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Old 09-05-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Calibre extension - "print driver"?

Dear All,

I use Calibre extensively as the software that Amazon should have included with my Kindle DXG - I use it mainly to convert to MOBI format.
Now, following a discussion I'm having on the Kindle subforum, I wonder if it's possible to use/re-tool Calibre to automate some functions. What I basically want is to be able to "print" to my Kindle from any application. I know I can save from the browser or from word, and then use Calibre to convert to MOBI (or epub, etc., depending on the reader) or print to PDF. But PDF does not have reflow, and converting file by file seems a bit cumbersome.
Is there any chance a "Calibre print driver" can be developed to be used in any application? It would amount to a "Save as MOBI-EPUB" function in every program... Of course I'm not a programmer and this probably is easier said than done, but just in case.
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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A print driver is meant for fixed size static layouts. calibre produces ebooks. If you want to print for you Kindle print to PDF setting the page size to be the kindle screen size.
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Wow - thanks for the quick reply. I already do what you suggest - but then I get the usual "fixed size static layout" of the PDF, which is not always nice. After a month using my kindle, I've been converted to the "reflow for the people" movement!!
I was thinking as the "printer driver" more as a metaphore - it would be nice to have a "save as mobi/epub" option everywhere, and since "print" works in every application a printer driver could be a hack.
Does this make sense?
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:37 PM   #4
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Unfortunately, the way print drivers work is that they are supplied with a static representation of the content by the application, The driver is only responsible for converting that static representation into a form a printer understands.
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OK, I see - thanks. I'm really new to this ebook world - do you think an automated "Save as PDF"+"PDF to ebook" sequence would make sense?
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OK, I see - thanks. I'm really new to this ebook world - do you think an automated "Save as PDF"+"PDF to ebook" sequence would make sense?
Probably not. If you read here, you'll find that the majority of conversion problems are pdf related. It's great for printing (which is why you see pdf print drivers) but not for e-book display (which is why you don't see html print drivers or mobi print drivers).
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