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Old 10-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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Question Kindle Reflow

I'd like to know if there's any kindle hack that enables pdf reflow or something like that

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Old 10-02-2011, 05:44 PM   #2
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I'd like to know if there's any kindle hack that enables pdf reflow or something like that

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Old 10-02-2011, 05:56 PM   #3
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Thanks. And what the best program to do it on pc? (not exactly reflow, but pdf (text based) to mobi)

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:01 PM   #4
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If you want PDF reflow, would you not be better off getting a reading device which natively supports it, rather than having to use "hacks"?
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for your input, but, well, I want pdf reflow, but I also want a kindle. Can't be impossible, can it?
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #6
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Have you tried reading a PDF document on a device that has reflow? It really doesn't work terribly well. Everything other than basic text disappears. Trying to read a PDF document that's formatted for a A4/Letter page on a 6" screen is an exercise in frustration all round. Take the advice of someone who's been in this game for a great many years, and don't even attempt it. If you want to read PDFs, get a device on which they can be read at the size they are intended for. 6" displays and A4 PDFs just don't play well together.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice, HarryT

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #8
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Amazon will attempt to do PDF to MOBI if you include "Convert" in the subject of the e-mail when you submit your personal document to "name"@free.kindle.com. The Windows MobiPocket Reader does a PDF to MOBI conversion similar to what you get from Amazon. Finally, Calibre can do PDF to MOBI and it allows you to specify and strip headers and footers.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:18 PM   #10
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I am using briss. It is an application written in Java. I am running it on Windows. It works pretty well for me. It allows for cropping the PDF or splitting a two column document into a single column, which is much easier to navigate with internal Kindle's PDF reader.
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Have you checked out k2pdfopt that converts complex pdf:s to a pdf suitable for Kindle. Works very well and I recommend it strongly!

No installation needed. Just drag the pdf file(s) that should be converted to the k2pdfopt.exe. The converted files comes in the same directory as original files but with _k2opt added to the filename. There are many options in the software but the default options work most often good enough for the 6-inch Kindle.

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thank you all for your replies.
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I am trying hard to find a small linux command line tool that splits 2 column pdf into single column. I remember there was one mentioned here but can't find it! Does anyone know of such a tool? Ideally I want this tool to be on my Kindle, so I can convert pdfs on the device, so an open source project that can be/had been crosscompiled to ARM is what I need.
Any ideas folks?

P.S. I know about excellent programs like k2pdfopt, pdfsam, etc. but I want a smaller tool.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:32 AM   #14
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cscat,

Cut2col (written in Java) and sopdf (written in either C or C++, I forget which, and uses the mupdf library) both do this using cropping directives in the PDF file. Sopdf doesn't seem to have been modified since 2008.

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:32 AM   #15
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cscat,

Cut2col (written in Java) and sopdf (written in either C or C++, I forget which, and uses the mupdf library) both do this using cropping directives in the PDF file. Sopdf doesn't seem to have been modified since 2008.

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@cscat: Are sopdf features complete enough for your purpose(s)?
Project home: http://code.google.com/p/sopdf/

@cscat: How small is "small"? This doesn't not look very "big" to me.
Source repo: http://code.google.com/p/sopdf/source/browse/

The posted code is GPLv3 - that should be suitable here.

The posted code is posted as a VC++ project - but;
the components appear to all be from the open source world (non-windows sources) ported to Win32 - so the format of the release as a project file should not be a show stopper. The original non-windows sources could be used.

The posted project only supports the Win32 platform -
Sometimes indicating that a major effort would be required to support a Linux platform (such as Kindle).
Here, the amount of the work in porting to the *nix platform should be reduced by the fact that the dependences are originally non-windows sources.
In addition, this is a command line tool - no Win32 GUI to be ported.

The limitations of the application are better described in the original M.R. thread than in the home page summary.
The only one that I see which might be limiting is the reformatting of comic books (which may have been fixed in the repository version).

I didn't notice any mention of text "re-flow" (this thread's topic) but I did not read the sources in detail.

My own "first guess": Could be ported to Linux/ARM
My first suggestion: Move this discussion to its own thread topic.

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