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Old 08-26-2009, 11:57 AM
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Thinking of selling PDFs, US letter & A4?

As some of you know I have three ship models that are getting close to being released for sale through Ecardmodels.com. I am just waiting on finalbeta builds and pictures. My question is, should I reformat the PDFs and offer them in both US Letter and A4? I am unfamiliar with other paper sizes and I do not know how complicated it is for a model to adjust a pdf from Letter to A4. Do you think it is necessary to offer multiple PDF formats/sizes in the same Kit? Any thoughts on the subject would be welcomed. Thanks,
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:04 PM
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Well I notice some time you can print A4 on letter size if the model is arranged in such a way in the middle of the page.
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:05 PM
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Consider the following dimensions
7.5inches x 10 inches

it will print squarely on both sized sheets.

and then you have less work and worry about layout
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:06 PM
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If the graphics for each page are contained within a box no larger than 7.5 inches x 10 inches, it will print without clipping on either size paper. Problems in printing A4 on letter arise because of the greater length of A4, hence the graphics can get "clipped" top and/or bottom depending on the size of the margins used. The same can occur when printing letter size on A4 but now the problem is clipping at the sides due to the greater width of letter. The 7.5 x 10 format (used by Dr. Zarkov and others) solves both problems.
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:13 PM
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It's probably safe to say that the vast majority of our fellow paper modeling enthusiasts do NOT live in the US. Therefore, I'd suggest that you do provide both sizes.

Lots of designers choose to combine the two sizes and build their parts sheets to the limited parameters of the common, combined sizes. However, this does leave a bit of what I would call valuable unused space, when printed on either size.

I plan to do what Cannon does, create a separate pdf each for both letter and A4 for my own designs.

Would any of those three ship designs you're working on happen to be paddle wheel steamers?

They're my all time favorite.

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All of my models are designed to be printed full size and with fit perfectly on eithe rA4 or US sizes.

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Old 08-26-2009, 03:29 PM
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Thanks guys, some good thoughts.
My thee ships are all Confederate ironclads, waterline models. At some point I am going to make a Confederate side wheeler gunboat, as well as a screw driven gunboat.

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Old 08-26-2009, 03:33 PM
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Personal graphics not directly related to the actual model parts can be outside the area of concern.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:36 PM
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if you design it to fit on us letter then it will print on a4 as well. If you design it on a4 to fit the entire page then it will be forced to scale down to print on letter.

My personal suggetion is to design to letter sized paper. Then it will print to the same scale whether on letter or A4.

I dont see a particular benefit to making a second design on A4 unless you can somehow rearrange the parts to use fewer pages or want to have it print to a larger scale on A4. To me it seems like its a lot of extra work for not a lot of extra benefit.

Course thats just my opinion
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I'm a fan of the 7.5 x 10" designs - although I have a big stack of legal card to print A4 sized models on.
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