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Old 07-15-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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An instance where PDF works

I'm on record (yeah, as if anybody cares) with the opinion that PDF is pretty useless for a 6" screen. BUT...if the PDF is the manual to your new camera, and it's meant for a little 4" x 6" booklet, there's not much reduction at all. It's much handier than carrying around a 143-page printed manual.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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True, or if you are converting a powerpoint presentation into PDF, that usually works pretty good too.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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>> ... the manual to your new camera ...

Or the manual to your amateur radio ... I have several owners manuals for various model radios - printout is about "half" the size of an 8.5 x 11" page, landscape. The Kobo is VERY handy for me for those documents! (Now, then, if I could only change the TITLE of some .pdf docs, I'd be pleased).
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:48 PM   #4
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>printout is about "half" the size of an 8.5 x 11" page, landscape. The Kobo is VERY handy for me for those documents! (Now, then, if I could only change the TITLE of some .pdf docs, I'd be pleased).
If they're not locked, you can use a program like BeCyPDFMetaEditor to change the title. (Or Acrobat Pro. But that's expensive, and the meta editor is free.)

If they are locked, there's software that will unlock them, but it's not free (although $10-15 isn't too bad for a useful program) and then they can be run through a metadata editor.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:22 PM   #5
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Comics work well in PDF Also if you change the display to landscape you get larger text. Calibre will let you convert a PDF to a ePub which works well too.
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I'm on record (yeah, as if anybody cares) with the opinion that PDF is pretty useless for a 6" screen. BUT...if the PDF is the manual to your new camera, and it's meant for a little 4" x 6" booklet, there's not much reduction at all. It's much handier than carrying around a 143-page printed manual.
Going with that idea further, imagine pdf file, all text, no
pictures. What would be a method, for any operating
system, to process the file and have one exactly as your?
I assume adobe would be mentioned. Probably more.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:28 AM   #7
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Any PDF that's formatted to the size of the screen (or smaller I guess) works well on a 5/6" device. You can actually have more formatting control than any other format if it's desired. It's just that most PDF's aren't formatted to those small sizes.
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Any PDF that's formatted to the size of the screen (or smaller I guess) works well on a 5/6" device. You can actually have more formatting control than any other format if it's desired. It's just that most PDF's aren't formatted to those small sizes.
Yep. I was looking after changing the screen size.
The one intended for big, big screen (spite the format
is for printing) to smaller, just for kobo.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:48 PM   #9
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As I've mentioned in already a couple of other forum threads, Kobo + pdf = works great for me. Just have to get it ready, but it does work pretty good, even on a 6" screen.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:06 PM   #10
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i read most of my fiction in pdf format. it works just fine, IF it is formatted for that size screen (fiction usually seems to be). if not, then i used to reformat it (which can be a pain), but now i just convert to epub instead because it's more robust.

i don't know that i'd use my camera manual on my kobo in pdf format. it takes too long to get to the right page.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:05 PM   #11
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I retitled it in Calibre.

Agree with your comment! A table of contents would be nice.
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