|Review by Maddhatter||posted 04-24-2011 04:30 PM||4798 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I don’t know about you, but I have wood working magazine addiction. You could say that I am a Hoarder. Woodsmith, Shop Notes, Fine Woodworking, Wood, Etc. I always found myself remembering an article, but not remembering where to find it. So probably like everyone else, I started tagging and making notes, using annual table of contents, etc. But always seemed to take more time than what I wanted to spend, looking for the article and or information.
But then, along comes Fine Woodworking Magazine Archive 1975-2010. I have been collecting FIne Woodworking for years now and always thought I would find all the back issues. Well I have found that the Archive is the way to go. I received my DVD in the mail last Thursday and I quickly installed it on my computer. The software installs the complete magazine with all the original articles and advertisements along with a thumbnail library. When you first open the software from the short cut on your desktop. you get a screen with thumbnails for each magazine. Double Clicking on the thumbnail opens the Issue selected.
You can select to view in the software and or Adobe Reader. I found the search engine a little primitive for something in this day or age, as it is mostly by keyword. I was expecting something a little more interactive. The benefit to this is that I get the chance to read and view other articles that may not have anything to do with the subject search I am doing and expose new information and or ideas. I could see one getting lost in the magazine archive as there is so much information. When performing a search, you get an option to select an exact match to the Keyword or use an and/or statement. Other selections allow for searches of Title & Sub title, Abstract, Keywords, Full Text, Author, Department, and Year. Once you have your information, all you need to do is print and go.
All in all for something that I originally was not really interested in until my wife recommended it after she watched me going like a mad man trying to find this one article, I am glad that I made the purchase. It is truly one great resource.
Now all I need to do is get the rest of my collection in an archive format and I can truly spend more time in the shop. Hope you decide to try it as well. For the money, it is a great tool for the shop.
-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE