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Old 03-23-2007, 07:13 AM   #1
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Book Designer - I'm a Convert!

After many months of preaching the virtues of using plain old RTF files on the Reader I've finally got around to trying out Book Designer and all I can say is "Wow!"; I'm a convert!

I'm just blown away by this program - it's wonderful. Load an RTF file into it, click the "Sony Reader" button and there's a beautifully formatted LRF file, complete with all the pictures in the RTF.

As they say in my part of the world, I'm gobsmacked .

BD all the way for me from here on!
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:03 AM   #2
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Happy eBooking!!!!!!

It didn't seem to work for me on vista, but after reading your post I decided to give it another try. Downloaded the latest updates - and..... it works!!!

Now I just have to figure out how to use it.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:20 AM   #3
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Me too

I have used it for the first time this week and I am also impressed.

It is very easy to use on a basic level.

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Old 03-23-2007, 08:25 AM   #4
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I'm still going to use Word for my basic formatting of a document (especially PG text files), but BD is wonderful for converting the final RTF file into a Reader eBook.

At its basic level, all you have to do is:

1. Load your RTF file (or whatever) into BD.
2. Highlight the title and click the "Book Title" button in the right-hand toolbar.
3. Highlight the author and click the "Book Author" button in the right-hand toolbar.
4. Click the "Make Sony Reader" button, set the options up the way you want it, and click the "Make" button.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:38 AM   #5
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Happy eBooking!!!!!!

It didn't seem to work for me on vista, but after reading your post I decided to give it another try. Downloaded the latest updates - and..... it works!!!

Now I just have to figure out how to use it.
I have it working fine on vista except for lit files!!Has anyone figured this out yet?
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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It looks to be the best LRF solution out there at the moment and it can produce great looking books. I still have real problems with the automatic title/subtitle/page break detection and wish that was more configurable.

Here's the Sony Reader settings I'm currently using (viewed using the Medium size setting on the Reader):
Font sizes one lower than the default, paragraph set to size 8 and font style normal
Margins l:30, r:30, t:0 b:20
spacing lines 130%
disable footers, header set to title
images color 4, size as it is
skip cover page
Book language German (configuration setting)

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Bookdesigner works really good for me too. Only problem is with some characters like "&" which are printed as "&" in the LRF file.

But for the rest it's a great program. BTW does someone know how I can make the first letter of a paragraph bigger then the rest as the paragraph? In the RTF file I formatted it like that but BD makes it small like the rest.
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I'm warming to it, I'm still trying to figure out how to make it stop doing some stuff. I got the font and size adjustments working, but now I'm trying to figure out how to make it not treat the list of previously published books as chapter titles. Oh, yeah, and it insists on translating a few certain characters into Cyrillic, for instance, it wants to make "á" into "б" -- a wee bit disconcerting.

If anyone knows what setting I'm missing, please sing out.
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:55 AM   #9
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Oh, yeah, and it insists on translating a few certain characters into Cyrillic, for instance, it wants to make "á" into "б" -- a wee bit disconcerting.

If anyone knows what setting I'm missing, please sing out.
I think you can fix this one by changing the "Language" setting of the book from English to, say, French or German - any language which uses accented characters. This is in the "Settings" dialog (the toolbar button with the screwdriver on it).
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I'm warming to it, I'm still trying to figure out how to make it stop doing some stuff. I got the font and size adjustments working, but now I'm trying to figure out how to make it not treat the list of previously published books as chapter titles. Oh, yeah, and it insists on translating a few certain characters into Cyrillic, for instance, it wants to make "á" into "б" -- a wee bit disconcerting.

If anyone knows what setting I'm missing, please sing out.
How do you do that? If I change the Font it will only change it in the GUI but not in the LRF book.
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On the "Options" tab of the "Make Sony Reader" dialog you can set the font used for each "element". You can't add new fonts, but you can select from the internal fonts. For example, I prefer my books to use the "Swiss" font for basic text, and that works fine.
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I'm still going to use Word for my basic formatting of a document (especially PG text files), but BD is wonderful for converting the final RTF file into a Reader eBook.

At its basic level, all you have to do is:

1. Load your RTF file (or whatever) into BD.
2. Highlight the title and click the "Book Title" button in the right-hand toolbar.
3. Highlight the author and click the "Book Author" button in the right-hand toolbar.
4. Click the "Make Sony Reader" button, set the options up the way you want it, and click the "Make" button.
I don't have a sony reader button I do have sony libre button? also I downloaded the update but when I went to run this program it said it was defaulting to the old? or something like that?

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Old 03-23-2007, 12:30 PM   #13
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What do you see when you select the "Help/Book Designer Updates" menu item? It should say "Book Designer 5. Last update 16/03/2007". That's the latest version, which should have the "Sony Reader" button on it.
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I think you can fix this one by changing the "Language" setting of the book from English to, say, French or German - any language which uses accented characters. This is in the "Settings" dialog (the toolbar button with the screwdriver on it).
I'll give that a shot, HarryT, thanks!
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What do you see when you select the "Help/Book Designer Updates" menu item? It should say "Book Designer 5. Last update 16/03/2007". That's the latest version, which should have the "Sony Reader" button on it.
I tried that and I went to some russion sight...........which I can't read by the way,
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