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Old 10-16-2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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2 column PDF book to 1 column possible?

I can read it on okay my Sony 650, in 4-quadrant view with zooming, but that's kind of a pain. Any way to convert such docs to single column, so that I can switch to a larger font (currently, that causes a mess jumbling the column contents)?
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I can read it on okay my Sony 650, in 4-quadrant view with zooming, but that's kind of a pain. Any way to convert such docs to single column, so that I can switch to a larger font (currently, that causes a mess jumbling the column contents)?
Not with Calibre. A new pdf engine is in progress that will handle multiple columns.
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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Try "Stanza for Windows" (Google this one).
I'm using that one to convert my 2-column novels to 1-column and it works ok.
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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I think that you could maybe use "Briss" (google it, it's free).
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:22 AM   #5
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Not with Calibre. A new pdf engine is in progress that will handle multiple columns.
I found a work around for books that have been scanned as 2 x book pages per single pdf "page"

1. open PDF in adobe viewer, use EDIT + send file to clipboard option.

2. now that the text is on the clipboard you can paste either directly into a new sigil document , or paste into a new word document + save as filtered HTML. ( NB an entire book will take a while to appear in sigil, just be patient )

3. save work from step 2, import add saved book file to calibre, convert to format of your choice. use calibre heuristic etc convert tools to tidy up presentation.

the key step is 1. which takes the 2 column narrative & reflows it as a single column. tried it on a couple of novels & it has worked fine. ( I also cropped off page headers with another pdf tool before step 1 )
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:41 PM   #7
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I have tried several different softwares to convert multi-col pdf into 1-col, so far K2PDFOPT is the best.
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( I also cropped off page headers with another pdf tool before step 1 )
What pdf tools work for getting rid of headers/footers/page#s before Step 1?

Edit: Ah, it looks like Briss can do that too. I'll have to try that.

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Old 09-05-2011, 02:50 PM   #9
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What pdf tools work for getting rid of headers/footers/page#s before Step 1?

Edit: Ah, it looks like Briss can do that too. I'll have to try that.
you can zap the headers with calibre search replace regex, after some practice.

also google pdfscissors
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:48 AM   #10
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you can zap the headers with calibre search replace regex, after some practice.

also google pdfscissors
Yeah, the conversion s/r in calibre - don't know regex well enough yet.

The briss and pdfscissors both look useful, I've grabbed both, and will play. pdfscissors looks easier to use at first glance.

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Thanks, I saw that and it looks good. But I'm on a Mac and not yet running a virtual Windows or a Windows partition, which I try to avoid needing to do. I'm still thinking about a possible virtual Windows implementation but will probably wait awhile if I decide to go ahead. Meanwhile, your other info on your site looks good.
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Thanks, I saw that and it looks good. But I'm on a Mac and not yet running a virtual Windows or a Windows partition, which I try to avoid needing to do. I'm still thinking about a possible virtual Windows implementation but will probably wait awhile if I decide to go ahead. Meanwhile, your other info on your site looks good.
Please try the latest version, just posted, which has an OSX download.

http://willus.com/archive/#kindle

I hope it works for you.
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sorry, willus, can't get it to run. doesn't behave like executable on my system, which is snow leopard OS X 10.8.6. Doesn't run in terminal. Appears as web archive htm, doesn't seem compiled.
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I'll look into it... Are you running 32-bit or 64-bit (what does uname -a say when you type it into the terminal shell?)
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