[Etoys] QuickGuides available as a .pdf file
bert at freudenbergs.de
Sun Jun 15 07:03:17 EDT 2008
On 15.06.2008, at 08:53, Ted Kaehler wrote:
> Inside Etoys, if you click the Help icon at the upper left of
> the screen, you get a flap with the QuickGuides in it. Each
> QuickGuide tells how to do something in Etoys. Kathleen Harness is
> the author of these excellent guides. Editorial and technical
> assistance were provided by Kim Rose and Ted Kaehler.
> Besides being inside every copy of Etoys, the QuickGuides are
> also on the web at http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Etoys_QuickGuides_Index
> Now, the QuickGuides are gathered together in a single .pdf
> file. This allows you to download them all at once, print them, or
> copy them to other media. Get the file from
> I hope that the QuickGuides .pdf document is useful.
Are you sure you uploaded the right PDF? This looks like nothing more
than a web page printed as PDF, which is not too useful, since one
could easily print the html page directly.
Now if it was arranged so that 4 guides are on each page, if there
were page numbers and a table of contents, that would be useful.
What would be even better (though much more work indeed) is to create
a PDF directly by exporting the guides as PostScript, not take the
bitmaps. That should considerably reduce the size of the PDF and have
a better quality (at least in the parts where actual morphs embedded
instead of screen-grabs of them)
Unfortunately the PostScript exporter never worked really well, so the
current results (after patching it to work at all) are somewhat
unsatisfactory, see attachment. I exported one book (a guide with 4
pages) as PS and converted it to PDF using Preview.app on my Mac.
- Bert -
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