Raging Swan Press: Dual Format PDFs

By on 30 March 2011
Raging Swan Press

Everyone at Raging Swan Press have got IPads and use them regularly in-game. As well as referencing a number of jolly useful apps, we use them to access a wide-range of PDFs. Sadly, while doing so we often get frustrated by the time it takes to render each page (particularly if there are a lot of maps and other graphics involved). This problem gets particularly noticeable when flipping through several pages quickly.

Thus staring with the release of Dark Oak, Raging Swan Press will release two versions of every PDF.

  • Print Version: This version is optimised for use on a normal computer and for printing.
  • Screen Optimised Version: This version is optimised for viewing on a mobile device (such as Creighton’s beloved Ipad).

The two files are identical in content, layout and format except that one is much smaller than the other. For example, Dark Oak’s print PDF weighs in at 11.1 meg while the screen-optimised version is only 1.77 meg. That means that not only is the screen-optimised version quicker to transfer to your mobile device but also that it renders much quicker than the print version of the file.

There’s no additional charge for this extra, optimised PDF, you’ll find it in the zip file you normally download once you’ve made a purchase. Rather, Raging Swan provides these PDFs in recognition that increasing numbers of gamers are using mobile devices at the game table and in thanks to all those who purchase and enjoy our products.

Of course, we are not going to neglect our previously released products. Starting next week, and roughly following the order in which they were released, we’ll be updating our back catalogue to include these screen-optimised PDFs. First up are The Lonely Coast, Retribution and Swallowfeld.

You can let me know what you think of this program, by dropping a line here or reaching me at gatekeeper [at] ragingswan [dot] com. I’m very keen to see if people find this a valuable addition to Raging Swan’s arsenal.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar “Living” campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave’s first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft).

Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at dave.mcalister.org.uk and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at DnD5e.info.

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