Poor Quality - Interactive Maps


Extinction Curse

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Please Paizo, is there any way to work on the interactive map pdfs you offer? They should be as high quality as possible. The one for The Show Must Go On is basically pointless.

Since Roll20 has pulled back drastically on the Pathfinder 2e context they are offering, we need to be supported by you in being able to get our own sessions off the ground quickly.

Seriously, look at how bad it is:

Curse Town Map

The "interactive map" is on the right. The standard PDF of the whole adventure on the left. We really need high quality interactive map PDFs. These files should be large. We don't mind. I promise.

Please, help us.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

For a map like that why not just grab the version of it out of the standard PDF?


BobROE wrote:
For a map like that why not just grab the version of it out of the standard PDF?

It's very hard to get the actual image file unless you have photoshop or PDF Nitro.

Or there's another awesome option I'm unaware of and would love to learn about.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

I just have acrobat reader, click on image/map "ctrl+C", then "ctrl+P" in software of your choice.

Now the images come out a little janky with black backgrounds (which I think has something to do with how PDF compresses parts images with an alpha less than 1), but the maps usually work fine.


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Artofregicide wrote:
BobROE wrote:
For a map like that why not just grab the version of it out of the standard PDF?

It's very hard to get the actual image file unless you have photoshop or PDF Nitro.

Or there's another awesome option I'm unaware of and would love to learn about.

Yeah, as BobROE says, you can extract all the images from the PDF manually in the free Acrobat Reader. Left-click, copy, paste into an image-editing program.

Works great for the maps; the NPC/monster images come out with a black background (something to do with the transparency when they're put onto a page with text, I believe).


I think the pertinent question is this:

Why have Paizo decided to downgrade the maps to low resolution for their "interactive maps"?

It is clearly a business decision, not a technical limitation, so it would be interesting to learn more about any reasons you feel you can share.

Best Regards,
Zapp

Grand Archive

Thank you Zapp - I obviously didn't word it completely correctly.

Yes, I know how to get images out of a standard PDF. The fact is, Paizo offers these wonderful "interactive maps" where you can remove gridlines, and map markers. But for some reason, the quality of those maps in the file specifically made for maps is lower than the standard PDF for the adventure.

That is just backwards and is super frustrating.


I'm glad someone else finally said it. I emailed them about it and they claimed it was the same resolution as the AP pdf which is ridiculous.

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