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  Can't import library
Posted by: ArchPrime - 05-13-2020, 10:33 AM - Forum: Support - Replies (2)

Hi, while initially downloading a collection of epub books from a folder, for me Freda always returns a “failed to download” error whether the source is a local folder or a network folder.

This is on Windows 10 tablet. Also tested on Windows 10 desktop, with same results.

A few books seem to get through initially then after maybe anything up to 20 or so are downloaded, a ‘download failed’ message is generated for an arbitrary book in the queue (after a long wait at that book), at which point the whole download process stops.

In Windows Explorer I can manually browse to and open that same book, and accessed this way, Freda opens it fine, and it also gets added to the Freda library – suggesting neither the file nor the path to it are the problem.

I can see that once that initially failed book has been manually opened from the source, the next one in the download list then automatically attempts to download, but always then it too generates a ‘download failed’ error, and the process stalls again.

There is also no way I can seem to clear all the remaining ‘failed to download’ books from the bookshelf, nor elegantly restart the queue once a failure has occurred.

The only way to attempt to restart the queue is to start it again from scratch, by adding the same folder again as a source.
The result when I try this is that the already loaded books are skipped, until the same arbitrary 'failed to download' book as last time is struck - so no progress is made - even though the book file/path themselves are always fine as noted.

Restarting the PC does not help.

While adding books individually/ one by one looks like it might work eventually, this is not a practical option for hundreds of books.

A possibly related issue is that, even though my OneDrive credentials are accepted, and there is plenty of free space, and I can access OneDrive in other ways,  from any PC Freda always reports ‘Bookshelf Synchronization:Cannot Connect to OneDrive’ (I still get the  'failed to download' issue even when OneDrive is not in use, so am guessing these OneDrive connection failures are not the cause of that issue - just a possibly related symptom)

Are these known bugs?

What are the best solutions?

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  How du I change the Freda website language?
Posted by: SveinB - 05-02-2020, 04:22 PM - Forum: Support - Replies (2)


I downloaded Freda today from the Windows Shop to my Windows 10 Desktop. The language on the website was Spanish, a language I do not understand, and I need to find the place where I can change it.

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  Read Aloud. Read Next/Previous Sentence feature.
Posted by: iudragon - 04-29-2020, 08:38 AM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (2)

Read Next/Previous Sentence Feature. This feature is available in MOON READER Android App to check for implementation. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...ader&hl=en)

Please let me know if this feature will be in roadmap or Freda or perhaps not. Thank You.

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  Make highlighting more user friendly
Posted by: swisszurich - 04-28-2020, 06:49 PM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (1)

I am not sure whether these two features are really missing but if they exist, then I could not find a way to enable them.
So here are the two 2 suggestions I have related to highlighting:

1) Add the possibility to have a default action when selecting text.
Example: If I touch the text then I highlight it without any need to ask for action, if I touch the screen where there is no text then it's another action (i.e. turn page)

2) This could be me not knowing how to use the tool properly but I can rarely highlight the sentence precisely at the first attempt.
Usually it takes me 2 to 3 attempts if I am using a mouse/trackpad and 1 or 2 more if I am using a pen.

Would it be possible to make text selection like other applications i.e wordpad, onenote, bookviser, moon+?
Example: The text is selected on the fly while i am moving the pen or the mouse. No need to reposition "cursors" at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.
Also, in the current implementation the mouse picks the cursor at the lower end which normally goes below the line of the sentence I want to select. This usually leads to the wrong amount of text to be selected (one line more or one line less, one extra word or one word less).

Here is a typical scenario in which you see how those two features would make my user experience much better:
I want to highlight text. I am using a mouse in this scenario.

How it is today:
Right click to bring one the cursors (text selection). Left click to pick one cursor. I move it at the end of the text I want to select. I release it and the wrong amount of text is selected.
This happens because when I reposition the cursor, I end up repositioning it too low or to high and only when i release the mouse button I will find out the real amount of text that was selected. An immediate feedback (i.e. showing the text selected while I am moving the mouse) would help being more precise.
At this point I repeat the exercise: pick the cursor, move it and try to drop it at the right spot and then see whether I managed to select the right amount of text.  If not, then repeat the exercise. If yes, then choose the action "Highlight".

How it would be if the two features will be implemented:
I select the action first (highlight) and that remains selected as default action for when I click/touch on text. Left click and move the mouse, all the text I go through is highlighted on the fly and only when I release the button the highlighting is confirmed and does not keep adjusting according to my mouse movement. It would work the same way with a pen: as long as the pen is touching the screen, then the highlighting would adjust dynamically following the movement of the pen. When i raise the pen (so it does not touch the screen anymore) the highlighting is confirmed.

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  Text Find function
Posted by: Tdublyou - 04-23-2020, 04:07 AM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (7)

Freda on PC. Find function is nice, but it appears to only Find (the dialog box) indicated text forward, rather than backward as well, from the point in the book at which the function was initiated. Most users are going to want to refresh their memories as to how the text was used previously in the book, thus the need for the backward text references. Also, the Find result box is fine, except there's no reason not to make it a much larger part of the screen. It would also be nice to be able to set the number of characters around the Find text that is displayed, in Settings.

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  adding sd card
Posted by: marcellino_janssen - 04-19-2020, 07:13 PM - Forum: Support - Replies (3)


I have installed freda on my new Samsung Tablet 8. in that tablet I have inserted a sd-card with ebooks on it.
How can I add this sd-card as source to Freda ?


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  Add Ability to Reload / Re-Render Current File
Posted by: jwhitten - 03-31-2020, 04:40 PM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (2)

I use Freda when I write so that I can see my writing in "book" form and to use the read-aloud feature. I would leave Freda open if I could and just press a button or click a key to have it reload the current file. This would come in very handy when I edit the underlying book, I could simply recompile it (in Scrivener) and then hit a 'reload' key in Freda to see the changes.



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  Add Amazon Polly Support **PUH-LEEEEZZE** !!! :-)
Posted by: jwhitten - 03-31-2020, 04:28 PM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (8)


First of all, I **LOVE** Freda. ( Heart Heart Heart Heart ) It is a very nice program. I have tried a zillion different e-readers and keep coming back to Freda, IMO it has the best mix of features and is the easiest to use. I use it to write books with.

The one biggest request that I have is would you PLEEEEEEEEASE consider adding support for Amazon Polly? I know that Freda already has support for the built-in (and incredibly monotonous) windows voices, but Amazon Polly voices are so much nicer. They're technically not free, though they do give away the first year for free, but the cost is so low it's trivial-- and if you use the read-aloud feature, the voices are well worth it.

Here is their Info Page: 

Here's Basic info about their API:

Here's their full API reference:

I've looked over the API and I'm guessing that it wouldn't be too terribly difficult to bolt it on. You'd have to add some variables to store the user's AWS Polly ID and probably some voice setup stuff.

Big Grin Big Grin  I would be delighted (and ecstatic) to be your BETA TESTER for this feature!!!  Big Grin Big Grin

I hope you will consider it, the Amazon Polly voices rock!!



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  Is it possible to change table styling in Freda?
Posted by: jp06 - 01-16-2020, 02:10 PM - Forum: Support - Replies (2)

I changed the number of columns to only one and it seems that the width of the table is the same as when there were two columns. Maybe there's a stylesheet somewhere I can edit or something?

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  No animation on next page / page+ / page -
Posted by: jp06 - 01-15-2020, 08:41 PM - Forum: Support - Replies (4)

I notice that there is a sliding animation when I turn the page by clicking, but there is none when I use the arrow keys (I set next page action for right arrow and page- on left arrow) for turning page. Is there a way to fix it?

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