In other words you'd like to know how to hack Activ e-Book to turn off the graphics. I say hack because it involves the same steps that would turn on the printing of a locked ebook.
Have you contacted the originator to inquire about obtaining a version that allows you to turn off the graphics while printing? Roger's suggestion is a good one and the originator might like to try it on his book.
Not exactly hack. I am trying to save printer toner; they are overpriced.
Here is the main part of the reply from the originator:
"It has been protected for security reasons to prevent copyright theft ... On the other hand you could use your "Print Screen" function from your keyboard then open ms.paint click "paste" from your edit menu, then you'll have captured the whole page as a graphic. You can then delete any unnecessary graphics ... Very time consuming ... You may be able to negate the graphics by first copying the entire file to a folder on your desktop and resetting your PC properties, but I've never tried it myself. Sorry if this is not much help."
I tried the first part of his advice, but the text comes out blurred with approximately 50% of each printed page empty (waste of paper). The second part of his advice "... copying the entire file to a folder ..." didn't work. Maybe someone out there has the answer.
"could not get it to work" read the instruction, done what it said and nothing happened.
"cr*p" despite the fact it doesn't work, LeadTools ePrint installs icons in your control panel that are impossible to get rid of. don't bother..
2- Konvertor 3.44 popular
"It was hard to use and stripped all my icons." Don't buy even if he pays you. I had to pay to get my computer fixed, and lost hours of time.
" WHAT A NIGHTMARE" I've downloaded many programs in the past 10 years, on three different PCs. NEVER has one screw things up like this one. I've been working on correcting it for DAYS! Upon instatt the way all things open and run was BLOWN in the wind! As I read in other comments ""stripped all my icons"" is very close to the same as what happened to me. If you want a NIGHTMARE just download this.
It took approximately 17.5 hours of (painful) work, both online and offline, to convert 35 PDF files of average size 57KB to Word. More formatting, to make the printouts presentable/readable, still remains.
The problem was incompatibility between the different packages. One package would recognize and convert the ebook/files where another would fail. A balance was finally achieved by using your recommended CutePDF 3.0 (http://www.cutepdf.com/) to convert the ebook to PDF files, and then using ScanSoft PDF Converter Professional 2.0 (http://www.scansoft.com/) to convert the PDF files to Word.
All in all, a bad experience. If the aim is to promote ebooks, then those responsible for producing ebooks will need to pay attention to reports such as this and come up with ways (protocols/standards) of solving the problems.
Actually, it's not likely. If the author really wanted to distribute the contents, he would have provided it as a .rtf file in the first place. I'm assuming that either you have license to access the content, or the author doesn't mind if you do (hence, the enabled ability to print the ebooks).
One of the principle features of ebooks is to keep people away from the contents, so I'm not surprised that you had to jump through some hoops to do it.
If the issue is to simply print without images, that option can be built in to an ebook fairly easily. But not all eboook authors are going to agree with you; ebooks are not a print format, and many do not want to have their ebooks printed at all, much less let you have the source files...
It's also possible that an author will use Print On Demand to print a limited run of books. After all if people are that interested in a printed copy why not let the author/publisher provide it? POD cost is only a few dollars for a bound soft back.
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