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Old 12-14-2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Disabling pdf reflow?

I have pdf content formatted to fit the screen, but it appears that the nook reflows the text anyway, and not particularly well (compared to the original, pdftex-formatted content.)

Has someone figured out a way to get the nook to simply render the pdf
as-is?

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The Nook is the first mobile ADE-based device not to include a "full page" view as one of its PDF options. This was a mistake - in part because of screen-sized PDFs but also because a full page view can help with understanding the reflowed version.

In order to disable reflow for a given page you need to provide an element on the page that can't be discarded and can't be reflowed. Can pdftex draw a box around the text, e.g. in the page margin? That might work. If not, I have seen PDFs (and LaTeX) with DRAFT on a diagonal across the page in gray. This might disable reflow, and it might do so even if the DRAFT (or NO-REFLOW) was invisible, i.e. drawn in white or a pale gray that maps to white with 16 grayscales. Note that the DRAFT should be text, rather than an image. I have seen reflow discard full-page background images in some cases.
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The Nook is the first mobile ADE-based device not to include a "full page" view as one of its PDF options. This was a mistake - in part because of screen-sized PDFs but also because a full page view can help with understanding the reflowed version.

In order to disable reflow for a given page you need to provide an element on the page that can't be discarded and can't be reflowed. Can pdftex draw a box around the text, e.g. in the page margin? That might work. If not, I have seen PDFs (and LaTeX) with DRAFT on a diagonal across the page in gray. This might disable reflow, and it might do so even if the DRAFT (or NO-REFLOW) was invisible, i.e. drawn in white or a pale gray that maps to white with 16 grayscales. Note that the DRAFT should be text, rather than an image. I have seen reflow discard full-page background images in some cases.
When I was playing with one... "Small" font size seemed to map to no reflow. All 4 other sizes enabled reflow. This was pretty consistent with my PRS-505.
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When I was playing with one... "Small" font size seemed to map to no reflow. All 4 other sizes enabled reflow. This was pretty consistent with my PRS-505.
I agree that this is the way mobile ADE usually works. I have not seen a Nook, but a couple of reports on PDFs suggested that small was not full screen. If it is, then kbs's problem goes away.
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Thank you for the suggestions --- setting the font size to "small" did turn off reflow for my PDF file, And it now looks just the way I want it.

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This matches what I saw in the store.

It's weird, since XS, M, L, XL all reflow, but S doesn't. It is rather unintuitive.
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