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MacBase PDF magazine debuts today Press Rel
Although I don't publish many press releases (most of my press contacts would claim that I don't publish any!), I felt the following was newsworthy. Today marks the debut of Macbase magazine, a new monthly PDF-only Mac magazine. I've had a chance to read through the preview issue, and it's an impressive 50 page effort. There are articles on working with the toolbar in the Finder, a look at the shareware Mac market from an author's perspective, and a glimpse at the state of gaming on the Mac (amongst other topics). I even discovered a Jaguar trick that I had not yet run across (it will be posted soon, with full credit to MacBase, of course!).

As a PDF-based magazine, MacBase is in full color and I found it nicely laid out and easy to read. Some of the articles were directed at newer OS X users, others were targeted at anyone using a Mac. Overall, it was a good balance. One additonal advantage of the PDF format is that all the hyperlinks take you directly to the referenced page in your favorite browser. Despite 50 pages of graphically rich content, the magainze is only a 2mb download.

MacBase magazine is free; the only requirement is a valid email address. The site has a published privacy policy which states, in part:
When you enter your email address to sign up for the mailing list we keep that confidential. We do not send unsolicited emails, spam, or other forms of junk mail to our mailing list subscribers. We also do not sell, share, trade, or give out our mailing list in whole or part in any way.
This made me feel better about signing up, as it more or less mirrors the policy I have in place here.

So if you're looking for something new to read regarding the Mac, check out MacBase.
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PDF Password Protected
Authored by: jules on Aug 23, '02 11:38:34AM

So does giving them a valid email address mean they'll give me the password so I can read it?



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PDF Password Protected
Authored by: robg on Aug 23, '02 12:08:03PM

Yes, that's exactly what it means...

-rob.



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I guess this is why we have hotmail <eom>
Authored by: jules on Aug 23, '02 12:25:58PM

Thanks.



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Not your email but...
Authored by: Tommy on Aug 23, '02 09:05:48PM

the ability to contact you. We are collecting the emails not for the email address but for the ability to contact you about MacBase.

Tommy



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Not your email but...
Authored by: barrysharp on Aug 23, '02 10:02:56PM

Well Tommy -- you now have my Email address so use it wisely please.

Regards... Barry Sharp



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PDF Password ... gone
Authored by: mael on Oct 25, '02 02:02:44PM

they have given up on password protection as it seems. maybe are the protests helped - though I never minded...



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i don't want to seem ungrateful...
Authored by: rebug on Aug 23, '02 12:57:13PM

that password protection is a huge pain in the ass, though. I don't mind that they want to protect their property, but having to enter a password every time I read it is a drag.



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'tis a pain...
Authored by: robg on Aug 23, '02 01:47:30PM

I just opened it and then hid Preview and left it open for most of yesterday ;-). They could distribute it in a password-protected archive, but then the expanded document will be protection-free, which isn't ideal either. I'm not sure what their other options are ...

-rob.



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'tis a pain...
Authored by: Tommy on Aug 23, '02 02:25:28PM

Yes, it is a pain.

I'm going to look into some plugins for the pdf generation maybe there is some third party solutions out there.. I will look into it.

The archive might not be a bad idea. I'm sure the password has been passed around in chat rooms already so that might be a feasible option.

The main reason we did it like this was so people would sign up for our mailing list. If we can prove that we have this many people then we can get review copies, and such. And these statistics will also be good for getting prizes for contests that we would like to offer too.

Tommy



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bad spelling, needs proofreading
Authored by: MikeMc on Aug 23, '02 01:47:39PM

This magazine needs some serious proof reading.. Spelling errors, grammatical errors, punctuation errors... not professional. But interesting.



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bad spelling, needs proofreading
Authored by: Tommy on Aug 23, '02 02:19:19PM

Hi,

I have to say I tried my best at the proof reading, but some places the errors may be done on purpose. For example, say, in the iTunes article and the word "kewlest".

Anyways, I do hope you enjoy it.

Tommy



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after reading it...
Authored by: rebug on Aug 23, '02 08:32:36PM

Just finished the magazine over my lunch break. It was a good read, and I can't beat the price.

Thanks a lot for contributing to the mac community with your magazine.



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Can't copy from it ? ! ?
Authored by: rameeti on Aug 24, '02 02:29:50PM

With the security as it is, you can not select and copy any information from MacBase that you might find worthy of keeping elsewhere. Not being able to collect the bits and pieces that are worthy makes obtaining the information almost more of a nuisance than a blessing.

Why do we think that the information that we have is ours alone and ours to be protected? I can appreciate the time that it takes to collect and publish this but to protect it like this is wrong.



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2nd issue now available...
Authored by: robg on Nov 15, '02 08:15:08AM

And it's no longer password protected.

-rob.



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