FineScale Modeler 25-year Collection - Viewing Tips

Published: November 1, 2012
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  • Use these discs only in a home computer. They will not work in a television-style DVD player.
  • Allow plenty of time to install the material. The two FineScale Modeler discs contain more than 200 issues and more than 19,000 magazine pages.
  • There are two ways 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 into your computer’s hard drive and you do not need to insert discs.
  • 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 to allow 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.
  • 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 the page you are taken to locate the appropriate article.
  • When you perform a search you may encounter a limited number of articles that say “Sorry missing document” on the thumbnail. This occurs because the digital magazine file contains slightly fewer pages than the printed magazine issue since foldouts, normally counted as three or more pages, were scanned as a single page. If you double-click on a “Sorry missing document” thumbnail, it will take you to the last page of the correct issue. Navigate back a few pages 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 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 image. 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 are reproduced from digital originals; earlier magazines were scanned from paper copies. The best available issues were scanned to make this DVD set.
  • The PDF pages that make up the collection are locked and cannot be removed individually for installation in another computer or tablet.