Archive for April, 2009

Donation is appreciated

April 29, 2009

As more users are using lcViewer, the third-party server (I have no control) might reject lcViewer connection in the future. I’m thinking about ordering a reasonably decent server. The other benefit is to get better control of the server, so I can easily add support for other document formats, including Microsoft Word (.doc). I’m not able to do this unless I can get hold of a server. So please donate a small amount of money to fund a decent server and future development.


1.5 was out

April 27, 2009

release 1.5 was out. it fixed many annonying problems. Now it directly supports GMail app and most file managers.

Known issues and workarounds

April 22, 2009

Below is a short list of known issues and corresponding workarounds. Please add comments about the problems you encountered. I will try to reply them ASAP.

The first three have been fixed in the 1.5 release.

  1. Gmail
    Currently it’s not supported for lcViewer to open an attachemnt from the standalone Gmail app. The workaround is to log into your gmail through the web browser. lcViewer works well with web browser.
  2. File manager
    lcViewer works well with ASTRO file manager, but may not work with others due to the same technical reason of the Gmail issue. The workaround is to launch lcViewer directly, and then press menu ‘Open’ to choose the file you want to view.
  3. Foreclose
    Actually you can cancel the conversion easily by pressing the Back button which is on the right side of the Trackball. According to G1 user manual, Back button is used to go back to the previous screen or to dismiss a dialog box or menu. I may add a cancel button on the progress window to make it more straightforward.
  4. Progress window
    Initially it stays at 8% and may jump to 40% after a while depending on your file size. As long as your got reasonable network connection, just leave it running for a couple of minutes if your file is above 2MB. I’m sure it will works. Anyway, will try to make the progress bar more indicative if possible.

1.4 was released

April 19, 2009

lcViewer 1.4 was released. A few new features, including postscript (.ps) support, GoToPage and standard zoom controls, were added. Also did some refactory work which is not visible from the app.

 It’s working with ASTRO file manager now, but still not with some other file managers. 

Does not work with standalone Gmail app. It does work if you access gmail from web browser.

A file size limit (5MB) was added due to the restriction of the web server which I have no control of (I do not own the server). I might provide a PC utility to convert big files and transfer them from PC to G1 in the near future.


April 15, 2009

Some users experienced problems when using lcViewer. I do not know how to reply users’ reviews on Android Markets. Please let me know if it’s possible to do so. Otherwise, please post problems here. Hopefully they will be answered by experienced users or by myself.

Please also report bugs and feature requests here.


lcViewer Intro

April 15, 2009

The lcViewer is a lightweight PDF viewer on Android platform. It requires network connection to open a file for the first time. Special thanks to for providing server-side conversion.

At the moment, lcViewer does not work well with the standalone GMail and Email app, but it works with web browser.  So to see your email attachments, you’d better access your email through web browser.

lcViewer does not work well with some file manager either. You have to launch lcViewer directly to open a file.

Will try to fix the above issues and polish the UI in the near future.  Other things planned is to support other file formats, including Word (.doc), Postscript (.ps) and .chm.

lcViewer was release

April 12, 2009