Canadian computer graphics magazine Graphic Exchange has switched to landscape format and launched a rich-media PDF doppelganger, a world first.
Now subscribers can read the big old print version for high-res, and also download the PDF version that lets one explore VR images, play videos, and follow Web links.
Key to the feasibility of the format is the seamless way the PDF opens up full-screen, without displaying the Acrobat interface, and the way that Quicktime runs “in document” without its own separate window.
In full-screen mode on a large monitor, and without the usual peripheral clutter, the basic layout’s four columns of type works surprisingly well.
There are a few custom navigation controls, but it’s mostly intuitive, and familiar key commands such as “page down” are functional.
Clicking on web links, however, takes one out of the document and into a standard browser display.
The PDF comes in several flavors, from the “deluxe” stand-alone 92mb option, to a smaller file that streams in video content, to a still smaller version for pre-Acrobat 6 and dial-up speed.
Canadian type designer Nick Shinn, R.G.D. grew up in Barton-le-Clay, England, and now lives in Orangeville, Ontario. He went into the font business full time in 1998 with Shinntype. He has written for magazines such as Eye and Codex, and spoken at the ATypI, TypeCon, TYPO Berlin and TYPO San Francisco conferences.