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Old 07-29-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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So far, I find the following method quite satisfying for reading chm files on Sony Reader, especially for programming related chm documents with a lot of code listings. For these docs, a critical requirement is to preserve the format of code listings. The new PDF reflow feature works well for 'pure text' docs, but might destroys codes.

Step 1: Convert chm to pdf of size exactly the same as reader's viewable area, in landscape mode.
Step 2: Rotate the pdf 90 degrees anticlockwise.

This way, docs are shown in landscape without switching to reader's landscape mode. And no reflow is needed so original format is intact.

I use chm2pdf and pdftk. They are available in standard Debian/Ubuntu repository and might also be in other distributions' repositories. The simple script is here, usage: chm2sonypdf file.chm
set -x
chm2pdf --webpage --continuous --textfont helvetica --fontsize 10 --size 4.54x3.47in --no-numbered --gray --header . --footer . --no-toc --top 0 --right 0 --bottom 0 --left 0 $1 $1.tmp.pdf
pdftk $1.tmp.pdf cat 1-endW output $
rm -f $1.tmp.pdf
BTW, all the internal links are preserved.

sample file attached:
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File Type: pdf CPP.excerpt.pdf (121.2 KB, 211 views)

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Old 07-30-2008, 04:05 AM   #2
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good idea


Really good idea.

I've tryied it out and work fine.
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