Saturday, May 26, 2012

How To Convert ePub files to PDF, MOBI, HTML (Calibre)

ePub files are an open publishing format to publish books and allow them to be read on multiple devices and platforms. ePub formats are popular on mobile devices, tablets and dedicated eBook readers like the Nook and Amazon Kindle. In fact, you can also read ePub books on your PC or Mac.

However, if you don’t have a compatible device to read ePub files, you can always convert ePub books to PDF format or MOBI format or HTML format and read them on any device.

One of the most famous software and freeware you can use to convert ePub files on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux is called Calibre eBook management (Download). This software not just allows you to manage your eBooks on a computer but also supports multiple formats along with the ability to convert eBooks among different formats.

In order to convert and ePub file to PDF, MOBI or HTML format, you will first have to add the books to the Calibre library using the "Add books" button. Once you have done that, click on the book and then click on the "Convert books" button in the top menu.


Once you have clicked that button, you will be shown several formats to convert the book to. Choose the format you want to convert the book to from the "Output Format" dropdown. You can make several other changes to the output using the left hand side menu. Once you have selected all the options, click on the "OK" button and Calibre will start a job to convert the book into the desired format.

The conversion process for ePub format to PDF, MOBI or HTML make take some time. Once the conversion is finished you will find the book in the same folder as the original book.

Calibre eBook Management is much more than just a converter it’s a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mount a VMware a Virtual Disk in Windows

How to Mount a VMware Virtual Disk in Windows

Here is handy tool that is part of VMware Workstation, but isnt as well know as some features but can be a real timesaver!

Let’s say your working on a Virtual Machine however it is turned off but you quickly need to pull an important file from it to use or check something you would normally have to go through the process of booting the whole VM to get to the file which may not be desirable if it takes a while to boot the VM, or you dont have the spare RAM (maybe you already have another VM or two running).

Thankfully, VMware can save you some hassle as it includes a tool to map VMware virtual hard disks directly to to the host computer without needing to boot a Virtual Machine at all. To use this tool simply go to File > Map or Disconnect Virtual Disks and click on the Map option, then point it to the .vmdk virtual disk file and select the drive letter to map it to. When you click Ok the drive will load which can take a few seconds and then you will have the disk available to use.






There are however a couple of important limitations to note:

· You can only mount partitions that are formatted FAT or NTFS (on Windows anyway), any non-FAT or NTFS partitions that exist in a Virtual Disk won’t be mounted.

· You can’t mount a Virtual Disk that is compressed, encrypted or set to have read-only permissions.

· To run the Virtual Machine that uses a mounted Virtual Disk, you must first disconnect the disk via the Map or Disconnect Virtual Disks menu.

Finally, here is a final warning that I have taken from the VMware Manual that is worth reading if you make use of snapshots (either linked or un-linked ones):

Caution VMware recommends that you leave the check box “Open file in read-only mode” selected in the Map a Virtual Disk dialog box. This setting prevents you from accidentally writing data to a virtual disk that might be the parent of a snapshot or linked clone. Writing to such a disk might make the snapshot or clone unusable.

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