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Old 10-28-2008, 10:35 AM   #8
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the bebook is same as the hanlin v3,but i heard of that hanlin v3 can't support PDFs perfectly if they are larger than A4.Can you show me some pics of it's screen when opens a A4 pdf file?.
See the attached pics of A4 PDF displayed on BeBook - I purposely chose a reasonably complex document with graphics and text to push the BeBook to the limits!

Plus just for comparison I included an example of a PDF eBook (text only) formatted correctly for the BeBook screen size (an obvious improvement in readability) - you can use various tools to achieve this reformatting (e.g. CutePDF), but for A4 source documents (like MS Word docs) I prefer to keep the PDF in A4 to preserve formatting.

When using the BeBook for PDF, there are generally 3 zoom levels:

z1 - default or Zoom level 1 is whole page (usually difficult to read as it is A4 shrunk down to fit the BeBook display).

z2 - Zoom level 2 is an intermediate zoom that essentially crops the left/right margins and the trailing portion of the page, so that you have to turn the page to read the last few lines (the last 2 lines are greyed so when you get to them you realise there is more over the page - a nice feature!), this zoom level is not bad for PDFs with decent sized text.

z3 - max Zoom or Zoom level 3 displays one A4 page in two halves, in landscape mode, so you turn the device sideways and read the top half, then page to the bottom half, then to the next page top, etc. Images in the centre of pages are split. This zoom level will display nearly all A4 PDFs in a readable format for the BeBook, essentially doubling the number of "pages" in the document.

The image descriptions are as follows (please excuse the glare from an overhead light - I couldn't quite get the angle right to eliminate it completely!):

20081028_BeBook_A4PDF_z1.jpg (A4 PDF at min zoom - whole page)

20081028_BeBook_A4PDF_z2.jpg (A4 PDF at zoom level 2 - side margins cropped and page footer on next "page")

20081028_BeBook_A4PDF_z3a.jpg (A4 PDF at max zoom - top half of page)

20081028_BeBook_A4PDF_z3b.jpg (A4 PDF at max zoom - bottom half of page)

20081028_BeBook_PDF.jpg (BeBook formatted PDF eBook - nice to read!)

20081028_BeBook_A4PDF__z2.jpg (A4 PDF at zoom level 2 - side margins cropped and page footer on next "page")

20081028_BeBook_A4PDF__z3.jpg (A4 PDF at max zoom - top half of page)

First of all I do not claim that the BeBook is perfect for PDFs, and it never will be with a 6" (91mm x 122mm) screen trying to reproduce an A4 page (210mm x 297mm). Whilst not perfect (degradation in image quality, text font not ideal, A4 sizing not ideal) I feel the BeBook does a pretty damn food job, and I actually find it quite comfortable to read. Mostly text-only A4 PDFs look even better, of course depending on source (GIGO always applies - "garbage in, garbage out").

I hope this helps. Unless you go for an iRex DR1000S, I think the BeBook does PDF pretty well, remembering it's never going to be the ideal format for a small screen on any reader.

Cheers!
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