[time-nuts] DJVU and PDF

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 14:13:00 EST 2010


People _think_ they can't afford a Mac.  But the total cost of
ownership is actually lower.  For example in this case with just the
basic software that comes with Mac OSX you can create and edit PDF
files, extract the images, cut out and copy the text and so on.  PDF
is the native display format used by the Mac.  You save the cost of
Acrobat and Word.  Also un-like PCs the Mac retails its value and can
be resold after a few years at 50% of what you paid for it.  So that
$700 Mac costs you only $$350.

Back to file formats.  PDF allows you to publish documents that are
not rasterized.  The text files don't have a resolution and will print
at the full quality of your output device.  DJVU, I think is only
suitable for scanned, rasterized documents.

On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 9:53 PM, Perry Sandeen <sandeenpa at yahoo.com> wrote:
> List,
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> I’ve been trying to do a little desktop publishing on the side for 25 years and have learned a lot mostly by trial and lots of errors.
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> I was first multiple sand-bagged by MS.  Either going to a new operating system or changing to a newer version of word changed the format of completed documents.  (I couldn’t afford a Mac.)
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> When I retired in 2001 I started re-doing service manuals for Boatanchor receivers and related equipment.
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> I found that trying to use DJVU a total PITB.  It has become totally obsolete because of lack of support and the quantum leaps in computer technology do not now require minimalist graphics files.  Also other well supported competing graphics formats were developed.
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> I had a modest photo-editing program that came with my HP scanner and that worked so-so, but it was free.
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> Then I got a copy of Acrobat 5 after version 6 came out and it expanded by a magnitude of what I was able to do.  Besides creating PDF’s, I found I could take a non-encrypted PDF and both extract the pictures and the text separately.  For OCR work the program that came with my HP scanner was sufficient.
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> With the $100 Photoshop 6 program I took another quantum leap up for my B/W pictures.  Now I can change from lossy compression format to a loss-less one, edit and then when finished go to a more compressed format.
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> Now there are several free or low cost PDF file making programs on the internet.  There are also free PDF readers that are quicker, less bloated, and hacker free.
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> So what I do is create my documents in MS word and then convert them to PDF’s.  I tried the free Open Office but the word processor did not have an un-do function (which I ALWAYS need) that I could  find.  So it seems to me that the only cheap practical archival our time nuts ifo is to use the PDF format.
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> Regards,
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> Perrier
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