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OpenOffice to ePub export extension
#191  PeterMzizi 12-12-2010, 03:54 PM
Quote eBookLuke
Do you think that the correct place for the topics regarding W2E can be
eBook Software section of Mobileread?
Luke
Sounds like an ideal place.
Great this is now on the OOo repository site, should get more exposure there I should think

#192  CazMar 12-12-2010, 07:45 PM
Quote eBookLuke
Hi all,

W2E .....

Do you think that the correct place for the topics regarding W2E can be
eBook Software section of Mobileread?

If you think so, and moderators agree, I kindly ask to moderators to create a topic for Writer2ePub in the eBook Software section

Thanks to all, and Happy Christmas!

Luke
Yes, a special topic would be a good idea - that way any feedback or new ideas are in one place.
And a happy Christmas to you, Luke.

#193  Ken Irving 12-14-2010, 09:39 AM
I'm with those who think a separate topic in ebook software on this would be a good idea. This is major stuff, and people who are using other tools (and may not use Openoffice and friends) should be aware of it.

#194  gertblij 12-16-2010, 06:19 AM
Downloaded OOo Writer today with Epub extension.

Works fine on small odt file, but on large file, with pictures, epub conversion bombs out with "Basic run time error. Object variable not set".

OK button clears Macro screen, but then OOo Writer completely frozen. Need to kill it using End Process in System Explorer. UGLY!!!

Any suggestions?

#195  eBookLuke 12-16-2010, 09:58 AM
Quote gertblij
Downloaded OOo Writer today with Epub extension.

Works fine on small odt file, but on large file, with pictures, epub conversion bombs out with "Basic run time error. Object variable not set".

OK button clears Macro screen, but then OOo Writer completely frozen. Need to kill it using End Process in System Explorer. UGLY!!!

Any suggestions?
Hi,

the problem maybe the presence in the file of some unsupported (at the moment) "blobs". For instance, frames can cause a similar hang as you describe.

The freeze of OOo is only apparent. The only frozen object in this case is the document window that ends with "_W2E". Just close it BY OOo MENU (not by window button) and all other feature of OOo are enabled.

To help me to better understand the cause of the crash, please send me the original file to writer2epub[at]gmail.com

I will try to solve the crash in the next version.

Thank for your feedback

Luke

#196  stasys 12-17-2010, 05:15 AM
Great extension. But how to embed fonts? Or this function is yet under development?

#197  roger64 12-17-2010, 11:00 AM
Hi Luke

I just tried your W2E 1.1.9 and it was a complete success.

I just made an HTML file out of a PDF text using FineReader9.
I inserted this HTML file in a tailor made model in OpenOffice.org Writer 3.2 and saved it as an odt file.
After, I began to use W2E:
I checked the metadata, OK
I checked the splitting, choose my favorite font, OK
Pressed the button and 8 seconds later, I had a nice readable epub.

I have not tried complex epub yet (images, TOC, footnotes) and will try to report about it later.

This is an awesome extension. Making a plain epub with OpenOffice.org became at last nearly as easy as producing a PDF

Congratulations and thank you so much!!

#198  eBookLuke 12-17-2010, 12:53 PM
Quote stasys
Great extension. But how to embed fonts? Or this function is yet under development?
I have many requests about fonts embedding (also my own request ), and I will implement soon.
The problem is not to write the code, but to think about the interface.
I mean:
what fonts are to embed? All fonts used in the document? Only non-standard fonts? And how to recognize the OpenType Fonts? (please note that ePub supports officially only .otf fonts)

Any suggestion is welcome!

Luke

#199  roger64 12-17-2010, 11:43 PM
User report

I worked a little more on my odt file, adding structure (title 1 and 2). My title 2 insert automatically a page break. I also added a TOC and one image.

The image was correctly processed, though set just a little on the right, maybe because of the small left margin on your CSS (not sure of it).

The text is very well processed but the created epub is lacking an hypertext TOC. I think this a an important requirement you should address. I have seen this feature implemented very cleanly in Sigil, in a little more confusing way in Calibre. If the original odt text has a structure (as many have), then the epub created out of it should have an hypertext TOC mirroring this structure.

It seems to me the way to go is to let the user chose on your extension which title to hypertext (the "Sigil" way). Up to now if we want to use this feature we have to use calibre or Sigil.

On the other hand, the dedicated TOC created in OpenOffice.org odt seems to be useless because it only duplicates awkwardly the epub hypertext.

Last thing. It seems that a one page Preferences panel, grouping metadata, splitting, fonts and TOC would be simpler. This way your extension would have only two buttons:
- Preferences panel
- Processing button

#200  eBookLuke 12-18-2010, 03:51 AM
Quote roger64
User report

I worked a little more on my odt fileĀ…
Hi Roger,

I choose to separate metadata and preference panel bacause in the future the both will be grow to contain more data. Moreover, a beginner can ignore the Prefs, and just use the Metadata.

About internal links, they at the moment are ignored. This will be a must in the next releases. (someone can help me? I need more time! )

About the TOC:
W2E creates the TOC by using Headings 1-6 as reference. I don't like the Sigil way (even is very efficient) just because there are one more operation to do for the user.
Anyway, for OOo users, the simplest way to manage the TOC is to look at the Navigator Headings, the epub TOC will duplicate exactly the Navigator TOC. Just cange the heading styles the user can add or remove entries from the list.

About the images: please send to me at writer2epub[at]gmail.com the original .odt files and the generate epub, I will check the behaviour of the macro.

Thanks for your support

Luke

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