Make Reading on your Computer a Pleasure With MartView

oldbooks   Make Reading on your Computer a Pleasure With MartViewOne of the problems I’ve always had with online eBook readers is that they just doesn’t have the same look and feel of a real book or magazine. When you hold a book in your hands, you can grip the corner of the page and curl it back just as your finishing the last few words on the page, and then quickly toss the page over to the next page so you can continue without pause. This is part of the experience of reading, and it’s something that is very hard to give up as you transition to the digital medium of the Internet.

Luckily, there are eBook reader devices that now incorporate an animated sort of “page turning.” Those features are awesome, but they don’t help you much when you’re trying to read an eBook on your computer when you’re not mobile. This is why I was very excited to discover an awesome desktop eBook reader called MartView.


MartView is a unique digital reader application for Windows (Mac version available soon) that recreates this “authentic” reading experience. Using this reader, you can also read regular PDF documents as well, such as a free PDF eBook download. You can slowly or quickly turn or bend pages, scroll through documents using a variety of methods and orientations, and much more.

MartView Makes Reading Digital Documents Enjoyable

What I love about the free MartView eBook reader is the design that’s very easy on the eyes, and the functionality that really does make you feel like you have ultimate control over the motion of the book and the flow of your reading. Once you download and install the application, it looks like this.

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Normally, the top menu bar is hidden, but when you bring your mouse near the top of the screen, it drops down. There are a lot of cool options available for how you’d like to navigate through your eBook. You can simply flip through (my favorite), or you can opt for the standard horizontal or vertical slide formats of typical PDF readers.

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In the image below, I’ve grabbed hold of the lower right corner of the page and I’m turning the page in the example eBook. This shows the page in mid-flip, but you can actually hold it there as you would with a normal book. You can put it back if you want, or continue on to the next page. It’s a very cool feeling to have so much control over the motion of the page, and the shading and animation really makes it feel like you’re looking at a real book.

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Changing views is as easy as clicking on the drop-down menu bar. Here, I’ve instantly changed the navigation to the vertical slide option. In this format you can use the scroll-bar (or your mouse scroll) to scroll up and down the entire eBook.

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Another very cool view is the “thumbnails” view. Rather than sifting through a table of contents to find the page that you’re looking for, why not browse a thumbnail of all pages of the eBook? This makes it very easy to find diagrams or images that you want to refer back to but don’t remember the exact page.

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You can use the MartView reader as a standalone PDF or eBook reader, but it also has the ability to connect through your Internet connection and download from the huge library of free eBooks at the MartView website. You don’t need an account, all you need to do is install the reader and you can start downloading free eBooks.

You can also create and upload your own eBooks and store them on the MartView library.

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You can create and upload an eBook to the MartView library from a PDF eBook, from a collection of your own personal images, or from an archived collection of images and share your eBook with the entire community.

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The upload process is really simple and fast. Just select the file, give it a title that you’ll remember easily (and a good category), and upload it to MartView.

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The coolest part of MartView, in my opinion, is the library. I love free reading material, and the volumes of free content that you’ll find at MartView is seemingly unlimited. There are entire collections of online magazines, sorted into categories like Business & Finance, Computers & Tech and a lot more.

Of course, you aren’t limited to downloading and reading MartView eBooks only. You can open up any PDF on your computer or that you download from any other PDF-based eBook site using your MartView reader. Here, I opened a free download of A Tale of Two Cities.

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You’ll notice that the shading and appearance gives your PDF document the look and feel of a real book. Just start paging through and enjoy your reading experience!

As with many good things, there’s a downside. I did notice that MartView is a dog when it comes to memory consumption. It’s best used with all other applications shut down and devoting the entire screen to the reading experience. Unless you have some massive memory, I wouldn’t advise trying to accomplish much else with your computer while running MartView.

With that said, I really like the software and plan to use it whenever I have some free time to sit back and enjoy an e-magazine or a free eBook.

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Peter O. Burgin

Been doing a blog series on E-book reading devices, but had not come across Martview before. I will have to check this out! Thanks.

http://www.firegeode.com/blog/?cat=38

Peter O. Burgin

Been doing a blog series on E-book reading devices, but had not come across Martview before. I will have to check this out! Thanks.

http://www.firegeode.com/blog/

Vivek

I have installed MartView from CNET.com in Windows 7 Home Premium. On start i just see the splash screen and it’s hung on same forever. Did you had any trouble in Windows 7 ?

Ryan Dube

Hey Vivek,

My tests were all with Vista (I’m upgrading to Win7 next week), but in my case I didn’t experience any issues. It appears other Win7 users did (see below).

Vivek

I have installed MartView from CNET.com in Windows 7 Home Premium. On start i just see the splash screen and it’s hung on same forever. Did you had any trouble in Windows 7 ?

Oaken

Whilst waiting for Blio to emerge I thought I’d give Martview a spin, and I’ve already removed it from my PC 24hrs after install.

Running Intel quad core and Windows 7 Pro, very well optimised down to the nth including all starts, services, boot, etc. As soon the program started AIMP (the only other program running) began to sputter and Martview prompted me to close the player so it could run normally.

Upon uninstalling Martview it left a mass of leftovers including various DLLs, etc, and considerably more than anything I’ve uninstalled since Adobe Reader!

Thumbs down from me :-)

Ryan Dube

Thanks for the heads up Oaken. Didn’t realize MartView was such a resource hog – it seemed to work okay with me, however I just may not have the same applications installed that it seemed to conflict with in your test. Sorry to hear it didn’t work out, but sounds like you’re not the only one that noticed performance issues!

Oaken

Whilst waiting for Blio to emerge I thought I’d give Martview a spin, and I’ve already removed it from my PC 24hrs after install.

Running Intel quad core and Windows 7 Pro, very well optimised down to the nth including all starts, services, boot, etc. As soon the program started AIMP (the only other program running) began to sputter and Martview prompted me to close the player so it could run normally.

Upon uninstalling Martview it left a mass of leftovers including various DLLs, etc, and considerably more than anything I’ve uninstalled since Adobe Reader!

Thumbs down from me :-)

Bob

nice concept, crap program, downloaded, installed, tried to open first time, failed, uninstalled, end of!

Ryan Dube

Bob – what OS are you using? My tests were done on Vista and it seemed to work flawlessly.

Jamie

the main app could do with a little more polish, like simple things such as moving pages with arrow keys or support for one full page at a time, no scrolling – but the library of books and magazines is HUGE. This *will be* shutdown soon, so grab it and download some books while you can!

Jamie

using it just fine on Win7x64, no performance issues (well, it is a quad-core 4gb mem with kickass video card, so….)

AriesWarlock

Calibre seems to be better.

Ryan Dube

Hey Vivek,

My tests were all with Vista (I’m upgrading to Win7 next week), but in my case I didn’t experience any issues. It appears other Win7 users did (see below).

Rob

This is a wonderful software! I’m only using a notebook w/an intel atom N280 processor & 1 GB of RAM Win XP ProSP2 but the viewing of the e-books are so fast.. I’m a software/hardware/electronics engineer and all I can say is after installing the program (martview.. of course u need to install java as a prerequisites or u can downlod java at sun.com ) dowload any copy of the e-books at martview.com & open it using the martview.. you will find a very unique e-book reading experience!!! for those who experience difficulties in loading PDF files CONVERT it first to MARTVIEW FILES!! Simply look at the menu of the martview and there u’ll find how to convert it!!
For those commenting BAD bout dis program TRY to solve d problem first b4 saying any unwanted things! There’s NO BUG in this program YOU STUPID MORONS!!!
As a JAPANESE saying goes “EVIDENCE OVER ARGUMENT”
ciao!

Rob

This is a wonderful software! I’m only using a notebook w/an intel atom N280 processor & 1 GB of RAM Win XP ProSP2 but the viewing of the e-books are so fast.. I’m a software/hardware/electronics engineer and all I can say is after installing the program (martview.. of course u need to install java as a prerequisites or u can downlod java at sun.com ) dowload any copy of the e-books at martview.com & open it using the martview.. you will find a very unique e-book reading experience!!! for those who experience difficulties in loading PDF files CONVERT it first to MARTVIEW FILES!! Simply look at the menu of the martview and there u’ll find how to convert it!!
For those commenting BAD bout dis program TRY to solve d problem first b4 saying any unwanted things! There’s NO BUG in this program YOU STUPID MORONS!!!
As a JAPANESE saying goes “EVIDENCE OVER ARGUMENT”
ciao!

Horselover

how do you uninstall it????????? =p

Ryan Dube

Hi – I believe that uninstall programs in the control panel works fine for this app?