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Old 02-22-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Can I view half of a page at one time?

Since people say that it is not feasible to just view a A4 page on Cybook, I am wondering if it is possible, for example, to view a portrait A4 page in landscape mode, so that about half of the page is displayed at one time.

Can one realize this in Cybook? I think this is purely a software problem.
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Old 02-23-2008, 03:55 AM   #2
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It can be done. PDF viewing is not very comfortable and A4 pages are not very well readable, because of the small font sizes. And the CyBook does not render large images in PDF files. Just too little memory available.
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:19 AM   #3
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Yes, what you describe works and the print is legible (although small). When you do this, there is an arrow at the bottom of the 1st page that indicates you need to press the button to see the rest of the page. You can also crop the white margin and that makes the PDF file look better on the CyBook.

I create a lot of PDF files for course reference materials in the classes that I teach, and I've created a page size in Word that is optimized for my Cybook. This makes for a very nice PDF file that looks great on my Cybook.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:36 AM   #4
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I create a lot of PDF files for course reference materials in the classes that I teach, and I've created a page size in Word that is optimized for my Cybook. This makes for a very nice PDF file that looks great on my Cybook.
Can you tell us what is this page size? It would save me quite a bit of back-and-forth experimentation.

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Old 02-23-2008, 11:35 AM   #5
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Can you tell us what is this page size? It would save me quite a bit of back-and-forth experimentation.

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The custom page setup I've created in Word is is 4" x 5.2"; Margins are .25" (top & bottom); .3" (right & left).

I have also set up corresponding page properties in Adobe, so when I print, I select print properties and them change those settings to my Cybook settings. I do not have to crop the pages any more.
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I've also imaged several texts tha I teach from. I took digital photographs, converted them to 4 shades of gray. (It took me 3 hours to do the photos for a Calculus book, 2 hours for Linear Algebra, and 2.5 hours for Operational Mathmatics.

DH did the rest in Microsoft Word, he set the page size, then inserted the image for each page after cropping the margins. He did a table of contents so that I can "go to" and cropped each image to maximize its viewing potential. I just view them in landscape and I can read them fine.

Then he did a "save as pdf" the pdf save tool is available free from microsoft.

DH is interjecting over my shoulder that he wrote a macro to do most of the work. It took him 9 hours for the first book (about 300 pages). The calculus book (1400 pages) took only 2 hours.

You can't imagine how liberating it is to have all my syllabus material and all my course material in Ebook format. I use a Fujitsu Tablet PC for most viewing, but I can view them in Cybook and have it with me all the time.
The big advantage of the Tablet PC is that I can do annotation and make separate notes specific to the particular class session. Even in Cybook, though, I can bookmark my spot to start the next lecture.

I soooo wish they'd do textbooks as ebooks. It would be so easy for the publishers to format them up since they have all the raw stuff. Every semester I see dumpsters full of books with their covers torn off by campus bookstore. When books change, they rip off the covers to send back to the publisher and just scrap the rest.

When I was teaching Celestial Mechanics, I was able to get an electronic version of the book from the author and that was soooo wonderful.

Oh well, if wishing were nickels we'd all be rich.
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I agree....universities are so paper intensive...anything I can do to minimize the amount of paper I need to refer to, the better.
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