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Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:41:42 PM »
While I have no particular problem with the PDF on my Kobo Touch, text is smaller than it necessarily has to be because of all those margins.

You can use BRISS to cut away those margins, improving reading on your ereader greatly.

I hope doing this for private purposes is ok, copyright-wise.  ???

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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 10:50:14 AM »
I hope doing this for private purposes is ok, copyright-wise.  ???

So long as you're not reposting the results - the actual game files - you're fine. All you're doing here is offering a suggestion to others for how to use the file differently, which is well within bounds.
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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 06:03:18 AM »
Wow, the new PDF is huge! I guess it has high-quality graphics. This is nice, but unnecessary and even bad for ereaders; I don't even want to try loading it on mine.

Here is a way to shrink PDFs considerably (uses Ghostscript, free and available for the major platforms):

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gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dProcessColorModel=/DeviceGray -r170 -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sOutputFile=mag_small.pdf Mistborn_Adventure_Game-v2.pdf
Note that -r170 sets the target resolution to 170dpi; adjust that to suit your display and needs.

This shrinks the 70MB file down to 11MB. The command can run a long time, be prepared.

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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012, 06:29:29 AM »
Wow, the new PDF is huge! I guess it has high-quality graphics.

It does. It's saved from the master files, which were dramatically upgraded prior to sending the books off to press.

Thanks for posting the recommendation. I'm sure many readers will appreciate it.
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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2012, 03:02:34 PM »
FWIW I thank you for the upgraded PDF. The quality improvement is notable and appreciated. It runs wonderfully on Goodreader on my iPad1.

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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 07:05:48 AM »
FWIW I thank you for the upgraded PDF. The quality improvement is notable and appreciated. It runs wonderfully on Goodreader on my iPad1.

Glad to hear it! Care to offer any specifics? It's helpful to know what works better, on which devices, and why.
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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 12:51:06 PM »
Glad to hear it! Care to offer any specifics? It's helpful to know what works better, on which devices, and why.

Sure. Not sure what more to add though. It runs perfect on Goodreader/iPad1. The main quality improvement is the pictures that did look blurred and are now perfect from what I can tell.

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Re: Tip for reading the PDF rulebook on ereaders
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2012, 01:03:21 PM »
Glad to hear it! Care to offer any specifics? It's helpful to know what works better, on which devices, and why.

Sure. Not sure what more to add though. It runs perfect on Goodreader/iPad1. The main quality improvement is the pictures that did look blurred and are now perfect from what I can tell.

Yup. That's part of what added so much bulk to the file's size.
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