Dual Format PDFs

Everyone at Raging Swan Press (well, me) 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, Raging Swan Press releases two versions of every PDF product it releases:

  • Print Version: This version is optimised for use on a normal computer and for printing.
  • Screen 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  not only is the screen-optimised version quicker to transfer to your mobile device but also 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. 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.

Let us know what you think of this program or send us suggestions on how to improve our PDF offering.


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4 thoughts on “Dual Format PDFs

  1. Hi guys Love your content but the double-page format is problematic for me. My eyes aren’t that great and so I want to get a single page in and just be able to scroll up and down. Currently, if I get it to the width of a single page, I then have to click left or right to get to an adjacent page in addition to going up and down. This is detrimental to my workflow.

    Just wanted to give a perspective on how it impacts this user.


    • Hi Gary!

      Thanks for the kind words about our books. I’m sorry the two-page default view doesn’t work for you. The good news is, this is easy to fix. In your PDF viewer of choice, if you hit the View dropdown menu you should see an option for Single page or Double page. Just hit Single page and you should be good to go!

  2. Hi,
    I need help printing the urban and wilderness dressing. The writing font is a bit small. I increase the print scale size to 110% but then it aligns everything to the right, the text on the right hand side is off the page and there is an inch of white space on the left hand side.

    • Hi,

      I’m sorry the font is a bit too small for you. The files are set up for Letter-sized page printing. Are you using A4? If not, I’d try 105% and see how you go.