Javascript executable files?

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  1. Russ

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    I am still trying to find a backdoor way to convince the RT Kindle app that it can read .mobi files. So, I use Windows Explorer to select a .mobi file and choose "Open With." It offers me the opportunity to browse to the application that I want to use.

    I have already arranged access to the "Windows Apps" folder, where Kindle lives, but when I get there, I don't know what to choose.

    How do I identify the "executable" file in a Javascript app?

    High on the learning curve.

    Regards,
    Russ
     
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    Windows Store Apps do not execute the way Win32 Apps do, there is not a binary executable but an HTML5 or JavaScript package with an XML manifest that is protected by the Application Manager to prevent overflow attacks.
     
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    Jeff --

    Is there a way to initiate execution of the relevant file? As I said, what I am trying to do is to establish an "Open With" relationship between the Kindle app and a .mobi file.

    Thanks,
    Russ
     
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    Only if the author of the Program has associated the file extension with the App, I do not know of a way to force it...mobi isn't listed as a file extension in the default program control panel.
     
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    Thanks, Jeff.
    I guess I will have to wait until somebody develops a Mobi reader app for the RT.
    Failure is not total, however; I did learn some interesting stuff in the attempt.
    Regards,
    Russ
     
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    @Russ have you every tried or heard of Calibre? It does E-Book conversions and it's free.
     
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    Leeshor --

    Yes, I have Calibre, but it does not do a good job of converting .mobi to .epub. The content is all there, but the formatting gets messed up, and reading it is disconcerting.

    A better program is Istonsoft's Mobi to Epub converter, but it's not free ($20+). It does a much better job.

    I have a lot of mobi books, and would rather not have to go through the conversion process when I want to read one on my RT. It is also possible, as my late Wife often suggested, that I do carry tenacity to the ragged edge of being a fault.

    I have not given up the quest, but I have suspended the effort -- . . . . . . at least for tonight.

    Take care,
    Russ
     
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    We can only hope a dev is working on a solution as I write this. ;)
     
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    @Russ - lol @ Tenacity comment, and sorry to hear about your wife. These are the pains of being early adopters. I think the surface pro is what most people are looking for in a MS tablet. With a few small tweaks and app additions however, I think the RT can remain a strong option in the market place.
     
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