Cinefex Classic Collection for iPad. (Kickstarter)

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Old 07 July 2013   #31
Originally Posted by ErikJohEve: 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.

We wanted to offer more than just a "dumb" reader with full offline search of the entire article archive, tagged people, companies and movie titles, plus higher-than-screen-resolution photos. Developing such a reader app for the iPad has been a significant investment that we hope to at least partially fund through this campaign. We believe the added features are worth it.
At this time we are focusing on restoring the back catalogue and creating an optimal experience on the iPad. If the campaign is successful we might consider other platforms, and we are actively looking into what options are available, but we can't promise anything beyond that we will make the iPad app shine!

We wanted to offer full article search even of articles you don't have on your device. We also wanted you to be able to search for "ILM" without having to wade through 6,372 hits for "film."
We wanted you to be able to zoom in on the images and look at the details.
We wanted to offer both a screen-optimized reading experience while still giving you the option to look at the page as it was printed, including all the old ads.
We found that this could not be achieved with any off-the-shelf solution.

PDF is a layout format, very unsuitable for searching as text columns do not really link to each other. PDF is beautiful but dumb text, plus slow to render. No offline search of issues not on your device, no tagged search. Also: where would you buy the PDFs? What transaction handling system should be used?

Kindle has a 127 KB maximum size of images, and doesn't really offer tagged search or offline search of issues not on your device.

EPUB doesn't really have popular store front, transaction system, or either offline/tagged search or high-res image viewing.

Finally, the economic incentive is to avoid publishing to something that is easily pirated. People have been scanning and sharing Cinefex issues since the BBS days, but imagine how many would be tempted to do this with a PDF?
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Old 07 July 2013   #32
Originally Posted by GeneralSpecialist: Finally, the economic incentive is to avoid publishing to something that is easily pirated.
And that's the problem: EVERYTHING is easily pirated, you can't protect yourself from that. On the other hand making people jump through hoops (i.e. getting an Apple product or using an app as opposed to an industry standard) to give yourself the illusion of having something that can't be pirated is very off putting. If people went through the hassles of scanning entire Cinefex issues back then, they sure as hell will go through the hassle of cracking your app or screendumping your content this time around. So why bother? And why exclude a huge group of customers?

The success of GOG.com or Amazon's Cloud Player show that people respond VERY well to DRM-less content. I'm VERY happy to pay for the flexibility an "open" format offers to me.
 
Old 07 July 2013   #33
Originally Posted by GeneralSpecialist: We wanted to offer more than just a "dumb" reader with full offline search of the entire article archive, tagged people, companies and movie titles, plus higher-than-screen-resolution photos.

We wanted to offer full article search even of articles you don't have on your device. We also wanted you to be able to search for "ILM" without having to wade through 6,372 hits for "film."
We wanted you to be able to zoom in on the images and look at the details.
We wanted to offer both a screen-optimized reading experience while still giving you the option to look at the page as it was printed, including all the old ads.
We found that this could not be achieved with any off-the-shelf solution.


Not much can be accomplished with off-the-shelf solutions but everything you mention could "easily" been made with cross-platform technologies. Also probably cheaper than developing an iPad app.

Quote: Finally, the economic incentive is to avoid publishing to something that is easily pirated. People have been scanning and sharing Cinefex issues since the BBS days, but imagine how many would be tempted to do this with a PDF?


People that wan't to pirate will pirate. Locking it to iPad won't help. I agree on that PDF is a terrible format of releasing magazines tho. Offtopic: Äkta Människor was great.
 
Old 08 August 2013   #34
Cinefex was an awesome read in the old days, especially before CG, when you were always trying to figure out how they did stuff. Had issues like STIII, Indiana Jones/ Gremlins/ ROTJ/ oh, anybody remember the movie Dreamscape? Had the STIV issue, actually built a mechanical whale. Never got the whale motor to work!
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