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Unnecessary story short, I just now went to download the Adventurer's Armory updated PDF.

There is no easy way to single out, or highlight, updated or modified files.

Some way to do that would be nice. I am thinking maybe a release date, and a last modified date, both sortable? That seems to be the easiest way to do it to me.

Or is something like this already on the to-do list?

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Don Northness wrote:

Unnecessary story short, I just now went to download the Adventurer's Armory updated PDF.

There is no easy way to single out, or highlight, updated or modified files.

Some way to do that would be nice. I am thinking maybe a release date, and a last modified date, both sortable? That seems to be the easiest way to do it to me.

Or is something like this already on the to-do list?

Hmm. That's not as easy as you might think—currently, the database that powers the store doesn't actually have any knowledge of the modification dates of PDF files. We'd have to do something clever, probably linked to the e-mailed update notification process... I'll see what Gary thinks.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Hmm. That's not as easy as you might think—currently, the database that powers the store doesn't actually have any knowledge of the modification dates of PDF files. We'd have to do something clever, probably linked to the e-mailed update notification process... I'll see what Gary thinks.

Compare your download service with the one used at DriveThruRPG / RPGNow. At any time you can display a list of all your purchased files that have been updated since your last download. Also, even though some files are watermarked, download is a one-step process that doesn't require personalizing.

(I think it's been explained to me before why personalizing is needed -- or maybe it was just why it has to be attempted a dozen times during peak usage -- something to do with two servers in separate locations?)

It's very possible that Paizo is using something that trumps DriveThru's process in terms of security, stability or some other area, but IMHO any edge your process may have over theirs is....let's call it transparent to the end user. I have on many occasions seen a third-party PDF product announced at Paizo, then waited until it appeared at DriveThru to purchase it, just because of the single-step download and ease of checking for updates.


I fully admit I am not aware of what is happening on the server side of things.

What I do "see" on my end is that the store keeps track of the release date for the customer (you can already sort by date).

I would think, but could be totally wrong, that code could be added to check the last modified date of the file on the server, and if that is later than the customers release date it is used for the modified date. Otherwise modified date = release date.

That is my thinking on it.

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