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    Aportis has released a PDF converter for the PalmOS. At present, only a Windows version is available but it's free for personal, non-business use until May 1, 2001.

    [Edited by MarkEagle on 08-27-2000 at 10:30 PM]
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    Two things to be aware of.

    1. If you install Aportis Doc Mobile Edition, don't forget to use Zcatalog or PZ or something to delete it when you're done, because Aportis is still using the old DOC creator codes, so all your other DOC files will be subsumed into Aportis as far as the launcher is concerned.

    2. http://access.adobe.com/simple_form.html is a PDF to HTML convertor from Adobe. If you use this you can convert the HTML to DOC format and view it in Iambic Reader (Docvis) or convert it to iSilo format and view it there.
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    I don't understand the problem with AportisDoc. Are you saying that all doc files will be deleted or unusable after deinstalling AportisDoc Reader?
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    What happens is this:

    If you use a freeware reader like CSpotRun or iSilo Free, for example, you will see each document listed individually when you go into either the "info" or "delete" functions of the Visor or the File Mover built into the 8MB Flash module. If you install AportisDoc Reader or Mobile Edition, all these Doc-format documents get "wrapped up" into a database (called, I believe, AportisDocDB)--if you go to delete the AportisDoc app, the database (all your documents) gets deleted too. (I was none too happy to find that out the hard way trying out the original Rick Bram's Doc program, which later became AportisDoc.)

    The same thing happens with FireViewer or other versions of ImageViewer; if you have image files in your device (which, if you use Ken Shirriff's Tiny Viewer, all show up individually in "info" or "delete" or File Mover), if you install FireViewer, the images get swallowed up into FireViewer's own DB, and if you delete the app, it takes the images (the DB) with it.

    By using Z'Catalog, you can delete the app without deleting the document database. (I'm not sure if you can then access the DB with another Doc-format reader; to use the FireViewer analogy, I tried to beam an image to my daughter's Palm IIIxe, which has Tiny Viewer installed; the IIIxe rejected the image, saying it didn't have the necessary application.)

    Your best bet is to put all your documents in a folder (and images in another), so if you decide to change reader/viewer and deleting it takes the docs/images too, you can reload a little more painlessly.

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    With Aportis' own doc reader, after conversion of the pdf, (which only converts text, not graphics?) is formatting of the pdf document preserved?

    I converted a couple of pdf files, then opened them in Desktop to Go. Certain format options, like dotted lines in a legal caption, and line wrapping were lost or changed to fit the Visor screen. Although, honestly, I don't see how they could be preserved for viewing on the Palm.

    I'm just wondering because, I'd rather keep viewing these documents with the Data Viz program, unless I'm losing some functionality.
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    Originally posted by MHCohn
    is formatting of the pdf document preserved?
    So far I've only tried one small file conversion and all it did was convert the text portion of the PDF - NO graphics at all. Also, it seemed to append line feeds at the end of the PDF lines thereby messing up word wrap and paragraph formatting.

    I can only hope that these are version 1 limitations and will be addressed in future releases... I suppose you get what you pay for
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    Check out: http://www.ansyr.com/ they say that they have a PDF reader for Palm coming the week of Sept. 4. They have demos at Seybold now. It is kind of expensive though-$49.95.

    It will be interesting to see how well it works.

    Matt
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    Originally posted by mattp
    Check out: http://www.ansyr.com/ they say that they have a PDF reader for Palm coming the week of Sept. 4. They have demos at Seybold now. It is kind of expensive though-$49.95.

    It will be interesting to see how well it works.

    Matt
    If it works as stated, I think it will be a very useful product. I hope the PDF files will work off of the memory module, as some files that I would like to carry with me can get quite large.

    As for the price, I will probably have my employer pay for this one
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