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Old 02-01-2007, 05:42 PM   #1
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How to put manga or other pictures on the Sony Reader and have them look good too

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Old 02-02-2007, 02:02 AM   #2
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Might want to save yourself a bit of work and trouble by either a) using JE-Comics Converter to convert your image files to a viewable PDF, or b) use PDFRasterfarian to convert your PDF'd mangas into an optimized Sony-native LRF format.

I've converted quite a few manga comics for use on my Reader by actually using both in conjunction with each other; JE-C converts my jpg & png's to PDF and PDFR converts it to a smaller and optimized format for my use. I personally like them both (as you can tell) and each does what it advertises quite well, I just like the final output of using both. Using this method, I have converted several mangas and have already read a few as well.

Pro's & Con's:

JE-C stitches together your directory of images and resizes them to the appropriate size for viewing on the Reader, only downside is the size of the resultant PDF; which is a function of the PDF format and not JE-C.

PDFR optimizes your PDF's for viewing on the Reader and applies a few filters/enhancements to improve the output quality on your Reader. ATM it cannot stitch together the jpg/png's like JE-C, but it is mentioned that this option may be available future versions. Another upside is the size ratio to a PDF; e.g., coming in a roughly 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the original PDF.

Quality is excellent with both, but I think PDF-R applies a few more edge filters to enhance the text of the final product. (Maybe you two alex_d & kirys should corroborate with each other and have a joint venture? Either way, I'll still continue to use both your programs.)

Edit: Sorry Kirys, I suck with names and should have checked first. Updated above so there's no more confusion (yikes, I'm so embarassed! ).

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Old 02-02-2007, 03:58 AM   #3
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:22 AM   #4
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eehhh... can I get ya a pint for an apology? Next time you're in Tokyo, let me know and I'll owe you one! It's Kirys, not Nerys that's developed/ing JE-Comics Converter. Back to my mug!
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Might want to save yourself a bit of work and trouble by either a) using JE-Comics Converter to convert your image files to a viewable PDF, or b) use PDFRasterfarian to convert your PDF'd mangas into an optimized Sony-native LRF format.
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Old 02-06-2007, 12:58 PM   #7
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They're posted here on the MobileRead forums -- just run a search for the titles, or look for their threads in the Reader Content subforum.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:50 PM   #10
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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I have a slight problem with what was suggested, mostly with the JE-Comics Converter. My problem is that the pdf's it creates are too low of resolution. I turns all the text of my manga blurry and light grey as opposed to the solid (and thus actually readable) black. I know the PDFRasterfarian will darken it for me but it takes so frelling long..i mean i have 150+ page manga here, and 37 chapters of it! Is there any alternative?

On a side note PDFR says that the PDF library had expired...what's that?
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Old 03-03-2007, 12:38 PM   #12
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I have a slight problem with what was suggested, mostly with the JE-Comics Converter. My problem is that the pdf's it creates are too low of resolution. I turns all the text of my manga blurry and light grey as opposed to the solid (and thus actually readable) black. I know the PDFRasterfarian will darken it for me but it takes so frelling long..i mean i have 150+ page manga here, and 37 chapters of it! Is there any alternative?

On a side note PDFR says that the PDF library had expired...what's that?
Sorry to hear you're having problems with Kerys work. I think I recall hearing a report that the latest version doesn't sharpen as much (perhaps it's PDFRasterfarian, I use both so frequesntly as they work quite well together). I haven't had much of a problem with them myself, care to post a sample?

Granted this isn't the PDFR thread, while it takes a bit 'o time, it's well worth the effort to use both. RE: the PDF library issue; Alex said that while it throws this error, it isn't a problem and he's researching an alternative.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:23 PM   #13
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I have a slight problem with what was suggested, mostly with the JE-Comics Converter. My problem is that the pdf's it creates are too low of resolution. I turns all the text of my manga blurry and light grey as opposed to the solid (and thus actually readable) black. I know the PDFRasterfarian will darken it for me but it takes so frelling long..i mean i have 150+ page manga here, and 37 chapters of it! Is there any alternative?

On a side note PDFR says that the PDF library had expired...what's that?
Question for you then tehashi - what format are your comics in originally? If they're JPEG scans then I recommend creating an "action" (like a macro) in Photoshop and running it as a batchfile. For example, I have an action set up for comics where it takes the JPEG, resizes it down to the correct screen size, greyscales, sharpens, then saves the new image. Then I just run a batch and it will automatically correct however many images you want - saves heaps of time.
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The files are originally jpeg. But i like how je-c puts them all together into one file because it makes them easy to go from one page to the next. While i have not tried just looking at them as jpeg's on my reader that seems like it would be just too much hassle.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:36 PM   #15
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The files are originally jpeg. But i like how je-c puts them all together into one file because it makes them easy to go from one page to the next. While i have not tried just looking at them as jpeg's on my reader that seems like it would be just too much hassle.
Thats the problem. I have been toying with different methods to view comics, and the best result so far is by resizing them and messing with the contrast ratios in Photoshop. The images look brilliant on the reader, however you're right, viewing them all in JPEG is a hassle, especially when reading a large comic or manga. That and the page turn rate is quite lower.
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