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 Posted: Tue Jul 19th, 2016 01:28 am
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I posted this at NGRM too, I thought it was important to post it here too.
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I finally broke down and bought the Gazette Archive on DVD. I was hesitant due to the fairly large expense and since I couldn't get a straight answer on whether I could use the files on my iPad. I did ask Bob Hayden, who sells the archive, by email, if I could transfer the files to the iPad. The answer was 'you can output pages as PDF files'. Well, that's pretty vague, but I thought I could probably do the deed.
The good news is that the magazine issues can be output as PDF files. I was afraid that I would have to assemble each issue as pages, but the process turned out to be quite simple actually.
The magazines are displayed in an application that will install and run only in a Windoze or Mac environment. So, I installed the software. Be careful, the minimum screen resolution is an odd one, larger than older machines max of 1024x768. I didn't notice this limitation and I see no real reason why it would have been done. I suspect the author of the package didn't care about older machines since that resolution would be just fine for magazines. Anyway, after cleaning off an old XP machine and installing, and then discovering that the software didn't work, I read the specs again. An install on my Win8 machine (I hate Win8) I had a working application. I only use the Windoze machine for backups and running my Silhouette cutter.
Opening the application and selecting an issue for viewing (if in full screen display) allows the issue to be opened in a PDF package. The PDF app I use on the machine allows saving the file, so I'm home free. Given enough remaining life-time, I will be able to save all the issues. So far I have saved about 40 of 239 issues.
I then copied the files to a memory card and put that memory card into my Sandisk Media Drive machine. This little magic box allows saving files from the iPad, to the iPad and reading files on the iPad, all while optionally attaching to the internet. Pretty neat technology.
So, I hope this helps someone else with the decision to purchase the Archive. I'm happy with it overall. It would have been much more simple to put a front end on PDF files to begin with, but oh well... at least Mr. Hayden got the job done and we can read ALL the issues conveniently.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 19th, 2016 01:29 am
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Some links... The usual disclaimer, I'm just a satisfied customer.

Bob Hayden's site:

http://bobhayden.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=102



The Sandisk Media Drive Wireless Hub:

https://www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage/connect-wireless-media-drive



Image from the 'net.

I bought the 32 Gig Media Drive because of price and storage. I can carry as many memory cards as I want and have unlimited storage on the iPad. The little machine can stream multiple streams to multiple machines. It has 32 Gigs of internal storage and a standard card slot for memory cards. There is a 64 Gig version too.



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 Posted: Tue Jul 19th, 2016 02:30 pm
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I bought the disks also-- but don't have the brain power to figure what all that other talk is about.

I look at the pictures, and read the words.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 20th, 2016 03:55 am
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Sorry... I had to learn to live with an iPad so I don't have to carry the laptop on our required medical trips. I was forced into finding larger storage since Apple saw fit to limit the machines for some reason.



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Nothing to be sorry for, Ken.

I have a large stack of the paper magazines, so I dithered a while wether to spend the money--but since I was missing quite a few at the beginning-and also the end, when conditions dictated that the subscription was an expense that had to go, I decided to spend. Now, if someone would come up with an index by subject--that would be extra neat. I find that the search function is a little klunky--but that might be just me.

A worthwhile purchase IMO.

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Herb,
I have found that the search is fast if all the files are loaded on the hard disk.

This index seems to be good.

http://trc.trains.com/Train%20Magazine%20Index.aspx?view=ViewMagazine&magazineId=3



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Ordered mine last night! Can't wait until they get here, another couple of weeks lost to reading...

I collect rare numismatic books, and most lately, narrow gauge and modeling books. One of the coin clubs I belong to in the coin world, has their entire collection of journals archived on a DVD, that you get when you join up. A great resource, as it takes up so much less space and the best part is, it becomes searchable, so looking for an article from 10 years ago is quick and easy. I do prefer to have hard copies when reading, but am having to limit myself on how many books and journals I can have due to space, I have almost a full 10x12 storage unit full of primarily rare books from my libraries of coins, space, music, and F1 racing. Adding train books to the mix isn't helping as a lot of them are huge!

I've been getting the old Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroader only if they are in the hardbound year sets now. I already have a lot of the NG&SLG in hard copy this disc should make searching them much faster than trying to remember where a particular article is.

Looking forward to the mail going fast this week!



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I'm another satisfied customer. Great series to have. Lot's of info in the first several years of publication.

Another one to have is the full series of Main Line Modeler. Lots of good stuff in those issues for the scratchbuilder.

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Bernd

It's great to see you stop by. I really miss the things that showed your mechanical skills--the crane, the magnetic clutch--that kind of stuff I can relate to. Miss you, Buddy, and thanks for your help!

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Yeah !   Bring Back Berndt.  Always interesting & informative.

Regards,           Michael

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