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Old 04-06-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Angry Some words stick together after pdf to mobi conversion!

I've done a thousand Google searches about this, and I've come up with nothing. I'm honestly about to pull my own hair out now, I'm so fed up with being unable to solve this problem. I've also searched on this site, but found nothing.

Anyway, I have some books that are pdfs and I went ahead and downloaded Mobipocket Creator because I read that it takes away the ligatures problem. Sooooo, I try to convert my pdf and when I open it with the Mobipocket reader and with Calibre (the newest version), there are words that are linked together! What I mean by that is that there are random places where there aren't spaces. Most of the time it's between three words with an italicized one in the middle, but not always.

I've tried everything else to get around this problem, but have come up short. I can't stand it if letters are gone. Someone please help me before I use a gun on myself please.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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I wonder if it has something to do with <span>s, which would be around the ital text.

I found an issue where if I put a special character next to a span (for example <span>&zwnj that it would create a duplicate copy of the closest word.

Not sure what the fix is, but I'm finding out that epub is superior to mobi, as I have had way fewer issues.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:14 AM   #3
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The problem is the fact that you're trying to convert PDF. I'm afraid PDF just can't be cleanly converted to other formats. OCR, rather than file conversion, is generally to best way to do it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #4
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I'm still new to all of this, so what, exactly, is OCR? Someone please? I know I probably sound like a noob/dumb.
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Optical character recognition. A program which "looks" at a page and reads text from it. One of the market leaders, which works extremely well with PDFs, is "Abbyy Finereader".
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I use OmniPage 17 OCR software...but remember, an OCR'd document (usually in an "rtf" or "doc" file) has to be proofed to the print version...OCR using any software will not be a perfect conversion to editable text.
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