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Old 03-20-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Does the dictionary in Sony PRS600 work in PDF files

Hi, I am considering to buy a PSR-600 for PDF orgnizing and reading. Please would anyone who has used this reader provide some information on how the dictionary works in PDF files.
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It can work in a PDF file on the PRS-900.
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I believe only text-based PDF's.
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They definitely have to be text PDF's. I also have not had the most reliable experience with using the dictionary if the PDF in question is a multi-column layout. I double tap on a word and it selects several words for some reason.
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I've had a similar experience as ziegl027 on my 600 with multi-column files or files with heavy layout. As far as "books"-only (novels and such), the dictionary works perfectly fine.
And yes, it works only with real pdfs (obviously). Pdfs created from scanned templates which haven't gone through OCR are just images.
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It can work in a PDF file on the PRS-900.
Ditto... Just got my 900 yesterday and noticed that cool feature. How do you like the 900?
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Ditto... Just got my 900 yesterday and noticed that cool feature. How do you like the 900?

I'm very pleased with it, and have read a good few books on it now. It's a very rapidly changing market, though, and I expect that in another 6-18 months I might have bought something else with a markedly better screen. Having had a reader for a while, my priority is definitely the reading experience, rather than the faffing about in-between (on-line purchase, finding books etc.) - so a markedly better quality touch-screen is what would prompt me to want anything else (the touch screen is a must-have for me now, for dictionary access primarily). The size and aesthetics are excellent as they are, except for A4-format things like many PDFs, for which I would prefer a different reader (in addition - I wouldn't want to only have an A4 reader, for portability reasons).
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I'm very pleased with it, and have read a good few books on it now. It's a very rapidly changing market, though, and I expect that in another 6-18 months I might have bought something else with a markedly better screen. Having had a reader for a while, my priority is definitely the reading experience, rather than the faffing about in-between (on-line purchase, finding books etc.) - so a markedly better quality touch-screen is what would prompt me to want anything else (the touch screen is a must-have for me now, for dictionary access primarily). The size and aesthetics are excellent as they are, except for A4-format things like many PDFs, for which I would prefer a different reader (in addition - I wouldn't want to only have an A4 reader, for portability reasons).
I wanted a Kindle or Nook, but not comfortable with the "locked in" feeling. Sony is just more open to different formats without making software exceptions. I haven't found anything I can't load on it. Maybe I'm lucky. I can't decide if its worth keeping it or sticking with the 300. Right now I have both.... Big price difference!

And back on topic... All Sony 300,600, 900 that I have had experience with do the PDF thing just great.. among other formats as well. Maybe that s why I like the Sony's.
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The dictionary doesn't work with PDFs created with LaTeX.
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