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    Default MR new 10 yer archive

    If anyone is thinking of getting this save your money. I just got my copy and what a POS. You need the newest Adobe version, can not save it to your computer and only works on laptops or desk top computers. The original was ok but this one rots. Can only open one issue and can't close it and look at another with out closing the program and starting over. Can only search the issue you have open not all issues so you need to know which issue you need plus only 5 years on a disc. Only way to save a page is either print or screen save and the quality of the PDF's is not all that great. If you use 100% size still hard to read and I have a 32 inch screen and thing larger starts to blur.
    Just my two cents but typical for Kalmbach any more over price crap
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    Not true! That's just what they want you to think. Sneaky guys!

    If you change your settings for the file explorer (Windows) or finder (Mac) to show all hidden files on the DVD, all the individual issues are there as separate PDFs. No problem viewing them side by side or copying them all onto the same disk for searching in bulk.

    Here are the instructions for Windows 10:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...-in-windows-10

    For MacOS Finder, just hit Command-shift-dot (aka period, aka full-stop) to make hidden files visible in the current directory. Hit Command-Shift-dot again to make them invisible again.

    As far as clarity goes, that depends largely on the software used to view the PDF. Using Mac Preview, it is clear that all the text on that DVD uses real fonts, not just pictures of text. I can blow them up to 400% with perfect sharpness. When zoomed out, Windows and MacOS play very different tricks with the rendering to get "fake sharpness" (my words). I think Apple's methods work a bit better in most cases. Pictures appear to be scanned at about 150-200 dots per inch on that DVD, so they get pretty blurry when you blow them up. But the same would be true if you scanned from the printed magazine. The printed resolution is not any better.

    Kalmbach is what it is, but in this case I think the basic quality was OK.

    Van

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    Better question, have they really published anything worth the cost of the archive in the last 10 years?
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremner View Post
    Better question, have they really published anything worth the cost of the archive in the last 10 years?
    The extras look to be worth the price of admission. So in answer to your question: Not unless one thinks already they know everything there is to know about model railroading. ...

    I'm not wild about digital magazines nor Kalmbach Media's marketing strategies, but I'll probably purchase this.

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    I can also state that, IMHO, the extras alone are worth the price. Consider the mags themselves just an excuse for us packrats to clear off some shelf space!

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