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Reading PDF's on the N810

I'm working hard on setting up the Serpent Publications site, so you're getting an email I wrote to a list on something I've already goofed off about.

I'll let you know if I get a useful answer.

Subject: pdf reading?
To: [email protected]
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 13:36:26 -0400

I'm finding the interface on the included pdf reader on my Nokia N810 pretty unusable.

My impression is that people on this list have mentioned that evince might be better, but I can't install that.

At least one of these problems must be fixable. So here are my questions:

Included reader:
The file selector dialog (not only here but in the file manager and other apps, but not FBReader) doesn't allow me to select from the external memory card (mounted as /media/mmc1), although it does from the internal memory card (mounted as /media/mmc2). Is there a way to fix this? I worked around it by opening a terminal and copying the file I wanted to see from external to internal, but there has to be a better way than that.
As far as I can see, the way to page down is to open the case and use the down button on the pad. Is there a way to configure it so that the +/- switch on top (preferable) or the buttons on the side page up or down?
I have it zoomed to a size where the text area of the page is the width of the screen, that is, the margins are off the reader. But when moving down gets to a new page, the reader resets the position of the page so that the left edge of the page is at the left edge of the screen. Is there a way to tell it not to do that?
This is generally true of a lot of the apps I try to install from the application manager. It's listed in "Installable Apps", but when I try to install it, it says, "Unable to install evince. Some applications packages required for the installation are missing." When I click "Details", it says, "Application packages missing: libhildonfm2 (>=1;1.9.49)" Is there a way to work around this?
If I do install it, will I have the same problems I do on the included PDF reader?

This is somewhat frustrating, because people who don't read books on a mobile device do tend to assume that PDF is the way to electronically distribute a book, and I could in fact read them on the Nokia if the interface were a little bit better. That is, for the book I'm trying to read, if the screen tries to show both the printed area and the margins, the type is too small for my 58 year old eyes, but if I can zoom it to where the print area is the size of the screen, it's readable without glasses. But the designers of the application don't seem to have considered this usage pattern.

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