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Old 10-20-2012, 05:18 PM   #46
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Easy for you to say. Yes, I'm certain I can find someone who can assist us, thanks.

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Perhaps I should add: And, given calibre's licence, also easy to turn into a stand-alone tool that could be uploaded as such to MobileRead for others to use.

But that all assumes that Kovid is successful.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #47
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Okay, then. Unfortunately, that doesn't help me. Thanks for the heads-up, though.

If anyone else is working on it for a freestanding use, or...?, please let me know, thanks.

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Solution....

Take a copy of the ePub, let Calibre convert it to ePub again and then pull out the subsetted font(s) and use them in your original ePub. Problem solved.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:22 PM   #48
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No, it will be part of the calibre conversion pipeline.
Will the subsetted fonts be fully standard fonts when the conversion is done?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:10 PM   #49
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Will the subsetted fonts be fully standard fonts when the conversion is done?
They would have to be since epub readers wont recognize them otherwise.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:08 AM   #50
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FYI: I have subsetting working for TrueType fonts (fonts with TrueType outlines as opposed to PostScript outlines). Will be in next release. I'll look into adding support for PostScript outlines as well, but that might be too much effort, since most fonts are available with TrueType outlines. Annoyingly many open source fonts use PostScript outlines.

The code is totally new and undoubtedly has lots of bugs. But it seems to achieve a reduction of font sizes to about 30-40% of their original size for most books. f course if you use a huge font like Arial Unicode MS then it will be reduced to ~3%.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:55 PM   #51
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How do we know if a FOSS font uses one outline type or the other?
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:28 PM   #52
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How do we know if a FOSS font uses one outline type or the other?
It doesn't matter, I added support for PostScript outlines as well.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #53
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Any updates now that Smashwords now supports direct epub uploading?
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #54
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Any updates now that Smashwords now supports direct epub uploading?
Isn't that still in beta?

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What I don't get is why the meatgrinder cannot be used to convert the ePub into all of the other reflowable formats. There's no reason why it cannot be done since the meatgrinder is some version of Calibre.

Also, is Smashwords marking author directly uploaded ePub in a way so we'll know the ePub is not meatground? If not, it's a crap shoot and one I'm not willing to gamble my money on.
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What I don't get is why the meatgrinder cannot be used to convert the ePub into all of the other reflowable formats. There's no reason why it cannot be done since the meatgrinder is some version of Calibre.
Well, it is in early Beta. Those features might be forthcoming. Although some of the formatting allowed in ePub might not work in, for example, mobipocket or palm. Thus you fall back on the Meatgrinder version.

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File a suggestion box item?
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Well, it is in early Beta. Those features might be forthcoming. Although some of the formatting allowed in ePub might not work in, for example, mobipocket or palm. Thus you fall back on the Meatgrinder version.

File a suggestion box item?
How does one file a suggestion box item?

I've found Calibre does a pretty good job converting from ePub > Mobi. Besides, Smashwords could add AZW3 as a supported format given ePub as the source.


With direct ePub upload, are embedded fonts allowed?
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Use the "contact us" button at the top of each page? That's my guess.

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I've found Calibre does a pretty good job converting from ePub > Mobi. Besides, Smashwords could add AZW3 as a supported format given ePub as the source.
True, but take a look at the total list of supported formats. That's probably a bigger reason why the meatgrinder got so much priority over direct ePub conversion. LRF and PDB might not support drop caps or even basic HTML formatting, and just stripping it could make even more problems.

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That's the only reason why I'd bother with it.
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Use the "contact us" button at the top of each page? That's my guess.

True, but take a look at the total list of supported formats. That's probably a bigger reason why the meatgrinder got so much priority over direct ePub conversion. LRF and PDB might not support drop caps or even basic HTML formatting, and just stripping it could make even more problems.

That's the only reason why I'd bother with it.
You'd bother with it to have clean code that is formatted well. Also, because you want more sales. I rarely buy from Smashwords because of the meatginder. I hate it. IT makes ePub with very poor code because Word is full of poor code. Garbage in/garbage out.

The meatgrinder is just some version of Calibre. Calibre converts just fine to LRF & PDB. If you are not sure of how your finely crafted ePub would look in LRF & PDB or any other format, just get Calibre to convert your ePub and then view it using the native reading program (Don't use Calibre as it converts to ePub first before viewing). Reader for PC for LRF, eReader for eReader (PDB), Mobipocket for Mobi, etc.

There is no reason why the uploaded ePub cannot be the source for all the other formats except PDF.
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You'd bother with it to have clean code that is formatted well. Also, because you want more sales.
How is the average customer, the "I run windows because everything usually works" guy or girl, going to know whether the code is elegant or not? And how will it influence their decision to buy? I'll be honest, the cover and blurb are more influence to me than the internal coding

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