Reader Feeder Update

We are pushing this one out-the-door soon, and it was a wild ride!

To recap, Reader Feeder is a tool for downloading e-books.  It has a special feature: extract the audio file links embedded in Librivox‘s audio book EPUB files for you to download and listen to.

Good, Bad, Ugly

The good news is you have full access to the “chapter” markers embedded in the MP4 files from Librivox and others.  Big thanks to our open-source project IsoSax for making this possible!

The (not-so) bad news is we built in audio playback, providing the transport controls for seeking to “chapters”.  The detours associated with this, and storing publicly-accessible media files on-device, caused some undue delays in release.

Latest Android

We made an effort this time to use features from newer versions of Android.  In particular, the we completely rewrote the HTTP stack, because Google deprecated that part of the system .  The rewrite also ties into the system better, for usage reporting etc.

Google also changed access to external storage and run-time permissions.  On newer devices, RF asks you to enable this, so you can save downloaded content and access it from your other apps (Media Player, e-book Reader).

Permissions are minimal:  Internet, Wake Lock, and Write External Storage.

Coming Soon!

Watch the event calendar for the release announcement, so you can start enjoying the tons of free audio books on The Internet Archive!

Move Complete

If you are reading this post, welcome to our new home!

We also updated our site’s home page, which if you direct-link to this site, you probably never noticed in the first place.

Changing Hosting

We are currently shopping around for a new, less-expensive hosting provider for our  Internet presence.

This should happen in the next 6-8 weeks.  Ideally, no one should notice.

See you all on The Other Side…

Reader Feeder

This is our latest project, and it’s an ebook catalog browser and download manager, called Reader Feeder.

If you are interested in helping us with early adoption, please make contact via our Google Group.  Join up and watch there for details, we will post some announcements shortly.

The special value in building this app is the XML catalog format OPDS, is based on Atom, which is what Feed Farmer is all about!

You get a “starter set” of catalogs to browse, including The Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg, two great sources of free EPUB and other formats.

We provide Librivox audio book support, so you can download their EPUB audio book documents, and Reader Feeder will extract the playlist and help you download the audio files and add them to your Media Player.  You can find these EPUBs on The Internet Archive.

A great feature we took from Feed Farmer is the Power Search, which searches all of your catalogs simultaneously, and gives you one result set of everything.

The focus right now is content browsing, search and acquisition, so you won’t find any reading or playback functionality; that’s left up to your current reader and media player.

More User Spam

Due to the continued user spamming, we have enabled CAPTCHA on the Registration Page.

What is user spamming?  It is the “automated” creation of user profiles, so an attacker can use them for nefarious purposes.  It may be an attempt against the hosting provider’s server(s) of this site, or an attempt to use the email-sending ability of this site, targeting other parties.  For instance, where do you think those “Viagra” comment spams come from?

Hopefully this will make it more difficult for them, and unfortunately a minor inconvenience to future new members.

More User Spam

Just deleted more accounts, presumably created by bot nets.

Here is a message to the Real People:  make sure you answer the questions accurately, in particular the Android Device question.  We only use this information to ensure it’s a human, not for marketing.

Status Update

Yet another status update!

The updates to Feed Farmer kind of stalled out, so we are just going to go with the current set of features.  The rendering improvements are the most-important, along with the Sliding Drawer navigation pane.

We have a minor update for Dictator also staged up.  This update fixes an error in Dutch strings, and adds a feature to cancel TTS via volume keys (if they are enabled).

Finally, we have an important update for Darts Scorecard:  multi-level undo!  This is probably the most-requested feature, and now it is coming!  It’s almost done.  It is accessed from the Action Bar menu, and it brings up a dialog window with a list of all the turns in it.  Just pick the one you want to unwind to, and voila!

Watch the Home page sidebar for more information.

User Spam

We are seeing a handful of users with a yahoo.com email domain.  The user names look “real”, but the email account doesn’t match the user name, or in any way look human-generated.  The registration responses are also “fishy”, in particular the “Android Device” prompt!

We are assuming this is part of some kind of hack or phishing exploit.

If you own one of these accounts, please make contact via email, or those accounts are going to be deleted, and you can re-register with something more suitable.  Or easier yet, edit your Account Profile, and update the “Android Device” prompt with a real device name!

Thanks for your understanding.

Dictator Update

A minor update for Dictator.

  • Correct an error in one of the Dutch (NL) strings (abbreviation for “seconds”).
  • During Text-to-speech, you can use the Volume keys to cancel speech.  This is handy when you have the “extra” speech segments turned on!