Revised (Smaller!) Versions of “Brayer Techniques” epub & Kindle Versions

VSN Container Stamps eArticle CoverI hope everyone has been having a good holiday weekend! This is just a quick note to alert folks who enjoy the epub and Kindle versions of VSN’s eArticles, that I have just posted revised epub and Kindle versions of the “Brayer Techniques For Stampers” eArticle. What changed? The file size.

The original epub version was 28 MB in size and the original Kindle version was 30 MB. I figured out a way to reduce the file size to 7.1 MB and 6.4 MB respectively. So they are now about a quarter of the file size, but the pictures are actually better quality, they will take up less room on your eReader or tablet, and should be quicker to download.

This change does not affect the pdf version of the eArticle. I may go back and do something similar for previous eArticle epub and Kindle versions if there is interest.

Nancie, VSN

VSN eArticles: pdf vs epub vs mobi Version?

Ok, I know that this post is geeky, but if you are confused as to which format of VSN eArticle to download, I think you’ll find it helpful, so please give it a shot.

Most of VSN’s eArticles are available in three versions: pdf, epub and mobi (Kindle). Whether these file types mean anything to you may depend on your personal computer savvy and what type(s) of computer, phone, tablet or eReader you use. For those who might not know a pdf from an epub, here are a few screen shots from the different versions to help you better understand what the heck this all means and how to choose the best version for you. (Note: All of these “screenshots” are actually photos of the eArticle on my 7″ Galaxy Tab 7.0 Tablet.)

pdf eArticle on Tablet

PDF Version: This is page 16 from the pdf version of VSN’s most recent eArticle, “Specialty Card Folds”. Notice a few things here. Each page of the eArticle is laid out in a landscape orientation designed to fit neatly and completely on your desktop or laptop computer screen without a lot of scrolling around. Notice too that this version has permanent page numbers because what is on page 16 (in this case) will stay on page 16 no matter how much you might increase the text size.

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Getting Your Own Gravatar

Mystery Man GravatarOk, this is a little bit geeky, I’ll admit, but might just be something that interests you as it did me and it is easy to do, so I’ll share:   Have you ever wondered how people get the little thumbnail pictures of themselves next to comments found around the internet? I always did. I didn’t have one and so I’ve usually been shown as the “mystery man” default image whenever I comment on something. Which is fine. A little mystery in life is ok right? But if you are interested in getting a picture of yourself (or of whatever) instead of the mystery man, here is how to do it:

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