I was browsing a blog I rarely visit and ran into an authoritative statement from someone, talking about all the time spent converting “images” like PDFs into text, saying that only text can be reflowed and resized.
And I scratched my head. And opened up Adobe Reader to my latest book. And clicked on View, then Reflow, then changed the size of the window in various ways.
Odd. It sure looked as though it was reflowing the text. If I wanted to resize the text, I could Zoom–and as long as Reflow was checked, it would just keep reflowing.
(OK, the reflow isn’t perfect: It turned a series of bullets into a single paragraph. But that’s not so terrible.)
I also tried the read-aloud feature, which I haven’t really tried before. Much better than I would expect, with a reasonably natural-sounding flow (a female voice). I could listen to that without being bothered by its artificiality.
Some are not all
Sure, some PDFs are just images and won’t reflow worth a damn (nor will the read-aloud features work). But some are not all.
Some PDFs–many PDFs, I’d guess, for contemporary documents as opposed to scanned books and the like–are PDFs in order to preserve desired typography and layout. Such PDFs can, unless the creator says not to allow it, be reflowed, resized, read aloud…
Am I missing something? Was I imagining that Adobe Reader was reflowing the PDF?
Or is this just another example of sloppy generalization, probably coupled with an anti-PDF attitude?