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Old 12-06-2005, 09:58 AM   #1
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The magic tool used by Bos & Lie to produce their book was Prince, software that converts XML (including XHTML) into PDFs, using CSS style sheets to guide the formatting. Besides book production this sounds like a good way to get web content onto paper without a lot of fooling around (assuming it is as slick as described).

It costs $350 for a single-user license (less for academic use), but you can download a trial version that runs normally but generates a promotional mark on the first page of the PDF. Available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

   
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I have used a similar tool called upCAST that does almost the opposite: turns Word documents into valid XHTML/CSS pages, which has been very useful at times.

Evil thought: their (Prince's) trial method leaves something to be desired, since it is easy enough to edit PDFs by removing pages.
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Evil thought: their (Prince's) trial method leaves something to be desired, since it is easy enough to edit PDFs by removing pages.
Isn’t that a strange method? Had me scratching my head.

Of course, for a book, you would need to have a strategy for dealing with page numbering and right/left arrangements. Wouldn’t be that hard.

I would like to think if someone finds this useful for book production they would pay for the software.

   
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>>Evil thought: their (Prince's) trial method leaves something to be desired, since it is easy enough to edit PDFs by removing pages.

My first thought too.

My second thought: if they're smart enough to write such a thing, they're probably smart enough to password protect the PDFs against editing.

   
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Steve:

they're probably smart enough to password protect the PDFs against editing

What about those junior high school kids you were telling me about?

   
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I have used a similar tool called upCAST that does almost the opposite: turns Word documents into valid XHTML/CSS pages, which has been very useful at times.
Does this tool do a good job? MS Word itself is famous (notorious?) for producing very large, very bad HTML.
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David, there is a limited facility trial version of upCast if you want to try it out. See http://www.infinity-loop.de/products...downloads.html

   
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Yes - it does. Some of the styles in the CSS are unnecessary, but it produces a valid XHTML document that looks pretty much like the Word document (which may or may not be a good thing, of course!). I have used it to make support pages from a Word FAQs document for example. I spent a little time simplifying the generated CSS but that wasn't strictly necessary - just for my personal satisfaction.
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It's a problem, no question. But if you take the attitude that your software *will* get cracked, then move along to "but the people who engage in that kind of thing would probably never have been customers anyway, so it's no great loss" you learn to live with it.

I know my stuff's on crack sites. Occasionally I go on a tear and work out which codes they're distributing and add them to the internal routine that checks these things. "Ooopsie. You have code number 12345, do you? Too bad. I'm still a demo."

I suppose I could instead blow away a dozen crucial Windows files. The temptation is strong, but I resist. ;-)

On the other hand, giving potential customers a full working copy of a program (plus watermarks/DEMO stamps/whatever) is a wonderful sales tool.

   
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I have also used a similar tool called ABC Amber XML Converter which is a powerful XML/XSL processor and can help you convert your XML documents into any document format (PDF, HTML, RTF, TXT ANSI, TXT Unicode, DOC, MCW, WRI, WPD, WK4, WPS, SAM, RFT, WSD, and more) easily and quickly. The more inportant thing is that it supports a batch conversion, a run from command line, more than 50 languages. Ther price of it is very cheap, just $19.95.

Is it attractive?Have a try?

Downloadsite:http://www.qweas.com/download/conver..._converter.htm

Good luck!
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