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> Pdf Viewing Alternatives, a "text" style reader?
zi99y
post Oct 12 2006, 11:24 AM
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Hi all,

I just had a few days in a whirlwind of trashing my Z and reflashing with some of the other choices of distro available. Cacko was nice, but software is limited to qtopia stuff and I didn't like the idea of running XQt making the apps I'm used to slower, so I ended up heading back to Beta 3 (tried the latest r121 but too many probs).

Basically, I am now confident that Pdaxrom is the best distro (for my purposes), credit to the devvers smile.gif

But one thing I discovered that the sharp based roms have is GPDF2 (I think) which is a fast pdf viewer, and has a mode to view the docs in plain text - which is just perfect for a pda! Getting rid of the stupid page margins and inefficient formatting is just what is needed. Coming back to Pdaxrom I can find only 1 pdf viewer - xpdf! Which is pretty basic really, the interface is antiqated and it's not very fast with large files.

I realise the text viewing thing would only work with properly formatted pdfs - not ones that are just a compilation of bitmaps.

I have tried epdfview many times but always falls short demanding "libpoppler-glib.so.1" which I can find no evidence of. Since I've not heard much fuss about it I can't imagine it's much better than xpdf.

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So, the question is - Are there any other alternatives, and is there a text-style pdf viewer that can be compiled for pdaxrom?

thanks
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Meanie
post Oct 12 2006, 01:48 PM
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QUOTE(zi99y @ Oct 13 2006, 05:24 AM)
Hi all,

I just had a few days in a whirlwind of trashing my Z and reflashing with some of the other choices of distro available. Cacko was nice, but software is limited to qtopia stuff and I didn't like the idea of running XQt making the apps I'm used to slower, so I ended up heading back to Beta 3 (tried the latest r121 but too many probs).

Basically, I am now confident that Pdaxrom is the best distro (for my purposes), credit to the devvers smile.gif

But one thing I discovered that the sharp based roms have is GPDF2 (I think) which is a fast pdf viewer, and has a mode to view the docs in plain text - which is just perfect for a pda! Getting rid of the stupid page margins and inefficient formatting is just what is needed. Coming back to Pdaxrom I can find only 1 pdf viewer - xpdf! Which is pretty basic really, the interface is antiqated and it's not very fast with large files.

I realise the text viewing thing would only work with properly formatted pdfs - not ones that are just a compilation of bitmaps.

I have tried epdfview many times but always falls short demanding "libpoppler-glib.so.1" which I can find no evidence of. Since I've not heard much fuss about it I can't imagine it's much better than xpdf.

-----------------------

So, the question is - Are there any other alternatives, and is there a text-style pdf viewer that can be compiled for pdaxrom?

thanks
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you need to install the poppler package for epdfview
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fooman
post Oct 25 2006, 11:11 AM
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Does the poppler package for epdfview provide the ability to read PDF tags? I think this is the same as what zi99y describes as viewing the docs in plain text. Tags strip away all of the formatting and provide you with the text of the document.

I'm thinking about switching over to pdaXrom from Cacko. The lack of a good PDF reader that can read tags is one of the main factors holding me back. : blink.gif I took a look at xpdf and couldn't find any capability to read PDF tags.


QUOTE(Meanie @ Oct 12 2006, 05:48 PM)
QUOTE(zi99y @ Oct 13 2006, 05:24 AM)
Hi all,

I just had a few days in a whirlwind of trashing my Z and reflashing with some of the other choices of distro available. Cacko was nice, but software is limited to qtopia stuff and I didn't like the idea of running XQt making the apps I'm used to slower, so I ended up heading back to Beta 3 (tried the latest r121 but too many probs).

Basically, I am now confident that Pdaxrom is the best distro (for my purposes), credit to the devvers smile.gif

But one thing I discovered that the sharp based roms have is GPDF2 (I think) which is a fast pdf viewer, and has a mode to view the docs in plain text - which is just perfect for a pda! Getting rid of the stupid page margins and inefficient formatting is just what is needed. Coming back to Pdaxrom I can find only 1 pdf viewer - xpdf! Which is pretty basic really, the interface is antiqated and it's not very fast with large files.

I realise the text viewing thing would only work with properly formatted pdfs - not ones that are just a compilation of bitmaps.

I have tried epdfview many times but always falls short demanding "libpoppler-glib.so.1" which I can find no evidence of. Since I've not heard much fuss about it I can't imagine it's much better than xpdf.

-----------------------

So, the question is - Are there any other alternatives, and is there a text-style pdf viewer that can be compiled for pdaxrom?

thanks
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you need to install the poppler package for epdfview
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