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Old 07-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #16
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herbertmuda,

Your question was the first of many questions about other formats, so we have now updated our FAQ and said that we are looking in to other formats as well.

The significant amount of development time that we've put into the current iPad app means that it will have features such as high-res zoomable images, image gallery views, offline search of the complete archive of articles, and more. Those features are likely not present in other formats, so we still believe that the iPad app will still give you the best experience.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:10 AM   #17
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I hope you reconsider an android version at some stage in the future, even if it doesn't have some of the fancier features.

I am really excited about what your doing and I realize the market for this is small, so I understand the reasons why your targeting the iPad. But unfortunately I'm not buying an iPad just for this.
 
Old 07-24-2013, 07:46 AM   #18
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But unfortunately I'm not buying an iPad just for this.
Same here... but I'd be happy to get it for my Nexus 7.
 
Old 07-24-2013, 07:55 AM   #19
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I am potentially really excited by this, but as an iPad cinefex subscriber, I would caution the use of the technology used. Unfortunately the cinefex app has 'lost' all which is every ipad issue sunce the app was launched, which is over a year of my purchases with seemingly no way to get them back caused by the backend of the cinefex app and the way it speaks to the apple store.

I have been in touch with the team at Cinefex, and i get a very apologetic shrug of the shoulders and am told there's nothing they can do, and as a non US customer, they can't refund or send a gift voucher as an apology, which I am the first to admit is Apple's doing not the cinefex team's.

I have tried to give the benefit of the doubt to the team, and really see the merit of this campaign from a historical content POV, but I do have misgivings about the tech used, and would much rather have something in a more OPEN archival format, or even an interactive PDF.
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I would much rather see them reprinted on paper again so the whole world can enjoy the classic issues for a long time to come, even when the iPad's are extinct we will be able to read them.

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I am potentially really excited by this, but as an iPad cinefex subscriber, I would caution the use of the technology used. Unfortunately the cinefex app has 'lost' all which is every ipad issue sunce the app was launched, which is over a year of my purchases with seemingly no way to get them back caused by the backend of the cinefex app and the way it speaks to the apple store.

I have been in touch with the team at Cinefex, and i get a very apologetic shrug of the shoulders and am told there's nothing they can do, and as a non US customer, they can't refund or send a gift voucher as an apology, which I am the first to admit is Apple's doing not the cinefex team's.

I have tried to give the benefit of the doubt to the team, and really see the merit of this campaign from a historical content POV, but I do have misgivings about the tech used, and would much rather have something in a more OPEN archival format, or even an interactive PDF.


Contact Apple for a resolution. All the purchasing goes through them in the EU. They have all your purchase records and are able to issue refunds. I don't know if its changed recently but the last I heard, Apple do not forward any customer information to app vendors so anything the Cinefex guys might have done for you would have been an act of blind faith.
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Contact Apple for a resolution. All the purchasing goes through them in the EU. They have all your purchase records and are able to issue refunds. I don't know if its changed recently but the last I heard, Apple do not forward any customer information to app vendors so anything the Cinefex guys might have done for you would have been an act of blind faith.


Yeah I know, the money isn't the big issue, just that the tech to drive the cinefex app is borked
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:57 PM   #23
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Yeah I know, the money isn't the big issue, just that the tech to drive the cinefex app is borked

Mike, that's awful, this is the first I've heard about there being a problem. Please send me a message at my "firstname@lastname.com" and I'll look in to it!
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Mike, that's awful, this is the first I've heard about there being a problem. Please send me a message at my "firstname@lastname.com" and I'll look in to it!


I have had direct discussion with Greg Shay about it, best to get in touch with him to find out the tech details.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:03 PM   #25
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I would much rather see them reprinted on paper again so the whole world can enjoy the classic issues for a long time to come, even when the iPad's are extinct we will be able to read them.

Now that we are restoring all the issues, that would technically be possible, but high-quality printing and shipping isn't exactly free. Could you get 10,000 people to buy each re-released issue for $10 plus shipping? And which issues should be reprinted? Only the ones that are selling for $200+ on eBay?

I love the idea of having a complete printed collection in my bookshelf, but these aren't exactly the best times for large investments in magazine printing, if you know what I mean.
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Compare the costs between reprinting on paper and distributing with developing a digital version for ALL platforms. I suspect the printed version will still be the cheaper and more attractive alternative as it will give more people around the world a chance to enjoy this great magasine and not have to force people to buy a product from Apple to be able to enjoy it.

I would and never will financially support anything which is exclusively for Apple devices.

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Is the idea with this to reprint the contents exactly, with no corrections made for factual errors or typos?

I mean, it's one thing to have the original printed copies with errors, which are a product of their times, and another to reissue the whole thing while retaining inaccuracies ... with trusted sources, the last thing you want to do is do a THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALLANCE and 'print the legend,' right?
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Compare the costs between reprinting on paper and distributing with developing a digital version for ALL platforms. I suspect the printed version will still be the cheaper and more attractive alternative as it will give more people around the world a chance to enjoy this great magasine and not have to force people to buy a product from Apple to be able to enjoy it.

I would and never will financially support anything which is exclusively for Apple devices.

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The answer to this is already in the post above but here's a helpful link on the costs of printing magazines

The short version is that it's in the region of $10,000-$20,000 per run. The less you spend the greater the cost per unit, with spends less than $10,000 likely being uneconomical. To reprint the Cinefex back catalogue that would mean between 1.25 and 2.5 million dollars for printing alone and a final cost to the customer anywhere up to $10 per copy.

$250,000 and $3 per issue sounds very attractive in comparison.
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I would have backed this if it was developed as an html application. You can serve retina graphics with CSS3 and the content would have been viewable on any device. There is no reason locking it up to only iPad.
 
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Is the idea with this to reprint the contents exactly, with no corrections made for factual errors or typos?

We are scanning from paper (at 600 dpi,) OCR:ing, manually tagging people/movie/company in all articles, proof-reading and fixing italics tagging, de-screening and color-correcting photos. Where possible we are using Cinefex's digital layout originals and extracting photos and text (which needs to be massaged and de-hypenated and in many cases manually tagged for italics.)
We are NOT re-writing the articles, re-shooting the photos, or re-animating the un-dead. If there was a factual error in the printed magazine, most likely that error will still be in the iPad article.
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