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G'day,

I'm really struggling to read the RQ rules on screen. I have a reasonably powerful graphics card and it takes 3 seconds or more to render a page. I realise that doesn't sound much, but when one is flicking through the rulebook 20 to 30 times during a session, it gets tiring very quickly.

I don't have a problem reading 7th sea 2e on screen because there is a low-res PDF option. I don't have a problem with the BRP rules, because that's only a 20 mb PDF file, not 100 mb like the RQ Core rules.

I'm not sure where I can ask Chaosium to provide a low-res PDF option for the RQ core rules.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

 

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12 hours ago, SnorriHT said:

I’m really struggling to read the RQ rules on screen.

Have you tried switching off some of the document’s layers in your PDF reader?

RQG: Text + Headers & Numbers

For the RQG core book, just leaving the Text and Headers & Numbers layers switched on might help. Across different PDFs, however, you might find that elements are not always in the layer you expect them to be (or you might find white text in one layer and its black background in the graphics layer you just switched off). Worth a try, though.

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I tried that, and it produced a 750MB file compared to the original 100MB so YMMV. It might still render faster on a mobile device if it's the images that are slow rather than raw file size. It does seem to turn pages faster on my laptop than the original.

Also it probably won't be searchable.

That was with Acrobat Reader. Foxit Reader does a better job, producing a 109MB file, and searching works.

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41 minutes ago, PhilHibbs said:

I tried that, and it produced a 750MB file compared to the original 100MB so YMMV.

Probably it was set to render each page as a single graphic, rather than to “shrink” the graphics individually. People’s PDF printer drivers will vary.

Ghostscript can strip graphics (for a text only or text+vectors file) or re-render them for you (lower dpi and/or greyscale) — other tools are available — and it is free and cross-platform:

There are loads of options (some baffling to my feeble brain), but each person will likely need only a couple.

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On 7/9/2024 at 11:18 PM, SnorriHT said:

I don't have a problem with the BRP rules, because that's only a 20 mb PDF file, not 100 mb like the RQ Core rules.

My version if the RQG Rules PDF is 75Mb. When I open it there is that annoying blurry but for a second before the page appears.

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I was able to get the rulebook down to 51 mb by converting the images to Black & White.

This works for me because I use the PDF annotation feature a lot.

And having the rulebook B&W highlights the blue and red text used for annotations.

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