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Old 12-13-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
First of all, I'm not good enough at English, so pardon me If I write something incorrect (Hope to help me major my English )
Second: I'm new to your prestigious forum, so if the question was asked before, again be a little bit lenient.
My question is that I'm KT user, and as far as I know KT is not a good companion when it comes to deal with pdf, I wanted to convert some pdfs, full of math formulas, to mobi, but the result was completely unsatisfactory.
Is it possible for me to convert some other pdfs, originally created by images, to mobi or azw. What about the result?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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The simple answer is "No". Complex PDF files cannot be satisfactorily converted to any other format.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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I use a 650, not a kindle, but here is what I would do for a complex pdfs with lots of images.

First of all, convert the whole pdf to jpeg images. Then put them in a zip. Change the zip to a cbz. Drag it into calibre and convert it to a mobi.

Basically you display your pdf as a comic. Worth a shot.
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I use a 650, not a kindle, but here is what I would do for a complex pdfs with lots of images.

First of all, convert the whole pdf to jpeg images. Then put them in a zip. Change the zip to a cbz. Drag it into calibre and convert it to a mobi.

Basically you display your pdf as a comic. Worth a shot.
That's...not THAT bad of an idea. I'll have to give that a whirl, just to see if it works well enough. I've never thought to do it that way.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:21 PM   #5
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you can convert them to EPUB,have you ever heard of EPUB? the best playback on many readers.You can edit the files and mark the important sentences you want to do, with many functions.Good luck!
Hey there,
Even better than .mobi?
My pdfs are full of math formula, what about that?

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Old 12-17-2011, 03:33 PM   #6
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Hey there,
Even better than .mobi?
My pdfs are full of math formula, what about that?
You can't view ePub files on a Kindle, so I'd suggest that you ignore that advice.

(Before some smart-alec pipes up - you CAN install an alternate firmware called "Duokan" on the Kindle which DOES allow you to read ePub files, but I really wouldn't recommend that.)
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:25 PM   #7
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Well, once he would have converted the PDF into an acceptable EPub then Calibre generally does a great job of converting EPUB to Mobi. But you can forget about converting PDF except manually. Even reflowable text tends to look awful. With multi-column PDFs it was possible to read them on the Irex's 8" screen in landscape mode with the help of a program called TechPDF. But it would never work on a 6".
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That's...not THAT bad of an idea. I'll have to give that a whirl, just to see if it works well enough. I've never thought to do it that way.
The text tends to distort a bit when its magnified, but it's still better. Also remove margins with briss.The idea is is to make the text as large and readable as possible without upsetting the layout.

I view image type pdfs in this way in landscape mode (again to magnify the text w/out breaking the layout). I don't think the KT supports landscape so it won't work for the KT.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:22 AM   #9
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I convert pdf to epub with ABBYY FineReader 11 by manually selecting pictures and text. Then edit epub with Sigil. And finaly convert epub to mobi with Calibre.
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It can of course be done, but it is a major pain in the you-know-what. Takes a long time and isn't very practical.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:05 AM   #11
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i have the same pdf-to-mobi headache...
I have a couple of Cisco PDF's. CiscoPress officially says to convert these using Calibre but the result is anything but good
I do not have much experience in Calibre, does any of you have a known/confirmed pattern to work with CiscoPress PDFs?
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