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Author: Paco Esteban <paco@e1e0.net>
Date:   Sun, 22 Aug 2021 10:47:58 +0200

new article: document conversion for remarkable2

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diff --git a/src/gophermap b/src/gophermap @@ -12,6 +12,7 @@ Sometimes I write things so I do not forget ... o--o-- Random (usually tech) stuff +0Semi automated document conversion for the Remarkable2 /semi-automated-document-conversion-for-the-remarkable2.md e1e0.net 70 0kubectl plugins /kubectl-plugins.md e1e0.net 70 0Aliases and helper functions for the shell /aliases-helper-functions-shell.md e1e0.net 70 0Easy DNS zone management across providers /easy-dns-zone-management-accross-providers.md e1e0.net 70 diff --git a/src/semi-automated-document-conversion-for-the-remarkable2.md b/src/semi-automated-document-conversion-for-the-remarkable2.md @@ -0,0 +1,50 @@ +Title: Semi automated document conversion for the Remarkable2 +Author: paco +Date: 2021-08-22 +Type: article + +My wife recently acquired a Remarkable2 for note taking and document reading +while studying. + +The device itself is quite nice, it's like an e-book but bigger and you can +take notes on it. The hand writing works really well, and the bigger screen +makes reading PDF files a way better experience than on a Kindle for instance. +It can also convert a handwritten document to text. They even [enable SSH +access][1] to the device and provide the root password. + +If I had to put a "but" to it, it will be that the way of sharing documents or +the OCR'd content of a handwritten document is quite limited. One can only +send the document or the OCR'd text via email. Also, the only export format is +PDF for the handwritten documents and drawings. + +This would probably cover 90% of the use case of most of their customers but +this was not our case. Wife's uni works with the Microsoft 365 suite (yeah, +that, I'm not going to start rambling here about this ...), so she uses it for +all things uni related, even her own notes and study documents. This means +that she would have to convert her notes to text on the device, send them via +email, copy the output on her email client and paste it into the final MS Word +document. + +I find all this process a little bit convoluted, so I started to think on +making it a little bit easier. + +The email you get from Remarkable it's just an HTML email with the OCR'd +content. + +I took a peek at `pandoc` and it seems that it can convert from `html` to +`docx` with a simple command: `pandoc -f html -t docx -o $destfile $origfile`. + +Right, this is a first step on the right direction. One cannot avoid the steps +of converting to text and send by email, but getting a MS Word document in your +inbox and avoid the copy/paste dance. + +As I have my own email server, it's trivial to create a dedicated account for +this task, and pass any email that comes from Remarkable to a custom script +that does the conversion and then sends the newly generated MS Word document as +an attachment to my wife's email account. + +And that's what I did. You can find my crappy script [here][2]. I'll probably +modify it and improve it over time, but for now it works for our use. + +[1]: https://remarkablewiki.com/tech/ssh +[2]: https://git.e1e0.net/remarkable2_utils/file/conversion-filter.pl.html