SFB on PDF

Thought it may be an interesting thread for folks to list what SFB material they have on PDF. Good way to see if you've missed something or see something you didn't even know existed.

So far I have:

*Companion Games

Argonians 1-3
Far Side 1
Indirigan 1
Krebiz 1-4
Mechad 1
Vektreans 1

*SFB stuff

CL 7,27,28 and 29
SSJ 1
MRB
Omega MRB
Basic set SSD
Modules C3A, C5 ssd, P6, R2 ssd, R3 ssd, R4 ssd, T 2012, E2, E3, E4, R107 and Tactics Manual.

*Pinwheel and other

SSJ Shipyards of Vega
Module PW 1 and PW 3

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HTML also?

I have gotten one or two items on PDF (master rulebook, among others), but all of my stuff has been converted to HTML and otherwise scanned in. The advantage there is hyperlinking the rule references and the end-user can define their own font-size.

Everything...

With the benefit of access to a high speed scanner, I have pdfs of everything I own except the Captain's Logs. A,nd the only modules I still don't own are:
R9: The Ships That Never Were
R12: Unusual Ships
Ω4: The Omega Rebellion
Ω5: Omega Flotillas

I have a complete set of original hard copy Captain's Logs, but I haven't gotten around to scanning them.

The Master Rulebook on pdf is one the first things I bought for the game, but I've found it worthwhile to scan paper modules as I've acquired them, just to have searchable versions of the RSTU sections.

Carl

I shot you an email.

I have pretty much everything either in hard copy or PDF now. Missing a few odds and ends maybe like 'Booms and Saucers' but can't see I'd ever need that one? I don't have the last couple of CL's on PDF. ADB hasn't put the last 7 CL's on PDF and it doesn't appear there is a rush to do so unfortunately.

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Companion Games

And if anyone would like CG, shoot me an email.

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PDF's and a scanner

Hi CarlZog,

What type of scanner did you use? I'm tired of lugging around all the books when my laptop would be way easier. The counters are not big deal. When the scanning was finished what software did you go with?

Cheers.

Scanning

I couldn't tell you exact models. I've been lucky to be allowed to use several different high-end office scanners/copiers (Savin, Konica, etc.) that I had access to in different workplaces. However, there are a few common characteristics that made the task easier:
-- A document feeder with duplex scanning. If you have the unbound versions of SFB products, it's easy to stick the pile in the feeder and just run it. This is the easiest solution, but since I also like have the original bound hardcopies, there isn't much SFB that I've bought in the unbound format. And I've definitely never sliced off bindings!
-- A book scanning feature. Most higher end office scanners and some home ones have this. If you lay a book flat on the scanner bed, it reads one page then the other, scanning the images to separate pages in a single pdf. You have to do some set up to make this work (manually setting scan areas, etc.), but if you do it right, you get great pages that require very little cleanup, and you're basically getting two pages every time you lay down the hardcopy.
-- Built-in OCR. Some scanners I've used include a feature that auto OCRs as it creates the pdf. I've found it pretty reliable when you scan at 300dpi.
-- If it doesn't OCR (or even if it does), I used a full version of Adobe Acrobat to trim and straighten pages, and OCR. This is pricey software, but I've always kept a copy for work (book editor, teacher, research academic). I've also played around with Foxit Phantom as a cheaper alternative. It's pretty good, but I found Adobe was still easier to use. To be fair though, that may be just a symptom of familiarity. You can try demo versions of Phantom, and there are a lot of other competitors to Adobe out there these days.

On the flip side of all this, I've also bought some SFB products as PDFs then printed them out. I particularly like to do this with rulebooks that I reference regularly enough that they become worn, and/or are likely to be updated with errata. I hate the bulkiness of page protectors and three-ring binders, so I'll print out the whole thing, then have it comb-bound, which makes for easier reference and handling. I did this with the Master Rulebook, but I still scanned all the individual modules' rulebooks, and merged their R,S,T & U sections into a separate single searchable pdf file.

One last note on this topic, which should go without saying, but... I respect ADB's business even when I don't always like or agree with all their decisions. I create pdfs for my own use. I don't share any of the pdfs I create, or print copies of them for others, and I've bought everything I use. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

PDFs

I have most of the R Modules, Above Companion Games, the New Worlds, C4 Simulator Races, SSJ1 and P6, some old Commander's and Designer's Edition Stuff, Nexus #1, Marines, Cadet Training, Captain's Log #8 and the SSDs from CL#42.

Ed Note:
Wait a MINUTE, you have MECHAD?!? E-Mail it to me, I can do... an Exchange.

Sent

Sent via email :)

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Changed E-Mail

I don't think you have my current E-Mail, here it is:

meteo2356@yahoo.com

I'll send it out tonight when

I'll send it out tonight when I get home partner :)

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