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Old 01-20-2010, 04:35 PM   #1
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Book title and author formatting on Jetbook Lite

After loading over a hundred workout manuals in PDF format from the same fitness author onto a memory card, I was a bit dismayed to realize that instead of displaying the file name of each PDF as it does with MOBI and PDB files, my JBL seems to be displaying some kind of META data for the title and author of each manual.

Unfortunately, since the author was probably working from a basic template, he didn't bother to change the title of each file, which results in a hundred books in my Workout folder that each have identical titles and authors like this:

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Assisted Dip - CraigB
Assisted Dip - CraigB
Assisted Dip - CraigB
Assisted Dip - CraigB
Assisted Dip - CraigB


There's no way to tell what each file actually contains without opening it.

Do any of you know of a way to edit that title/author information manually?

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Old 01-20-2010, 04:54 PM   #2
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Open the document in acrobat creator

Select document properties.

If the document is not password protected you can edit the document meta-data

If the document is password protected you have to use any one of the pdf document password cracking programs out there.

Once you have the password, enter it and you can change the meta-data
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PDF meta data for author and title

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...Unfortunately, since the author was probably working from a basic template, he didn't bother to change the title of each file, which results in a hundred books in my Workout folder that each have identical titles and authors...
Do any of you know of a way to edit that title/author information manually?
You will need a PDF editor program to edit the document properties. I use CutePDF Pro, available here (for a free trial but not free software)
http://www.cutepdf.com/
Open the PDF file, click on File - Document Properties, and there are fields there for Title, Subject, Author, Keywords and other options settings, such as page layout and what to show when the file is opened.

I didn't want to splurge on the full Adobe product and like how simple CutePDF is to use. Price of $50 may be offputting to some though. Maybe someone else on this forum knows of a less expensive method?
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:56 PM   #4
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Here you go, a freeware to edit PDF meta data: BeCyPDFMetaEdit

I've just downloaded and used it to edit Subject and Author (and many more) on my PDF produced from freeware Cutepdf.
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Here you go, a freeware to edit PDF meta data: BeCyPDFMetaEdit

I've just downloaded and used it to edit Subject and Author (and many more) on my PDF produced from freeware Cutepdf.
Thanks for the tip! I'll give it a try tonight. You have saved me a ton of aggravation.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:40 PM   #6
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I know I'm late to the game, but you can also edit the document properties with PDF XChange Viewer (http://www.docu-track.com/). It beats the pants out of any other PDF viewer I know, and has plenty of free editing options.
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I know I'm late to the game, but you can also edit the document properties with PDF XChange Viewer (http://www.docu-track.com/). It beats the pants out of any other PDF viewer I know, and has plenty of free editing options.
Wow. That is an amazing PDF viewer. Thanks for posting the link!

Direct link to the free viewer page:
http://www.docu-track.com/home/prod_...s/pdfx_viewer/
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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In the preferences under Registration, you can have it hide the "PRO" version stuff so it doesn't clutter up the menu. Much faster and less bloated than Adobe Reader, better features than Foxit. And... you can save PDF forms even when Adobe cannot! My two cents.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:54 AM   #9
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I've used just a basic text editor (vi) to change the meta data on a couple unencrypted pdfs that I have.

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