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Old 06-25-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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PDF to ePub conversion issue - headers getting left in

I'm hoping someone can give me some pointers on where I'm going wrong here. I'm trying to convert a PDF into ePub, but it seems that no matter what I do the header text is left in. According to both the wizard and the regexbuddy software, both headers are matched, but when I do the conversion they're still there.

Here's an example of the debug code.

Input\Index.html Text:
Code:
will soon manifest themselves.”&nbsp;<br>
“I sense nothing.”&nbsp;<br>
<hr>
<A name=12></a>2&nbsp;<br>
Richard A. Knaak&nbsp;<br>
“Your skills are not honed as mine are, my lord, but that&nbsp;<br>
Regex:
Code:
(?i)(?<=)<hr>\s*<A name=/d+></a>(/d+&nbsp;<br>\sRichard A\. Knaak|Moon of the Spider&nbsp;<br>\s/d+)&nbsp;<br>
Doing this leaves the text when. I do the similar thing with the parsed file and it's still left in.

Parsed\Index.html:
Code:
themselves.” </p><p>
“I sense nothing.” </p><p>
2 </p><p>
Richard A. Knaak </p><p>
“Your skills are not honed as mine are, my lord, but that shall be remedied soon enough, yes?” </p><p>
Regex:
Code:
(?i)(?<=)(Moon of the Spider\s*</p><p>\s\d+\s*</p><p>|\s\d+\s</p><p>\sRichard A\. Knaak\s*</p><p>)
And yes, I've remembered to check the Remove Header boxes
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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Well, I don't know how to do it using regex. But I have an easier way to convert pdf to epub. I use Nitro PDF.

here we go:

1. Crop PDF Document using Nitro PDF to eliminate page numbers and repeated titles, save the cropped PDF and use this for the next step. Remember, even though the page number and repeated titles in the cropped PDF is gone, but the are still there safely hidden. To permanently remove them, go to step 2.

2. Convert the cropped PDF to word (.doc). Now they are finally gone. But you have to go to step 3.

3. Convert the .doc document back to PDF(you may use cutePDF, PrimoPDF, etc). Now you have a new PDF with pages number and repeated title completely gone.

4. And finally convert the new PDF to ePub. and voala.. the page numbers are gone, the reapeated titles are gone..

It worked like charm to me, you may try this.

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Old 07-08-2010, 11:24 PM   #3
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If you have got a good word file, I would simply save from Word as "web page (filtered)", and use this as the basis of conversion to ePub. It is likely to convert far more reliably than a PDF file.
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web page (filtered) means convert .doc to .htm or .html? I never try this way, but will try it. thanks itimpi.
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I just tried it. Is this normal the .htm to .epub conversion takes 9 minutes to complete?The book contain 210 of pages in both PDF and Word format and when I convert pdf -> epub it took less than 1 minute.
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I just tried it. Is this normal the .htm to .epub conversion takes 9 minutes to complete?The book contain 210 of pages in both PDF and Word format and when I convert pdf -> epub it took less than 1 minute.
Most of the time if you saved the doc file as html (filtered), not as html, the resultant html file converts very quickly. When calibre converts PDF the first step is converting the PDF to html then to epub.
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Hi dwanthny, I am certainly sure I saved the document to .htm(filtered) before I added it to calibre. It's recognized by calibre as ZIP file and when I tried to convert it for the second time I found no improvement in the converting speed, it still took 9 minutes, as I tried before.
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Hi dwanthny, I am certainly sure I saved the document to .htm(filtered) before I added it to calibre. It's recognized by calibre as ZIP file and when I tried to convert it for the second time I found no improvement in the converting speed, it still took 9 minutes, as I tried before.
Every book is unique. All I can say is that this example isn't the norm.
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