We've always stated that we were going to use scan sizes that gave us the best compromise between size and resolution depending on the progress of the hardware used to read these magazines on.
This was one of the major reasons why we went with 2 different versions of our magazines. One for portable devices and a second one for home systems.
Well for the past couple of months rumors have been circulating that the new iPad 3 will have a resolution of 2048 x 1536, which means that in landscape mode our standard 1920pixel scans would not even fill the width of the screen without stretching the images.
in the meanwhile hardware and storage solutions for home systems have been improving drastically over the past couple of years.
For instance, a 2TB HDD can now be found for a very modest price, which goes a long way in negating the storage space problem of years gone by.
More rumors are circulating about the next set of Macbook Pro's having HiDPI screens which would up the resolution considerably.
And we all know that others are bound to follow suit ones such a step is made.
So my question now is, where does this leave us?
I personally feel that it might be time to take the final step and release magazines at their near maximum resolution.
100% resolution isn't quite possible due to them having to be edited after scanning, so you always lose 50 pixels or so, but that's nothing to worry about.
What this would mean is that most issues would jump from 1920p to probably 2560p.
This would mean that a single issue would go from 150-200MB to 200-300MB depending on the number of pages as well as the design of the pages.
Which all in all isn't a huge deal when seeing the jump in resolution.
The portable version could also be bumped up from 1024p to 1600p or so, which would increase the size a bit, but also would give the additional option of zooming in on the pages to see the smaller detail.
All of this of course depends on what you, our visitors want.
I fully understand that not everyone uses the forum, or even reads it as the focus has always been on the site itself from the very start.
But we certainly would appreciate any input we get on these ideas, so we can make future decisions with such feedback in mind.