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Multideck version 1.4 is now available from the Mac App Store.

Multideck creates print-and-play custom card decks for your game prototypes. Define your deck in a spreadsheet or CSV file, create your layout in Multideck, and print. Multideck was used heavily in creating prototypes for Villages of Valeria and its expansions.

For more info, please visit the Multideck web page. There are also a number of videos demonstrating the basics of Multideck on this page.
 
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You forgot to mention you are charging $25 for it...
 
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Kid_Gusto wrote:
You forgot to mention you are charging $25 for it...


Well, yes. Multideck is $24.99 in the US App Store, and an equivalent amount in other countries. There's a lot of other information I left out of my short notice here, too. But the web links I included will let you learn a lot about the product without paying a dime, and yes, the web page does mention the price.
 
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rholzgrafe wrote:
Multideck version 1.4 is now available from the Mac App Store.


If we own an earlier version, is there a cost for the upgrade? Glad you're still developing it!

 
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squirrelhenge wrote:
rholzgrafe wrote:
Multideck version 1.4 is now available from the Mac App Store.


If we own an earlier version, is there a cost for the upgrade? Glad you're still developing it!



Upgrades are free. You should just be able to open the App Store on your Mac, sign in, select the Upgrades tab, and install.
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What are the big changes?
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mediavetare wrote:
What are the big changes?


Three features that work together: Styles, Series, and Rotors.

Styles
There's a new tab named Styles in version 1.4. On that tab you can create styles, which are named sets of display characteristics. For example, you might choose a particular font and text color, and call it the "Adventurer" style. You can then apply this style, by name, to multiple items on your cards so that they share these characteristics. If you later decide that you want to change the text color or add bold face, you can do it by adjusting the style instead of having to change every individual item on the card layout.

Rich text markup has been expanded by allowing reference to styles and specific attributes of styles. For example, if you have a text item that shouldn't all be in "Adventurer" style, you can still use markup to apply the "Adventurer" style to a word within the text.

Styles become more useful when used in combination with the Series feature.

Series
In previous versions of Multideck, one line of input (from your CSV or spreadsheet) represented exactly one card. (Exception: the #count feature can be used to "expand" one line into multiple copies of that line.) The new series feature allows you to specify a list of different values in a single field on a line. When you do that, that line "expands" into multiple lines, each identical except for having a different single value from the list in that cell.

Series let you easily make lists of cards that are identical except for the contents of that one cell. The result is that your spreadsheets/CSV files are more compact, and you can easily change all of the cards in a series by changing just the one line of input.

You can have more than one series in a line. When you have more than one, they multiply. At our web site there is now a demo project that creates an entire standard 52-card poker deck from a single line of input. That line has two series: one for the four suits, and one for the 13 ranks. The two series multiply to create 4 * 13 = 52 cards. With clever use of series combined with styles, each card has appropriate styling: red text for Hearts and Diamonds, black for Spades and Clubs.

By the way: To download demo projects, visit Multideck Demo Projects. Each project includes all input files and a PDF of the printed output, so you can see the effects even if you don't yet have Multideck itself.

Rotors
Now suppose you have a line that defines a long series of cards. You want those cards to be identical, except for the series differences, and you want to add a "bonus" icon to each card. There are 20 cards in the series, but only three different "bonus" icons. If you use a second series for the bonus icons, the two series will multiply and you'd get 60 cards, which you don't want. So instead, use a rotor for the bonus icons. A rotor is just like a series, but it doesn't expand or multiply: instead it just varies the cards produced by the series. Your line of input will produce the 20 different cards you expect, but in rotation each of those cards will also show one of the three different bonus icons.

And in conclusion...
These are advanced features, difficult to explain in just a couple of paragraphs. They don't actually allow you to create any decks that you couldn't have created without them. But once you've learned to use these features, they will make your decks faster and easier to create, faster and easier to modify and update, and they will reduce the chance of errors and typos.

I urge you to visit the web site and check out the Poker Deck demo project for more information about Styles and Series. (The demo doesn't include rotors, I'm afraid.) Multideck itself includes full built-in Help, with careful descriptions of how each of these features works, both separately and in combination, and with examples and illustrations.
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