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Plucker version of Tirant lo Blanc.
Original author(s) Mark Lillywhite[1]
Developer(s) Plucker Developers[2]
Initial release 1998[3]
Stable release
1.8 Palm Application Desktop Installer Package
0.6.3 Windows Mobile devices / 2004
Written in Python
Operating system Palm OS, Linux, Windows, Windows Mobile
License GNU General Public License
Website[dead link]
PHP Manual in Plucker format (Landscape on a Palm Tungsten T3 device)

Plucker is an offline Web and free e-book reader for Palm OS based handheld devices, Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) devices, and other PDAs. Plucker contains POSIX tools, scripts, and "conduits" which work on Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Unix. Web pages can be processed, compressed, and transferred to the PDA for viewing by the Plucker viewer.[4]


  • Clickable images (with pan and zoom)
  • Italic and narrow support
  • High-resolution fonts
  • Multiple concurrent documents (more than one copy of the same material)
  • Configurable display options (rotation, configurable toolbars)
  • Advanced stylus options (gestures and hardware button navigation)
  • zlib and PalmDoc compression[5] (in native and ARM optimized versions)
  • Python, C++, and Perl distillers and scripts
  • A Microsoft Windows graphical installer

Through the use of intelligent "distillers" written in many common languages (currently Python, C++ and Perl with third-party versions written in Java), content can be created for Plucker from many sources, including HTML, PDF, RDF, RSS, text files, and many other file formats.

Plucker is licensed under the GNU General Public License and is free software.

See also[edit]

  • Wikipedia:Snapshots - Subset of 2000 Wikipedia articles available in Plucker format
  • FBReader - a free software FictionBook ebook reader which can also view Plucker and HTML files.


  1. ^ Desrosiers, David A. (10 October 2002). "Interview with Mark Lillywhite, original author of Plucker". Plucker. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Plucker Authors[dead link]
  3. ^ "An Open Source Success Story: A History of Plucker". Plucker. Archived from the original on 17 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Steward, Sid (2004). "Create a Handheld Edition from Your HTML". PDF Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. O'Reilly Media. pp. 91–94. ISBN 9781449362201. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Invoking the parser". Plucker User Guide. Archived from the original on 6 May 2006. 

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