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Title: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Martin Iturbide on April 04, 2019, 03:24:46 pm
Hi

What do you suggest to:
1) Open .Boo files
2) Convert them to PDF

I want to do that because I want to have some books readable on the internet and not everybody has a .boo reader.

Regards
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Remy on April 04, 2019, 04:01:20 pm
Open .BOO and print to PDF.

Or use online converter :

"Alternative way to convert a BOO file to a PDF file

The PDF24 provides several online tools that can be used to create PDF files. Supported files are added on a rolling basis and maybe the file type BOO is also already supported. The converter service has different interfaces. Two of them are the following:

The PDF Converter online from PDF24 supports a large number of files that can be converted to PDF format. Simply select your BOO file from which you would like to have a PDF version, click the "convert" button and you will get a PDF version of your file. "

https://fr.pdf24.org/doc2pdf
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Martin Iturbide on April 04, 2019, 10:06:27 pm
Hi

Open .BOO and print to PDF.

My issue is that I also don't remember anymore which was the software to open .boo files and if it was freely available on the internet.

Quote
https://fr.pdf24.org/doc2pdf
This site is not recognizing .boo files to convert them. Are you sure about that?

Regards
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Andreas Schnellbacher on April 04, 2019, 10:27:39 pm
Isn't .boo the extension for a M$ file compression format? Then trying to convert that to PDF won't make much sense for me.
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Tom on April 04, 2019, 11:11:39 pm
My issue is that I also don't remember anymore which was the software to open .boo files and if it was freely available on the internet.

.boo files are IBM Bookmanager files , which can also be read with the free IBM Library Reader
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: André Heldoorn on April 05, 2019, 11:28:38 am
.boo files are IBM Bookmanager files , which can also be read with the free IBM Library Reader
A downloadable DevCon package may contain the IBM Bookmanager too, IIRC (unverified).
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Lars on April 05, 2019, 12:05:58 pm
ftp://service.boulder.ibm.com/ps/products/bookmanager/tools/
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Doug Clark on April 05, 2019, 11:37:38 pm
Martin,

Try the attached file. It came from DevCon but I don't remember which one. I do remember that I had a difficult time locating the file. This is the OS/2 version. I think the FTP site Lars mentioned contains the windows version.

I think you need a SET READIBM=path  statement in your config.sys. This is the "bookshelf" path that contains the *.b00 books you want to read.
And I seem to remember that the install program was a little hinky. If you have a problem you can probably put the SET READIBM statement in you config.sys, unzip the files to a directory, (reboot), and execute readibm.exe
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Lars on April 06, 2019, 02:42:05 pm
The link I gave contains everything: the DOS version, the Windows version and the OS/2 version.
The files you need (for english) are ios2pen1.exe and ios2pen2.exe.
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Doug Clark on April 06, 2019, 06:53:53 pm
Lars,

Sorry - my mistake.
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Martin Iturbide on April 07, 2019, 03:14:27 am
Thanks for the links!!
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Lars on April 08, 2019, 09:55:42 am
Hallo Martin,
Just to lessen your expectations:

the IBM library reader does NOT allow to print the whole document (via a converter to PDF, for example).
For copyright reasons the reader will only print MARKED text. I don't think that is what you want ...
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Bogdan on April 08, 2019, 10:42:46 am
The process of conversion depends on different host-based programs (DCF, BookMaster, ...). Of course some of them can interface to OS/2 workstations.

At  least it should be possible to create lower quality printouts to PostScript or PDF targets. Simply follow the directions in "Installing, Managing, and Using the Online Library" (GC31-8311-39). In IBM Softcopy Reader or BookManager READ you can select all topics to print, but it will be quite useless without working indices or content list.
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Ian Manners on April 08, 2019, 04:24:09 pm
Ask or search in comp.sys.ibm.ps2.hardware, I'm sure Kevin or someone was converting .boo's to .pdf's in the past few years
Title: Re: Converting .BOO to PDF ?
Post by: Martin Iturbide on April 08, 2019, 06:46:51 pm
Hi Ian

Kevin even made a service on a webpage to convert it: http://ps-2.kev009.com/boo2pdf/
Also source code is here: https://github.com/kev009/boo2pdf

But it is not working, it gives me an error.

Regards