Astronomy Magazine The Complete Collection - Viewing Tips

Published: November 14, 2011
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  • Use these discs only in a personal computer. They will not work in a television-style or stand-alone DVD player.
  • Allow plenty of time to install the material. The two Astronomy discs contain more than 550 issues and more than 50,000 magazine pages.
  • There are two methods to use the collection. Basic installation places the software, index, and small thumbnail-sized images of magazine pages onto your hard drive. The actual magazine pages are read off the two discs, which you will be prompted to insert into your computer as needed. In full installation, all of the material is copied onto your computer’s hard drive and you do not need to insert the discs.
  • You can view single pages or use the two-page (spread) view. In the two-page view, all pages may not align perfectly. This is due to the age and condition of the magazines and the capability of the scanning process.
  • When you search for a specific story, author, title, or topic, we suggest using a full-text search. In some searches, because of magazine page foldouts and unnumbered pages, the search results will take you to a location two or more pages away from the material you are seeking. We suggest that you click on a few pages before or after the search result location if you believe you have encountered one of these magazine-numbering irregularities.
  • Full-text searches also include advertisements in the search results. You may need to experiment with alternative search terms to find the material you want.
  • For foldout pages such as those with star charts, illustrations, and posters, try both single-page and two-page views. Some foldouts were scanned for optimal viewing in single-page mode to preserve the continuity of the illustrations. Other foldouts were scanned in two-page mode.
  • Some pages may appear light or discolored, and older magazine pages will have slight markings, stampings, or small tears on them. Some photographs have noticeable dot patterns. Magazine issues after mid-2004 were reproduced from original digital files; earlier magazines were scanned from paper copies. The best-available issues were scanned to make this DVD set.
  • Use the magnifying function in the tool bar to enlarge/reduce the page.
  • The PDF pages that make up the collection are locked and cannot be removed individually for installation on another computer or tablet.