The new release of web applications includes the following major updates:

  • Another Google Reader feature has been implemented in Starscape - our service now supports tags!
  • And we’ve also removed the unnecessary extra step from Starscape: users will see the list of starred messages immediately after logging in, no need to choose from the list of feed channels to move forward to the next stage.
  • In WikiType, we’ve added the feature of manually reordering chapters by dragging and droping them so they won’t appear in mixed or reversed order when choosing to generate few chapters instead of the whole book and will be in the order you set.
  • In addition, we’ve corrected the way images are treated to appear in PDF in WikiType.

Feel free to view and download our free PDFs of the day: they’re generated via both our applications, Starscape and WikiType, placed on the service pages and change rather frequently.

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Thursday, August 21st, 2008 at 6:12 am.

 

Major news of the day: our applications have moved to new domain - Dash-of-Pepper.com. We have a nicely designed interface now and a brand new web application to announce: Starscape. With Starscape it is now possible to collect starred entries from Google Reader into well-formatted PDF.

Some new features have been added to WikiType (formerly known as WikiBooks2PDF or MediaWiki2PDF):

  • You can choose chapters from the book you want to be formatted, so there’s no need to print the whole book just to get one chapter from it
  • Rendered books are accompanied by information about the authors and the license
  • ‘Print versions’ are skipped by default

Read More      2 Comments ».      Posted Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 7:35 am.

 

Major news of the dayWikiBooks2PDF now formats PDF from Wikipedia articles, thus we’re about to rename the service to MediaWiki2PDF. Service pages have been redirected to blogpaper.com/mediawiki2pdf and blogpaper.com/minimediawiki2pdf.

New features:

MediaWiki2PDF

  • We’ve changed the list of sample books by adding high-quality ones from WikiBooks.org and adding a category of small and fast formatting books. The look and feel of the list has also changed to make it easier to use
  • We’ve added a number of preformatted books to view or download A4/Letter or E-Book sized PDFs generated by MediaWiki2PDF without formatting them by oneself
  • Improved Unicode support
  • Fixed error because of invalid attributes in URLs and images

BlogPaper

  • Improved Unicode support
  • Fixed the ‘User must be specified’ error, which somitemes occured when logging in

HTML2PDF

  • The application now generates linearized PDFs

Possible problems:

MediaWiki2PDF

  • The service may sometimes not format some wikibooks, “Ubuntu” for instance

BlogPaper

  • We’ve found a bug with time and date not matching the needed format
  • Some none-English feeds from GoogleReader cannot be formatted
  • Service has got problems with formatting e-book sized PDFs

Read More      1 Comment ».      Posted Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 at 7:08 am.

 

WikiBooks2PDF:

  • Internal and external links’ behaviour in PDF is fixed

BlogPaper:

  • Feeds are sorted by folders and by date in the output PDF

DoTeX:

  • Application now supports Hebrew; see DoTeX page for example PDF
  • Changes to Einstein Field Formulas example, see for yourself at DoTeX page
  • Improved document layout for A4 and A5 paper sizes.
  • New paper formats added: now you may generate books, articles and reports to read them on your book-reader

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 3:15 am.

 

BlogPaper:

  • Different text areas for accessing Bloglines and Google Reader shared feeds
  • Improved the choice of feed-aggregator
  • The link to download the latest formatted PDF is fixed
  • The ‘Remember Password’ checkbox works correctly in IE
  • Improved feedback sending option
  • Automated refill of the form is added and works correctly

WikiBooks2PDF:

  • Chapter and subchapter trees are correctly shown in document bookmarks

MiniBlogPaper:

  • Improved the choice of feed-aggregator
  • Passwords are safely stored on our server, so that users would not have to enter it each time they want to get a PDF

In addition, alerts and messages have become humanized and clear to understand, and the feedback sending option has been improved for all our applications.

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 at 3:22 am.

 

WikiBooks2PDF:

  • Improved error messages
  • Output PDF is now linearized
  • If the query to WikiBooks server was a failure and WikiBooks2PDF received an empty content as a result, than the query is repeated for several times before sending an error report
  • The bug with some images not getting to output PDF is now fixed

BlogPaper:

  • Improved error messages

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 at 3:22 am.

 

We’re glad to announce a new online application - HTML2PDF. This is the tool for converting HTML documents to nicely-designed PDFs. No registration or private data needed. Everyone is free to use the service.

Users may either upload a document from a hard drive, or provide a URL. HTML2PDF will look through the document to verify whether it contains any mismatched HTML tags, make corrections if needed and pass it to DiType Formatting Engine to get a PDF. Users may also choose the size of the output document to suite their needs: either A4/Letter-sized which is suitable for reading from the PC display and printing, or E-Book sized, suitable for various portable devices such as Sony E-Book Reader.

And there’s a news concerning all of our web applications, too: users may now send feedback straight from applications’ web pages without even providing e-mail address or name. Every opinion is important to us.

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at 4:59 am.

 

BlogPaper:

  • The modified layout of A4-sized documents
  • The new ‘Remember me’ checkbox is added and is working properly
  • If the query to Bloglines server was a failure, it’s repeated thrice before sending an error report
  • The ‘Unauthorized error’ doesn’t get caught in an endless loop anymore

MiniBlogPaper:

  • Fixed the choice of feed-aggregator

WikiBooks2PDF:

  • Supports books in Hebrew language
  • Now supports non-ASCII characters in URLs
  • Some WikiBooks are cleared from unnecessary html content (e.g. table of contents for HTML version of the book)
  • Fixed the bug with links (which redirect to some other) that sometimes occur in books
  • Titles of examples on the WikiBooks2PDF main page are now clickable, so one may easily find the book on WikiBooks before getting a PDF version
  • In case if formatting fails, the web-page is refreshed, so user may try to generate a book once again

DoTeX:

  • Now one may format a document of A4 or A5 paper sizes

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 5:16 am.

 

BlogPaper:

  • Feed titles and XML now get to the log, which helps developers to reproduce the error when needed
  • Output PDF has got a correct hierarchic bookmark-tree
  • If formatting fails, the service automatically sends an error message to our server
  • Service tests whether the answer from Bloglines is empty and skips formatting, if so
  • BlogPaper now generates and formats feeds from Google Reader accounts

WikiBooks2PDF:

  • New stamp in the footer of the output document with credits to RenderX DiType formatting engine
  • Service generates correct hierachic bookmark-trees for output documents
  • Formatting of some HTML elements is improved: code blocks and titles do not break to continue on next page any more, numbers appear in ordered lists

MiniWikiBooks2PDF:

  • ‘Unresolved Internal Error’ bug is revealed and fixed

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 4:30 am.

 

WikiBooks2PDF:

  • Service checks whether the URL provided by a user exists and if it leads to a wikibook, and not somewhere else.
  • The error occurs no more when entering a URL of book subchapter in spite of a URL of the book itself

BlogPaper:

  • Title hierarchy is fixed and functions correctly
  • Service checks the username provided for accessing shared feeds and bypasses the incorrect ones
  • The ‘Unicode Decode Error’ skipping is now improved
  • In case if some feeds don’t have a title then it’s set to ‘Untitled’ by default
  • The button ‘Check All’ works correctly and is substituted by ‘Uncheck All’ when user checks all of his feeds
  • Service works in Internet Explorer (6+)
  • The bug with automated refill of the form is fixed
  • Progress bar now functions correctly
  • Information on number of unread items in feeds and of username and date gets to output PDF

In case if you didn’t know yet: you can access to light versions of both services with minimal interface and no JavaScript at all - MiniBlogPaper and MiniWikiBooks2PDF, suitable for portable devices. Below is the list of what was new in these.

MiniWikiBooks2PDF:

  • Correct book title is seen in the document
  • User may now choose which kind of document he wants to get: E-Book-sized or A4/Letter

MiniBlogPaper:

  • If formatting fails, then the error log appears on the service page
  • When the user has got no unread feeds, he doesn’t see the ‘Get PDF’ button
  • User may now choose which kind of document he wants to get: E-Book-sized or A4/Letter
  • The ‘Get PDF & Mark Items As Read’ button now exists and works correctly

Read More      No Comments ».      Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2008 at 2:14 am.