View Poll Results: Which page size looks better?

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  • 8.5x11 looks better

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  • 9.54x8.5 looks better

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Thread: Which looks better?

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    Which looks better?

    I've been messing around with page sizes for my Switching to Linux book. Since it's going to be distributed mainly in PDF/Website form, I figured that sticking to the standard 8.5x11 size wasn't necessary.

    So I came up with the following size; 9.54x8.5.

    It's rectangular-ish, but it's not as tall as 8.5x11. It allows for more information to fit horizontally while making the pages look a little shorter.

    So, which do you think looks better in PDF format?

    8.5x11: http://www.cutlersoftware.com/Unders...o_Linux1+2.pdf

    9.54x8.5: http://maniacmusician.googlepages.co..._Linux_new.pdf

    Please vote now!

    edit: If you'd like to contribute a little to this little project by helping me edit the book, please see this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=448312
    Last edited by maniacmusician; May 19th, 2007 at 11:32 PM.

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    Re: Which looks better?

    If I were just going to view the PDF, I would pick the 9.54x8.5 version. If I were planning on printing the PDF, then I would choose the 8.5x11 since it matches US Letter paper size.

    (Both look very nice, by the way. )

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    Re: Which looks better?

    thanks. If you'd like to contribute a little to this little project by helping me edit the book, please see this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=448312

    psst....you didn't vote
    Last edited by maniacmusician; May 19th, 2007 at 11:34 PM.

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    Re: Which looks better?

    First one looks the most natural to me on first impressions for no other reason than it feels better. Nice content BTW

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    Re: Which looks better?

    thank you. That's just Chapter 1 (I wrote most of it in Janueay) Check the 3rd link for chapter 2.

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    Re: Which looks better?

    Quote Originally Posted by maniacmusician View Post
    thanks. If you'd like to contribute a little to this little project by helping me edit the book, please see this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=448312

    psst....you didn't vote
    You added the poll after I had posted...

    Besides, you left off the "Other" option.

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    Re: Which looks better?

    For the square aspect ratio setup, I'd definitely go with the 9.54x8.5. However, I've rotated my two 1680x1050 monitors so I can view a complete 8.5x11 without needing to zoom. Awesome for reading, programming, surfing the web... otherwise, 9.54x8.5 would be preferred.

    When I have some more time to contribute, I'd be happy to help with the book.

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    Re: Which looks better?

    I prefer 9.54x8.5.

    It just fits better.

    (nice work maniacmusician)
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    Re: Which looks better?

    I like it, it lets you see more, especially on a wide-aspect monitor. I'd still like to have an 8.5x11 version available though, so I could print it out for people (though the link stuff would have to be altered for that).
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    Re: Which looks better?

    Quote Originally Posted by reacocard View Post
    I like it, it lets you see more, especially on a wide-aspect monitor. I'd still like to have an 8.5x11 version available though, so I could print it out for people (though the link stuff would have to be altered for that).
    Unfortunately, I'm not sure that's an option. It takes a LOT of work to fix the formatting when you change page sizes. When printing, perhaps they could print from the website.

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