Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > Miscellaneous > Archive > OpenInkpot

Notices

 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-17-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
tdido
Junior Member
tdido began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 8
Karma: 12
Join Date: Jun 2009
Device: Sony PRS-T1
Multi-column articles in PDF

Greets, guys.

I'm about to start my PhD, and I'm trying to find a reader that'll run Linux and let me view multi-column (usually 2) articles in PDF format.

Has anyone here ever tried to view one of those with OpenInkpot and would care to comment on the readability?

Also, if anyone would be able and willing to test it, here's a sample article:

http://download.intel.com/research/s...oorespaper.pdf

Thanks!
tdido is offline  
Old 06-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
DesiLinguist
Computational Linguist
DesiLinguist doesn't litterDesiLinguist doesn't litter
 
Posts: 110
Karma: 100
Join Date: Feb 2009
Device: iLiad BE, iPhone, Kindle DX
tdido,

I am currently a doctoral student and was in the same boat as you a year ago and got some really valuable advice from this forum.

AFAIK, almost all readers run some form of Linux. You can look at the E-reader Matrix on the wiki to be sure which ones do.

Early this year, I bought the iLiad Book Edition but I find that it's certainly not ideal for reading 2-column articles unless you install the hacked version of ipdf known as 'column-mode' ipdf which allows you to read a column at a time and then move between columns in the right order. However, it doesn't always work and the small screen size doesn't help either.

If you can afford it, the iLiad DR1000S is probably going to be the best thing out there for reading PDFs since it has some nice features like being able to annotate PDFs, jump within a document using links etc. However, like the iLiad Book Edition, it has horrendous battery life and larger PDFs have been reported to suffer from slow page turns.

I have recently bought a Kindle DX and while it doesn't have all of DR's features regarding PDF files, it's quite useful and handy for reading 2-column files. Of course, if the text size is quite small in the file, then the portrait mode might not be useful and reading a 2-column file in landscape mode is a total pain. I would imagine that the DR would suffer from similar problems, the zooming capabilities notwithstanding. Of course, I am just speculating and people who actually own the DR might be able to provide better input.

Since, I also want to use the same Kindle DX for pleasure reading, I find that having access to the Amazon store is quite a plus.

Nitin
DesiLinguist is offline  
 
Enthusiast
Old 06-18-2009, 01:49 AM   #3
Lbooker
Addict
Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 297
Karma: 1021312
Join Date: Jun 2009
Device: Sony PRS-T1
OpenInkpot needs one improvement for PDFs: landscape mode support. That combined with precise trimming, zooming, and sliding, would allow you to read multi-column PDFs in good conditions.
They already planned to add this feature, but not right now.
Of course you could help them write the code.
Lbooker is offline  
Old 06-18-2009, 11:18 AM   #4
tdido
Junior Member
tdido began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 8
Karma: 12
Join Date: Jun 2009
Device: Sony PRS-T1
DesiLinguist, thanks for the input. Much appreciated.

Lbooker, you're totally right. The thing is, getting a V3 here in Argentina will be really expensive, so I wanted to check if the device would be useful at all from the start. If it were, I would really love to help code the improvements and make the investment worth it.

Cheers!
tdido is offline  
Old 06-18-2009, 04:19 PM   #5
Lbooker
Addict
Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lbooker ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 297
Karma: 1021312
Join Date: Jun 2009
Device: Sony PRS-T1
There is one on sale here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49211
I cannot contribute code to OpenInkpot, but if I can help get a programmer on board, that would be cool!
Lbooker is offline  
Old 06-19-2009, 04:48 AM   #6
bozon42
Enthusiast
bozon42 began at the beginning.
 
bozon42's Avatar
 
Posts: 36
Karma: 18
Join Date: Apr 2008
Device: Lbook V3
Quote:
Originally Posted by tdido View Post
Greets, guys.

I'm about to start my PhD, and I'm trying to find a reader that'll run Linux and let me view multi-column (usually 2) articles in PDF format.

Has anyone here ever tried to view one of those with OpenInkpot and would care to comment on the readability?

Also, if anyone would be able and willing to test it, here's a sample article:

http://download.intel.com/research/s...oorespaper.pdf

Thanks!
Hello,

try http://jupiter.kaist.ac.kr/~taesoo/p...index_eng.html

for reading multi-column (usually 2) articles.
bozon42
bozon42 is offline  
Old 06-26-2009, 09:07 AM   #7
tdido
Junior Member
tdido began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 8
Karma: 12
Join Date: Jun 2009
Device: Sony PRS-T1
Well, thanks everyone! Great info. I'll just have to think about it a little bit and make a desicion.

Cheers!
tdido is offline  
Old 06-30-2009, 11:13 AM   #8
frabjous
Wizard
frabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameterfrabjous can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameter
 
frabjous's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,213
Karma: 12890
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Device: Sony PRS-505
Why not use Papercrop or similar utility to split the columns onto separate pages?
frabjous is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[Tool] Multi-column PDF files on 6 inch display. Taesoo Kwon PDF 99 04-09-2014 06:16 AM
Q: multi-column PDF to single column mobi format converstion auburn1975 Calibre 7 01-28-2012 06:11 PM
Multi column sort? nexus100 Calibre 1 07-11-2010 11:19 PM
Best for storing, displaying, and annotating 2-column PDF's? (e.g. research articles) cmhsieh54 Which one should I buy? 9 07-12-2009 10:40 PM
pdf to lrf with 2 column and 1 column pages in same file danielwille Sony Reader 3 11-12-2008 10:57 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:45 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.