Remastering old rules - how to?

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steelerfan2017
August 22, 2017 - 12:48pm
Hi all,

A while ago I ran across the remastered SF rulebooks PDFs and was quite impressed.  I am currently interested in another out-of-print game (classic d&d) and was wondering about remastering some of the old rulebooks (in this case the Rules Cyclopedia, my copy is dying.)

So - is there a guide out there or directions on how to do something like this?  I tried copy & pasting the PDF into libreoffice and its been a struggle - bad formatting and the text is often wrong etc.

Any help appreciated.
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TerlObar
August 22, 2017 - 3:50pm
Unfortunately, not only is there no guide, the original Word documents of the remastered rules documents were lost in a computer crash and all that is left is the PDF files.  However, I do know that Bill did it all in Microsoft Word with basic layout and art.
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Shadow Shack
August 22, 2017 - 7:01pm
There is a pdf copy of the RC available at dmsguild.com:

http://www.dmsguild.com/product/17171/DD-Rules-Cyclopedia-Basic?it=1

Other hard to find D&D goods such as B10 can be had there in pdf format as well.
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steelerfan2017
August 24, 2017 - 7:45am
I have the PDF from drivethrurpg - it is OK to read as a PDF but when I print it comes out "fuzzy" and difficult to read - even at 1200dpi.  I should have mentioned this at the beginning.

So what I am looking to do is create a new DOC from the PDF.  I tried various conversions and they all end up being a mess.  I tried copy & pasting but ended up with formatting issues, text errors etc. 

So - any ideas on how to do this?  My assumption was that whoever did the remaster of the SF rules had the PDF and created a new DOC from it.

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TerlObar
August 24, 2017 - 6:27pm
No, he retyped everything by hand and then did all the layout himself.  He started completely from scratch because of all the problems you just mentioned. 
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