This is the home of boo2pdf, an IBM BookManager to PDF conversion app & web service. I'm currently experimenting with the HTML to PDF backends and would like feedback with book files I haven't tried. Once the code is cleaned up, I will dump it on my site. You can find the web service at http://ps-2.kev009.com/boo2pdf/
I have a large collection of old IBM machines and documentation. I want this documentation indexed by my own search facilities and Google for easy retrieval. PDF is widely read while BookManager requires proprietary software and no search engines I know of parse it.
This will probably be useful to Mainframers as well.
- Currently, internal hyperlinks and headings are not parsed, indexed, or otherwise handled.
- The Linux SoftCopy Reader does not convert some of the older embedded image formats. Possible formats are: GIF, PNG. JPG, MET, GDF, WMF. I'm guessing it is one of the later that does not have a Linux filter. You will know an image did not convert by red text indicating such in your PDF. I've seen this in a few .boo files from the early to mid '90s.
I am using the JAR files from IBM SoftCopy Reader for Linux. I've decompiled these and written my own main class and and a wrapper script to take care of setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH, Java classpath, and other such glue code. I use SoftCopy Reader's API to output HTML and images from the BookManager files. I then pass this to htmldoc for PDF conversion.