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Help me design an ebook!

I just finished writing a novella length book. I want to publish it as an ebook readable as a pdf or on an ipad or what have you. It’s picture-heavy (with very high quality photos.) Probably every page will have pictures. I want the design to be magazine-like, with the words many times ‘on top’ of the pictures. I have Photoshop and a decent knowledge of it and I just got Lightroom, but I don’t know much about how to use it yet. I think I’d like to design (at least some, if not all) the pages in Photoshop. I have a lot of questions: [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Free method to combine PDFs?

Is there a free / easy method to combine multiple PDFs into one long PDF? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jul 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Batch process emlx to pdf?

I have a bunch of emlx files that have been provided to me outside of the mbox format. I would like to convert them into pdf files. There are Windows programs that handle this, but I can't find anything for the Mac. My limited Automator skills are also not up to the task. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ajr on Jul 14, 2013 - 6 answers

iPhone, Android apps from PDFs?

Looking to create standalone apps for iPhone, Android phones, and Android tablets that will present a digital replica of a booklet based on PDFs from the printed version. [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Jul 9, 2013 - 2 answers

What's the best tool to write a code-heavy ebook?

I'm writing a programming ebook (on introductory programming for bench biologists, if anyone's interested) and am trying to figure out the best tool chain. Ideally, I'd like to write the content in something like markdown or restructuredText, then be able to easily render it to PDF (and maybe eventually epub/mobi). The book will contain a lot of source code and program output, so whatever solution I pick needs to be cope well with chunks of differently-formatted text. Any suggestions?
posted by primer_dimer on Jul 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Archiving a blog to PDF or ePUB

I'd like to archive a recently-deceased friend's blog to PDF or ePUB in chronological order. It's a Blogger site, and has a couple of years of articles. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jul 4, 2013 - 7 answers

PDF metadata extraction for file management

I know there are a lot of earlier posts about PDF management software (and others on Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere) but they seem out of date, and don't work for my situation. Need: keep PDF library but must be able to import existing downloaded files and extract metadata. Zotero did this using Google Scholar and it worked well, but Google now severely limits how much much metadata looking can be done from the IP they detect. I don't have the skills to work around this. So the problem remains: is there any way to import a large number of already-downloaded PDFs to PDF management software, recovering metadata? (Neither Papers nor Mendeley handle metadata issue adequately, other virtues aside; EndNote is hopeless.). If there is no available solution, what would be the most efficient way to rebuild the library? Find all the papers on-line again and download the bibliographic information, which would be vastly tedious? I am on OSX but open-minded. Thanks.
posted by cogneuro on May 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Free or Low Cost OCR Solutions?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a free or low cost solution that will let me scan to searchable PDF using OCR? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Recommendation for dual tray, same document mixed PDF capable printer

Looking to help my sister purchase a new printer for her small business. The unit must be able to switch format sizes (legal/letter) on the fly in a single PDF document. I know someone out there is doing this, please help! [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy on May 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Turning a PDF photobook into 2-page spread PDF photobook, how?

I have a number of (self-published) photobooks which are currently PDFs, with each side on a separate PDF page, as one would normally expect. However, the book is laid out as diptychs, meant to be consumed 2-page spread by 2-page spread. I want to produce a PDF which is the same book, but each page is the 2-page spread. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Solutions for searching a large collection of pdfs web available

I have a lot of (50GB) pdfs and some epub documents. I would like to find a way to search through them quickly and accurately, in a way that is web accessible. I would like highlights of matches from inside the document to display. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

The two shall be one

I have two versions of the same PDF, both annotated in Acrobat Pro, and I need to make them into one document. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Apr 21, 2013 - 4 answers

HTML to PDF

Help me turn a photo essay, currently in HTML, into a PDF (without big ugly white space when photos break to the following page). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Something like Evernote?

Is there a program along the lines of Evernote that can deal with .pdf and .doc files? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I present PDFs annotated via popups in a browser window?

Hi all! I am looking for something that I think should exist but I can't seem to be able to find it. I am looking for a way to put a PDF on a webpage with annotation markers, so that when a user clicks on the annotation marker, a pop up box opens up with the annotation comment. For example, imagine a PDF of a first edition of "Alice in Wonderland" or the Bible that you could click on and notes about the phrase you clicked on would appear in a pop up window. The seems a useful bit of technology but I've looked around the web and I've been unable to find any pages like this. I am looking for two things: (1) Examples of such pages currently online; and (2) A software program that would create such pages. Thanks in advance!
posted by laswingkid on Mar 12, 2013 - 2 answers

ISO iPad PDF organizer...

I'm trying to find an app for organizing my PDFs on my iPad mini. Ideally, this app would enable me to sort my PDFs into folders *and* allow me to open the PDFs either within the app or in another application (such as Note Taker HD), *and* I'd like there to be a companion desktop application (for Mac) or website or whatever so I can organize things on my computer when I want. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Feb 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Excel spreadsheet to pretty clips report?

I have an Excel spreadsheet with couple hundred rows: URLs, a few fields of identifying information (outlet, etc.), for media hits on the organization I work for. I need to make this into a pretty (or at least semi-legible to the computer illiterate) document that I can give to board members, senior staff, etc. What I would like is to use some form of scripting to automate this. Bonus points if the script can somehow open the URL and take a screenshot of the story so that I don't have to. I have a Mac, and both the Adobe and Microsoft suites. How do I not spend tedious hours manually doing this? Especially since I have to do it each month and quarter.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 answers

How to assemble 500 image slices into a printable PDF

I have about 500 PNGs. Each is 8" wide and anywhere from 1" to 5" high. I need to assemble them into a PDF, as many images as possible that will fit per page without cutting off. [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jan 29, 2013 - 10 answers

But I don't *want* anyone to recognize it...

How do I prevent OCR on a document (typically a PDF but I could use another document format if necessary)? I know that when I scan it from a hard copy to a PDF I can disable/stop the OCR process, but Adobe allows it to happen on any PDF I scan in, whether OCR was eliminated at scanning or not, and I have to stop that (I have work product I'd like to distribute electronically, but my boss would like to make sure it's not searchable and it's as hard as I can make it to copy). I can use any software or process within reason.
posted by mrs. taters on Jan 25, 2013 - 27 answers

How to copy/paste Cyrillic characters from PDF?

For years, I've accepted as fact that Russian-language PDFs don't play nice with other programs. That if you tried to paste copied text into Word or Notepad, you'd get gibberish characters. (I work on two laptops, one with Windows Vista and Acrobat, the other Windows 7 and Reader.) Are there any clever workarounds or programs I should know about? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Jan 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for PDF software that can automatically append at creation

Looking for prompt-less PDF creation and appending [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Jan 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Adobe Acrobat replacement for Mac OS X

Seeking Adobe Acrobat replacement for Mac OS X. I have Acrobat 8 Standard for Windows, which has served me well. But Adobe only offers their "Pro" version for Mac, which costs way more than I want to spend ($450), and it's also more than I need. So I'm looking for an alternative; free is great, but willing to pay for a solid software package. Intuitive and easy-to-use is a big plus. List of features I tend to rely on most in the "More Inside" section. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Is it the stylus or the screen?

I got myself a Lenovo tablet on super sale for Christmas. I'm interested in using it to read and annotate pdf files (mainly journal articles). The pdf reader app I'm using has the ability for freehand writing, and I'd like to try that out for margin notes (some of the papers are technical with lots of symbols, so writing is easier than typing). I bought a stylus that had pretty good reviews on Amazon, but I have to push down to make it work which is ok for highlighting, but tiring for writing. Is this a limitation of this tablet's screen? Or is there a stylus that is easier to use? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jan 9, 2013 - 9 answers

No, iPad, I don't want 5 versions of the same file thanks.

I have a (hopefully easy) question about getting Dropbox and GoodNotes to work together nicely on my iPad. [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Jan 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Reducing .pdf size

Is there a failsafe way to make a pdf smaller? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Could you help me with my Applescript?

I am trying to batch convert a bunch of MS Word documents via Pages on my Mac. I have an Applescript that I believe will work, but I am getting hung up on a dialog box, and I am trying to see if someone could proofread the script for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me choose the right tablet

I know this is well trodden ground, but I have a question about tablets. I want a tablet that will mainly be for reading/annotating pdfs (academic papers). My main worries are eye strain and stylus integration. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Dec 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Convert pdf to png

I have a 1200 page pdf file that I'd like to convert to png image files. I would like each page of the pdf to be converted to a separate png file. What's the easiest way to achieve this? I'm using Windows.
posted by Proginoskes on Dec 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Converting lots of little excel into word?

ExcelFilter: I have a whole bunch of excel files. More than 100 of them. Each file has about one page of print area, but some in portrait and others in landscape. They are mostly text in cells; not a lot of formulas being used. I would like to (1) merge all these files into one Word document; (2) have a page break so that each file (more or less) is one page; and (3) do it with a minimum of cutting and pasting. Opening everything as a PDF and viewing in Preview is also an option, but less optimal since I'll certainly need to adjust some formatting and page breaks. Maybe on publisher? Is anything like this possible? Or do I need to do it page-by-page? What would you do? I'm on a Mac 10.8.2.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Nov 19, 2012 - 9 answers

How to Batch Process PDFs

How can one batch modify pdfs that are from scanned books / magazines for easier reading on Kindle? Specifically a) minimize the margins. b) repaginate when they are 2 pages to a page scans. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Not so much to ask, really

So, I got myself an Android tablet, specifically for DnD nerdery. Now I've got some specific desires for pdf and spreadsheet programs - but am having a hell of a time tracking down apps that can what I want. Are these things really that hard to do in Jelly Bean? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Nov 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me read PDFs in the palm of my hand

Best tablet or e-reader for reading PDFs? Difficulty: must be lightweight, with a smaller screen than an iPad, and preferably less than $250. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Your academic workflow, 2012 edition

I would like to learn more from real-world researchers about the apps or web tools you use. [more inside]
posted by zepheria on Nov 1, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the best electronic device for this task?

Help me find a device (or two devices) that will take pictures, and then easily convert these pictures to PDFs. Alternatively, persuade me to buy an iPad! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

A portable device for reading and drawing.

Please recommend a device (or devices) for two activities: reading and drawing. And by reading, I don't just mean plain English text. I also have some special demands regarding drawing. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Adjusting paper size for Mac "print to pdf" function"

Mac "print to pdf" function is defaulting to US Letter output, despite A4-formatted documents that print fine as A4 on a physical printer. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Reading RPG PDFs on the iPad

I'm looking for a PDF reader app for my iPad. Challenge level: RPG books. I'm experimenting with using my iPad to read the rules books for D&D, Pathfinder, etc. during the game. Key features that I need: 1) Jump to an arbitrary page number; 2) Find word/phrase within the document; 3) Renders quickly even with large files with lots of graphics; 4) Ability to add bookmarks within the PDF file would be a huge plus; 5) Ability to sort files within the app with folders would be a minor plus. Recommendations?
posted by philosophygeek on Sep 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Please hope me! Can I save this PDF form!

I filled out a PDF form last night in Google Chrome and saved the PDF. Then I emailed it to someone important. This morning they told me they had received a blank form (!). I opened the attachment and yes, it's blank. *@#$&@! [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 13, 2012 - 22 answers

1-s2.0-S0958166910000443-main dot PDF

Does anyone know why academic PDF documents downloaded as full text seem to universally download as poorly documented/difficult to sort files? [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Sep 11, 2012 - 14 answers

How to insert a bunch of links to an excel document?

How to batch insert links to an excel document? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Sep 4, 2012 - 1 answer

Large capacity PDF 2 Fax service?

PDF to Fax service that can handle ludicrously large files and number of pages? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get PDFs from shared drive onto multiple iPads?

Help me set up a system to make PDFs available from our corporate network to our users' iPads. [more inside]
posted by Infinite Jest on Aug 15, 2012 - 10 answers

PDF copy/paste repeats text - help?

When I copy/paste text from this PDF, the copied text is repeated and sometimes includes additional text. Why is this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Aug 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Assemble JPGs into a PDF?

I have a folder of JPG files. I want to create a PDF with one of those JPGs on each page. I don't want to spend any money. I am using a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How to populate PDF form from Excel data?

How to populate PDF form from Excel data: number of copies based on number of rows? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

How to create easy editable signs?

How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Best PDF annotation app for Android

Best PDF reader and annotating application for Android? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Ok, it's possible I am just grasping at straws to find an excuse to own an iPad.

I'm trying to figure out if a iPad is what I'm looking for to help me reduce my physical books, particularly cookbooks and printed (from the internet) recipes. I want to know first whether iPad is the way to go for my specific needs (details within) and then, if an iPad is what I want, which generation iPad & apps would help me do what I want. Or maybe there is a better solution? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jun 9, 2012 - 22 answers

A Kindle Cookbook?

What is the best, most orderly way to add and organize recipes on my Kindle Touch for optimal viewing? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 6, 2012 - 7 answers

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