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Old 03-29-2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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PDFRead - reading PDFs on the 1100/1150/1200 eBook Readers

UPDATE: PDFRead is now hosted at SourceForge.

I have a REB1100 and all other things being fine, I disliked not being able to read PDFs on it. I then watched the development of PDFRasterFarian for the Sony Reader, and thought that the same logic could be applied to the REB 1100/1150/1200 family.

So, the tool has the following features:
  • support for PDF and DJVU documents
  • works on Windows, Linux and OS X
  • supports creating images for any ebook reader device
  • out of the box profiles for the 1100/1150/1200 and PRS-500.
  • fast and very accurate autocropping
  • image dilation for more "thicker" text enabled by default
  • automatically splitting into multiple pages for landscape mode
  • generate image will fit the screen size exactly in potrait mode
  • rotation of image for devices that don't support landscape mode
  • option for reducing the number of colors to reduce image size
  • output formats supported: currently html, rb, lrf, imp1, and imp2.

See the sample PDF input and the sample output generated with the REB1100 profile.

For Windows, download the PDFRead v5 installer. For Linux and OS X, download the PDFRead v5 source code. Please read the README in the source or windows installations for further details.

Changes since v4
  • added a README
  • add DJVU input support
  • allow specifying custom options in the Windows GUI
  • OS X support fixes (based on sammykrupa's input)
  • tweaks in the EB-1150 and REB-1200 profile
  • do not split page if the generated image width/height is less than the device parameters. This caused too many blank pages to be created.

Thanks to alex_d, Falstaff, Liviu_5 and sammykrupa for helping me and providing me inspiration.

Enjoy.....
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Last edited by ashkulz; 04-06-2007 at 01:14 PM. Reason: update website link
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