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#1  eBookLuke 12-18-2010, 06:48 PM
Hi,

this thread is for your reports about problems with W2E.
If you encounter some files that cause problems to the extension, please send me a copy of this file to:
writer2epub[at]gmail.com

Thanks for your help!

Luke
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#2  roger64 12-19-2010, 02:57 AM
Oh, congratulations Luke, your software is now part of the establishment. It's well deserved.

To just follow on a proposal.

W2E uses three places of real estate on the front panel. Some people can resent it and find it a little confusing. I think one would be enough.

What for a solution like the one on the photo (the image is optional), I mean
- Only one button which opens a "W2E Preferences panel".
- On the front panel, a "proceed" button to press just to create the epub
- Some tabs, metadata, structure, splitting, whatever suits your needs to provide the user with some choices.
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#3  stasys 12-19-2010, 03:48 AM
If the extension is meant to be used for fun, then one icon is enough. But for day to day epub generation three icons are a-must.
Another thought - would it be possible to fill metadata automatically from file properties - book title, author and description can be present already in file properties, so to fill them one more time by hand is not welcomed.
And continuing our discussion from previous thread - I think you shall let users to decide otf or ttf fonts will be embedded into epub.
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#4  eBookLuke 12-19-2010, 04:05 AM
Quote stasys
If the extension is meant to be used for fun, then one icon is enough. But for day to day epub generation three icons are a-must.
Another thought - would it be possible to fill metadata automatically from file properties - book title, author and description can be present already in file properties, so to fill them one more time by hand is not welcomed.
And continuing our discussion from previous thread - I think you shall let users to decide otf or ttf fonts will be embedded into epub.
Ehmmm… the metadata are just filled by original doc meta, if present… If doesn't happens, there is some bug that prevents it.
Please send me some example of "metadata filled" docs (.odt, .doc, .rtf and so on) to check the functionality. Please send the doc to writer2epub[at]gmail.com

About the fonts: I will allow W2E to embed all supported fonts type. If the ePub standard supports .otf and .ttf, W2E will embed these format. Anyway I have to check what the standard states.

About the icon.
I'm a lazybones… I create W2E to not fatigue… My lazyness says that three icons is the easyeest way to do the job. If someone lazyest than me can found a more easy way, he is welcome!

Luke
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#5  roger64 12-19-2010, 08:22 AM
Well, I guess that the only real "must" is the boss's will.

So be it.
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#6  eBookLuke 12-19-2010, 02:31 PM
Quote roger64
Well, I guess that the only real "must" is the boss's will.

So be it.
If you strongly want the "one button" interface, I will create a special version only for you!*

Luke

*as soon as I have some time available…
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#7  roger64 12-19-2010, 08:41 PM
Oh, please don't. I don't want to waste your Christmas.
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#8  stasys 12-23-2010, 04:36 AM
1. Author's name, book title and description are not parsing into epub metadata.
2. Why before producing epub file it always ask me to save file first? - I'm preparing doc file in word and openining in OO only to make an epub and this reminder is somehow annoying.
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#9  eBookLuke 12-23-2010, 06:00 AM
Quote stasys
1. Author's name, book title and description are not parsing into epub metadata.
As soon as possible, W2E will extract the metadata from original files, if are present. At the moment, the metadata are get out from the file name (look in the preference window)
The problems I encountered by extract the file's metadata are:
1) there is no a real "author" field. This info is shared with the "creator" that is the owner of the Word/OOo application and the last modifier.
2) Some field in .doc files are "general purpose", and doesn't meet the mandatory fields of the ePub files (author, title, language, ID)
So, any suggestion about how to extract the data from .doc files is welcome!
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2. Why before producing epub file it always ask me to save file first? - I'm preparing doc file in word and openining in OO only to make an epub and this reminder is somehow annoying.
Not always but sometimes.
I don't understand why sometimes, when I start a conversion, OOo believes that the files was modified. This can happens with .odt files and .doc files, with unpredictable frequency.If you have a file that EVERY TIME shows the dialog, please send it to me at writer2epub[at]gmail.com , this can help me.
I wish to solve this annoying behaviour, as soon I will understand why and when it happens. Every help is welcome.

A workaround can be to use the "reload" command instead of "save". This preserve the integrity of the original file in case of unwanted modifications.

Thanks

Luke
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#10  AlexBell 12-23-2010, 11:51 PM
I use OpenOffice.org regularly, but haven't got round to using in built styles.

I am also familiar with HTML and CSS, and ePubcheck, and have prepared several ePub ebooks and uploaded them to the forum library from e.g. Project Gutenberg html files.

I'd like to try out Writer2ePub, with the option of perhaps extending the stylesheet, but don't know where to start.

Is there a 'Writer2ePub for Dummies' how-to available anywhere? I've looked at DaleDe's wiki, but I need a little more than that.

Regards, Alex
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