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Old 11-08-2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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Arrow Maps in mobipocket or epub

I tried to convert pdf-maps (from Lonely Planet Pick & Mix travel guidebooks) to mobipocket. The results are unsatisfying. The fonts are positioned outside the maps. Can anyone please tell me how to build maps for an ebook-format. Is there a way to make the fonts on the maps sizeable?

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Old 11-14-2007, 04:02 AM   #2
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If you want scalable graphics, you should look at SVG. I don't know offhand whether Mobipocket supports SVG, but epub certainly does. Several programs are available to create and edit SVG. Two Open Source ones are Sodipodi and InkScape.

If the maps in the PDF are vector-based, you should be able to convert these to SVG without too much effort.

To convert a bitmapped image to SVG, you can either hand-trace the image or try one of the various programs that attempt to do this for you. I recently came across this web site http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/. The results look very impressive, although I haven't tried it yet. You can always edit the resulting SVG in one of the other programs I mentioned above.
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Inkscape has a builtin vector tracer.
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Mobipocket only supports GIFs (and, I think, also JPEGs in some versions). I'm assuming from the fact that you are wanting to convert to mobipocket that you also have a device that can handle pdfs. If so, wouldn't sticking with pdfs be the easiest option?
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Thanks a lot for your reply. Do you know of any eBook that has been produced with SVG?
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