Discussion in 'Lenovo (IBM)' started by Kumabjorn, Sep 2, 2018.
Can you only use a dedicated Epub reader, or can you use any generic available for download?
The eink screen is like a separate device, you can download and run any reader you want on the windows side of the tablet, but it won't display on the eink screen. The eink screen can only do what its firmware does.
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So basically it needs to become something like an extended screen using the Windows multiple display functions before it becomes truly useful?
Not necessarily, but it definitely could use more functionality than it currently has. I don't think just extending to the eink screen would be as useful as properly integrated apps. The current functions are still super basic.
The note app is just a single, full screen page at a time. Write more than one screen's worth? You have to create a new note. Want to sync with One Note? You'll get a bunch of poorly auto-named notes dumped in your personal web notebook and you'll still have to move them one by one to organize. I find it easier to just use the clipping function to copy the whole note to the clipboard and use OneNote to paste it into the note in the section I want.
The PDF reader doesn't have annotation. There are no page previews or thumbnails to jump around in a document, just a go to page dialogue where you type in a page number. When it's displaying an epub, there are no options to customize fonts or margins. The default font is terrible and it doesn't even render the epubs I have well at all, inserting extra spaces after an apostrophe for example.
There's so much potential, they just didn't invest the engineering resources into fleshing out the eink functionality. It's literally just a USB device running custom firmware. They've released an SDK for the eink screen to the community, but it's doubtful much will come of that. It's just too small of a niche.
The eInk SDK just got a major and unexpected (or at least unexpected for me as I don't frequent the Lenovo forums) update. The eInk screen now functions as a graphics tablet! You can draw on the eInk screen and it shows up on the LCD. I am not an artist, so I have no idea how useful this is or isn't, but it's kind of neat to handwrite into onenote without having to bend and look down. It just shows up right there in front of you. I could have really used that last weekend at a workshop.
Cool. Still wanna get this device anytime the price drops considerably. Even if it's just for the novelty.
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If you use google alerts like I do, one of the things you can set up is price alerts. I saw the 256GB storage version pop up briefly on Newegg for ~$500 a couple of weeks ago for instance.
Our head technical docs writer has one and absolutely loves it. Her only wish is for the e-ink side to have a backlight/frontlight solution. She says that the e-ink is only really great in bright office light but is too dim at home.
Thanks a lot @desertlap.
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Thanks for the update link violjack!!
This is a cool update.
If you havent had a graphics tablet,
the graphics tablet mode is 1 to 1,
it does not work the same as a mouse.
Meaning where ever your pen points, the mouse points to that
place on the screen. Point at the middle, and your cursor is in the middle.
Point at the bottom, that is where your cursor goes.
(You'll lose your keyboard though...maybe small external one when using this mode)
Works great in Photoshop on fine edge details, where your hand sometimes
covers up your work using the pen on screen.
Can be frustrating if you have never used a graphics tablet before,
there is a slight ;learning curve.
The different modes seem to switch faster now.
But you still need to use your finger in the upper RH corner
to switch modes, it does not recognize the pen in the corner selector.
Now, only if they can enable .pdf annotation for the eReader mode!
PDF annotation support is rumored to be in the works
3 New rumored features in the works for the eInk Screen side:
----PDF annotation coming !!!!!!
Don't know what the last 2 are, maybe someone here
knows what they may be.
Posted on the Lenovo c930 forum:
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Re: New Yoga Book Release?
08-02-2019 03:37 AM
I talked with Lenovo guys, As far as I know, Lenovo will not release a new generation of Yoga Book this year(Yoga Book 3)
This year Yoga Book dev. team focus on the Eink SW development and optimization of new features.
They have a plan to release several new Eink app features:
1/ PDF Annotation;
Hope this information can help you.
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