt based mobile reader



  • Would be good to see a Qt app listed "here":http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:MobileReader_Devices_How-To



  • I like that idea. Thx for the link.



  • Hint to self: Would be a nice app for a shiny new WeTab too :-)



  • So Volker, go on, start with it :-)



  • [quote author="Gerolf" date="1300111696"]So Volker, go on, start with it :-)[/quote]

    I will look into it once I have my WeTab dev environment up and running...



  • yay Volker go for it.. that app was in my backlog but I know I wont be able to start on it anytime soon, months probably. I thus transfer this idea ownership to u with immediate effect heh heh :P


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    Saw some ebook reader app the other day which had the option to put the video of the front-facing camera into the background of the text you are reading. They claimed that option would stop people from walking into lampposts while reading.

    Can we have something like that, too?



  • [quote author="Tobias Hunger" date="1300130591"]Saw some ebook reader app the other day which had the option to put the video of the front-facing camera into the background of the text you are reading. They claimed that option would stop people from walking into lampposts while reading.

    Can we have something like that, too?[/quote]

    Only if you walk backwards :-) The WeTab has a camera facing the user only...



  • But if you create the reader, it could also be used on the C7 or N8. And at minimum, C7 has 2 cameras...



  • [quote author="Volker" date="1300130857"][quote author="Tobias Hunger" date="1300130591"]Saw some ebook reader app the other day which had the option to put the video of the front-facing camera into the background of the text you are reading. They claimed that option would stop people from walking into lampposts while reading.

    Can we have something like that, too?[/quote]

    Only if you walk backwards :-) The WeTab has a camera facing the user only...[/quote]
    That at least gives you the opportunity to capture the priceless expression of the reader as he bumps into the lamppost :-)



  • But then you need an online connection so it will be posted to youtube :-)

    Memo to me: don't read with this reader while walking !!!



  • Gerolf - this would be a live stream. That's a feature for QtBang 2.0 :-)


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    Gerolf: No, I don't want boooring footage of people walking down a street. I just want the "bump into signpost edition" without all the boring stuff...

    Phones do have accelerometers, so it should be possible to capture the running-into moment!



  • Question is: does the WeTab have accelerometers? That was what this app had to run on, right?



  • If the app is finished, it should be Qt. If it's Qt, it can run on symbian smartphones... :-)



  • Form factors are quite different though, so that would require a different UI.



  • [quote author="Andre" date="1300177005"]Question is: does the WeTab have accelerometers? That was what this app had to run on, right? [/quote]

    oh yes it does ... details "here":http://wetab.mobi/en/product/

    now we've gone totally off track ... why give an accelerometer thingy for a simple reader .. reader first then bumping next :P



  • But then you miss the first bumps...

    @Andre: Yes, thge mobiles hgave difgferent form factors.
    But I think, the more effort is the rest, not the UI itself for eBook readers, right?



  • I'm not sure if I really want to create a Gutenberg app. I've looked around on their web page, and it seems to be a big mess. You have at least 6 (six!) different formats (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Plucker, QiOO, UTF-8 text and then variants with and without images) with no strong preference for either one. Are those guys really serious?



  • volker, the online books part they are serious, not sure about the reader part though :)
    but there are some readers for other platforms already available. also I believe html and txt are std formats for all books



  • [quote author="Volker" date="1300191011"]I'm not sure if I really want to create a Gutenberg app. I've looked around on their web page, and it seems to be a big mess. You have at least 6 (six!) different formats (HTML, EPUB, Kindle, Plucker, QiOO, UTF-8 text and then variants with and without images) with no strong preference for either one. Are those guys really serious?[/quote]

    one easy solution to have a Qt reader (if not a browser bookmark) ... have a QWebkit app pointing to the mobile site of "gutenberg":http://m.gutenberg.org/ and you are done. Fun would be to add Kindle like features to this basic app ... an audio reader, helpful buttons, on hover dictionary etc ... game anyone?



  • I'd been toying with this idea for a while, but the number of formats, and my (in)competence, had also put me off. One idea I had was to use Qt Plugins for the different formats, but that leads me to the following questions: Does Qt on Symbian support plugins (I assume it does), and also can plugins be bundled on the Ovi store as additions to existing apps?


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