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Great but some quibbles
, September 23, 2005
This review is from: The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine (Book & 8 DVD-ROMs) (Hardcover)
It's wonderful to have the entire run of the New Yorker at my fingertips. One can only marvel at all the time and effort that went into this project. I'm thankful and impressed.
After using it for a couple of days, here are some comments:
1) Swapping DVDs is more inconvenient than I'd expected. I'm an informational grazer, and I'll sometimes want to dip into something that's on a different DVD from the one currently in the computer. I might take a spare DVD wallet and put the New Yorker DVDs in it so I don't have to open the heavy hardcover book (which contains the DVDs) each time I want to swap disks. As a previous reviewer states, it would be great to be able to install all the data on one's hard drive. Using the New Yorker DVDs is not quite as smooth as using the Web. (I guess we've been spoiled.)
A couple of times, when I've swapped DVDs, the application hangs while trying to read the new disk. I'm not sure why.
2) The search function is not totally intuitive. The author/department/year/issue search works completely differently from the keyword search, and when you're trying to use them together, it's not easy to figure out what you're doing.
3) For some reason I can't access the issue of February 20, 1989, although I can access other issues on the disk that contains it. I don't know if it's just a defective disk or if this is the case with all copies.
4) I wish I could print just the text of an article without the cartoons and ads if I wanted. Some articles are spread over an unnecessarily large number of magazine pages, because some of those pages contain only one column of actual text. And on printouts, the text resolution (even of more recent issues) is not as crisp as in an actual copy of the magazine. Basically, it would be nice to be able to print out the text of an article as a Word document or something similar. (I think this is not possible for legal reasons, though.)
5) I wish there were an intermediate viewing size between Fit Width and 100%. The former is too big but the latter is sometimes too small. PDF files are incredibly resizable, but these files are not.
Since the New Yorker is planning to issue a new Disc 1 every year (which contains the table of contents and the main installation materials), they can hopefully fix some of the search problems or make the interface smoother.
These are all quibbles, though. I don't want to overlook the wonderful fact that I now have access to all of the New Yorker from my own computer. This is a terrific resource.
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