Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Formats > Workshop

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-24-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
juneymoon
Junior Member
juneymoon began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 5
Karma: 10
Join Date: Jan 2012
Device: none
Converting Music Notation

Hello everyone,
I am new to this forum. However I could use your help. I got brilliant idea the other day to offer my musical instruction book online as an ebook. doing some research about how to do this I download "calibre" to help with the conversions. from PDF to Epub. I was totally surprised with the output after I tried to convert a few pages from my book. to say the layout was totally not the same would be an understatement. Can anyone offer me ideas of how I might get mt music to come out as it was created? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Juneymoon
juneymoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2012, 04:25 AM   #2
DSpider
Addict
DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DSpider ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DSpider's Avatar
 
Posts: 399
Karma: 326969
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Romania
Device: iPod touch 2G (16 GB)
Welcome. I'll just copy-paste this because I'm tired of explaining it every single day, in some form or another:

"PDF is the worst possible format to convert FROM. It was designed as an output format. This subject has been beaten to death around here because a lot of PDFs aren't tagged PDFs - meaning that letters (and a lot of times small groups of letters) resemble something like floating objects on a blank paper, each with their own coordinates and extra baggage. So it's very difficult to get a 1:1 conversion. A lot of formatting will be lost, some will get interpreted wrong, etc..."

Here's what you could do:

Run the PDF through ABBYY FineReader 11, proofread it there (meaning you read the book in FineReader), export as .odt or .rtf, do the layout in "Atlantis Word Processor" or "OpenOffice with the Writer2ePub" as these two can export straight to ePub. Then proofread the final product again, preferably on an e-reader or at least in ADE (Adobe Digital Editions) given that most e-reading devices are ADE-powered. Another route would be to use Word 2010, export as Filtered HTML, import the HTML file into Sigil, manually tweak the code but you should know that Word adds a lot of garbage and even the most up-to-date version can't produce a 1:1 HTML file. It's unbelievable. You'd think Microsoft would have the resources to pull it off, but noooo... There's a $99 program called "Word Cleaner" that I have yet to try. For $99 it better do dishes and clean my kitchen too.

If you only need a few certain glyphs you could embed fonts and define them in the style.css file. Otherwise stick to PNG images for the music sheets or whatever.

Last edited by DSpider; 01-24-2012 at 04:29 AM.
DSpider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2012, 09:41 AM   #3
juneymoon
Junior Member
juneymoon began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 5
Karma: 10
Join Date: Jan 2012
Device: none
@DSpider

Thanks for your reply. I follow your instructions and let you know how things turn out. I appreciate that you would give a detailed reply.

Thanks
juneymoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2012, 08:13 AM   #4
petrucci
Groupie
petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.petrucci ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 191
Karma: 1627129
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: Kindle Paperwhite
I have tried my hand at e-music publishing. I ended up using image files for the notated music, as the electronic systems did not preserve my formatting.
petrucci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
Kittybriton
Member
Kittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchforkKittybriton can load mercury with a pitchfork
 
Kittybriton's Avatar
 
Posts: 12
Karma: 48138
Join Date: Aug 2012
Device: FBReader, Cool Reader and Aldiko (Android Tablet)
My experience so far suggests that Petrucci's solution is the best work-around we have to date. PDF is a long-established and stable format, but having been conceived before things like smartphones, I think perhaps the applications for it are dwindling in favor of the ePub format.
Kittybriton is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
music for e-readers - free ambient music download - development possibilities pureambient Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 19 05-25-2011 09:02 AM
PDF notation, screenplay reading - Kindle 3 kidblue Amazon Kindle 2 10-02-2010 07:20 PM
Android Music notation app? fgruber enTourage Archive 0 09-23-2010 10:04 AM
Readers with freehand notation capabilities emai7s2 Which one should I buy? 8 09-14-2010 05:11 AM
Advice for musical notation pages Elfwreck Workshop 9 06-01-2009 11:03 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:48 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.