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Old 07-29-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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squares instead of numbers in iBooks/iPad

I am trying to import a PDF into calibre to convert to my iPad..

however whenever I do this, I see squares instead of numbers...
I dont know what it could be, and I dont know how to resolve it...

I am not technical, so if you know the solution, please keep it simple!

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Old 07-29-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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maybe take this over to the calibre forum as your problem is importing into calibre?
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:50 PM   #3
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squares instead of numbers in iBooks/iPad

I am trying to import a PDF into calibre to convert to my iPad..

however whenever I do this, I see squares instead of numbers...
I dont know what it could be, and I dont know how to resolve it...

I am not technical, so if you know the solution, please keep it simple!

thanks,
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:59 PM   #4
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let me re-state my problem..

after I convert my PDF in Calibre and sync with iPad, I open it up as a book in the iPad and every character that should be a number is actually a square..
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:27 AM   #5
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That's because your PDf liely uses a special math font to display the numbers. Conversion wont be able to handle that.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:40 AM   #6
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so there is no fix?
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:41 AM   #7
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No, use an app that can read PDF on your device.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:28 AM   #8
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i can read PDF, but in iPad i cant highlight passages in PDF...

are there any other applications that would convert this PDF into a book?
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:31 AM   #9
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There are lots of applications that convert PDF, whether any of them will be able to successfully convert this particular PDF, I can't say. Try a few. Just google PDF converters
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iAnnotate PDF is available for iPad.

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Probably the numbers are specialized figure representations (proportional/tabular old-style, proportional lining), and are wrongly encoded in the Private Use Area --- is the .pdf publicly available? What fonts/versions are being used?

(And why use that as a source? Can't you get an original file?).

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Old 07-30-2010, 10:26 PM   #12
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by the way, Calibre is wonderful!

I have used it successfully a dozen or so times with zero issues, and am grateful for it!
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