Model Railroader Special Issue and Archive - Viewing Tips

Published: November 14, 2012
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  • Use the magazine archive disc only in a home computer. The movie disc, identified with a film reel printed on the disc, can be watched on a television that is connected to a DVD player or on a computer with movie-playing software.
  • Allow plenty of time to install the material on the magazine archive disc. The magazine archive disc contains more than 6,000 magazine pages.
  • There are two methods to use the magazine archive disc. Basic installation places the software, index, and small thumbnail-sized images of magazine pages onto our hard drive. The actual magazine pages are read off the disc, which you will be prompted to insert into your computer. In full installation, all of the material is copied into our computer’s hard drive and you do not need to insert the disc.
  • You can view single pages or use the two-page (spread) view. In the two-page view use the “fit screen” tool on the lower right of the viewing window (it looks like a sheet of paper with a folded corner) for best viewing.
  • Reading size can be enlarged by using the magnifying function at the lower right of the viewing window. You can also engage the Full Screen button on the upper right of the viewing window for more viewing room.
  • When you search for a specific story, author, title, or topic, we suggest using a full text search. In rare searches, because of magazine page foldouts and unnumbered or alpha-numeric numbered 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-printing irregularities. Full-text searches of older pages, such as those from Model Trains magazine, may be less effective due to original printing smudges and other flaws.
  • When using the Table of Contents feature, due to the presence of foldouts mentioned above, you may be taken to a page two or more pages away from the material you are seeking. We suggest that you click on a few pages before or after to locate the appropriate article.
  • 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 track plans and large photos, try both single-page and two-page views.
  • Some older magazine pages will have slight markings, stampings, bookkeeping notes, or small tears on them. Some photographs have noticeable dot patterns. Magazine issues after mid-2004 are reproduced from digital originals; earlier magazines were scanned from paper copies.
  • Prototype drawings can only be printed onto paper in one size, which is the size of the magazine page scan. To make a larger print of prototype drawings, we suggest that you use a screen-capture tool on your Macintosh or Windows PC to capture the drawing into a screen-capture file, then print that file to your required enlargement size.
  • The PDF pages that make up the collection are locked and cannot be removed individually for installation in another computer or tablet.
  • The Model Railroader Special issue and archive collection cannot be integrated with Model Railroader magazine’s 75-year DVD collection. The two DVD collections can co-exist on a computer but the index content and the magazines cannot be cross-referenced. The Special issue and archive collection uses a different generation of software. Each collection must be treated as a separate program.
  • The five movies on the movie disc were digitized from the best available sources. Video and audio quality will vary depending on the original media.