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Old 09-23-2010, 04:39 AM   #1
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Angry pdf to epub results in 'garbage'?

Okay, this is driving me batty, I'm trying to convert some pdf files to epub in calibre. the job takes forever and the resulting epub is nothing but odd characters all over the page, just total garbage. Is there a 'fix' for this? Any help/input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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What size as these PDF files? It sounds as if they may be image scans with just a little (scrambled) OCR text underlaying the images. A large file size would be indicative of this type of PDF. If that is the case then you will not be able to convert these files using Calibre.
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the file in question is 1.5mb, is there any other application I can use to convert these to txt or any other format that I can then use in calibre to get them to epub?
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If the PDF contains page scans, there's no text there. You'd need to use an OCR program to convert to a text format first.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:12 AM   #5
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can you recommend any good ocr apps?
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Abby Finereader, can load a pdf and OCR it, then save in various formats, rtf, html doc etc.
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Abby Finereader, can load a pdf and OCR it, then save in various formats, rtf, html doc etc.
I concur that Abby Finereader is an excellent choice, but you probably won't find a friend who owns it, and it's kind of single purpose. Adobe Acrobat Pro isn't as good at OCR, but if you're not doing too many books, and are willing to hand edit any errors, it has usable OCR and a lot of other uses that might justify the cost of buying. It's also a a lot easier to find someone who has it and would do the OCR for you.
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