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Last Build Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2006 13:03:39 -0000 "point-release" is out

Sun, 09 Apr 2006 13:03:39 -0000

A fixed version of the 0.6.6 is released.
Now the most popular Chinese charsets are properly supported. NOTE that proper support of some Chinese charsets requires a patch for Python Plucker distiller. The patched file is available along with this new Vade-Mecum release.

Vade Mecum 0.5.5 Alpha

Mon, 08 Nov 2004 22:42:16 -0000

Yay, Vade Mecum finally supports both continuous records and composite images. Check out for more info.

Vade Mecum 0.3 Alpha

Tue, 12 Aug 2003 17:42:36 -0000

Vade Mecum is a Plucker ( document reader for the Pocket PC.

Version 0.3 alpha is now available for download, and sports an automated installer, no less! You can grab either the .exe installer (which should be run from your PC), or a cab file (which you can copy to your PDA and run from there).

This version fixes various bugs, and implements the following new features:

- document categorization
- filter library list by document category
- delete documents from the library interface
- an alternate progress meter which draws a single line on the left or right of the screen, and indicates how far you are in the current page.
- exit Vade Mecum directly from the reader view
- toggle the toolbar on/off quickly by tapping a "hot-spot" on the screen.


SD Card Problems, update on JPluck 2.0 issue

Wed, 30 Jul 2003 15:14:41 -0000

Vade Mecum is an ebook reader for the Pocket PC, which reads documents in Plucker ( format.

It looks like documents generated by JPluck 2.0 were crashing for me because I wasn't setting the input encoding. Setting it to UTF-8 seems to work. I need to do some more investigating as to why the default input encoding causes crashes...

In other news, if you use an SD card to store either your books or your metadata, beware! Versions 0.1 and 0.2 of Vade Mecum may cause your SD card to be erased if you have to reboot your device while Vade Mecum is running. This is because of an issue with the cards themselves, where a reboot of the device while files are open on the card can cause the data on the card to disappear.

The version in CVS fixes this problem (by closing all file handles when they are not in use); this may result in slower performance in some instances, but it seems to work fine on my (300 Mhz) device.

I should have version 0.3 ready in a week or two, if all goes well. The most significant new feature of 0.3 will be library and category management.

Vade Mecum and JPluck 2.0

Fri, 11 Jul 2003 14:52:21 -0000

Well, I don't know why, but it appears that some documents generated using JPluck 2.0 (prerelease 12) will cause Vade Mecum to crash. The same documents generated using JPluck 0.9 seem to be fine... I'll be looking into it, but in the meantime, if you use Vade Mecum you may want to stick with either the Python-based pluck system, or use JPluck 0.9.

Stay tuned...

Vade Mecum 0.2 Alpha

Wed, 09 Jul 2003 15:43:24 -0000

Released version 0.2 alpha. IMPORTANT: If you have version 0.1 installed, you MUST remove all of the metadata files, the metadata.vmd file, and the vade-mecum.dat file before installing this version. Failure to do so may cause your device to freeze up when you try to open Vade Mecum. Sorry about this; from here on out, such drastic measures should not be necessary when installing a new version.

This version incorporates the following changes (including both added features and bug fixes):

Added history supported. You can now go back to previously viewed pages, and then forward again (just as in a web browser). There is currently a limit of 10 items in the history... at some point, this limit will be customizable.

You can now sort the library list by tapping the column header for the column you want to sort on (title or file size).

The fullscreen setting is now persistent.

There are now options on the Reader settings tab for enabling or disabling the "auto link up" and "auto link down" features (ie, scrolling up at the top of a page automatically follows the first link on the page, and scrolling down at the bottom of a page automatically follows the last link on the page).

Documents without a "title" attribute now correctly display an alternate title.

Added a minimum special interparagraph space (for when a paragraph or its prior paragraph is right- or center-aligned, or when the left margin changes between paragraphs). This value is not currently user-modifiable, but makes things look much prettier when using a book-like format setting (see screenshots).

Fixed percentage report when reopening a previously opened page

Fixed minimum special interparagraph space computation to only happen once per paragraph

Fixed a bug that caused the program to crash while paginating if the page had 5 or more images on it.

File suffixes on metadata files are now being added correctly.