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MSP on a Onyx Boox Max Carta - upgrade to Android 4.4
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Hi,

I would like to share my experience with MSP on a Onyx Boox Max Carta.

MSP shows severe bugs on the Android 4.0.4 that comes with the device.

ALL these issues go away on the Onyx Max devices, if you upgrade Android to version 4.4.

A German reseller of Onyx devices provides an update to 4.4 - this is not recommended by Onyx nor "official" in any way but it works and results in much better experience with MobileSheetsPro. This is my personal experience - please try yourself - you can return to Android 4.0.4 at any time using the firmware from Onyx.

- first install the recommended firmware from the Onyx web site to be sure that you have the officially recommended firmware on your device

http://www.boox.com/index.php/en/support...max-v1-8-2

My device came with version 1.8.2 - this is the same version as published on the Onyx site.

However, Onyx support told me that my version number does not match the published version exactly !!!
So, the distributor on eBay, where I bought the device has modified the firmware ! I do not know the reason.

You can install the official firmware by copying the UPDATE.ZIP to the root folder of an external SD card and then using the automatic OTA mechanism that is supported by the "Settings" menu.

- now install the update to Android 4.4 from here

http://ereader-store.de/en/content/8-downloads

Download the package for the Max Carta LISTED AT THE END of the page.
The normal UPGRADE.ZIP mechanism does not work and you do NOT need UPGRADE.ZIP from the page above to update to Android 4.4 !!!

Please download this package:

http://ereader-store.de/DATA/MaxCarta/Ma...3_user.zip

Unzip to a new folder.
Enable USB debugging in your device settings.
Start the MFGTOOL2.EXE.
Shutdown Android on the device.
Restart as described on the page above: hold < and > keys and the ON/OFF key pressed for 3-4 secs.
Then MFGTOOL shows that it recognizes the device.
Now click on START button in MFGTOOL.
The program does the rest.
After completion, press STOP button in MFGTOOL.

Your Onyx Boox Max Carta now has Android 4.4.
Reinstall MobileSheetsPro from PlayStore and configure it.
You will immediately recognize that MSP looks MUCH better and many bugs do not appear, for example cropping PDF now works and all dialogs and menu entries are shown correctly :-)

:-) :-)

I am so happy that this process worked - now I can start to use MSP as suggested by the developer.

Now I can also install Android apps that require 4.4 - for example, document management apps like Zotero and Mendeley.


Let me know if you have any questions about the update process.
It worked for me, so it should for you ;-)

Regards, Mario
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I have been using the smaller screen-size Onyx boox with MSP for a while and have considered getting the Max Carta to get 13 inch display.
Could you share some insight about how it is working?
I found that it works pretty ok, but annotations are quite slow and can be difficult.
I wrote something about it here :
http://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/forum/...p?tid=2519
Maybe you can do a small review of it ??
Lars
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