View Full Version : PDF can't zoom in PRS 505?


wicket
05-02-2009, 07:18 AM
Hi Guys

Sorry newbie here. I have several books in PDF file which I have unsuccessfully converted to EPUB:( So I am sticking to the PDF format but... the font is so small and even if i click the zoom button its feels like its still the same font size. Its too small for me to read :( any ideas?

any would be greatly appreciated!

gwynevans
05-02-2009, 07:24 AM
Hmm - I wonder if they're image-based, as you say they didn't convert? Other conversion options you could try are via Book Designer or via Mobipocket Creator, but there's not going to be much they can do if the book is image based.

Have you tried reading it in landscape? Press & hold the zoom button to toggle portrait/landscape.

wicket
05-03-2009, 12:53 AM
Hmm - I wonder if they're image-based, as you say they didn't convert? Other conversion options you could try are via Book Designer or via Mobipocket Creator, but there's not going to be much they can do if the book is image based.

Have you tried reading it in landscape? Press & hold the zoom button to toggle portrait/landscape.

will try the book designer:) I don't think the PDF is image based so I'm hoping the book designer will help me out :)

Did try it now using landscape and it did improve the font size :) still small but at least now I can read it :) Thanks!:)

infomercialscam
05-06-2009, 11:45 AM
Hello...
I think you have to download latest version of Acrobat reader 8.0 it has the functionality what you are asking for but its looks slow to me compare to version 5.0...

Elfwreck
05-06-2009, 12:32 PM
Some PDFs, with lots of tables or "text-block" columns, won't resize in the PRS-505. A lot more don't resize with the "M" setting, which removes formatting but may not make the font notably larger, but do get larger text with the "L." Some get larger with both, but still not large enough for comfortable reading.

Simplest PDF conversion (if Calibre's didn't work well) is to send it to a gmail account, and select "View as HTML" and let Google do the conversion for you; save out that HTML page and run it through Calibre or the Sony program to put it into a usable ebook format.

DDHarriman
05-08-2009, 07:13 PM
Hi

Rotate and read in landscape.

Best regards,

wicket
05-11-2009, 09:49 AM
Some PDFs, with lots of tables or "text-block" columns, won't resize in the PRS-505. A lot more don't resize with the "M" setting, which removes formatting but may not make the font notably larger, but do get larger text with the "L." Some get larger with both, but still not large enough for comfortable reading.

Simplest PDF conversion (if Calibre's didn't work well) is to send it to a gmail account, and select "View as HTML" and let Google do the conversion for you; save out that HTML page and run it through Calibre or the Sony program to put it into a usable ebook format.

sorry newbie here so pardon my question but how do i save an html page?:blink:

wicket
05-11-2009, 09:54 AM
Hello...
I think you have to download latest version of Acrobat reader 8.0 it has the functionality what you are asking for but its looks slow to me compare to version 5.0...


download the adobe reader 8.0 in my mac? That will help?

Elfwreck
05-11-2009, 10:58 AM
sorry newbie here so pardon my question but how do i save an html page?:blink:

In Windows, you go under "File -->Save Page As..." and save the file on your computer somewhere. I imagine it's similar on a Mac; you save it the same way you'd save an open document in a word processing program.

Ellimist
05-24-2009, 01:41 AM
Sorry newbie here. I have several books in PDF file which I have unsuccessfully converted to EPUB:( So I am sticking to the PDF format but... the font is so small and even if i click the zoom button its feels like its still the same font size. Its too small for me to read :( any ideas?
Two ideas.

1. There is a recently updated firmware (http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=PRS505) for the 505 that updates the PDF reflow algorithms, so that might be a problem. (check that link or check in your ebook store software*1)

2. Try converting to RTF. RTF is my format of choice*2 for the 505. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46784

Good luck.


*1 Open the Sony eBook Store, then click on "The Sony Reader" at the top-right, then scroll toward the bottom to get the 1.1 firmware update. "Enables text with PDF eBooks to be "reflowed". This will enlarge the text and improve the readability of text-based PDF's"

*2 Subjectively, it seems that the page turns are faster AND the formatting reflows are better than native PDF.

frabjous
05-29-2009, 07:13 PM
If it's an image based PDF, I'd convert it to LRF with PDFLRF (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13135). If it's a text based PDF, I'd do the same with SoPDF (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32066). Between those two tools, I can almost always get any PDF into readable form on my Sony.

joedevon
06-23-2009, 06:58 PM
If it's an image based PDF, I'd convert it to LRF with PDFLRF (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13135). If it's a text based PDF, I'd do the same with SoPDF (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32066). Between those two tools, I can almost always get any PDF into readable form on my Sony.

How do you know if a PDF is image based or text based? Oh, do you mean once you open it with Reader if it's selectable it's text, correct?

frabjous
06-23-2009, 07:34 PM
Usually, yes, with some rare exceptions. It is possible with Adobe Acrobat Pro, however, to OCR the text but keep the images as well, and then the text will be selectable even though it's image based.

But basically you should be able to tell just by looking at it. If it looks like a photocopy of a book or something like that, it's probably an image from a scan. If it looks like it might look, e.g., on a Word Processor, or professional at all, it's likely text-based.

Anyway, it's not really that important to find out. PDFLRF and SoPDF will both work with either, it's just that I like the output of PDFLRF better for scans/images, and the output of SoPDF better for text-based ones, especially since using PDFLRF on a text-based one will increase the file size dramatically. You can always do both conversions and load both into your Sony and see which one looks better.

joedevon
06-23-2009, 10:32 PM
Cool :thanks:

joedevon
06-25-2009, 04:22 AM
Simplest PDF conversion (if Calibre's didn't work well) is to send it to a gmail account, and select "View as HTML" and let Google do the conversion for you; save out that HTML page and run it through Calibre or the Sony program to put it into a usable ebook format.

Does this still work? I gmailed myself a PDF, it let's me "view" as html, but not save it...and it just converts a text based PDF into images on the actual html page...so it isn't really converting the text into html....

Any ideas?

Elfwreck
06-26-2009, 03:49 AM
Does this still work? I gmailed myself a PDF, it let's me "view" as html, but not save it...and it just converts a text based PDF into images on the actual html page...so it isn't really converting the text into html....

Any ideas?

Depends on how the PDF was made. PDFs made from normal text--like a Word doc--should convert back to full-text HTML. (I checked. It works.)

PDFs made from searchable images convert differently sometimes; I've had some of them convert fine, and some have every other page come out as an image, and some come across entirely as an image. (Saving out the text as *text* should still work; the images will be dropped and the searchable text comes through. But you lose all formatting, and are stuck with the OCR errors that the images hid.)

These kinds of problems are part of why the ebook community doesn't generally like PDFs, and often doesn't think of them as a "real" ebook format. There's no quick-and-simple way to tell how well a PDF will convert to another format, or how editable it is.

joedevon
06-26-2009, 04:06 AM
Depends on how the PDF was made. PDFs made from normal text--like a Word doc--should convert back to full-text HTML. (I checked. It works.)

It's definitely from text...What's weird looking at it now, a right click says it's an image, but I CAN select text, kinda...it just seems like they're doing something funny/javascript/ajaxy magic...

All I can think of is either I'm missing what link I need to click or maybe I need to turn on/off an addon from the labs section of gmail?

I'm attaching what the page looks like for me...what do I click from there? Download gives me a pdf file and view gives me the page described above where I can't do a "save as html" from...