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01-09-2010, 11:39 PM
I have several ebooks that are in pdf format. When I open them there is a note on the top of each page - "Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html". It's a link/hypertext to go online. I didn't try the hypertext because I was worried it would mess up my computer.
Has anyone seen this before? I tried using Calibre to convert from pdf to epub but the note still shows up. It is very distracting when I try to read the books.
Any ideas on how to remove this? Is it something unique to pdf files that have been converted with Amber Lit?
01-11-2010, 09:32 PM
I have a new question now.
I found a discussion online when someone else had the same problem. He converted the PDF file and then used WordPad to delete the Amber Lit header.
Does anyone know of an easy PDF converter program? Preferably not too expensive (or possibly free). I guess then I would convert from PDF to html? Does anyone know?
01-11-2010, 10:09 PM
PDF is designed as an output format, and doesn't convert well to other formats.
There are some expensive options for converting them to other formats, but I haven't heard of any working very well.
Personally, I prefer to keep it in PDF format and tweak it to look better on my reader -- sopdf (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32066) is the tool I use most.
Do you need to have html for some particular reason?
01-12-2010, 12:18 AM
I just want to find a way to remove the header on each page of the pdf files. I don't have the original lit files, they were converted by Amber Lit and now a header shows up "Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html" on every single page. I read somewhere that if I can convert to another format (like html or doc) then I can use WordPad to manually delete the headers.
What is sopdf? Is it a program I can download? I'm fine with keeping as pdf, I just want to get rid of the header if possible.
01-12-2010, 05:07 PM
You can download sopdf from the link I gave above -- but it won't remove the notes.
Your best bet is to go back to using calibre for the conversions if the conversion worked well otherwise. There's an option in calibre to use a RegEx expression to remove headers and footers, and it could be used to remove this note too.
If you have trouble making it work, try asking in the calibre forum.
01-13-2010, 02:52 AM
Thanks for the help frabjous.
I found a program that may work for me - ABC Amber PDF Converter. It can convert pdf to lots of different formats. I checked out the trial version and changed some pages from pdf to html. Then I was able to edit the new html to get rid of the header and also change some other formatting issues.
I took a chance and bought it (only $12.95) so we'll see how it goes.
Wish me luck!
02-26-2011, 06:47 PM
Did you get an answer for this? I'm new to forums and can't find anything.
09-19-2011, 01:49 PM
What worked for me:
1. Using calibre, convert from PDF to TXT
2. Open the .txt with notepad, copy the entire thing into microsoft word/open office
3. copy the section you want to delete from the entire thing (ABC Amber Lit converter http:// blablabla)
4. go 'find a replace' in the find bit paste the bit you don't want and just copied, in the 'replace with' section, don't put anything. Hit enter and it will say just replaced however many (I did this for Captain Corelli's Mandolin and got 501 replacements)
5. Copy the entire text and paste it into the original .txt file, and save it over the calibre conversion.
6. go back into calibre and convert from .txt to .mobi. Some of the contents table lost its formatting but as far as I could see that was about it, and well worth getting rid of how annoying that repetitive and distracting message was.
Hope it works for you!
11-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Where did you find Captain Corelli's Mandolin? I've been trawling the web for hours now trying to find a copy!:help:
11-09-2011, 05:19 PM
Did you get an answer for this? I'm new to forums and can't find anything.
This message comes from using the 'free' version of ABC Amber LIT.
I have tried tons of different ways to remove the header, but this finally worked for me.
If your reader doesn't support epub, then this method won't work.
Download and install Sigil - http://code.google.com/p/sigil/downloads/list
Go to http://www.2epub.com/ and convert your PDF to epub (hopefully this is what your reader can use!)
You can input these types of files:
doc, docx, epub, fb2, html, lit, lrf, mobi, odt, pdb, pdf, prc, rtf, txt.
and it will output:
epub, fb2, lit, lrf, mobi
We are using the epub method.
Once converted, open the book in Sigil, and under VIEW, select CODE VIEW. Find the first instance of the header code for ABC Amber LIT ...... and copy all of that code. Use find and replace, replacing the code with nothing.
Search again for ABC, copy that code, find and replace, etc. I usually find about three different types of code for the message. Once you can't find ABC anymore, save the book and enjoy!
This method also works for the novaPDF header or footer that is very similar to ABC's message - again, the result of using the 'free' version.
Hopefully this helps. It's not too complicated, but if you have plenty of books it can be a pain, but the result is a nice ad free book!
12-06-2011, 10:52 PM
For those reading this thread for the first time, don't use ABC Amber anything converter. They don't work all that well overall.
12-20-2011, 11:09 AM
Hi all. My first post (Hope it helps)
To convert files for editing I use calibre to convert the file to htmlz, then extract the htmlz file with (I use) winrar. You can then edit the HTML file to your hearts content keeping the formatting.
I find the easyest way is to transfer it to epub with calibre then edit it with Sigil to remove the Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html
Once you open it in Sigel copy & paste Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html into the find spot then hit delete twice.
It is a pain to do but it is the only way i no of to get rid of it. then save it & reoplen in calibre & convert it back to pdf if that's the format that you want.
You can also fix or make chapters in sigil bc I like having it chaptered.:)
03-17-2013, 05:35 PM
You can use calibre search and replace function in convert. You may meed to use . to replace characters that are 'special' like /.
03-30-2013, 08:05 PM
Click the show button under header/footer for a discussion on using search/replace in Calibre to remove the Amber stuff.
Works great for me with a few modifications when needed.
03-30-2013, 10:04 PM
The message you are replying to is from January 2010. Please leave this thread alone. Let it die in peace.
04-02-2013, 01:27 PM
Those who come across simillar problems should use some pdf editor to delete such watermarks/stamps/hyperlinks or just put blank watermark stripe over them to make them invisible.
01-23-2014, 08:29 PM
I'm not sure how much the programs changes since I've used it but there's a way to change the heading coloring to make it blend in with the rest of the page (ex. the font is blue change it to white to blend in with the background). The options should be seen in preference. I would suggest messing around with it until it outputs like you want it to. I don't have the program anymore to mess with so I can't give you specific instructions on how to do it. Sorry.