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Old 08-29-2010, 01:36 AM   #1
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[Solved] Reading PDF in lanscape?

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I recently purchased a Nook and am in the process of converting a number of scientific and mathematical PDFs to a format readable on the ereader. I have had great success by using a number of Windows and Linux tools (pdfedit to crop margins, APdfcut to cut pages in half and JPdfTweak to rotate pages and insert an index). The resulting PDFs are tilted landscape files that usually read quite well on the device.

However, the Nook will occasionally still try to parse text from the pdf file and format the text to its screen (incredibly annoying). This has rendered a few of my books unreadable.

Is there anyway to force the device to read the PDF in the original format, or is there a way that I can convert the PDFs to another format (maybe a rasterized PDF?) so that the Nook will only read these PDFs the way I formated them?

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Old 08-29-2010, 04:43 AM   #2
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Since mobile ADE reflows PDFs one page at a time, I think you would need to modify every page to stop reflow entirely. I suggest trying something like adding a box around the text (i.e. a page border), or add an image-based header and footer that ADE can't handle (you would have to experiment to find one), or a watermark.

Alternatively, there are tools for converting PDFs to images. One is PDFRead, which is sticky in the workshop forum (probably because it does not seem to have PDF output).
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions, Wallcraft. I tried pdfread and adding a watermark without much success. I will experiment with a header/footer, but I think that a page border will probably be the best way to go. However, I have no idea how to add a page border to a pdf, and none of my current tools seem capable of doing this. Do you know of any tools I can use?
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:20 AM   #4
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Problem solved. Apparently, setting the text size to "small" (not XS, but "small" specifically) disables the text reflow on the nook.
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I just thought I'd mention that you could use SoPDF to crop, cut and rotate all in one go. It's a command line app, but there is a GUI available for both 32 and 64 bit linux here.
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