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spaze
08-28-2009, 09:09 AM
Hello everybody!

Thought about sharing this with you writers as you might be interested...

I created a web application that helps you generate PDF ebooks easily and fast, without worrying about optimization for your ebook reader:

- User acoount, so that you can save and modify numerous books.
- Version control, each modification creates a new version of the book
- Automatic PDF bookmarks based on book chapters
- Customizable title page
- Customizable chapter titles
- PDF preview
- PDF download
- Books automatically optimized for ebook 6" readers so that you don't have to worry about this any more.

The app creates PDF books suitable to be read on BeBook, Hanlin, Sony, Kindle and other eBook reader devices that have 6" display.

This app is free for you to use, so enjoy your book writing!

http://www.majgaj.com/pdf

If nothing else, at least I would like to hear some comments on this.

:thanks:

spaze
08-29-2009, 09:25 AM
Added a possibility to publish your eBook, meaning that downloadable PDF eBook will be created to our server and is available for others to download. Once you publish your eBook, you will be given URL to the file which you can freely share with others.

I would like to hear some opinions on PDF Book Creator...

spaze
08-31-2009, 02:47 PM
So many read times of this topic and no comments at all? Seriously, even though you think PDF is not a format for eReaders, I would really appreciate some comments.

Elfwreck
08-31-2009, 03:38 PM
Does it have a way to import existing files? Having to copy & paste every chapter separately is somewhat painful.

It seems to allow plain text only, not formatted text. Could it be altered to allow HTML tags?

Elfwreck
08-31-2009, 03:59 PM
I can't get it to work. I enter text in the box; it shows up fine on the preview (or rather, it shows up with text I suspect is larger than I'd like, but formatted okay), but when I save it out, much text is removed, and some is jumbled, and the spaces have been removed from some parts: http://www.majgaj.com/pdf/ebooks/elfwreck1251744935/History%20of%20Freemasonry.pdf

I don't see a way to list one's published books; the "All Books Created" list has the same options for published & unpublished books.

ahi
08-31-2009, 05:21 PM
Hi, Spaze!

You might get more responses if you allowed at least testing without registration.

Is the generation done via LaTeX?

- Ahi

Elfwreck
08-31-2009, 05:22 PM
The "registration" is simple: give a username & a password. No email required.

ahi
08-31-2009, 05:26 PM
True enough. Simple and non-intrusive... it might well have stopped some people from checking it out though.

Perhaps point out the hassle-free registration in the first post?

- Ahi

spaze
09-01-2009, 12:49 AM
Thanks guys for your input, I will make some corrections based on your inputs.

Elfwreck: Don't delete your work, I will have a look at your book and see what is wrong. It shouldn't do what it did with your book.

Generation of PDF is done with FPDF since its the only one I found easy enough for PHP and that does automatic word wrapping based on given page dimensions. It also creates the bookmarks with one line of code, which I also liked.

spaze
09-01-2009, 02:45 AM
Does it have a way to import existing files? Having to copy & paste every chapter separately is somewhat painful.

It seems to allow plain text only, not formatted text. Could it be altered to allow HTML tags?

I will look into it, but mixing HTML with plain text gets complicated. What if I wanted to make a book explaining how to code HTML? It would have to have HTML code as a text. But yes, I will look into it.

By importing existing files, do you mean PDF files or just one TXT file copy/pasted into one window?

spaze
09-01-2009, 02:46 AM
I have perhaps fixed an issue with what you had Elfwreck, can you try it out again please?

spaze
09-01-2009, 03:13 AM
I also added the page where you can list your own published books with the URL to them so that you can spread that URL if you wish.

Elfwreck
09-01-2009, 04:50 AM
I will look into it, but mixing HTML with plain text gets complicated. What if I wanted to make a book explaining how to code HTML? It would have to have HTML code as a text. But yes, I will look into it.[quote]

HTML has ways of allowing you to post code as text. Several of them, in fact. How do you think HTML tutorial webpages get written?

Lack of ability to use bold, italics, indented sections, or bullet lists in the text is rather a severe set of drawbacks to a bookmaking program.

[quote]By importing existing files, do you mean PDF files or just one TXT file copy/pasted into one window?

Either. Any. Not having to copy-and-paste each chapter separately.

Right now, I'm not seeing anything this does that isn't covered by setting up a Word doc (or an Abiword doc) with a small page size, and using one of the countless free PDF printers. It does include file hosting--but so does googledocs.

The lack of formatting control is a big drawback. Not being able to choose fonts and point sizes, and not having any idea where the page breaks are (hard to do poetry, in that case) are very troublesome for making books.

spaze
09-01-2009, 05:16 AM
You are correct. If you need formatting and such, perhaps using Word and a printer driver is the way to do it. This app is just another way of creating a book and if you are creating one from another format by copy/paste, then it is more time cosuming at the current state. I, for one, have not found it hard to copy/paste 20 chapters of a book but again this is a prefence of mine :)

The reason why I did this in the first place was, because copy/paste text from websites for example into Word creates more formatting and text-decoration issues than just creating plain text. Word takes all the formatting into consideration and when you paste the content to it, in lots of cases page breaks are messed up, text-decorations and such. Cleaning these up takes more time than copy/paste into this application and let it create constant formatted PDF books.

To be honest, I don't even know how currently I could implement full-features HTML code into this app. You are correct about the formatting lacks, but as I said I will look into this and see what I can come up with.

spaze
09-01-2009, 06:19 AM
OK, I just tried to create a Word document sized 9x12cm and copy/pasted http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html into it. Everything worked fine until I tried to print it out with CutePDF. The output PDF is sized A4 with the content centerized with 9x12cm in dimension. I set the paper size in CutePDF to 9x12cm as well, but nothing better came out of it.

I'm not trying to battle here which is better, but I just found that with my app even though I had to copy/paste content to it, it did create clean chapters along with bookmarks. btw, how do you create bookmarks with CutePDF?

spaze
09-01-2009, 09:01 AM
So there was a similar bug with chapter titles as there was with chapter content. If the document was too big, the chapters and titles got all screwed up, but now the titles are fixed as well.

If you have book in process, you might see that chapter titles are empty. In this case just re-enter them and there won't be any screw-ups any more :)

Nate the great
09-01-2009, 09:05 AM
I moved the thread out of the Writer's Forum. It doesn't belong there.

Elfwreck
09-01-2009, 03:18 PM
I don't create them with CutePDF; I create them with Acrobat Pro. Which, of course, is not freely available. I think there are freeware bookmark tools available, but I'm not sure what they are, and I'm certain they're not as smooth & simple as using Acrobat's conversion process.

But I suspect anyone who wants PDF ebooks for 6" screens, is going to want them custom formatted--if they didn't care about bold & italic, or choice of fonts & pt sizes, just wanted page splits and bookmarks per chapter, they can use LRF, Mobi or Epub files, depending on their reader.

I'm not sure who falls in the niche of wanting ebooks in PDF format, with no choice of fonts, pt size, or margins, and no ability to include text formatting or pictures. The point of PDF is that it has all those features; for plain text with just the chapters marked, the other formats do much better.

spaze
09-01-2009, 03:45 PM
I have to disagree based on my trial and errors I have come to stumble upon. I just created a book into PDF with my app in just 5 minutes of copy/paste that has font size optimized for 6" screen and margins as well and look damn good on my BeBook. I have tried to convert the same book with numerous different formats, and it always had some weird line breaks and other formatting issues... with just plain text. No matter if it was LIT or MOBI to EPUB. I spent more time searching for good solution to get good looking book optimized for my BeBook than it took me to code this app.

It is, after all, a user's own preference what format to use and how to obtain that format. There are tons of software doing the same thing that my application does, but it's about choise. You choose what you use and I just offer yet another option. Take it or leave it. ;)

Elfwreck
09-01-2009, 08:09 PM
Forgot my password from yesterday; what do I need to do to get a new one? Or should I just register a new account name?

spaze
09-01-2009, 11:27 PM
You can register a new one. As there is no need for email, there is no way of obtaining it as it is encrypted and I cannot find it out.

JSWolf
09-01-2009, 11:37 PM
PDF is not an eBook format. So having your program called PDF Book Creator is incorrect.

PDF is a waste of time these days. You might create a PDF for say your 5" Opus, V5, or 300. But move that PDF to say a Kindle DX, Sony Daily Edition, Plastic Logic, any iRex and it looks awful. PDF being fixed is the issue. You have to create it for a fixed screen size and when you view it on other screen szies, it's not nice.

Jellby
09-02-2009, 05:59 AM
PDF is not an eBook format.

It has its drawbacks, but it is an ebook format, just like others. It's not good for distribution and portability (though the P stands for "portable"), but those are not compulsory features of an ebook.

DRMed files, the Kindle format, the LRF format, etc. are even less portable: they only work in particular devices, and yet they are ebooks, just like PDFs are ebooks. But not all ebooks have the same pros and cons.

spaze
09-02-2009, 06:21 AM
You took words out of my mouth Jellby, thanks!

spaze
09-02-2009, 09:26 AM
Just released a new version of the application.

Now it is called eBook Creator, because now you can preview and publish books in EPUB format as well.

The EPUB portion is currently in beta phase, so I would like to have some testing done before really making it a full feature. So if you will, please go ahead and test the EPUB as well :)

DTalon
12-26-2009, 06:25 PM
Spaze, et al:

New to the site, and working thru the terminology. A couple of questions:

(1) By "create an ebook", does this also mean taking PDF files of, say, articles on a topic and creating a "book" in which these articles are grouped using a common table of contents?

(2) Will this app take an existing PDF and enable me to create a table of contents where one now does not exist?

Thanks.

DT

bthoven
01-08-2010, 05:17 AM
OK, I just tried to create a Word document sized 9x12cm and copy/pasted http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html into it. Everything worked fine until I tried to print it out with CutePDF. The output PDF is sized A4 with the content centerized with 9x12cm in dimension. I set the paper size in CutePDF to 9x12cm as well, but nothing better came out of it.



CutePDF free version, though allows you to use the advanced setting, it will not affect your output. Your output will still be A4 size. You must upgrade to Pro version in order to use the advanced version.

Correction (15 Feb 2010): Cutepdf free version can produce any custom page size output.

evitkus
05-28-2010, 08:05 AM
You are correct. If you need formatting and such, perhaps using Word and a printer driver is the way to do it. This app is just another way of creating a book and if you are creating one from another format by copy/paste, then it is more time cosuming at the current state. I, for one, have not found it hard to copy/paste 20 chapters of a book but again this is a prefence of mine :)

The reason why I did this in the first place was, because copy/paste text from websites for example into Word creates more formatting and text-decoration issues than just creating plain text. Word takes all buying viagra online uk (http://www.buyviagraonlineuk.net/) the formatting into consideration and when you paste the content to it, in lots of cases page breaks are messed up, text-decorations and such. Cleaning these up takes more phentermine very cheap (http://www.buyphenterminecheap.com/) time than copy/paste into this application and let it create constant formatted PDF books.

To be honest, I don't even know how currently I could implement full-features HTML code into this app. You are correct about the formatting lacks, but as I said I will look into this and see what I can come up with.





This program is very good! Thanks! :)

meem
08-03-2010, 03:48 PM
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bombix
09-07-2010, 05:35 PM
Hi, were can i download this app?
Thanks in advance

Fernando