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Old 12-28-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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Need help with text encoding

I have a CD which I bought with multiple Bible versions on it. I would like to put one of them on my Sony PRS-505. The files on the CD show up as .txt format. I have opened them in several text editing programs and also in Word. The first page is readable, but the rest is gibberish. I have applied ALL the text encoding filters in the various programs to no avail. I have opened it in a hex editor also to no avail. I have included screen shots of the first page and an example of the subsequent pages. Any ideas?
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:13 PM   #2
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Probably best: Try printing "the document" to a file 9chapter by chapter,or perhaps the whole bible
2: Try opening the files using other Bible software.
middle way: Try copy pasting the text from the screen, unto another window
Worst case: Print screen every screen, and OCR it.


the text doesn't say which format it is. Seeing that the CD contains 8 versions, there must be at least 5 copyrighted versions of the Bible on that CD, which is probably why it's encoded.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:31 PM   #3
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There are 2 possibilities, honestly:

1. This is no text but another format. Are you sure the format is txt?
2. The CD has not been burned correctly and has, therefore, garbled all the text.

I think 1 is more probable.
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There are 2 possibilities, honestly:

1. This is no text but another format. Are you sure the format is txt?
2. The CD has not been burned correctly and has, therefore, garbled all the text.

I think 1 is more probable.
1) The file is listed as a txt file in windows explorer and defaults to open with Notepad.

2) it is a commercial CD and the file opens fine from within the program.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:29 AM   #5
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1) The file is listed as a txt file in windows explorer and defaults to open with Notepad.
That's only because it is named whatever.txt (even if you may not see the ".txt" part, because Windows is configured to hide it).

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2) it is a commercial CD and the file opens fine from within the program.
Unfortunately, "commercial" is not a guarantee of anything. The fact that the file opens at all means at least that the filesystem structure is not too corrupted, but still there could be some corruption in the file itself. I would contact the seller.
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I was able to export the file out of the program and open it with Word. At least now I have editable text and can format it for the Sony. Thanks for advice from all of you.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:52 AM   #8
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I was able to export the file out of the program and open it with Word. At least now I have editable text and can format it for the Sony. Thanks for advice from all of you.
What version of the Bible is this?
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What version of the Bible is this?
NRSV Catholic version
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That is most definitely under copyright protection!
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That is most definitely under copyright protection!
I have paid for the bibles ($99 for the CD). I presume that I am allowed to read a copy on my reader since the program allows export to a file. Why else would that menu command be available if not to allow working with the files?
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Totally agree with you. Just making sure that you were aware of the copyright status so you didn't repost it here .
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Totally agree with you. Just making sure that you were aware of the copyright status so you didn't repost it here .
Agreed...
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