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Magazine scans?

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for scans of old Mac magazines, like Mac Addict and Mac Format. Is there a collection of scans available anywhere for such publications?

I'd really love scans of Mac Action too, a short-lived magazine dedicated to Mac gaming, as the magazine itself is hard to come by.

Thanks!

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I've kept the reviews and how-tos from my collection of MacFormat, from issue 1 through to mid-2011. I also have MacUser and MacWorld since 1992.
But scanning them will burn through too many scanners, that's about 70,000 - 80,000 pages. It was about 60 A4 ring binders worth, when I had then packed up and shipped when I emmigrated.

I can take requests, if you can name the game and mag and edition, but I have no time nor money to do the lot.

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I'm not really looking for anything specific! I was just hoping there would already be a collection somewhere, even if it's a official DVD one I could purchase from the publisher.

I knew I shouldn't have thrown out all my old magazines!

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MacFormat SOMETIMES put a collection of searchable PDFs for the magazines in the preceeding 12 months on the final cover CD of the year. From memory this would have been about early 2000's.

For great game reviews for the time, I would have recommended http://www.gamedb.com/ but Google reports some of the pages having malicious software.
Inside Mac Games http://www.insidemacgames.com/ also has nearly 1000 reviews worth reading, going back to SimCity.

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I have a high resolution production scanner capable of scanning thousands of pages a day. You can see my work on Retromags, OldGamesMags.com and archive.org. I've been focusing on multi-format gaming mags but I'm a huge Mac fan and will be getting to Mac magazines in due time.

In the meantime if anyone would like to donate their magazines to have them scanned, please get in touch!

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At one stage MacFormat also put on their cover CD a searchable database of the software on their previous cover CDs and floppy disks, but it didn't last very long. The last one was 37MB is size (without the application to read it).

I did start making a Filemaker database which contained the results of MacFormat reviews and the issue it appeared in, but since I'm still using a PowerPC Mac, I more or less gave up on that when Apple swapped to Intel Macs because I couldn't create the standalone FileMaker application to run on them.

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You can find my MacAddict scans (peppered with my own commentary before the download links, natch) from 1996-2005 over at http://www.kiwidget.com/tag/macaddict/ .

I had a topic here but it got corrupted or something? I digitize magazines and books with a retro-Mac focus. Hope you find something cool!

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This is great! Thanks a lot, someday I'll find the time to read through these again...

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Bertyboy. oh wow cool.

If you have time, requesting scans of ::


Macworld had a 3 part series on 'How it Works'. I have part one, if you can post part 2 & 3.
they would be after Oct.1992 (part one)

(unknown issue 92-95 era)
There was a cover fold out that had the ram and such for every mac model at the time.
like a centrefold for ram

(unknown issue 92-95 era)
the second article about 3D (first was in June 1992) with screen caps from Electric Image Animation System of paper cut out humans in a 3d street. Been looking for that basically since 1993. no dice.

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@autodub: It would be great if Bertyboy was to respond to your post as he was a very helpful contributor here.

Unfortunately you're responding to a 2 year+ post from Bertyboy (which is close to when we last saw him posting in the MG).

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noooo!! ha ha ok.

I've found more than enough to pre-occupy me on here in the mean time.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Hi all,
I have acquired a lot of Mac Format magazines from 1993 up to 2000 and I have started scanning them. Issue 2 is scanned as is Issue 5 (both from 1993). I have to figure out now how to turn them into PDFs. They both have 108 pages. The first was done in JPEG at 600dpi and the folder of scans comes to 1.1GB. The second is done at 300dpi and may yet fit on a CD.
I have absolutely no idea of Acrobat though. I have used Caere's OmniPage pro in my time and I have to see how long integrating OCR text into the PDFs will take.
If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.

In short, in due course, the earliest editions of Mac Format will be up soon.

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Hi soudesune. I think MCP (& perhaps mrdav) when scanning manuals, used a plug-in which collated scanned images into book form. The plug-in used by MCP was called "Acrobat 5.0 Image Conversion Plugin for Macintosh" (possibly a Photoshop plug-in that came with an Acrobat 5 install). I guess there will be newer versions of the same for later OS's.

There are some alternative similar topics here which may also contain some useful ideas for you:
Software Manual Preservation: DIY Bookscanning
Retro Mac books, magazines, etc. digitization by Bob Kiwi
Digitizing paper documents?

My opinion tho' is unless there is some method of automation involved, scanning magazines & manuals by hand is a "labor of love" where one has to have an enormous amount of free time and dedication at hand. Add OCR to the mix and the time required is increased beyond what I'd be prepared to stand for large projects, with proof-reading, error correction and copy reformatting thrown into the mix.

Example of a magazine scan that I made with included OCR'd text; Pixel Paint 1 APC Review.pdf.

Method used was to make separate scans of all art work and text (the text was OCR'd). The scanned images and OCR'd text had to be re-flowed into a DTP program (QuarkXPress), proof read and with corrections made to the text. I also needed to find a font that looked close to whatever was used in the magazine to give it an overall look similar to the original. Once completed in QXP its an easy matter to "Print to PDF" (I used Acrobat's Distiller for that). Having embedded text in the resulting PDF is superior to bitmap scans of text. However, it took "ages" to complete and this was only for an 8 page article from the magazine.

But if you're prepared to do the hard work, kudos to you. If your resulting PDF's are intended to be viewed on-screen then scan no higher than 300 dpi. Scanning at 150 to 240 dpi would be fine for viewing on screen and would result in much smaller file sizes.

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Hi MikeTomTom,

Many thanks for the informative post. My first aim is to get everything scanned. One magazine - 108 pages at 300dpi - takes up about 250MB. I have 40 of the first 100 issues. One issue takes me about an hour to scan and another hour to crop, rotate, rename and burn onto CD. If I can get one issue scanned and prepared per week, I'll be happy.

I have worked with Quark back in the 1990s, typesetting the student newspaper in university. I have a good idea how long it would take to layout one of these magazines.

You are right. This is a labour of love. It is, to some extent, my contribution to the Mac community. I have benefitted greatly from the software here and from people's help and experience.

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Please get in touch with me.

I would like to get scanned these books, belonging to entries at MacGarden:

Corel Gallery
GreatWorks 1.0.1
GreatWorks 2.0.1

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Its disappointing that MacFormats aren't on archive.org like some of it's contemporarys, I noticed all of Commodore and Amiga Formats were up there. Kicking myself for letting my old copies get thrown out

Had a flick through an old Macworld on there to find it was about 80% advertisements O_o

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It is also a bummer that most of MacUser (USA) is missing from archive.org too.

MikeTomTom's picture
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We do have one year's worth of MacUser here in high quality PDF vector scans from 1995.

Zippy Zapp's picture
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Cool. Thanks. I actually had 5 of these from a MacUser Bonus CD that included some back issues, all of which are included here so that's cool.

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There are quite a few Mac magazines on Issue.com, but they're the newer issues (including the latest ones!) rather than the old ones this website would want.

I do have almost all the issues of MacFormat (missing issue 1 and another maybe six over the years that simply never arrived here), but I don't want to ruin them by flattening them or ripping them apart to avoid centre shadowing / curvature ... not to mention not having the massive amount of time it would take to scan 300+ issues!