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Offline albinofrenchy

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Ands-pdf v1.4 - A PDF Viewer for the DS!
« on: March 20, 2009, 06:16:20 AM »
Nickname: Albinofrenchy
Project name : Ands-pdf
From: USA
Division : DS APP
Original submission : YES
Support for Motion Card : NO
In last NEO Compo this project have won in the top 10 : NO
Download link: Click here
Installation: Extract full contents of .zip to the card. The .nds file itself can be anywhere, but the FONTS folder must be in the root directory.


The ands-pdf project aims at providing a solid PDF viewer to NDS users. As far as I know, this is the first project of its kind.

Load up the ROM and fire it up and it will give you a file browser to look for your PDF with. You can use your stylus or the d-pad for the file browser; select with 'a'. It will then load the PDF and display it in 'book-orientation' mode. There is also a reader mode, which provides just the raw text for a selected page.

Please see the project homepage for a more verbose description.



    * Start opens a new file ('B' will cancel this operation.)
    * Select + Up/Down adjusts the screen brightness to the desired level
    * B button toggles view mode between normal document view mode and reader view mode.

Normal Viewer Mode:

    * D-Pad pans the document
    * X toggles between book mode and normal mode
    * Right Shoulder/A moves forward a page.
    * Left Shoulder/Y moves back a page.

Reader Mode:

    * Right/Left arrow moves page forward/backward
    * Up/Down arrow moves page text up or down.

Known bugs and issues:
  • Documents with large images will crash the rom.
  • Some large documents will crash the rom as well. Fitting all of this into the available ram is hard enough for normal pdf files!
  • Some documents do not cooperate cleanly with the reader interface. They will not crash the rom however
  • Some of the rendering and file opening is extremely slow. Its worse for files that use external fonts than those that don't. Please be patient with it.
Other notes:

I've actually included a PDF that I know works well; although it is one of the slow types of PDF file. I encourage the judges to play around with their own PDF, but if none of them work, I'd appreciate if they looked at it with the provided one. Also, if you find a PDF that doesn't work that doesn't seem too large or have images, please send it to me so I can figure out what is wrong with it.

Project Homepage:


A screenshot of the reader mode.

The default PDF view, in the default book orientation.

The 'zoom' overlay. You draw a box in here to control what part of the current page you see. This is in normal orientation.

Please shoot me any questions either here or on the development site!
« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 03:56:57 PM by albinofrenchy »

Offline samel

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Re: Ands-pdf v1.4
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 06:42:50 AM »
You ROCK!!!!
"Close the world, txen eht nepo!"
"You will never break my mind!"

Offline Prince Gohan

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Re: Ands-pdf v1.4
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009, 07:06:22 AM »
looks cool, always wanted a pdf viewer!

Offline moegie

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Re: Ands-pdf v1.4 - A PDF Viewer for the DS!
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 04:47:22 AM »
wow, that's really very impressive. I'll give it a go and if it works for me, this will definetly stay on my card pernamently.

keep up the good work !

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Re: Ands-pdf v1.4 - A PDF Viewer for the DS!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2009, 05:51:39 PM »
this project is pro!!!!!! ::sm-18.gif:: ::sm-18.gif::