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Old 07-28-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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Lightbulb PRS-500 users - hear me out...

Well, I am a PRS-500 owner myself, and I have seen many others disappointed at the lack of firmware update for our readers. But I am not here to debate whether Sony is evil.

To me, the only significant new feature was the pdf reflow, and I suspect this for many others too. Whilst porting the firmware will probably be difficult (if not hardware wise impossible), I just want to read the big pdfs. After seeing the Sony Ebook Library emulating the PRS-505, I thought - hey, why can't we just take those and save as a new pdf? Or in fact any desktop application which can save a reflowed document in a specified size?

To my surprise, there was nothing.

Suggestions, ideas, technicalities?
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Check this out - might be an approach:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...&postcount=289

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Old 07-28-2008, 06:39 PM   #3
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Umm reflowing PDF is exactly what pdf2lrf in calibre does.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:58 PM   #4
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Bob: Thanks! I thought Jim didn't reply because it wasn't specifically ADE related.

Kovid: I've been using Calibre and I never realised this! You can see what I mean if you simply google "reflow pdf" - very little comes up. I just experimented with it, but somehow the Ebook Library just produces much better results. For example, it recognises vertical text on the sides of the page, and puts it at the bottom.

I just realised though, that it is simply a matter of exporting the pdf as a reflowable document, and converting it back. Just depends on how well the conversion is. That explains why reflow+save is not a spelled out feature.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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i just save pdfs as an rtf ...
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:36 AM   #6
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i just save pdfs as an rtf ...
That just doesn't do as good a job as Sony's reflow. In fact, I have found the emulation to do an even better job than Acrobat 9.
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its better than selling your reader because it doesnt support an upgrade ...
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:42 PM   #8
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Indeed. Well unless you think of it AS the upgrade and works out to be worth it.
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