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CRasterImage
24-09-2009, 21:33
I wasn't (am not) very familiar with Google Docs, but it seems pretty useful for sharing mission files.

- It is a free word processor.
- Runs in your browser.
- Allows you to insert images.
- It saves to some web space associated with your google account.
- Allows you to share the link to the document. (Which might be the ideal way to distribute. Rather than staging a PDF or something somewhere)
- Allows you to save the file locally as a PDF, if you must.

Here is a test I threw together. (Mission 6 from some 1st ed expansion)

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AXRYrYTvv3RHZGdicGJzOHhfMWR0bjRqZGdj&hl=en

The only limitations I have seen so far, are:

- I output an image at 50% and tried to insert it. But GoogleDocs said it was too big. So, then I tried 30% and that worked. I didn't try 40%.

- The fonts you have to pick from seem rather limited and boring. I don't known if there is a way to add a font somehow.

torn
24-09-2009, 22:10
map works well and you have space for writing underneath, so you cant complain really.

CRasterImage
24-09-2009, 22:59
It doesn't have any line-drawing features or other artistic features you might want from a word processor. I suppose that, if you wanted a border around some text, you could insert a table with 1 cell in it or something.

It isn't a fancy app. But it is free and doesn't require installing anything.

(and it can save to a PDF. Which most people demand)

I just wish there was a way to use a custom font...

AndrewGPaul
24-09-2009, 23:03
Here is a test I threw together. (Mission 6 from some 1st ed expansion)

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AXRYrYTvv3RHZGdicGJzOHhfMWR0bjRqZGdj&hl=en

The Unknown Lifeforms, from Deathwing. Also Mission 11 in 3rd edition.

IIRC, you can use Google Docs to share any sort of files, not just the built-in document types. You can upload Word .doc files, for instance.

CRasterImage
24-09-2009, 23:18
Do they just convert those documents into whatever format GoogleDocs is using?

Would you lose fonts, for example?

AndrewGPaul
25-09-2009, 11:13
Looks like it keeps fonts:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASmPfgtAy5nQZGM2cjY2ODdfMmd6bmJmaGRw&hl=en

I'm at work, so I can't try it with all the gaming-related fonts I've got at home, but it seems to work, after a fashion.

edit: It does appear to hold fonts. I uploaded my .doc version of the Mission 13 template:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASmPfgtAy5nQZGM2cjY2ODdfN2M0YjVmamQz&hl=en

It won't place text over images, though.