The Zune should be about entertainment, so I started thinking about what might be interesting to have on there if I was stuck on a bus or an airplane and wanted something to do.
I started to remember a graphic novel that debuted as the first one designed for the Sony Playstation Portable or PSP. It is called NYC 2123 Dayender (NYC2123) and is a cyberpunk drama released amazingly under the Creative Commons non-commercial license.
The Sony PSP’s native screen resolution is bigger than the Zune’s, a beastly 480 x 272. I tried loading the original PSP formated images onto the Zune but they looked bad unless you zoomed in, which just wasn’t practical. So I had a go at reducing the image sizes.
NYC2123 was created using Adobe Illustrator with .ai (vector-based) source files. I had a go at working with the source files but found that due to how they are constructed it would be too much work to shrink them. (The NYC2123 authors used a negative mat, so exporting a smaller version of the relevant area was beyond my expertise) If you know how to handle the Adobe Illustrator .ai source files for NYC2123 to output to a Zune-ready resolution then please email me and I’ll update this page.
So, I took the original jpeg sets for the PSP and used Adobe Photoshop’s image processor to knock them down from the PSP resolution of 480×272 to Zune’s maximum horizontal resolution. This left the resulting images at 340×181. I kicked the quality output up to PS’s level of 12 which actually increased the size of the files some, but the overall size for the folder to 24 megabytes.
Download a complete copy of the digital comic graphic novel NYC 2123 formatted for the Zune using the following link:
Download NYC 2123 for the Zune (15.3 MB)
Pictures and more info after the jump.