method to convert pdb ebook to pdf

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by puuukeey, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. puuukeey macrumors 6502

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    Dec 24, 2004
    Location:
    tristate area
    #1
    I wanted to share that I've found a clumsy but reliable way to convert barnes and noble ebooks to PDF.

    in short:
    step 1: run script which scrolls through document and takes screen shots.
    step 2: run OCR software, (I used ReadIrisPro)

    For this to work you have to open the eBook in the reader, set it to "Two pages at a time" and "full screen". For some reason, the key down command scrolls two pages at a time. That's why you need to set the view to two pages. Also change the repeat to half the number of pages in the document. Make sure it's scrolled to page zero and let her rip.



    Code:
    repeat 178 times
    	activate application "Barnes & Noble eReader"
    	tell application "System Events" to key down "ASCII character 29"
    	tell application "System Events" to key up "ASCII character 29"
    	tell application "System Events" to keystroke "#" using {command down, shift down}
    	delay 3
    end repeat
    
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Jul 26, 2004
    Location:
    Montreal, QC
    #2
    Cool! I wish this would work for the horrid online system my school has for academic papers. :(
     

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