PDF, docx files
Over the years in seminary, I have downloaded and collected many pdf and docx files. I would like to see Logos having the ability to search these files, make cross-reference, and make notes. If this cannot be done, another alternative is that Logos provides an internal program that would convert these files to native logos format.
Personal Book Builder can convert docx files into Logos books.
We will not be adding PDF import/conversion. There are many commercial programs available that can convert PDF to docx (which can then be imported using Personal Book Builder). Discussions of these programs (as they relate to PBB) can be found in our forums: https://community.logos.com/forums/
I give my vote for the PDF import. But please, consider also the .pages format for PBB; being a Pages user, I cannot add books in my Logos without buying Microsoft Word. Which is not fair.
@Anonymous: Are you able to email some of these documents to email@example.com (with a description of the problem) so we can reproduce and fix the crash?
I convert PDF to docx via Adobe's own tool to do this. I've given a look to different alternatives and think Adobe is at least one of the best convertors. But still it will almost always give an output that lets Logos crash.
The best way a've fount is to use a conversion to HTML as a step in between. Then open the html file in Word and most times the header-text will be in a specific letter-format. Let Word select all letters in this format and apply headings.
This works but, especially when I want to create a neat document, it will take al lot of time.
I've spent a lot of time trying to tackle this PDF-to-Logos problem in a simple and fast way, but I still don't see a good solution.
When Logos would be able to create a more robust process to handle docx files, then the problem would be solved to.
In my opinion, a PDF import functionality or PDF conversion functionality is not the biggest problem. The problem is that Logos crashes on certain characteristics of converted files.
A good tool or suggestion how to straighten a docx file in such a way that Logos will accept it and not crash would also solve this issue. (By the way, the conversion to RTF and then open with word and save as docx again, also doesn't help in most cases, is my experience.)
It would be nice if you could take a look to the other alternatives I mentioned above.
Charles P. O'Hanen commented
We would be most grateful if we could add PDF files to Logos.
As a seminary student, I keep getting readings (free complete documents, not book excerpts) in PDF format that I'd really like to import into Logos. Please reconsider.
Mark McC commented
I would like to add my voice to those asking that this be reconsidered.
Wes Crouch commented
We ask in need of this ability, our church organizations send letters, books, other things that we are supposed to read, study, keep track of and it would be much easier to add them to Logos as a PBB than just keep them on a disk somewhere.
Please add the ability to import PDF documents into L5. :)
Steve Holston commented
PLEASE add PDF import!!!
Shawn Nelson commented
Not sure if I follow why this was reopened if there's no chance of this ever happening. But I would cast 3 votes in favor of a PDF import.
PLEASE allow PDF (and pages) import! In the very, very least allow .doc files and not just .docxs. I use pages which exports to .doc but not .docx. Why limit PBB to Microsoft Word users?
Nathan Uttley commented
Please implement the option to have PDF import! Thanks and God bless!
Bill Roberts commented
What about importing STEP formatted books from other Bible programs. I have lots of those and would like them in Logos.
David Taylor commented
Why would you not try to implement PDF conversion? Many good free THEOLOGICAL papers are out there but only in PDF format.
This would be so usefull since a have lots of pdf files!
Stephen Weasler commented
I would like to see PDF import implemented (or pages). I use Pages and I don't want to have to install more software just to be able to create PBB. I am starting to play with iBooks Author so it would be nice to see the ability to import ePubs into PBB's as iBooks Author can save them in ePub format. I think ePub is a more universal format unlike dock which is Microsoft's format.
I would love to be able use/import my pdf files into L4
If Logos don't want to develop this kind of functionality themselves, one possibility might be to link into research tools which already do this kind of thing
e.g. Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com/) and Qiqqa (http://www.qiqqa.com/)
This would have the advantage of tools that already index and allow search of PDFs, with the ability to create properly formatted references/citations from both Logos and associated PDFs.
I realise that Mendeley in particular is pitched more at scientific communities, but it could easily be adapted to Theology and biblical studies.
Qiqqa is more geared towards students but has other useful functions like being able to link PDFs with notes to make mindmaps: to link this kind of functionality to Logos would be awesome!
I don't have too much luck with converting PDF into docx even though I tried various tools. It would be great if you could include PDF as one of the input formats for the personal book builder.
While I voted for this, there is a problem with implementing this. Unless the document was created as a PDF by a PDF creating program (such as Adobe Acrobat), it is very, very, very difficult to get an accurate rendering for searching. Many PDF's on EBSCO are just scans which are not searchable (a mere photograph of sorts). I use a scanner (the KIC Scan) at a local library that is able to make scans searchable PDFs (which I use for electronic marking up), however, the searchability and mark-up-ability (namely--electronic highlighting and underlining) is spotty at best.