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Wooden Canoe Journal scanning project

Discussion in 'Wooden Canoe Journal' started by Benson Gray, Aug 2, 2005.

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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The scanning phase of this project is complete. Now Dan, Patty, and I need to pull all of these scans together in a way that can be easily accessed and distributed. Feel free to reply here if you have any questions. Thanks,

    Benson
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2006
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I have placed a small sample of how the user interface for the Journal Archive CDs might look at http://www.wcha.org/wcj/Archive/ with the first 12 issues from the first three years and the six issues from last year. Take a look and understand that if your click on the cover of an issue then you may have a long download delay while a 10 MB file is transferred to your PC. This will run much faster from a local CD.

    Small thumbnail images of the cover seemed more interesting than simply having a long list of issue numbers and dates.

    Does anyone have a copy of the old issue index that listed the articles and authors. This might also be a good thing to update and put on the archive CDs. Please send me a copy if you have one.

    I have not been able to find an easy way to link or otherwise use an Adobe index file (.PDX) from a web page. Does anyone have a simple solution to this problem or can you think of an easier alternative?

    Thanks,

    Benson
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2006
  3. Louis Michaud

    Louis Michaud LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for making these available!
    Cliff-hanger: page 13 of issue #8 is missing....

    Best,

    Louis Michaud
    Rimouski, Quebec
     
  4. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Benson,

    I have an index. Do you still need it? If I remember correctly, it covers issues 1 to somewhere maybe in the 80s.

    Michael
     
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I had two long flights to Texas today and have come up with a slightly different interface at http://www.wcha.org/wcj/Archive/ for your review and comment. The actual .PDF files have been removed to save space and this page will load much more quickly from the CD. Please reply here with your thoughts. Thanks,

    Benson
     
  7. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Nice work, Benson!!
    Looking forward to the completion of the project!
    Dave
     
  8. Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035

    Scan Project

    Benson,

    This is a home run! Your efforts and sleepless nights have paid off. This will become a valuable resource for the current membership and new members as well.

    Thanks again...

    Ric Altfather
     
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I am getting ready to start burning some CDs and have put together the following readme.txt file by stealing lots of Dan Miller's text from the catalog CDs. It is crude but should give some general ideas about how these two CDs will be put together. The section about how to use the Adobe catalog index files is particularly rough so I would welcome help from anyone who can create a better explanation of how to use these features. Rough copies of the opening splash screen and case cover concepts are also attached below for review and comment. Please reply here if you have any other questions or suggestions. Thanks,

    Benson



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    The Wooden Canoe Journals on CD-ROM

    All reproduced by permission of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association

    Copyright 2006, all rights reserved.
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    GETTING STARTED

    Windows with Autostart Enabled:
    Insert the cd-rom, which will launch the default browser and start the
    catalog viewing program.

    Windows with Autostart Disabled, Macintosh, and other systems:
    Start the browser-based viewer by double-clicking on the file "index.htm"
    found in the root directory of the CD-ROM.
    -or-
    by starting the web browser and entering "E:/index.htm" in the location
    window. E: should be replaced by the drive designation of the cd drive.

    Alternatively, the individual Portable Document Format (.PDF) files on the
    CD-ROM can be viewed using any viewer or editor capable of reading
    these files directly. The Acrobat Reader is available from Adobe at no
    cost. If it is not already installed on your system, you may obtain your free
    copy by going to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html
    or clicking on the link in the index.htm file.


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    USING THE WEB BROWSER INTERFACE

    For best results, maximize the browser window so that it occupies the entire
    screen.

    Navigation to each Journal is done by clicking on the cover or title of the
    issue that you want to see.

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    USING THE ADOBE CATALOG INDEX FILES

    The Adobe .pdx files can be a bit confusing at first but very powerful.
    These enable you to search for a single word or phrase in each CD with
    CD-1.pdx or CD-2.pdx and in all issues if you use WCJ.pdx. The best way
    to use the WCJ.pdx file is to copy all of the files from both CDs to a single
    folder on your hard disk if you have enough free space. You can open these
    .pdx files by double clicking on one from your Windows Explorer (after an
    Adobe reader has been installed). The cleaner but more involved option is
    to open the Adobe Reader, Select Edit | Search | Use Advanced Search
    Options, then expand the Look In box and choose the Select Index option.
    This opens a Index selection window that has an Add button that will let you
    add the .pdx indexes that you wish to use for searching and selection from the Search PDF option.

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    DIRECTORY STRUCTURE (assumes E: is CD-Drive designation):

    E:\ (root: contains main index file for web browser-based viewing, and files
    neccessary for autostarting the cd within Windows.)

    E:\CD-1\CD-1.pdx and E:\CD-1\ folder (all Adobe catalog index information
    for the first CD)

    E:\CD-1\CD-2.pdx and E:\CD-2\ folder (all Adobe catalog index information
    for the second CD)

    E:\index.htm (an HTML or web browser based based interface to the
    individual .PDF files on each of the two CDs)

    E:\master-index.htm (an HTML or web browser based based interface to the
    individual .PDF files on both CDs)

    E:\Issue001.pdf to E:\Issue134.pdf (individual Portable Document Format
    files for each issue)

    E:\Issue001.jpg to E:\Issue134.jpg (individual thumbnail image files for each
    issue's cover in .JPG format)

    E:\WCJ\WCJ.pdx and E:\WCJ\ folder (all Adobe catalog index information
    for both CDs)

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    Last edited: Jun 6, 2006
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    We now have approval to start selling the Wooden Canoe Journal Archive CDs for $100 per set. These will be available first at the Maine Canoe Symposium this weekend, next at the WCHA's Assembly in July, and later from the WCHA's Store. Let me know if you have any questions or want more details. Thanks,

    Benson
     
  11. Keith P

    Keith P Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I know it is late in the game....

    Is it possible to put one of the PDF's back on the website so we can review the format before we purchase the CD's? Maybe one of the links work and I just couldn't find it.

    Thanks,

    Keith Parker
     
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Sure, the links to issues 29 and 135 are live now for your review and comment. Let me know if you need anything else to help make a decision. Thanks,

    Benson
     
  13. Keith P

    Keith P Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thank You.

    I was sure you had at least one or two of them out there.

    Thanks,

    Keith
     
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    CD cover and insert

    A first draft of the CD cover and insert is attached below. Please let me know if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments. Thanks,

    Benson
     

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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Issue number 27 pages 14 to 16?

    If anyone has a good copy of pages 14 to 16 from Issue number 27 then I would really appreciate it if you could send me scans of these pages since there is some water damage and a hole in the copy that was scanned for the archive project. Thanks,

    Benson
     
  16. Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035

    I can do that...

    Benson,

    I will get that out tomorrow.

    Ric
     

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