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I have a Kindle Fire HD that I'd like to use as my character sheet for a Pathfinder game.

What's the best way to go about doing this?

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What is the problem exactly that is making this not be straightforward? –  Jonathan Hobbs Mar 21 '13 at 4:09
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What have you tried? Or are you fishing for ideas before you start exploring the possibilities? If so, that isn't really the sort of question this site handles well. (That's what Google is for; three clicks and I found an app to use spreadsheets on the Fire.) –  SevenSidedDie Mar 21 '13 at 4:14
    
Google Drive doesn't work on the Kindle Fire? As a coincidence, I'm building a web/android/ios application for my rpg with a Google Drive backend... –  Duralumin Mar 21 '13 at 9:15
    
Hero Lab is out for the iPad very soon, I am super excited! Won't help Android though, till they do that too. –  mxyzplk Mar 21 '13 at 21:28

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there are three basic approaches...

  1. Dedicated Character Sheet programs
  2. PDF with markup
  3. Editable file in an office suite.

Character Sheet Apps

Dedicated Android Apps

I can't vouch for any of the dedicated apps, but you can find a bunch on the play store.

I can say that the various app stores have different apps in this field.

Web Apps

Ernir points out that web apps seem to work just fine. Some of these will work with the standard Android Internet browser...

I've used two browsers on my tablet... the built in Internet, and Google's Chrome, and will note that the guts of a web app may not work...

  • Javascript is supported on Android's Internet browser, and in Chrome.
  • Java is not supported (despite Android being based in Java, the browsers reject it.)
  • Flash requires a 3rd party plug in or a pirate of the Adobe one. Those I've gotten don't work with Chrome, either.
  • imbedded perl, python, rhino, bsh, sleep or lua require SL4A and the Android versions of those scripting languages. Most don't use those anyway, but one can be surprised.

the one character sheet I've used online I used relied upon flash... and will not work on my tablet. Individual mileage will vary based upon installed software.

PDF with Annotations

This works fairly well if you have an app that does markup well enough. (This works better on certain tablets than on others - the Galaxy Tabs do this really well, due to the stylus... it was a pain on my Acer.)

The reader I'm using supports both inked and typed annotations, and is free (with paid unlock for expanded features). Radaee PDF reader is what I'm using.

I used this mode also on my Sony PRS600 ebook device. Worked well there, too.

On the Sony, this mode did not modify the actual file, but created a separate file with the annotations. Radaee, however, saves the annotations within the PDF, so do keep a backup unmodified version.

File in your Office Suite

This is the most work, because you have to create the sheet in the first place as an editable file.

This also is the least visually pleasing option for many... it's usually text and only text.

On the other hand, it's a portable output - you can send the sheet if need be to someone else, and know that they're going to be able to read it, since the vast majority either save as RTF or as MS Word.

Things to remember

The Fire is just an Android tablet. Really. It's been customized a bit, but in all ways that matter, it's a low performance Android tablet.

Each tablet and phone has different compatibility issues... just because it runs for you on your fire doesn't mean it will work on your buddy's Nexus-7 or Acer A100.

Just because it doesn't officially run on your tablet doesn't mean it can't... Some apps work fine sideloaded even tho' they say they are not compatible with a given device.

Sideloading is risky - if you can't get the app via one of the legit stores, you risk virus versions if you get it elsewhere.

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There's also using a web-based hosting system like the one at myth-weavers.com. Most of them work just fine on tablet browsers. –  Ernir Mar 21 '13 at 9:01
    
@Ernir That's a special case of apps... but I'll edit it in. –  aramis Mar 21 '13 at 16:18
    
I don't have a tablet, but there are some comprehensive and nifty character builders made from spreadsheets -- will any of those perform decently on a Fire, or is that asking too much? If so that might be a better alternative than rolling your own flat file –  Yamikuronue Mar 6 at 19:26
    
Using a spreadsheet on a tablet is often sufficiently annoying as to render it worse than writing everything out longhand. It's better than it was on PalmOS PDA's, but not decent yet. –  aramis Mar 7 at 5:29

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