Thanks, Iliyan!

In my post about PoDIS now being free, I asked for a volunteer to reformat the two PDFs into a nicer single file. Iliyan Georgiev, a PhD student at the University of Saarland, stepped up and took over. After a few iterations, with Andrew and me providing feedback, he’s made an excellent new version of “Principles of Digital Image Synthesis”. Download this new version from here (right-click and “Save link as…”).

This new version is much superior to the one on Google Books. It’s a single, searchable file (the Google Books version is just a scan without any OCR), it has a hyperlinked table of contents (actually, two of them), and has all errata folded into the text.

Along the way I learned a new trick from Iliyan: you can put PDFs (or any file type at all) into your Google Docs area and make them entirely public, which is how this version of the book is distributed. This is good news for all researchers: you can now host your publications in your own account. No hassling with the I.T. guys to get an account, no fuss if you move to another institution. Now no researcher needs to be held back by “it’s not company policy to give public web space” or other bureaucracy. Having a web site is nicer, but hosting in this way is free and simple. You can host up to a gigabyte for free.

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  1. ingenious’s avatar

    And thank you, Eric, for making all this possible! This book will be an invaluable reference to everybody, especially our “poor” students which usually have limited access to literature. I really hope other authors will follow this example.

    Another Google Docs tip, which works especially nicely with (the free) Google Apps, is the following. Using your main Google account, you create a Google Docs folder and make it public to everybody with no editing rights. Then you can create other Google accounts and give editing rights for this folder only to them. This then gives you the possibility to share practically unlimited volumes of data through your main Google account, since the file size is reduced from the quota of the uploader!

  2. Keith Jeffery’s avatar

    Thanks, Iliyan!

    In what appears to be a bug in Google accounts, I had to log out of my Google account in able to access Iliyan’s documents site. Otherwise, clicking the link took me to my Google docs area. Just a fair warning to others who click the link and see no document there.

  3. Eric’s avatar

    Keith: hmmm, that’s strange, it works for me and I’m logged in to my Google account. Thanks for the heads up, and I’ve added a direct download link to the original post.

  4. mmmzeg’s avatar

    Thanks Eric for this invaluable site and for letting me to know who is the active ingenious on ompf ;)

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