Monday, July 21, 2008

I did it!!! 4th Edition D&D Player's Hanbook on my iPhone

OK, here's the quick and dirty on how to get large .pdf files (in this case, a 320+ page pdf version of the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook) into semi-usable form on an iPhone (without hacking it):
  1. Purchase a Player's Handbook, because you should support D&D. I have my hard copy.
  2. Get a PDF of the Player's Hadbook by downloading it from a torrent site. I got mine here.
  3. Download the Universal Document Converter. Install it. It basically acts like a printer, allowing you to print a PDF as a series of jpeg files.
  4. "Print" the PDF of the Player's Handbook using the Universal Document Converter. This will give you over 300 jpeg files. Mess with the settings (jpeg quality and output dpi) so the text is legible but the files aren't too big (I used 95% quality and 200 dpi vertical and horizontal. I might try to lower quality to make files smaller for future uploads).
  5. Using Google Picasa Web, upload them to an album.
  6. Split the album into 4 albums, because for some reason the iPhone version of Picasa Web will only show preview thumbnails of 100 photos (i.e. pages) and you need them to navigate. Name the albums helpfully (e.g. PHB4e(Paladin-Wizard)).
  7. Install the Google Picasa Web web app on your iPhone. Here's the info on it.
  8. Enjoy! You will probably have to zoom in to read the text.
While you're at it, be sure to get the free dice roller program. There's a web based one and Dice Bag available as a fee app (in either gaming or entertainment; I can't remember).

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