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Old 04-13-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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How to properly reformat txt for conversion

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i did a few pdf<s conversion with ocr software, but a few of these files have formating problems. Some of them do not format the whole width of the page. Is there a way to reformat these files so they take the whole page? (using word but any software will do, tried a few things but they have /n right in the middle so no idea how to remove that, tried even to select formatted txt in finereader but its still the same deal with these pdfs)They were colums before so all the txt once in word takes that same width as a column which takes way too many pages and converts very baddly to other formats

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Edit: Well i found a way, ocr in finereader, save it to pdf...yes pdf! Import to solid pdf converte and convert to doc, open word and copy and paste in wordpad... yes "workpad". Finally copy and paste into Komposer and save to html... long process but it works! Anyone has any shortcuts?

Edit 2: Scratch all that finereader can save to lit... i ll test this soon !

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Old 04-13-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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Txt files have a fixed line length, with a line break at the end of each line.
It is easy to change this into a reflowable doc.

There are several ways.

1. Paste the text file into a doc and run stingo's word macro, which you can find here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8793

2. Try putting the text into BookCreator and tidying it there very quickly. It is here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28313

3. Run it through Gutenmark (google to find it).

3. Or do a search and replace:
I paste the text file into a word doc, then click on "edit" and open "Find and Replace."
1. search for ^p^p. (Click on "more" and "special" to find the paragraph symbols.) Replace with ## or @@. (This is a placeholder for the paragraph breaks. You want to strip out the single linebreaks but leave the genuine paragraphs.)
2. Search for ^p. Replace with a line space.
3. Search for ##. Replace with paragraph mark.
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Thanks for the help!! I think this will do it =)!
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You're very welcome, Student1.

Yet another way is to put the text file into Book Designer. It usually manages to convert it into a reflowable format, though sometimes makes mistakes or loses all the line breaks.
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[...] copy and paste in wordpad... yes "workpad".[...]
If you have to use WordPad, do try Jarte http://www.jarte.com/ very clean word processor implementation based on WordPad... & it's free;
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If you have to use WordPad, do try Jarte http://www.jarte.com/ very clean word processor implementation based on WordPad... & it's free;
Thanks for all the information! I ve been using book creator and it works great! There are so many softwares you have to use to convert ebooks its crazy ! Thank you for introducing me to another great one!
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