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 on: January 23, 2016, 06:14:55 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi

This week sees the release of the newly remastered version of MAXIMUM The Video Game Magazine Issue 2 from november 1995.
Alongside the extra layer of polish that has been added thanks to correcting any spots or blemishes
that might have been missed in the past as well as fixes to certain pages
that weren't possible with the skillset at the time,
we also implemented the latest colour correction settings to make the magazine seem spot on with the actual physical rendition.
 So the magazine has never looked better!
Seeing as how the original version was releases 7 years ago, these improvements were quite welcome.

MAXIMUM The Video Game Magazine Issue 2 - november 1995 (UK)

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

 on: January 23, 2016, 05:05:59 AM 
Started by grandta13 - Last post by meppi
The only info on the magazines I have written down is in the release pages of the magazines on the site.

As far as being able to look for certain things, I'll leave that up to you.
Love the idea of being able to look for articles from certain writers for instance though as well as editors.

Also, this might sound really dumb, but how would this be implemented into the site?
Would it be possible to add a search button on the menu bar or something and get the info that way, or would there need to be a specific link to the database, where the search box and all the results would be?
Like I said, I really don't know anything about this part.

 on: January 22, 2016, 04:20:09 PM 
Started by grandta13 - Last post by grandta13
That's perfectly acceptable. I would be willing to do a lot of the work. I can't promise a timeframe, as I would have to treat this as a side project.
(GoDaddy includes support for hosting a MySQL database).
If you are willing to go through with this, then I would like to ask a few more questions.

  • Do you have the data stored anywhere already (such as text documents, spreadsheets, or anything else)?
  • How much would you like to allow the user to search for? (This can range from as little as magazine names to a specific as an issue's publication date or an editor's name.)
  • Are there any other concerns/questions that you would like addressed?

 on: January 20, 2016, 05:20:35 AM 
Started by grandta13 - Last post by meppi
That certainly looks very interesting to me.
In the past we've looked into getting something similar, although not quite as intricate set up, but it never really went anywhere.

For me personally, there are two big problems when it comes to this.
One, I have no idea how to create it or implement it as I've never used anything like that before.
And two, I'm afraid that it looks like it takes up quite a lot of time to put all that data together, along with the linkups and everything, so it would take away from the limited time I have to work on the magazines themselves as well as write the site updates.

Not that I'm against it, far from it in fact.
Just realistically speaking, I wouldn't be able to do this on my own.

 on: January 19, 2016, 11:34:58 PM 
Started by grandta13 - Last post by grandta13
I was wondering if you would be interested in implementing a queryable database that would allow users to do searches for specific games, magazines, or issues. I've created a mock-up database to demonstrate the concept (it's not fully optimised, and it only has sample data at the moment).

Say you wanted to search for all issues of magazines that included Sonic 2, you would get a result set including the following:
| Magazine                   | Issue         | Issue URL                                                                    |
| GameFan                    | Vol.1 Issue 1 | http://www.outofprintarchive.com/catalogue/gamefan/GameFan1-1.html           |
| GameFan                    | Vol.1 Issue 2 | http://www.outofprintarchive.com/catalogue/gamefan/GameFan1-2.html           |
| Mega Drive Advanced Gaming | Issue 1       | http://www.outofprintarchive.com/catalogue/megadriveadvancedgaming/MAG1.html |

There are other benefits that a database system could provide, such as the ability to search for specific magazines, search magazine by subject (e.g. 'Sega').

There is also a lot of room for additional features that could be implemented based on how much you want the database to handle.

I've attached the script I used to create the sample database (MariaDB MySQL) to this post, and I'm also going to PM the administrators with information on how to access a sample database that is already set up (for testing).

P.S. The script also includes views for searching for specific games and displaying all issues in the database.

EDIT: Sorry, all the attachments are copies of the same file; there were some issues and I didn't realise the file was attached three separate times.

 on: January 18, 2016, 05:04:01 AM 
Started by Retron - Last post by meppi
I never tried anything like that myself, but I would be surprised if even the 2560p version will give you a good print copy.

Guess it all depends on the sort of paper and printer that you use, but still.
I wonder what kind of quality is used when creating the actual magazines.

I've always used either my laptop with Comicbooklover, or my iPad with ComicGlass.
Would love to get an iPad Pro since that seems to be perfect for reading magazines as the regular ones are a bit too small for comfort. At least for my eyes. Getting old sucks I guess. Wink
But that iPad Pro will have to wait cause I have other, more pressing things that I need to spend money on, sadly.

 on: January 18, 2016, 04:07:51 AM 
Started by Retron - Last post by Retron
OK thanks,

I just thought 1600X2219 would be plenty of clear for printing

 on: January 17, 2016, 06:17:23 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi
Thanks for letting me know! I'll re-up it right away.

There were some server issues last year with file factory that resulted in quite a few magazines being deleted or corrupted on their servers.

I'm in the process of going over everything and re-editing each magazine in the process before I re-upload the remastered version, so you might want to keep a lookout for them as they will be better quality and the overall colour palet will be much much closer to the actual magazines that they used to be.

For a bit more info on what I'm actually talking about, check the following posts: http://www.outofprintarchive.com/forum/index.php?topic=662.0

 on: January 17, 2016, 06:09:49 AM 
Started by Retron - Last post by meppi
That is correct. The pages in the tablet version are only 1600 pixels in width. The Phone ones are 1136 pixels and the Max-Rez version is 2560 pixels per page.
The pages have been scanned at 300dpi and end up being around 2600-2700 pixels in width when scanned before cropping, so that will be the highest quality you'll find.
Unless We were to scan the pages at 600dpi, but the download sizes would be crazy if we did and There wouldn't be much of a difference when reading the magazine on a screen.

 on: January 17, 2016, 05:26:31 AM 
Started by Retron - Last post by Nreive
Hello Retron, you should get a better resolution by downloading the much clearer High Rez versions.

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