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File Formats for My Other Media Content

Last Updated: Friday, 09-Jan-2015 12:32:41 PST

I use several file formats for my media content that are not Book, Picture, or Audio in format. These include (1) Crossword Puzzles, (2) Animations, and (3) Design Elements.

Crossword Puzzles

My Crossword Puzzles are in various formats, depending on whether you are accessing all of them, in one file, or as each puzzle, separately.

Separately, each puzzle is available in several formats, including (1) Solve Puzzles Online (an interactive website only version with answer check, first letter hint, and timer, as well as puzzles, that can be filled in and clues layed out all together cleanly - and the clue is highlighted, when you click, on the first letter, of the answer), (2) Print Version of Puzzle (PDF version with crossword layout on the first page and clues on the next), and (3) Download Answers (which is a Zip archive bundle, with the crossword puzzle layout, in PNG format and crossword puzzle clues, with answers, in plain text format).

All puzzles, bundled into one e-book file, are available in: the (4) Desktop/Standard (PDF format), (5) Apple/Mobile (the standard e-book format, which is supported by Apple and every other e-book vendor except, and in (6) ('s) Kindle Fire Only format. All of these offer the same basic layout. They have a cover page, table of contents that is hyperlinked, and one section for each crossword puzzle. In each section, there is the puzzle title and then crossword puzzle layout, followed by the clues, on the next page. A the end, the answers are listed, by puzzle, in the same order.


There are several different ways to save an animation. The easiest and most supported way is as a video file, but this is very inefficient and has unclear and potentially prohibitively expensive licensing costs. The other way to save an animation is in an animation specific format, like Flash or HTML5 with CSS3 and Javascript.

These last animation specific formats are the two formats I currently have my animations in, for viewing online. The (1) Flash/Legacy format is obvious, except that legacy is not a positive term, in this context - it basically means obsolete, and then the (2) Apple/Mobile version is the HTML5/web page version.

I now have the animations in 6 downloadable formats: the (3) 2 Microsoft Office versions (which are in Powerpoint 2007 format), the (4) Apple/Mobile Download version (which is in the Apple specific webarchive format, which can be viewed with most iPad and iPhone document reader apps, like Readdledocs or in Safari on a Mac), the (5) Apple iBooks Only format (which works with iBooks on the iPad and iPhone), the (6) Apple/Mobile Office version (which is in Apple Keynote (iWork) format and can be viewed properly, in both the Mac and the iPhone/iPad versions of Keynote), (7), and the Open Source Friendly Office version (which is in the format).

Reflected Patterns, Vector Patterns (Design Elements) + Business Cards

PDF versions can be edited in most Mac OS X-only programs and newer LaTeX programs. They can be viewed on almost any computer, which have a PDF viewer included (only Windows users need a third party program like Foxit Reader or Sumatra PDF, if they don't like Adobe Reader).

SVG versions can be edited in most new drawing and new open source graphics programs like Scribus and Inkscape on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. They can be viewed in most newer web browsers (Internet Explorer 9 and higher or a newer version of Safari, Chrome, or Firefox).

PNG versions can be edited in most newer commercial graphics programs and newer open source graphics programs like Photoshop Elements and Gimp. They can be viewed in almost all web browsers, but are not vector graphics.

Why No EPS Versions of Reflected Patterns?

I could make EPS versions, of all these vector graphics, but decided not to

The main reason, to provide EPS versions, of my graphics, would be, for use in Adobe Creative Cloud applications

(1) Adobe Creative Cloud is designed and priced for professional designers and I am targeting hobbyists, not professionals, (2) It would take a huge amount of manual work, (3) Most importantly, there are many variants of EPS files and not all programs, that accept EPS files support all the possible variations, of them, and it would be difficult, for me to verify, that the files work, without having any of those professional Adobe apps, to test them on, (4) And, finally, the Creative Cloud apps are being sold now, all together, as a subscription, so everyone will have the latest versions all the time.

The best information I can find, on PDF or SVG import capability, for which versions of Adobe Pro Apps are, as follows: Illustrator 9, Illustrator CS, and Illustrator CC and higher versions (from 2000 onwards) and, at least, as early as, InDesign CS and InDesign CC and higher (from 2003 onwards). These versions of these Adobe programs should be able to make use of either PDF or SVG versions of my graphics, without much hassle.

Most Other Media

Most of the other media is in PDF, HTML (web page) and picture formats like PNG. You can read more about (1) PDFs on the Common Formats page and about (2) HTML on the How the Internet Works page.

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