This service has been discontinued. The source code is available at http://ps-2.kev009.com/boo2pdf/
Upload an IBM BookManager (.boo) file and you will be prompted to download a converted PDF version.
This is a beta 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.
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.
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.
At some point it would be nice to do a native version. Some format info I have discovered below.
Vector Graphics: ADMGDF, CGM, MET or METBIN (OS/2 metafile), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
Raster Images: ADMIMG, page segment (PSEG), CCITT G4Back to ps-2.kev009.com