Monthly Archives: July 2013

Microsoft Reader App 8.1 Preview – the Hidden Gem

I have in several previous blogs complained that Windows RT and Windows Surface RT did not have a Metro PDF reader that matched the capabilities of Goodreader on the iPad.

One of the main reasons I was looking forward to the release of Windows 8.1 Preview was the hope that it would include an improved Reader app. I was disappointed in reading all the reviews of the 8.1 Preview there was no mention of any improvements to the Reader App in the media. I was therefore very surprised to discover, that the Microsoft’s Metro Reader App does contain most of all the improved capabilities I was hoping for. It can now:

  1. open a maximum of 5 PDFs at the same time; and
  2. those PDFs can be viewed either in separate windows or switched by selecting tabs

The Reader App will not automatically close a PDF document if you open another.

Two Sample PDF’s shown open in separate windows.

The Metro App retains all its existing annotation and commenting capabilities. It is now a very powerful PDF reader.

The Reader App only recognises internal hyperlinks. It cannot open an externally hyperlinked pdf document; neither does Goodreader. Nor does it recognises embedded PDF documents that may be in a PDF Portfolio; neither does Goodreader.

Given the inherent advantages of the Windows RT in recognising USB drives, the Metro App by default has become a much more capable pdf (and XPS) reader than Goodreader can ever achieve.

Some functionality (opening multiple instances of itself) could result from the additional functionality of Windows 8.1. It could also be we can look forward to similar functional improvements (and more) in Adobe Reader Touch and other PDF readers in the Store once 8.1 is officially released.

JDC 17 July 2013

Mr Nokia, Are your Lumia 920 Gorilla Glass Screens Defective?

In the last 6 weeks, my wife, my office (2 phones), my son, my step daughter, and my step grandchildren (2) upgraded their iPhones to Lumia 920s. We could have stayed with iPhones, or we could have chosen the Lumia 820 but we selected the 920 because the screen was made of Gorilla Glass. Whilst I did not believe Gorilla Glass to be unbreakable, I believed that it would better withstand an accidental drop. I was wrong! Within the course of last week, my son’s phone fell out of his pocket, my wife’s phone slid off the bonnet of her car, and my business partner’s  fell of a lounge (from a height of  only 30 cms from the ground). In each case the screen much their amazement cracked.

My Wife’s Phone

My Son’s Phone

My Business Partners Phone

It appears that these are not isolated incidents:

nokia Lumia 920 cracked gorilla glass , poor desig…

I accept that had my wife or my son were using an iPhone, those screens may have also cracked if dropped the same way. An iPhone screen most likely would not have cracked falling 30 cms. I have dropped them from much higher.

Your phones are advertised as being tough. You represent that they can hammer nails

Nokia uses Lumia 900 as a hammer in a torture test, makes us wince

Nokia Lumia 900 is tough as nails — literally

Whilst Gorilla Glass is not unbreakable, you represent it as being able to withstanding accidental drops.

In each of the above situations and those described in the above hyperlinks the screens should not have cracked. I can only conclude there was a defect in the gorilla glass on those phones, or there is design defect in the sculptured glass causing the screens to crack so easily. I note that there have been other reports of defective glass in the Nokia 900

Nokia Lumia 900 screen potentially weak from the inside, cracks from slight fall [Updated] – Gadget Review

How many Lumia 920 owners have suffered cracked screens in the same circumstances?

JDC 8 July 2013

Updated 9 July 2013