PDF Portfolio on IPAD/Galazy Tablet

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by OutOfDate, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. OutOfDate macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    I'm converting my design portfolio to a PDF so that I can show it on a tablet (which I've yet to buy so not sure which one I will have which doesn't help matters), and I am not sure if I am being a bit dim to not know what size of Indesign file to start setting it up in.

    I can't trial and error at the moment as no tablet to play around on.

    Also do tablets have that automatic rotation that a lot of phones have?

    I'm not sure whether it's best to do it portrait or landscape and what the proportions are.

    Sorry if this is a stupid question. I am trying to get my head around it and not sure if I'm having a brain fart!
  2. OutOfDate thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    Ok so far I've found the usable screen size dimensions by Googling and set up the Indesign file to be the exact size. Thought this was very sensible and stuff.

    But . . . did a trial page and found that at 1to1 size, once made into a PDF, there isn't enough detail when zooming in.

    So . . . doubled size.
  3. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Isn't the Galaxy Tab/Note in a different ratio than the iPad?

    Are you going to be showcasing it yourself? You could try doing it as an ePUB instead so you don't run into the dimensions issue. You're going to have limitations with the overall layout, but you could just keep on using InDesign and the export that out as images instead of a PDF.
  4. OutOfDate thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
    Thanks for your reply.

    I don't know actually if the ratios are different!

    I've asked around and this seems to be how a lot of graphic designers are showing their work (or on laptops). Or so I am told. If anyone on here knows differently then that would be good to hear. One contact told me that her company prefer paper portfolios still, but they are quite old school. I just can't (and don't want to) lug around a portfolio that weighs several stones anymore, plus the other samples I have to take!

    Yes I'll be showing it myself at informal meetings for freelance work.

    I have no experience of ePUB.
  5. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    iPad has a 4:3 ratio and yes it does autorotate.

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