Re: [NTLK] pdf for Newton?

From: John Ruschmeyer (
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 10:06:55 EST

Actually, such a web site exists at though I'm not
overly impressed with the output.

The problem seems to be that while *lots* of apps exist to generate a PDF,
most of the ones to convert from a PDF are Acrobat plugins.

Doing a little searching turned up something called WinPDFdata at

I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but it is apparently a Perl/Tk app
that converts PDF to HTML. The distribution includes a Win32 executable.

This looks like it might have some promise...


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of eric a . Farris

On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 09:11:34AM -0500, Eric L. Strobel wrote:
> Actually, there might be a third alternative. What if there were an
> "engine" on a website somewhere that you fed the URL of a PDF file, and it
> either converts it to NewtonBook or HTML? (I'm thinking that if it's done
> right, Palm users would access it too, but you could try and charge them
> order to fund it and leave it free for Newt users. :-) )

this might be an option. all the tools are there. there are a bunch of
free tools to work with PDF files for *Nix. it should be possible (for
some smart guy/gal somewhere) to run a file in PDF through filters to
extract the text and images, and then:

   * convert it to HTML suitable for Newt's Cape
or * convert it to LaTeX suitable for ViewMP
or * script the ol' Newton Press

i predict, though, that the PDF would have to be a pretty simple one for
this to work.

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