Pathfinder Lite rules downloads - a big thanks


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Liberty's Edge

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Hi Paizo Publishing LLC (given I believe under law Paizo is a person right),

I would like to thank you for the Lite version of the rules that I can nimbly access from my mobile devices. All for the price of, er, zero dollars extra beyond what I have paid.

It is my personal belief that when Pazio formed it started with and attracted "The A-Team", it follows then that 'other companies' got stuck with the B-Team. My opinion and I'm claiming 1st Ammendment rights.

Although your class/feat-bloat drives me nuts as a DM (oops, I mean GM)your products are like Roleplaying Cocaine. Darn you - but keep making them you hear!

Regards and happy gaming,
Stefan.


I am downloading these right now. Looking forward to seeing if I get a performance boost. Thank you also, in advance, if they do.


I appreciate the offering of light versions of the hardcover rulebooks, but these are only slightly better than the full versions. A light, printer friendly document should forgo any colored background and unessential decoration.

Plus, if done right, you shouldn't need to provide separate versions at all. If the backgrounds, images, and text were all on separate layers, users could simply turn off the parts they don't need to print. Chances are, your page designer already uses layers in InDesign. It's a simple matter to condense them and export to PDF with layers turned on.

That said, I actually like the look of the lite versions over the normal ones, so your page designer deserves props for that.

Liberty's Edge

Bravo! And they are noticibly faster on my iPad. Though, I'm having trouble opening the GMG and the IWSG. Every other file is about 50 or 60 MB (even the CRB). The GMG is 144 MB and the IWSG is 142 and I'm wondering if this is the reason why I can't open it up.

Sovereign Court

Great idea, although my joy was almost crushed by being told that all hardbacks would have lite editions 'going forward'.
How can a company so full of gifted writers lapse into hollow rhetoric when 'in the future' waits eagerly in the wings, her timeless elegance more than a match for the ditzy, crass ingenue who stumbles about the common stage.
[/pedant]


Thank you for this. I find myself frequently bringing my tablet to gaming in lieu of my hardcover books, and this makes it much more convenient.


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Jeff Carlsen wrote:

I appreciate the offering of light versions of the hardcover rulebooks, but these are only slightly better than the full versions. A light, printer friendly document should forgo any colored background and unessential decoration.

Plus, if done right, you shouldn't need to provide separate versions at all. If the backgrounds, images, and text were all on separate layers, users could simply turn off the parts they don't need to print. Chances are, your page designer already uses layers in InDesign. It's a simple matter to condense them and export to PDF with layers turned on.

That said, I actually like the look of the lite versions over the normal ones, so your page designer deserves props for that.

I believe Vic had an extended discussion of the challenges in both layers and rasterizing as solutions at one point. The biggest thing is protecting the watermark, which is sort of a business necessity.


HangarFlying wrote:
Bravo! And they are noticibly faster on my iPad.

I also am noticing the files seem to move a lot faster on Good Reader than the previous ones. Damn good job!


One question - I've finished downloading the Lite versions for the books I already own and noticed that many of them are larger then the "non-Lite" versions I already had. The Game Mastery Guide, for instance, went from 72MB to 147MB - is this intentional, and will it really help responsiveness when the source material is so much larger?

Now that the files are downloaded I can't wait to start testing them and see how much better they work.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Our focus on this project was speeding up rendering time, which does not have a direct correlation with file size. That said, now that we've speeded up rendering, we'll see what we can do to decrease file sizes without taking away that improvement.

Grand Lodge

Awesome job! Thank you so much for doing this! It is amazing! I just put them on my ipad today, and it's much much better!


Guys after spending long graveyard hours last night being able to use my phone to work on my campaign at work (my job has two requirements on graveyards, answer the phones and stay awake, the phones ring maybe once an hour.) I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sczarni

Can't wait to see how they look on my Nook Tablet!

Thanks, Paizo Team!


Sounds very promising, Thanks for the feedback and keep up with the great products.


Very nice. Opening a page at random on the old files took 2 to 9 seconds. Now they load under a second (instantly for sequential pages).

You got me to purchase all the hardcovers except for Bestiary 2 and the GMG.


Just finished putting these on my iPad- these are great! Huge improvement, especially for the ISWG and core rule book! Many thanks!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

I just downloaded the lite versions of the books I have and on my laptop the time to render is noticable - so thanks greatly!


These are so much faster!

Shadow Lodge

They are nice, but still kind of cluncky for loading pages. Still, a great improvement. Thank You.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Yay! Thank you for listening!!! Works great on my Xoom! Once again you earned my customer loyalty. I will be buying more PDFs now!

Sovereign Court

WONDERFUL!

Big improvement on my Nook Tablet. Love it love it love it!

Grand Lodge

THANK YOU for this - greatly appreciated.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

A noticeable improvement on Galaxy Tab as well. Great!


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Thanks guys.


More cheering from me. Going back and forth over a couple pages is so much faster. These are awesome.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Used them today on my laptop, much faster loading. Thank you!

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