Re: [nbos] Carrying less physical stuff to game
Doug Jessee
Thu Jun 24th, 2010
Thanks for those who have provided feed back. Please, feel free to share.

For the purposes you have suggested OmniGraffle, I would probably use
ArtStudio or SketchBook Pro. I was hoping that Penultimate would update to
include a hex page (they have a graph/squares paper option).

ArtStudio and SketchBook Pro both use layers (as do many of the new art
programs do), so using the map from FM as the background and then marking it
up on another layer is easy to do.

For space/sci-fi, I use Observatory, Planets, SkyVoyager and Space Images.

When the updated version of iBooks gets released for iPad, I will have to
try .PDFs and see how they work there. Ilike the annotation/bookmark/note
features in iBooks and hope they work the same for .PDFs.

Currently I use GoodReader to access documents from DropBox (2GB free),
Google Docs, and webpages.

Now I just need a way to link all of this desperate content in meaningful
ways that is also searchable.

I was hoping Corkulous would be that linking, but I don't see a way from the
videos and descriptions, to link to web documents or local (on the iPad)
content, like .PDFs.

-Doug Jessee


On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Christopher Rodrigues Macias <
cjrm-at-grapevine.net.au> wrote:

> Hi Doug,
>
> You might look at OmniGraffle for the iPad. I use the Mac desktop version
> of OmniGraffle for producing maps of specific locations (e.g. battle maps
> for D&D), sometimes creating the more 'art-y' parts of the map in FM before
> adding the more grid-based elements in OmniGraffle.
>
> You can import FM maps saved as jpg or png into OG, so while OG is not
> going to add anything to overland maps created in FM, you might consider
> using OG as a way of putting all your maps -- both locale and overland --
> onto the iPad in a way that makes it easy to keep them organised and to
> switch between them quickly.
>
> I don't have an iPad myself (yet) so I can't tell you if the feature set of
> OmniGraffle for iPad includes all the things I like from the desktop
> version. I also understand that the iPad version is also a bit pricey (well,
> as iPad apps go) but I thought it worth mentioning so you could check it out
> for yourself.
>
> Cheers,
> Christopher
>
>
> On 25/06/2010, at 1:57 AM, Doug Jessee wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I am on a search to lighten my load when traveling to run a game.
>
> This is not a solution when I run at home, where my library, computers,
> printer, etc are easily accessible.
>
> This is for when I go to a friends house or a convention to run (or play)
> in RPGs and possible miniatures.
>
> I have a laptop, an iPod touch and an iPad as my hardware. I used to draw
> maps by hand, now I use digital tools (Fractal Mapper, GCA, AstroSynthesis,
> etc as well as none gaming specific tools, like Photoshop, Google Docs,
> etc).
>
> I am experimenting and trying different things, but am I the only one? Are
> others out there trying similar experiments and maybe have found better or
> more useful tools?
>
> I am about to buy Corkulous (by Appigo) for the iPad, hoping that I will be
> able to peg notes, pdfs, images of maps, etc for both a scenario at
> Conventions and for campaign's I run.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHUoI5ecW4g
> http://www.appigo.com/corkulous
>
> Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated by me. And maybe others?
>
> -Doug Jessee
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