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Old 12-10-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Help with converting .pdb files

I download a .pdb file from an open forum (it's a magazine with pictures) and I can read it using iSilo on my PC. I want to convert it to pdf (or other format), mainly because I want to read it on my blackberry playbook. Currently, iSilo does not have a version that support the playbook, they have one for smartphone. So I thought it's easiest to convert it to pdf and read it on the playbook.

I read through quite a few posts on this forum and tried various softwares people suggested (ABC Amber Palm Converter, Calibre, Hamster eBook Converter etc) and none of them seems to work. ABC converter freezes after 1 minute or so, Calibre returns some sort of conversion error saying "No reader available for format within container. Identity is SDocSilX. Book type is iSilo 3". I also tried some online conversion utility website but they don't want either.

I would appreciate any help or suggestion. The main objective is to be able to read this on playbook, it doesn't have to convert to pdf, if you can let me know which format to convert to and if there is an app from playbook that can read that format, I am fine. Sorry that I don't own a eReader and I am not too familiar with all the format out there, maybe there is some sort of restriction on this file that I don't know about, thanks for you patience and help.

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:03 AM   #2
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See this thread:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75338

It appears as though there are no tools for converting from iSilo format.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:50 AM   #3
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If you can read it on a computer and you really really REALLY wanna convert it, you could use the print screen function on the computer (or a program that uses a hotkey and can rapid-fire the snapshots inside a folder), then OCR the images with ABBYY FineReader. After that comes the fun part. You proofread it in FineReader and save it as whatever the heck you want:

.docx/.rtf for Word/LibreOffice and PDF output

.html for Sigil and ePub output (and Mobi converted from ePub, if you want)

Then you proofread the final product again (this time on your BlackBerry if you want), in case there were some layout issues with Word/LibreOffice/Sigil/etc. Every time I seem to find something out of place the second time around.

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Old 12-10-2011, 05:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback, this is unfortunate that there is no tool to convert iSilo format !!! Appreciate your help and suggestion.
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