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I recently picked up Mobipocket Creator, a lovely program for creating ebook files in the prc format from a number of other things including pdf. Which is great, given that I don't usually have time to read long items on the computer, or the paper and ink to print out large files, so I usually read large files on my PDA. And I've yet to find a pda reader for the thing that really works properly; Documents to Go doesn't handle pdf files nearly as well as it thinks it does (one gets literary jigsaw puzzles. 'nuff said.)

Alas, it would appear that if I want to convert pdfs I still have to do a few other things if I don't want the result to be mashed together; apparently it has trouble "eyeballing" paragraph returns, at least when there's no line between paragraphs. So I wind up editing the interim HTML file by hand... :( Oh well, better than nothing. And it DOES get the data out of pdf and into something that I actually can edit.

Mostly, though, I've been editing html and doc files into ebooks with the program. I also downloaded Mobipocket Reader, the latest version of which has a library catalog similar to those various music programs have music file catalogs. Nice!

I'm also just about satisfied with my first anthology - I've taken the five stories I've got up on my site and stitched them into an ebook, which I will make available there for download at some point.

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fara_shimbo
Sep. 27th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
We used to have a guy John at Lord and Taylor when I worked there, who was always coming into our studio and yelling about nothing was ready. All four of us would stand up and sing "Sit down, John!" until he left!
kayshapero
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
ROFL!!
asimovberlioz
Sep. 27th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Have you tried iSilo?
kayshapero
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
iSilo was the first thing I tried - for whatever reason, it caused no end of aggravation. Coulda been the Tungsten T3 I suppose; I may try it again now that I've got a new device. Docs to Go was my second attempt...
kengr
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
I deleted Documents to go from my Dana Wireless. It was causing too much grief. Among other things, if I powered down while a document was open, it "lost" the document. When I removed it, it freed up 11 meg of RAM, most of which was due to losing large files (Baen ebooks)

It also got into endless loops trying to read some *simple* RTF files...
kayshapero
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Sigh... My biggest problem has been the fact that it has trouble keeping track of more than 15 or so documents at a time, and includes .prc files, which I don't even READ on Docs to Go. I keep it on hand because it's the only program I've got I can write to whilst on the PDA, though the way it's been scrambling Excel files of late...

I just deleted and reloaded it (on top of everything else it got stuck in the "trial mode" setting, and I kept having to reenter the same much too long numbers. ) We'll see what it does on the TX.
kengr
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
My Dana has Alphaword which is adequate for the writing I do. And when you synch, it'll import/export from the pdb files to rtf files or vice-versa.

And I can load/save text files over the wi-fi with a server. So that pretty much covers most things.

Yeah, it won't do tables or embedded images. But I can live with that for now.
kengr
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
Oh yeah. Mobipocket is nice, but since it doesn't realize that the screen opn my Dana is much wider than on a standard PDA, it's not terribly useful. :-(
kayshapero
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
You might want to write them and tell them they've got a loophole. They may well not know there's anything out there wider than a Palm.
kengr
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
The Dana is a bit of an oddity. It's a PDA with delusions of laptop-hood. Full size keyboard, decent sized landscape oriented screen (though you can change that). And if the battery gets low, you can swap in 3 AA batteries.

But it's way lighter than a laptop, and the "instant on" and long battery life make it great.
kayshapero
Sep. 29th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I saw one when I was searching the net for a car charger for my new TX. Exactly how large is it? I've got a wireless full sized folding keyboard for my PDA, but might consider something like that in the future.
kengr
Sep. 29th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
http://www1.alphasmart.com/danastore/dana-w_features.html

has all the specs, but it's a bit over a foot wide, The top is the thickest part at about 1 3/4". the bottom, edge is thinner than a pencil.

It goes in my shoulder bag with no trouble, but then I carry a lot of stuff. Weighs less than my old Model 100 by a *lot*. And has the same nice features like instant on.
kayshapero
Oct. 1st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Nice! One thing I like about the TX (and before that, the T3) is the way I can stick it in a pocket, but that does sound like a good alternative to a laptop. Come the day I need a new portable they may well have something even better, and I may go for it.
kengr
Oct. 1st, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
I needed a reasonable size keyboard that was usable on the bus. Which lets out all the folding ones. And let out all the regular units too.

Only pocket-size I have seen with a reasonable sized keyboard in years was the discontinued Philips Velo.
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