Monday, August 16, 2010

EReader friendly Times Of India – EPUB Edition

I have completed the 95% of the project I was tweeting and here is the preview

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EPUB viewed in Adobe Digital Edition



What does it do?

It is a PHP script that helps you to convert Times of India (Daily newspaper) to EPUB.

There is a great open source utility Calibre which can convert any RSS to EPUB. But I prefer to have exact content what I see in the daily. Eg., I read only selected section like Front page, International, Sport.

Times of India allows you to download Complete PDF version which is very large, close to 300Mb. I did a quick search to see if there is any ebook version available but the results are negative.

But they do have a mpaper which allows you to browse exact navigation of their printed copy. Unfortuntely their mPaper version is not organized such a way we can customize it for ebook readers with Userstyles or Userscripts.

This particular tool/script parse mPaper content and converts the content to EPUB, which can be used with ebook reader devices like Nook, iPad/iPhone, Sony Reader, Kindle (no native support) etc.,

Here is the sample EPUB with articles of first 5 pages (Aug 16 - http://bit.ly/c9upKD Aug 17 - http://bit.ly/9J7FJ9).

Need to fix some issues like formatting, inline images, organize articles by section instead of page and CSS.

I'm planning to open source the prj for other interested people to work on it.

Will post more details this weekend. Send me your feedbacks & ideas.

Front page of Times of India


P.S -  The reason behind this is their mobile friendly website design is crappy and no alternative for ebook readers. Yep! first of its kind (Indian Daily available in EPUB) and I hope I’ll be able to host it somewhere soon for others to use it.

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Dr.P

Saturday, August 14, 2010

iPad - Safari background texture

TL;DR

Apple version of the texture - https://devimages.apple.com.edgekey.net/assets/elements/layout/background_linen.png





Ever since I installed the iOS 3.2 SDK I was in love with the iPad/Safari background fabric texture.



Apple is definitely having great designers and their choices are always top notch.

I recently started looking for the image to set as a background and I found the following color variant in a forum (Kudos to the user).


I modified the image to have my taste of grey in it. And here is the image for you to set as a background.



And here is the my desktop and I'm loving it.



P.S: You can also create this fabric pattern from the scratch using the tutorial (well done Dave). There is also another tutorial available.


Update: There has been no. of emails on using the grey version of the image. You are free to use it any way you want to. I'll be really happy if you drop a mail/comment.

Joachim of designmoo.com is kind enough to post PSD here.