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Docudesk PRS Browser for OS X

PRSBrowser1.jpgThe Docudesk PRS Browser allows Macintosh users to easily manage content on the Sony Reader using a native OS X interface.

Both internal and card memory locations are supported, and all natively-supported file types can be added and removed from the Reader (txt, lrf, pdf, rtf, bmp, gif, jpg, png, mp3, and aac) with simple drag and drop operations. You can even copy files from your Reader to a local drive.

This project is based on the ReaderFS file system for OSX.  Special thanks to the author, Scott Turner, for his contributions.  The PRS Browser is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

OS X 10.4+ Intel/PPC. 2.3 mb : ddprs.dmg   Source: ddprs_src.zip


Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 10:28AM by Registered CommenterJ.D. Northrup in | Comments17 Comments

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Awesome program. Finally brings a better Sony Reader experience to us Mac people. Well done! :)

April 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Now for lots and lots of questions (from the 'give them an inch and they want a mile' department):
* Is there a way to traverse the folder structure on the PRS500? I have a bunch of sub-directories, but was unable to open them.
* Any support for viewing or editing metadata?
* What about collections? It'd be beyond cool to be able to create, move and re-order books inside collections via your tool.
* ...and what about Naomi?

When it comes to adding and removing files from the top level of the card and the internal memory, everything works really really well.

I tried moving a folder, however, and got told "File already exists on Reader" and asked whether I wanted to over-write. Hmmmm...

April 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDean Sutherland

The subfolder issue is something that we are looking into. Not using memory cards or file management software other than Sony Connect, we had not come across this in our testing. This and read only metadata detail is on our list. The collections sound like a great feature but this is likely beyond the scope of what we will have time to do. The source is also available for anyone wanting to extend the functionality further.

May 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDarren

I was not able to get this to work.

I installed (pretty easy) then launched the app. The error given was "Reader not Found" .....

Is there something else I should install? Drivers? etc..

Also the reader shows that the USB is connected. Also this reader works fine in Parallels with Windows.

I also have unpdf installed and that seems to be working fine.



May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJim

I had the same problem Jim - maybe it is because we upgraded our firmware and this was built using the framework for the old firmware. I have to admit I called Sony and told them that Collections was needed on the External Flash as even the windows version (I run in Parallels too) doesn't have support for collections on the External Flash. What is the point of having a huge storage place and not be able to organize it. I use UnPDF as well and although some of my images are getting mirrored (open ticket with docudesk) i am happy overall with the PRS. I can't imagine what it would have been like though had I bought one for my parents or something. Sony missed the mark when it comes to reading PDFs (which is the only reason I bought this thing). My work PDFs are 1000+ pages and I have a lot of them.

May 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Jason is probably correct on this, we had only tested the ReaderFS file system, which the PRS Browser uses, with the old firmware. If this turns out to be the problem, as soon as an update for ReaderFS becomes available we will bundle a new package for the PRS Browser.

June 5, 2007 | Registered CommenterDarren Matheny

Thanks for this software, it worked perfectly for me on an Intel Macbook running 10.4.10. I can finally access the Reader without Parallels

July 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

My problem is after I synch the Mac and the reader, and quit the prs browser, the reader stays with "connected to USB" message and I just can´t get it to go back to the regular menu, or even turn it off; since my mac does not recognize the reader, I can´t eject it properly... what can I do?

August 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

I just unplug the USB cable and it doesn't seem to cause any problems.
My Reader just arrived yesterday, and I am and am very pleased with this software!

August 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Does this program allow me to download and buy books from the eBook store as well? If not, how do I download new books? The software that comes with the Reader is for Windows only but it allows you to use the eBook store and get the latest books that way.

September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJW

I have the some problems as Jim. My reader shows it is attached, but the program says I have no reader attached. I am on intel macbook pro running 10.4.1.

Have there been any updates since April?

October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJason Clark

I'm also having the same problem as Jim, trying to get it to work on my G3 PowerPC iBook, running 10.4.1. It just says 'Reader not found'. Anyone know of a way around this?

November 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

This is a great option for the MAC. I am looking for a change on my PC and am not sure if there is a matching app for Windows

November 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteravatrim

Hi all!

Got a Sony Reader for Christmas and was delighted to discover that you had put together an alternative for those of us who use Macs.

I have a PPC iMac running os X.5. When I try to start the PRS browser, it seems to hang. This is true whether the USB cable is connected or not.

Any thoughts?

All best in the New Year,

December 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThe Revd R Craig Bustrin

Similar problems with the PRS browser recognizing the reader when plugged into a USB. I am running 10.4.11. What can I do to access the PRS to organize and upload files?


December 25, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjason

I also got a Sony Reader PRS-505 for Christmas. I have an Intel Core Duo Macbook running Mac OS X 10.5.1. I downloaded and installed the Docudesk PRS Browser. With the reader connect to the USB port, when I started the Docudesk PRS program, the computer froze, requiring a hard reboot. I tried it several times with the same result. The Docudesk PRS program even hangs the computer when the Sony reader is not connected. I assume this is some sort of incompatibility with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard)?

December 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Ed, um... I don't think the PRS-505 needs any drivers at all for OS X. It just shows up as a flashdrive/digital camera type of device. Don't make it harder for yourself!

December 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWitch Doctor
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