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Discussion Forum - LDWA ideas forum - e-Strider

Author: Julie Welch
Posted: Wed 23rd Nov 2005, 20:57
Joined: 1996
Local Group: London
I don't think an e-strider should ever replace the real thing but it would be good to offer the option. I'll talk to the printer - but not now because December Strider is on the point of going to press...
Author: Ian Koszalinski
Posted: Wed 23rd Nov 2005, 20:31
Joined: 2004
Local Group: High Peak
I agree with Andy, you can't always get onto the computer especially when you have 4 kids trying to do their homework on it at the same time, i like to retreat into the background with my hard copy
Author: Andy Ledbetter
Posted: Wed 23rd Nov 2005, 16:31
Joined: 2005
Local Group: High Peak
I like my 'hard copy' of Strider. I can read it anywhere, anytime. On-line publications are useful but not yet entirely practicle from a portability angle.

Technically Acrobat Distiller will create a PDF document from just about any source. Cost is around 180 UKP.

Author: Julie Welch
Posted: Fri 18th Nov 2005, 17:05
Joined: 1996
Local Group: London
It looks nicer on a pdf file as well - or it does when the printer sends me the proofs - because, of course, the pages are much bigger on screen. No idea about the economics of it, but it would be great to open the debate - anyone fancy raising the issue at AGM?
Author: Merrian Lancaster
Posted: Fri 18th Nov 2005, 16:42
Joined: 1996
Local Group: Beds, Bucks and Northants
Has this idea been considered? I certainly don't need to have a hard copy of Strider. Would it save the LDWA money if fewer copies were printed and posted?
Author: Geoff Crowder
Posted: Thu 17th Mar 2005, 20:32
Joined: 2002
Local Group: South Manchester
It should be quite practical now, for comparison I just downloaded a Scientific American journal which was less than 10Mb. Presumably Strider is already in electronic format of some kind somewhere (Word document maybe?), so converting it to PDF is a very simple task that can be done in seconds.

There are already some consumer magazines that have gone down this route, such as PC World - and they are hefty publications.

Author: Chris Chorley
Posted: Sat 26th Feb 2005, 15:40
Joined: 1982
Local Group: Norfolk & Suffolk
It isn't really practical yet (due to the massive file sizes) but how about an on-line version of Strider (as an alternative to the printed version) ? I'm trying to reduce the amount of paper in the house and less magazine subscriptions is one way to go. So what I'm proposing (when the UK gets to 8MB+ broadband in a few years) is to have pdf or similar online Strider as an alternative to receiving the printed copy. It would have identical content and would cost the LDWA less (assuming that server capacity was not great cost). I'm not suggesting that members would print it, but they may download and view offline or online.

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