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Old 01-04-2007, 07:36 AM   #1
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Problems with pdfs

I understand that pdfs do not display well on the sony reader (just too small to view) but in the "bloggers day" review of the reader at mobileread it mentions that pdfs resized to 3.54" x 4.85 looked "beautiful". I have acrobat 7 profess but so far have been unable to make anything readable.

Anyone know how to make it happen (I do not have much experiance with acrobat 7)

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Old 01-04-2007, 07:56 AM   #2
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Hi Colin,

If you set a page size of 90x120mm, with 2mm margins all around, and "print" to a PDF from, say, Word, using these page settings, it should work well.
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Sorry, what do you mean by print to a pdf from word?
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I believe that Acrobat provides a "pretend" printer driver, to which you can "print" from any application, and it generates a PDF file. That's the way that most PDF generators work, anyway.
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:57 AM   #5
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Yes I can generate a pdf file from a file such as word and can resize it to 90x120mm (using the properties box in the print menu) but it always looks the same ( small & unreadable) on the e reader no matter what I do.
It may be that I am doing it wrong as I have no experiance with acrobat 7 pro.
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Hi Colin,

You need to set the page size in Word to 90x120mm, and the margins to 2mm, with Word's "File/Page Setup" menu item. I suspect that what you're doing at the moment is simply "scaling down" a standard A4 page.
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Old 01-04-2007, 10:30 AM   #7
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Ok thanks, Is there anyway of adjusting a pdf file from within acrobat 7 pro so that it can be transfered straight to the reader and be ledgible?
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Not one that's already been created. PDF is a page-based format, and the problem is that an A4 page just contains too much information to comfortably display on the size screen that the Reader has. You have to create the PDF file specifically for the page size that the Reader has, so there's not as much text on each page, and it can comfortably be read.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:29 AM   #9
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BOTH the Word file and the Printed PDF must have the same page size to come out well. Attached is an article that was pasted up in Word from an online HTML file in my "Sony Reader" page size and then "printed" to PDF using "Sony Reader" page size (as opposed to A4 or Letter, etc).

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File Type: pdf SURVEY- THE BRAIN - The Economist 12-19-06.pdf (563.4 KB, 279 views)
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:46 AM   #10
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Yes works very well although text is more grey than black.
I have some pdf manuals that just don't work so looks like I have to tinker with them first,even the pdf manual that came with the reader is not easy to read.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:02 AM   #11
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I'm confused. If you already have the file in Word, why would you save it as a PDF file to read on the Reader? Why not just move the Word document directly over to the Reader? When I have transferred public domain materials to the Reader, such as from Gutenburg.com, I open the TXT file with Word, run the Macro that was posted elsewhere on this site that strips out the line breaks and adjusts the font size, and save the document as a DOC file. This modified file looks great, scales great, and loads quickly when transferred to the Reader. Why would I then want to go the next step and use Word to create it as a PDF file?
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The problem is that I have pdf files that are too small to read on the reader,I was hoping that there was a way to make them more readable using acrobat 7 pro
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:26 AM   #13
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I'm confused. If you already have the file in Word, why would you save it as a PDF file to read on the Reader? Why not just move the Word document directly over to the Reader? When I have transferred public domain materials to the Reader, such as from Gutenburg.com, I open the TXT file with Word, run the Macro that was posted elsewhere on this site that strips out the line breaks and adjusts the font size, and save the document as a DOC file. This modified file looks great, scales great, and loads quickly when transferred to the Reader. Why would I then want to go the next step and use Word to create it as a PDF file?
The only real reason would be if the Word file has pictures in it; the Reader doesn't display pictures in RTF files, but does in PDFs.

You're right, though - straight text files there's no reason to bother with PDFs; RTF works great.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:01 PM   #14
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Just a small caveat - for transferring RTF and Word .doc files to the Reader, you need to have MS Word installed. Or else the Connect SW crashes.
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MS Word is only required for .DOC files, hn_88, .RTFs xfer fine without it.
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