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Vade Mecum
A Plucker document reader for the Pocket PC

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The last few weeks I've been working on a complete revision of how large images are presented. If you head over to the download section you'll find a sort of test-of-concept, which I'd very much like feedback on. My thought is to handle tables in the same manner, so before I start working on that, I'd like to have some opinions from you lot if you like it or not. I'd rather not have to do the table-stuff twice if I can avoid it. :)

And as always, if you have any ideas on how to improve Vade Mecum, please let me know.


10 Mar 2005, Thursday

I got some feedback indicating that people were having trouble with their settings disappearing on restarts. This occurred mainly when Vade Mecum had been installed to a non-default place. That problem should now be fixed in release 0.6.3. (Hopefully!) So go and grab it.

On another note. Development has been kind of slow since the last update. I've been having very little time on my hands due to other commitments, plus the features I have in mind have been harder to do than I anticipated. Those features are mainly some sort of browser for annotations and highlights and support for tables. I don't yet have a clear picture of how I want the browser to look and work (so if you have suggestions you are welcome to let me know), but I hope to have at least a semi-working version out before summer.

I've also gotten a lot of letters asking for support for PocketPC 2000. Sadly, Vade Mecum does not currently support that platform, and I have no time or hardware to do the necessary fixes myself. If anyone feels the urge to try you are more than welcome. The source is freely available to toy with, and if you get it working don't hesitate to contact me. I know that some people would be very happy with this.


29 January 2005, Friday

A month into the new year, I am happy to bring you Vade Mecum 0.6.2 with a few bugfixes. Among the most important of these are:

Some of these fixes means that the old settings file will be disregarded, so you need to input your settings again. This is not a bug, it's a feature. :) Jokes aside, I know that some users have had trouble with the settings file when updating VM. The code for loading and saving the settings need to be re-worked a bit to make updating easier and I will get to that, but I haven't had time for that quite yet. With a bit of luck it should be done for the next release. I have also updated this page a little with a history section. Just so everyone knows how things started...

I've gotten quite a few mails from users letting me know of bugs, asking for new features and generally being happy with Vade Mecum. Thanks all of you! I really appreciate this sort of input, and I would like to encourage all the rest of you to let me know if you have any thoughts regarding VM. I've said it before, but it stands repeating. Anyways, just head into the downloads section and enjoy.


17 December 2004, Friday

Timely for Christmas I am happy to announce a new release with a few bugfixes. These are mainly related to formatting and/or images. If you were having troubles with images being formatted strangely before, you should be happy with the fixes. At least I hope so. Thanks to all of you who pointed out the bugs, I wouldn't have found them without you. If anyone finds any type of anomalous behaviour in Vade Mecum, don't hesitate to send me a mail.

There are still a few bugs I have been made aware of that I have hopes and ideas of how to fix. Since it is drawing near the end of term and I have a few exams that need taken care of, unfortunately those bugs will have wait until next year. The next release should hopefully be out sometime in February.

Also, a few people have expressed an interest in compiling Vade Mecum for smartphones. I don't know yet if it is going to work, but I have hopes that someday Vade Mecum won't be restricted to the ARM Pocket PC. Let's all hope, shall we.

This being the last I am going to write this year, I have only to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope that next year will bring some great new features to Vade Mecum.


10 November 2004, Wednesday

I have been a little confused about the version numbers. Therefore I have now decided that the release made on Monday will be named 0.6 instead (+I have fixed one or two bugs in the image viewer). From now on, releases that introduce major new features will will be upgraded in their major version (currently 6), while minor bugfixes will get a minor version bump. I am sorry if all this has confused you, I can only blame it on being new on this project...

Also, if any of you were wondering why I release such buggy code. I feel that I don't have enough time to test all new features thoroughly, under all possible conditions. Instead I feel that it's better to get those features out to you as soon as possible, so that I can get feedback at an early stage. This means, of course, that I desperately need your input. If anything doesn't work as you expected, or you don't like how things work, please let me know and I will do my best to accomodate your wishes as far as possible.


8 November 2004, Monday

I am very happy to announce that there is now a new release ready for downloading. Among the new features in version 0.5.5 alpha are:

I hope that you'll find these new features useful. There are a few snags however. Searching has become a little slower with the addition of the progress bar. This will be worked out in later releases, but will probably not be on top of my priority list right now. I hope that you'll be able to live with that. Also you will probably have do delete all your metadata files after you have installed this release. This is because a lot of changes have been made to the format. Those are the files that end with .vdm in the same directory as your books.

Please note that this is still in alpha and that bugs may occur. If you find any, please send me a note and I'll do my best to fix them for the next release. Happy reading!


4 November 2004, Thursday

A faq has been created for all you trouble-shooting. So far it is kind of limited, but new entries will be created as questions arise. If you have any questions, please feel free to mail me.


3 November 2004, Wednesday

It seems that a lot of people are having problems when upgrading to 0.5.1. Most of these problems stems from the config file being incompatible. I'm not sure why this is so, but if you have problems when upgrading try deleting vade-mecum.dat in \My Documents. Then you will have to reset your settings. If that still doesn't work, you are most welcome to contact me.

Meanwhile, I am working on bringing composite images to work in Vade Mecum. My plan is to scale the images that are too wide to fit, and to create a dialog to view the images in full size. I hope that this will work out satisfyingly. A new release should be available in a few weeks, so stay tuned.


5 October 2004, Tuesday

I am happy to announce that I have joined Jamis in developing Vade-Mecum. To celebrate that, we have released a new version, 0.5.1 alpha. Improvements include:

As you can see, we have skipped directly to 0.5. For those of you who have been compiling yourselves from the CVS repository you'll notice that the changes that were made for 0.4 were made by Jamis, and those for this version were made mostly by me.

I hope to be able to continue development and add more features in time. I've gotten some good suggestions for new features but I'd like even more. So don't hesitate to send your thoughts. Bug reports are also highly appreciated. Since this is still in alpha things aren't exactly thoroughly tested when released. At least they won't be from now on, since I want to be able to share the goodies as soon as possible. :)

If you had managed to snag the 0.5 release, make sure to get 0.5.1 instead. It solves a few bugs that would cause Vade-Mecum to crash under certain conditions when searching. So make sure to go to the downloads section and get this release.

Yours truly, Henrik Kjoelhede

12 August 2003, Tuesday

Yay! Version 0.3 alpha is available, and adds the following new features to the reader:

Many bugs have been fixed as well, including problems with the color picker.

Best of all, though, is that version 0.3 now sports an automated installer! Grab the .exe file and run it on your PC to install Vade Mecum on your PDA. Or, if you don't have a Windows PC, grab the CAB file and copy it to your PDA. Then, you can execute the CAB file on your device and have Vade Mecum install itself there. Slick, huh?

No screenshots of the new version yet, but they'll be up soonish, I hope...

30 July 2003, Wednesday

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.

11 July 2003, Friday

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...

09 July 2003, Wednesday

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):