|03-18-2008, 08:36 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Device: sony ebook reader
Couple of questions from a prospect - Word Docs
I am a Sony eReader user for over a year. Fairly happy but tempted to upgrade. I have a few questions:
How long has the current version of iRex iLiad been on the market? Is there an older model that is generating much of the dialogue on this site?
I need the iLiad to read work related Word Docs. Is it necessary to convert these? What is the process for converting/loading them to the device?
|03-18-2008, 09:50 AM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Device: iRex iLiad, Psion 5MX, nokia n800
For reading word docs, there's a couple of things you could do:
i) save as rtf and read using the fbreader (I've not tried this)
ii) convert to PDF. I have a little script that uses openoffice to do this effortlessly. (You could optionally have it adjust the page size and margins to make it fit the iliad page size exactly, but I don't do that because I often have tables in the docs that I need to read and resizing the page on-the-fly can make for some very messy tables.)
|03-18-2008, 09:56 AM||#3|
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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Device: iRex iLiad, Nokia 770, Samsung i760
You really have 2 options for viewing word docs. The first, and only officially supported way is to convert your word documents to PDF and then copy to the iLiad. This isn't that difficult. You can use Open Office or any of the PDF printers out there. It should look pretty good with little or no modification depending on the paper size of your document. However, the downside is, that with a PDF, you can only view it, and scribble on the page. You can't make changes to the document itself and then copy it back to your computer and have an updated word doc.
The second solution is to use my AbiWord port on the iLiad to natively view and edit the document. However, this isn't for the faint of heart. If you want to do any serious amount of typing, you'll really want to setup the USB keyboard modules, and edit that way. Also, screen refreshes can be a bit annoying since it's using an unsupported method of initiating them. But, if you have the patience and technical knowledge, it would work pretty well for keeping your document in the .doc format and being able to make changes on your iLiad and then see it on your PC.
|03-18-2008, 03:29 PM||#4|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Device: iRex iLiad
Last edited by rio; 03-18-2008 at 03:33 PM.
|03-18-2008, 05:04 PM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Münster, Germany
Device: iRex iLiad v2
The first one is a complete refresh which fills the screen with black ink, clears it and draws the new picture (all within the well-known 1s refresh time).
The other one refreshes the screen partially, i.e. the changed parts of the screen. A disadvantage is that some kind of shadowing occurs after a while. But that's gone after the next full refresh. I think Abiword uses this kind of refresh when typing text.
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