Sunday, August 4, 2013
Rant: What the Hell Is It With PDFs and the "Artistic Watermarking" (or whatever the f' it's called)?
I hate, with a passion that burns, PDF gaming releases that have artwork behind the text. WTF do you call it? Watermarking? Layering? An eyesore? A waste of my printer's ink? All this and more?
I hated it when WotC did it and I hate it even more now. It does NOT make your product more useful. It does NOT make your product easier to read. It does NOT make you product a piece of art (real piece of work is more likely). It does NOT make it easier for me to print a handful of pages out at home for my own legal use without killing my printer.
The above example is from Numenera, but it could have been from any number of RPGs that have come down the pike over the last few years.
Really makes a PDF much less useful than it should be.
Save the wicked annoying art shit behind the text for the printed version. In truth, I hate it there too, but at least I expect it there.
Maybe there are ways to turn off the layers, but I dont see it.
Whatever happened to KISS?