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DJVU a usable format?

Submitted by tnstaec in freeAsInFreedom

Has anyone had luck finding readable DJVU files or a good reader application? Whenever I open one in Calibre it's a garbled mess. It would be nice to have a non-proprietary alternative to PDF.

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josefStallman wrote

PDF 2.0 and beyond has no proprietary software, I don't know what the problem is.

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zorblax wrote (edited )

djview is pretty good.

But, DJVU is not a good replacement for PDF. It's a raster format. EPUB is a far better replacement, and even then it's only good for a subset of what PDF is good for.

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Mullvaden wrote

I've only seen it used for scanned old maps, worked pretty good for that.

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mftrhu wrote

Not much luck, I encountered maybe one-two DJVU files in the wild and wouldn't even know what software use for them off the top of my head - while, well, PDF viewers are even available in the browser.

And AFAIK PDF is already an open format/standard.

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4t0m wrote

I used Zathura that one time I needed to read a DJVU file.

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lambda wrote

From what I've seen in the past, DjVu files are all scanned books and similar things. They're essentially the lowest fidelity you'll get unless you OCR the text.

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fturco wrote

I don't think Djvu is a replacement for PDF.