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PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

John Turner

HI Gang!


I have an OCR scanned PDF of a 19th Century book (and a copy of the original 17th century book) that I  must convert to an eBook that will also allow me to create an active index. Is there any app that will do this? The book is about 2K pages long flattened or full, it has some pictures and some blank pages too. I tried Adobe Id today with a suggested plugin and it was an utter failure. I have been unable to find anything that will do the job. Adobe Acrobat DC Pro will not do it either.


Does anyone know of an app that will convert an OCR scanned PDF to an eBook that will allow you to make an active index?


I have a Mac mini running Sierra 12.4.


Ant assistance would really be welcome! I am old an exhaustedfrustrated too. I have been looking for weeks for a solution and have been unable to find one.


JT



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Re: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

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On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 12:47 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:

Does anyone know of an app that will convert an OCR scanned PDF to an eBook that will allow you to make an active index?


Do you have the index in scanned and OCRed format?

If so, you can make the page numbers into active links with Debenu Aerialist, which is an unfortunately expensive plugin for Acrobat Pro XI (on the Mac; it can work with DC in Windows).


Aerialist has a ton of other features as well, and it was one of the things we used in Take Control ebook production.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

John Turner
Expensive? 500$ is a massive expense when you live on SS. Then there is Acrobat Dc Pro which I had and returned because it could not deal with the PDF. The plugin looks great but there is no way I can afford it.

Thanks so much for you help!

JT

On May 14, 2017, 4:52 PM -0400, Adam Engst <[hidden email]>, wrote:

On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 12:47 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:

Does anyone know of an app that will convert an OCR scanned PDF to an eBook that will allow you to make an active index?


Do you have the index in scanned and OCRed format?

If so, you can make the page numbers into active links with Debenu Aerialist, which is an unfortunately expensive plugin for Acrobat Pro XI (on the Mac; it can work with DC in Windows).


Aerialist has a ton of other features as well, and it was one of the things we used in Take Control ebook production.

cheers... -Adam


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Re: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

adamengst
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On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:
Expensive? 500$ is a massive expense when you live on SS. Then there is Acrobat Dc Pro which I had and returned because it could not deal with the PDF. The plugin looks great but there is no way I can afford it.

Yeah, sorry… I bought it many years ago when I was faced with a similar problem, how to create a hot-linked index for one of my iPhoto books in electronic form. There was no problem with the data, since I was making the PDF from InDesign, but at that time anyway, there was no automated way to link up hundreds and hundreds of page numbers in the index. I was talking with a programmer friend who had experience scripting InDesign, but $500 was WAY cheaper than paying him to create a one-off script that would do what I wanted.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

Marilyn Matty
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On May 14, 2017, at 12:47 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:

HI Gang!


I have an OCR scanned PDF of a 19th Century book (and a copy of the original 17th century book) that I  must convert to an eBook that will also allow me to create an active index. Is there any app that will do this? The book is about 2K pages long flattened or full, it has some pictures and some blank pages too. I tried Adobe Id today with a suggested plugin and it was an utter failure. I have been unable to find anything that will do the job. Adobe Acrobat DC Pro will not do it either.


Does anyone know of an app that will convert an OCR scanned PDF to an eBook that will allow you to make an active index?


I could be totally wrong about this as I've never done this before and have never even even created an ebook, and I'm old and exhausted too. But this wild guess might be worth a try...index the OCR in Acrobat before converting it to an ebook. You do need a full version of Acrobat, or a Cloud subscription.

It's easy to create an index in Acrobat:


Good luck,

Marilyn



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Re: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

Derek Cross
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The term eBook is a generic name that includes a number of formats such as ePub (fixed layout and reflowable text), iBook Author, PDF and more. Each format has  advantages (features) and disadvantages.
For those interested in producing these kinds of eBooks, Adobe InDesign is the tool to use and you can get scripts to create interactive indexes such as http://www.id-extras.com/products/liveindex
For those maniacs (like me!) who are really interested in this subject there’s a week’s conference being held in Atlanta next week: https://creativeproweek.com

Derek

On 14 May 2017, at 22:00, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:

Expensive? 500$ is a massive expense when you live on SS. Then there is Acrobat Dc Pro which I had and returned because it could not deal with the PDF. The plugin looks great but there is no way I can afford it.

Thanks so much for you help!

JT

On May 14, 2017, 4:52 PM -0400, Adam Engst <[hidden email]>, wrote:

On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 12:47 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:
Does anyone know of an app that will convert an OCR scanned PDF to an eBook that will allow you to make an active index?


Do you have the index in scanned and OCRed format?

If so, you can make the page numbers into active links with Debenu Aerialist, which is an unfortunately expensive plugin for Acrobat Pro XI (on the Mac; it can work with DC in Windows).


Aerialist has a ton of other features as well, and it was one of the things we used in Take Control ebook production.

cheers... -Adam


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RE: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

Tech@lauterbach5.com
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Use this website to convert books to any format for Kindle or iPad, it’s free.

http://ebook.online-convert.com/

 

here is the eBook convertor:

http://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-epub

 

I sue this website to convert MOBI to Word Documents:

https://convertio.co/mobi-doc/

 

 

 

 

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On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:

Expensive? 500$ is a massive expense when you live on SS. Then there is Acrobat Dc Pro which I had and returned because it could not deal with the PDF. The plugin looks great but there is no way I can afford it.


Yeah, sorry… I bought it many years ago when I was faced with a similar problem, how to create a hot-linked index for one of my iPhoto books in electronic form. There was no problem with the data, since I was making the PDF from InDesign, but at that time anyway, there was no automated way to link up hundreds and hundreds of page numbers in the index. I was talking with a programmer friend who had experience scripting InDesign, but $500 was WAY cheaper than paying him to create a one-off script that would do what I wanted.

 

cheers... -Adam




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RE: PDFs to eBook with ACTIVE INDEX

John Turner
Thanks to everyone for your help! In case you are interested, There is a wonderful free JAVA app called IndexGenerator.jar that is open source and will create an index however you want it. You get to chose the words, exclude words by word or number of letters. You can exclude any pages you want without deleting any pages. You can save the index in virtually any format, PDF, Word, RTF, Text and insert it into the document you are working with! The only thing it cannot do is create an active index.

JT

On May 15, 2017, 3:16 PM -0400, Tech <[hidden email]>, wrote:

Use this website to convert books to any format for Kindle or iPad, it’s free.

http://ebook.online-convert.com/

 

here is the eBook convertor:

http://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-epub

 

I sue this website to convert MOBI to Word Documents:

https://convertio.co/mobi-doc/

 

 

 

 

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Sent: Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:27 PM
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On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM, John Turner <[hidden email]> wrote:

Expensive? 500$ is a massive expense when you live on SS. Then there is Acrobat Dc Pro which I had and returned because it could not deal with the PDF. The plugin looks great but there is no way I can afford it.


Yeah, sorry… I bought it many years ago when I was faced with a similar problem, how to create a hot-linked index for one of my iPhoto books in electronic form. There was no problem with the data, since I was making the PDF from InDesign, but at that time anyway, there was no automated way to link up hundreds and hundreds of page numbers in the index. I was talking with a programmer friend who had experience scripting InDesign, but $500 was WAY cheaper than paying him to create a one-off script that would do what I wanted.

 

cheers... -Adam



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