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666 04-15-2007 10:10 AM

How to read .pdb files

I have a collection of .pdb ebooks and I am unable to find an application to read them.
After installing abiword plugins palm documents (pdb) are listed as recognized but I could not import them. Abiword just stopped responding after a while before a book was imported.
What application should I use to view pdb files?


macemoneta 04-16-2007 11:26 AM

What is the source format? A pdb is like saying "a database" - there are many formats. If it's PalmDoc/AportisDoc you can use FBReader. Otherwise, let us know and we'll try to point you to an application.

666 04-16-2007 11:56 AM

All the books are for use with palm handhelds.
I followed your advice and installed FBReader but now I am not able to open any of them.
When I try to add file to library all the books are invisible.

macemoneta 04-16-2007 12:49 PM

What I'm trying to say is that a ".pdb", which is a Palm database file, can have many formats. The applications that the file is used with - iSilo, PalmReader, MobileDB, Plucker, DocumentsToGo, etc. - determines the format of the pdb.

What application(s) do you use to open these files on the Palm?

666 04-16-2007 01:04 PM

Unfortunately I do not know because my father is a Palm user. I just took a few books with me to try resolve this problem.
I shall check out tomorrow what application is used to open these files and report back.

Thank you

eumetaxas 04-18-2007 02:27 PM


i'm also a linux newbie using ubuntu.
i have 10gb of .pdb files (text-pics-tables)and i used isilo in windows. i've tried abiword but it crashed.
any suggestions would be great!

macemoneta 04-18-2007 02:52 PM

The iSilo for Windows application installs and runs perfectly with WINE. It even correctly creates an icon on your desktop and in the Wine menu.

While there are programs that can read the older iSilo format, for complete compatibility with the proprietary iSilo file you need the iSilo software.

666 04-19-2007 02:58 PM

Since isilo is used to read these books I followed your advice and installed wine and isilo.
It works great.

eumetaxas 04-19-2007 03:01 PM

thanks for the answer,
i'll give it a try tomorrow and let you know - i've read that other people had problems using isilo with wine.
thanks again!

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