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Old 03-29-2003, 12:07 PM   #1
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Converting PDFs to iSilo

Okay, I'm just going to get this thread started before I forget. Currently, I'm trying to get pdf2html to work on MacOS X. I'm getting assistance from their sourceforge forum. I have one more glitch to nail and it will be done. The basic idea is that it will convert PDFs to html, then iSilo converts the files (with pictures) to an ebook. Good stuff if I can get it to work.

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Jim,

Where did you get this software? Version Tracker OS X or from one of the Palm download sites? If it works, it sounds like a great alternative to Acrobat Reader for Palm. Thanks.

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It's actually unix software. You can find it at:
http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/pdftohtml

As I said, I can't seem to get it to compile just yet. Once I do, I'll post instructions.

I'm trying to replace the Adobe Palm Reader because:
1) It is SLOW
2) It crashes my Tungsten W every time I try to view an image or quit the application.

Anyhow, if anybody else find s a solution, let me know! I'll keep working on this.
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Old 03-31-2003, 02:46 PM   #4
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It's actually unix software. You can find it at:
http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/pdftohtml

As I said, I can't seem to get it to compile just yet. Once I do, I'll post instructions.

I'm trying to replace the Adobe Palm Reader because:
1) It is SLOW
2) It crashes my Tungsten W every time I try to view an image or quit the application.

Anyhow, if anybody else find s a solution, let me know! I'll keep working on this.
There is also a graphical Windows frontend for pdfTohtml at http://www.wminds.com/downloads/pdf2htmlgui/ . You're absolutely right, using iSilo for reading converted .pdf files would be the dream solution.
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Old 03-31-2003, 02:52 PM   #5
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There is also a Windows shareware app called PDF2HTML at

http://www.verypdf.com/pdf2htm/index.html

Curious how that one performs though.
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Forget my last post. This tool by Verypdf seems to only create jpg files of the pdf. Not useful at all for our purposes.
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Today I stumbled over a very good PDF -> HTML convertor called Txt2Latex

You can find version 0.49 here. Unfortunately, the site is in German; if you don't understand it, try to read the babelfish'ed version.

Download here.

Requirements: Windows, Java
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Here is another PDF -> HTML which I haven't tried myself:

http://ctdeveloping.com/ctdeveloping...erter_info.asp
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Gemini Solo is supposed to be one of the best PDF -> HTML convertors, you can find info here: http://www.iceni.com/soloSet.html
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Gemini Solo looks REALLY good. There is a crippled demo available at http://www.iceni.com/downloadSet.html

What is really nice that Gemini automatically identifies multicolumn texts and generates a single-flowed text from it. Very nice for reading on the PDA.

Gemini seems also very fast from what I can tell after my first few tests.
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Got pdftohtml to work on MacOS X! And it's free! I'll need a little time to set up the instructions. Wow, it does the graphics and everything. Woo hoo!
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Just a comment a quick comment about pdf converter software: I think it would be best to just try to format the contact as exact as possible to the original pdf document. Let iSilo do all the re-formatting. That way you aren't trying to juggle reformatting between two pieces of software and get unexpected results.

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There is also a Windows shareware app called PDF2HTML at

http://www.verypdf.com/pdf2htm/index.html

Curious how that one performs though.
I have tried this one. The results is not that great with lots of mis-alignment.
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Got pdftohtml to work on MacOS X! And it's free! I'll need a little time to set up the instructions. Wow, it does the graphics and everything. Woo hoo!
Way to go, Jim! Please keep us OS Xers informed on your progress!

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Gemini Solo looks REALLY good. There is a crippled demo available at http://www.iceni.com/downloadSet.html

What is really nice that Gemini automatically identifies multicolumn texts and generates a single-flowed text from it. Very nice for reading on the PDA.

Gemini seems also very fast from what I can tell after my first few tests.
It ought to be really good - it costs £159!
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