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#428526 - 09/02/17 11:35 AM [Other Programs Wishlist] Publish Manuals in ePUB Format
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Band-in-a-Box and RealBand manuals presently are provided electronically as pdf files. While pdf files are generally are okay for display on a computer screen they do not adapt to all resolutions well. Similarly pdf files are terrible when viewed on alternate displays such as a tablet, e-reader or smartphone. EPUB was created specifically to resolve the issue of viewing documents on various displays. EPUB is the most widely supported vendor-independent XML-based (as opposed to PDF) e-book format; that is, it is supported by the largest number of hardware readers. More information about the ePUB standard is available +++ HERE +++

This wishlist request is for PG Music to provide user manuals electronically as ePUB files in addition to the current, pdf, file format.
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#428534 - 09/02/17 12:05 PM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Interesting info; thanks Jim.
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#431466 - 09/28/17 01:01 AM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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+1
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#431515 - 09/28/17 10:41 AM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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+1 for me, also!
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#431519 - 09/28/17 11:40 AM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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I actually tried to convert the PDF file to ePub format, but it fails on something in the file. I'll look at it more closely as I have time. Clearly, PGMusic should do this, but I just thought I'd give it a shot so I can have it on my Kindle. I use Calibre (free) to convert various document formats to ePub or Mobi formats.

If I get a clean conversion in the near future, I'll post a copy for folks to take a look at.
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#431530 - 09/28/17 12:53 PM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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In reading a little about this, I noticed Kindle is one of the few devices not supported. Maybe that has changed since the articles I read.

There is no way to save a Microsoft Word file to ePub but there are workarounds using a third-party utility.

I did not look yet at other programs that could save a PDF as an ePub but there appear to be some.

John, perhaps the problem you ran into is similar to Music XML, which I understand to be a similar concept to ePub. There may be syntax requirements that haven't yet been standardized. In Music XML, a single misplaced or missing character, or missing or misspelled tag, can cause the importing program to reject the file (sometimes with no warning message).
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#431534 - 09/28/17 01:53 PM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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For Kindle, you have to convert to MOBI format. I've helped another Music Vendor convert their documentation accordingly (Diamond Cut Software). The problem is that my source material for BIAB was the PDF file, rather than the source Word File. The Diamond Cut folks provided me with the Word document, which made the conversion much easier.

Actually, you can load a PDF and view on Kindle, but then you don't get adjustable text sizes and it becomes very difficult to read. I didn't spend a lot of time with it yesterday, but will probably pursue it further. I tried to convert the PDF back to Word, but it died about 50% through. I'll try some other means to see if I can do it.

Barnes and Noble Nook requires the EPUB format. The Calibre application supports both formats (and others).
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#431556 - 09/28/17 03:37 PM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Calibre was mention in several how-to articles about using Word.

You would think Word would just add it as a supported file type.
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#434577 - 10/21/17 10:06 PM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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If it's an open standard and is gaining popularity with devices especially suitable for reading electronic format material. +1
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#450375 - 01/10/18 03:35 PM [Other Programs Wishlist] Re: Publish Manuals in ePUB Format [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Bump primarily to allow more people the opportunity to support the idea of having electronic manuals available in the ePub format.


Edited by Jim Fogle (01/10/18 03:49 PM)
Edit Reason: Removed misinformation
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