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Old 05-08-2011, 01:51 AM   #1
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pdf input- all quotation marks missing

I'm using calibre 8.0

I'm trying to convert a .pdf file to .epub, but all of my quotation marks dissapear. I've tried .rtf, .txt, .lit, .epub, .zip - they are gone no matter what output I use.

I've been messing with it for about 3 hours now, and I've tried dozens of things. I've done a google search, read through the calibre help file, and I'm not finding anything that is my exact problem.

Here's an example of my problem:

.pdf input file:
"I wish I could still do cartwheels like I used too," said the old lady.
output file:
I wish I could still do cartwheels like I used too, said the old lady.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:23 AM   #2
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Hi there
When I have to convert pdf's, I use Mobipocket creator. Seems a lot better to me. First I use mobipocket to convert the pdf, then I add the converted books into calibre, and go from there. A bit more work, but better results for me.
You can get mobipocket creator here for free:
http://www.mobipocket.com/en/Downloa...sp?Language=EN
Some of the guru's might have better solutions, though.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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I tried Mobipocket creator, and that didn't work either. Thanks anyway though

I suppose there isn't an answer to this problem.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:37 PM   #4
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There is only one way to convert PDF perfectly. That is to convert the PDF using whatever software you want. Then after the PDF is converted, you have to A/B compare the PDF to the conversion and fix everything gone wrong. That is a lot of work and (IMHO), not worth the hassle.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:10 PM   #5
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Could be a non-standard " character. Try looking at the file in conversion search and replace and see what the character(s) is then replacing it.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:43 PM   #6
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Yeah, I'm pretty much ready to delete the file. It's not worth this much time & effort

The only time I can get the " marks to show up is by opening the pdf file with OpenOffice, but then I have the trouble with broken lines, headers, and footers. I'm going to try a search and replace on the marks, then try a conversion with Calibre, using the heuristic process. uwrapping lines, and also the search & replace to remove the headers and footers.

Who knows, maybe it'll work. Or not... at this point, it doesn't really matter.

Thanks for the suggestions... even if they didn't work. Although they led me down different paths to try, so thats a plus!
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If you can open the file in OpenOffice (which I didn't know was even possible) try saving it as RTF or ODT and converting that.
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It's not worth the hassle.
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