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Long time since my last entry, huh.

I'm not going to beat around the bush, my old project of publishing a glorious PDF version of BGP has not been quite accomplished, mostly due to diminished time and dedication on my end. In fact, :icondarkenetor: is the one who truly got his hands dirty, scouring both the text itself and a whole corpus of metainformation so much needed for the purpose of typographic cleansing. All of the twenty chapters, despite their age-old luster as measured in fandom eras, needed to undergo a considerable work of micro-correction, designed to rid them of typos, mispunctuation and inconsistencies.

Sadly, as I already noted, the work was never fully completed. Every time we thought we were finished; every time we were eager to announce the release; every time we ran new, increasingly finer spell-checks. It was never over. New issues would show up, new errors pop up, new typos turn up. Eventually, although the project was never truly discontinued, progress became snail-paced and an actual release never came to pass.

That brings us to the current state of affairs. I can't stress this enough, lest Darkenetor chide me. The work I'm now releasing is not complete. It's not perfect. It's not the final word, nor is it the BGP PDF to end all BGP PDFs. We have a whole list of corrections that haven't even made it in the document yet. That being said, it is (I believe) the best version of Background Pony that you can currently get your hands on, digitally speaking, insofar as your evaluation metric is based on typographical soundness.

Behind the scenes, work on the document will still proceed at whatever pace. This is more of an uphill-rolling release than a Sisyphean enterprise. Were you to decide to use this version for a printing project (which I'd advise against, in its current state), be aware that better ones may come out in the future. Also, you should definitely contact Darkenetor if you seriously want to go through with it; he's usually eager to help when it comes to BGP and printing stuff — and believe me when I say you'll find his help invaluable.
Speaking of, I hear that the Ministry of Image guys are planning to print BGP by July, and Avonder may replicate his very successful endeavor as well, so you may want to keep your eyes open if you're interested in this kind of thing.


That's enough of an introduction, so let me cut to the chase. Here is the download link for the current version:

The work is typeset in "EBGaramond, 12", a somewhat standard but still very neat-looking free font. It is powered by LuaLaTeX and compiled with PDF/A compliance. Content-wise, it includes the author's acknowledgments and one official "Bonus chapter" (really a "deleted scene"), but otherwise no extras, whether pictures or editor's notes. This is not to be attributed to personal choice, but rather to the nonfinal nature of the product.

I hope you enjoy the fruit of our work, however lacking. It feels natural to dedicate it to :iconshortskirtsxplosions:, whose work has been inspiring many over the span of many years.

~Fim.

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moonshineguy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
Hey, I was wondering if you ever finished that pdf of Background Pony. The samples I see looked marvelous.
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FiMvisible Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
Hi! Your post came as a much-needed reminder. The project was carried through almost to its conclusion, but was eventually essentially dropped, mostly because of my negligence.

That being said, with the amount of work that was put into it, it is high time that I publish the latest version of the document. A journal is coming up momentarily, you will find the download link there.
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CombotheBeehen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sei sparito :(
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FiMvisible Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
Non è vero! Eccomi qui. :)

Sono solo un filinoinoino meno attivo, del che mi dispiace, ma è come dev'essere.
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CombotheBeehen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwn, capisco! contunuerai a tradurre? So che non hai voglia, era giusto per sapere! :D
Almeno l'importante è che sei vivo <3
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FiMvisible Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2018
Chiaramente continuerò a tradurre. ;) Sto portando avanti Dash Academy (proprio ieri ho pubblicato la nuova pagina) e ho intenzione di proseguirlo fino in fondo. Riguardo a side-project, non ho in piano di intraprenderne nel prossimo futuro, ma l'ispirazione può sempre giungere inaspettata.

Grazie per le parole di supporto. (:
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SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Happy new year! :iconpinkieishappyplz:
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FiMvisible Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
Aww, thank you! Hope you have a wonderful 2017 as well. :)
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SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :icontwilightdanceplz:
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FiMvisible Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Thanks! :iconpinkiesmile2plz:
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