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« on: <11-18-11/0215:31> »
Spy Games has Tom Kwan alive and well; however, before that he was noted as being killed in an extraction attempt.  I don't remember which book it was in (System Failure?) but I definitely remember it.  This'll have to be explained, I think.  :P :)
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« Reply #1 on: <11-18-11/0237:51> »
It's not in System Failure.

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« Reply #2 on: <11-18-11/0242:22> »
Runner Havens, maybe.  I know i have it in hardcopy, and that's the only 4e sourcebook I have ...
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« Reply #3 on: <11-18-11/0356:35> »
I didn't find it in any of the 4e PDFs so it may have been earlier on.

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« Reply #4 on: <11-18-11/0809:36> »
Quote from: Target: Matrix, p. 34
>What happened to Cap'n Kluge and Spirit?
>Heyday

>Spirit, also known as Nahid Mostafavi, jumped ship earlier this year. There are no official reasons why, but the scuttlebutt sez she'd had enough of Bash's winning personality. She's now a force behind the scenes at the Mosaic data haven.
>Sidewinder

>Kluge, a.k.a. Tom Kwan, was targeted by Fuchi for an extraction attempt right before that corp split. The run was foiled by Nexus security, but Kwan too a stray bullet to the back of the head. No more Cap'n Kluge.
>Dead Deckers Society
     "In Kibo We Trust"

>Sure. That's why I ran into a Novatech decker who used a bouncing rubber-ball icon, waddling along on flat feet and sprouting squeegee eyes. Just coincidence that Kluge's icon looked like that, right?
>Net Sum

>Well, Fuchi did make off with Kluge's cyberdeck, if not his body...
>Dead Deckers Society
     "In Kibo We Trust"

Now, DDS were a great bunch of kids, but they weren't always the most trustworthy...

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« Reply #5 on: <11-18-11/1253:17> »
Target: Matrix ...

Oh.

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« Reply #6 on: <11-18-11/1256:27> »
Is that "Oh" somebody-didn't-research-enough or "Oh" not-THAT-book?

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« Reply #7 on: <11-18-11/1304:45> »
Both.

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« Reply #8 on: <11-18-11/2139:43> »
And for the #1 reason to have every SR book and adventure in searchable PDF format ...
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« Reply #9 on: <11-18-11/2150:40> »
And for the #1 reason to have every SR book and adventure in searchable PDF format ...

Oh, God, that would be heavenly.

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« Reply #10 on: <11-18-11/2155:25> »
My wife tells me that some form or another of Adobe Acrobat can take a scanned-in image file (e.g. SR1 document) and do word-recognition, converting it from an image PDF into a searchable text PDF.  Definitely needs to be done ... and would be so useful ...
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« Reply #11 on: <11-18-11/2215:13> »
Acrobat has been able to do Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for years, but the quality of the OCR depends on the quality of the scan and other features. It's 2011 and OCR still tends to get most things wrong. PDFs using scans tend to be excessively large, and OCR makes them larger because it simply adds a layer over the original scans.

When I drowned my copies of SOTA64 and Shadows of Europe, I took it upon myself to scan them because it seemed like a good idea, and I was using them often. It was a pain to try and leaf through these books. So I made a PDF of them, and tried OCR. It was a catastrophic failure. Of course, this was years ago. OCR has supposedly gotten better, but I've tried it with those scans since, and other books (since the scans were of warped pages), and I've never had much luck. Although to be fair it also takes a while, and I've never had the patience after the first few pages just fail.

The better idea is to get the original text and art and redo the layout directly into PDF. The problem is that it takes forever, and Catalyst is running short on layout folks. There is also the matter of getting the original files, which aren't always available. But Wyrm's right. Searchable PDFs are great, would be swell for older books, and there is definitely a need and desire for them among the freelancers and the customers. It is a godsend that Portfolio of a Dragon is one of the books they recompiled for PDF.
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