|Review by Karson||posted 03-06-2010 04:37 AM||5689 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
- Fine Woodworking Magazine Archives 1975-2009 Issues 1 - 208
- Brand: Fine Woodworking | Category: DVDs
I had a change to test drive the Fine Woodworking DVD of the first 208 Issues of their magazine. It contains a PDF file of all 208 issues from Winter 1975 to the 208 issue in December 2009.
The software loaded fairly fast on my computer, I’m not sure of the size but probably about 3 GB of space. Each of the individual issues are in a folder and they can be viewed with Adobe Reader and you can print etc the contents of the file.
The front interface that runs when you click on the icon brings you up to a screen where all 208 issues are visible with a cover shot. If you double click on the magazine it opens as if you has a paper copy on your desk. You can read it, shrink it in size or expand it to see a small portion of the page which allows you got get a close up view of what you are looking at.
If you click print you can select the page or pages that you want to print. I also have a commercial product which is a PDF generator print driver. When I print to it, it creates a separate PDF file of the selected pages. They can then be saved in a folder of upcoming projects you want to build or techniques that you want to try out.
One thing that I did notice is the latter issues are very crisp in the pictures and I assume that electronic copies of those files exist in a Fine Woodworkings data store. They probably used a PDF to print the issues originally. The earlier issues are not as crisp in the pictures. They actually seemed fuzzy. The text seemed to be OK. These looked as if they might be scanned pages of the original magazines. The text seemed sharp and since they allow you to search for words then the words exist in indexes are are able to be highlited when you view the pages. So the text might be regerated.
I put the word scraper in the search index box and in about 5 seconds it found 69 occurances of the word. Some were for lathe scrapers, scraper planes, hand held scrapers. When you click on a occurance the article pops up and the word scraper is highlited. You can go to the next page and move through the magazine. You click the back button and you are back into your list of found items. Very easy to go from one hit to another.
The search sems to show “and” conditions “scraper lathe” It only found 3 occurances of those two words. This was strange because I had been reading an article on scrapers and them being used on a lathe. So I went back and looked at the article again. The author was using a lathe and the pictures showed a lathe but the word lathe never occurred in the article. But, turning did. So I searched for “scraper turning” and found 7 occurances and my article was one of them.
So the product seems to be a very fast search for data mining in the Fine Woodworking Magazines. I’ve been a member of their online membership and not all issues are there. I’ve purchased 2 different Fine Woodworking CD’s that contain articles from the magazines, but they don’t contain all issues.
This seems to be the only place that the data exists. The DVD is cheaper than buying a collection of all 208 issues of the magazine. The price is $149.00 for the dvd. A serious chunk of change for a lot of people.
But if you buy it you will get the content that you can search for and the data is readly available for extraction so you can put it on your workbench and read through the data. You can read, you and print, and you can search. Searching through 208 paper issues would be a job.
The computer and woodworking (Fine Woodworking style) has come of age and is available for you to use.
It un-installs easily and cleanly. Now if I can just find my checkbook, one of these DVDs may be mine.
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