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[GUIDE] Display Hebrew on x3ii/x1 (and other RTL languages)

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Post time 2016-8-27 09:30:16 |Show all posts |
Edited by @snuk at 2016-9-2 17:35

Why I wrote this (reading this part is optional)
After receiving my shiny new x3-ii I realized that indeed, and as promised , it does not display hebrew.
I usually prefer to read song names as text and not as say... an assortment of  empty squares - so I looked for a solution.
Turns out it's doable, it takes a little time but the process is not too complicated.
I could not find any information on this, so I thought it worthwhile to prepare this guide, hoping it will be of use to a others in a similar situation.
If you too would like to dispaly a language that...well, nobody really cares about - then this guide is for you!                              
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                     DISCLAIMER: As usual, do at your own risk...yada-yada
  
Introduction:
In this guide I wish to show you the steps to take in order to:
1. Get your fiio device ready to display, presumably,any language you want.
2. For RTL (right-to-left) languages - Get your files ready so they display properly.
                 
   
Big Thanks to :
- fiio for their devices and adopting the UCI concept
- Fiio-shadow for his excellent DIY guide on themes
- TCD1975  for his beautiful custom theme for the x1
- All the people who contribute from their time and knowledge on this forum

Pt. I - Getting your device ready:
          Tip!  If this gets too technical, or you simply have someplace else to be,
                   feel free to download the attached firmware file (scroll down to the end) and skip this part.                                   (but this is for x3ii only!!)

1. Download the relevant firmware for your device.
2. Read through fiio-shadow´s guide to learn how to unpack and later repack the firmware.
3. After unpacking the firmware locate 'fonts' folder.
4. Inside you should see a file that goes by the name of msyh.ttf                                                                                  - This file is the one we want to replace (with our custom font).
4a. Which font should I use And where can I get it?
       - I would suggest using an extensive and screen oriented font (for example: Segoe UI,Tahoma or Arial).
          You can always open up Word on your pc and see what's the name of that font that makes you smile.
       - Where can you get font "xxx"? luckily chances are that you already have it installed on your pc.
          Locate your pc's fonts folder ("C:\Windows\Fonts" on windows 10). for more help: google.
          copy the font you want to a comfortable location (desktop).

5. Rename your  custom font from xxxx.ttf to msyh.ttf
6. Copy your custom font into the fiio font folder (the one from step 3). when asked to replace - click yes.
7. Repack firmware.
8. Copy your new fw file (for the x3-ii you need to rename it x3ii.fw) and perform update as usual.
And that´s it!

Pt.2 RTL Languages:
Prologue

By now you, if you followed this guide and installed an appropriate font, your device should already be able to display your desired language.
But, as I'm sure you've noticed, for Hebrew, Arabic and also the Phoenician alphabet everything is displayed backwards (mirrored).
In this part we will "fix" that. (we are actually going to mess up your files and meta-data )
There are probably many ways to approach this, this is simply the one that worked best for me.

What you will need:
1. Tagscanner- "The Ultimate Tag Editor" (it is actually...)
2. Langover 5.0 - This small program, once installed, allows you to make a few automatic                                                                  manipulations on text (in our case "mirror" it).  It is a little obtrusive
                            and sets itself to start with windows (this can be disabled).
                            However it gets the job done extremely well.                              
- This is not going to be a detailed guide to either programs.
   If you need something more detailed on how to use there's information a plenty online .
- For this part it is preferable to have your sdcard plugged directly to your computer.

Schematic guide:
1. Make sure Langover is running
2. Open tagscanner and drag&drop all the files of a single album into its main window.
3. Open "Edit" tab and press ctrl+a to select all the songs in the album.
    (so we won't have to repeat everything per file)
4. Click somewhere on the Album name
5. Press F6 (default to flip text in langover)- this should flip the text
7. Repeat for artist/album artist/genre etc. Press save.
8. Choose first song. Flip song name. Click save.
9. Repeat for all songs in album.
10. Go to "rename" tab. press ctrl+a
11. Click rename. (this will automatically change file names to reflect changes in meta-data).
      now all file names are flipped too : )
Repeat with your music library until done.
Once you are done your library will be super awsome!!!            

That's it! Took a while to write so I hope this helps : )
Good luck!
Feel free to ask questions.

Download link: x3-ii_firmware2.0  [Segoe UI font]


                    
                                            
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Post time 2016-8-27 11:25:53 |Show all posts |
Oh, my god, snuk, you did a great job to us and our dear customers. Thank you so much.
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Post time 2016-8-27 11:27:02 |Show all posts |
Wow, thanks for your kind sharing this guide of displaying the Hebrew language on X1/X3II correctly.
Good job!!! {:3_48:}
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Post time 2016-8-29 01:08:41 |Show all posts |
You are very welcome
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Post time 2018-2-25 03:48:21 |Show all posts |
Peace!
I bought a second-generation FIIO X1 player.
And it does not support Hebrew unfortunately.
I've been through your guide, and unfortunately I do not have enough technical knowledge to carry it out.
And I'm afraid to destroy the player.
If you can help me I will be very happy.
Thanks in advance!
Eliyahu
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Post time 2018-2-25 09:32:48 |Show all posts |
Maybe FIIO changed the firmware type so I can not unpack?
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