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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby StickHead » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:51 pm

Thanks purpleeagle! Those issues will make a great addition to the site.

I had a bit of a sort out yesterday, so took the opportunity to look through my magazine collection. There were a lot more than I remember! Lots of the usual suspects (ST Format, Atari User, Zero) but some other oddities I'd forgotten about - issues of Atari World, an issue of ST Fun, most of Atari Computing and some ST Applications. Now the question is this: which should I scan first? The ones with the most readership like ST Format, or would you be more interested in seeing something a bit different? It's all academic, as they will all be scanned and available sooner or later. :coffe:
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Greyfox™ » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:04 pm

I'm very interested in the zero issues as If my memory serves me right, the reviews where very witty and pulled no punches and would love to read them again, a sorta like a Charlie broker piss take on the games :lol:
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby StickHead » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:06 pm

Greyfox™ wrote:I'm very interested in the zero issues as If my memory serves me right, the reviews where very witty and pulled no punches and would love to read them again, a sorta like a Charlie broker piss take on the games :lol:


Zero was my favourite magazine back in the day. As a young teenager I thought it was bloody hilarious. As an adult I am unsure I want to back and read them again in case my nostalgic memories are sullied!
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby purpleeagle01 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:14 am

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby purpleeagle01 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:55 pm

I have uploaded my oldest Atari Magazin XE/ST Nr.2

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Codetapper » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:28 am

I have added The One for ST Games to the Amiga Magazine Rack. I figured that there might be some reviews and reference information that would be useful. Since adding them however, I notice that The One were very sloppy - they basically used the identical review for both magazines, even giving identical scores for graphics, sound etc to the games! An Amiga game like Toki in 32 colours with parallax scrolling got identical marks to the ST version in 16 colours without parallax!

Compare issue 34 for example, Amiga version and ST version. I will be indexing the reviews soon.

Does anybody have scans of issue 35, 40 and 42? (I have heard that issue 42 was the final one).

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Marakatti » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:59 am

I think you are looking for issue 36 instead of 35. I'll have a paper version of issue 36. It has been on my worklist for a long time so it will be scanned someday. I also seem to remember that one of the issues had a gametitle in reviews index which was completely missing from the magazine.
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Codetapper » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:20 am

You're right, it's #36 I'm after!

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby X3peri_MENTaL » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:04 pm

Codetapper wrote:Does anybody have scans of issue 35, 40 and 42? (I have heard that issue 42 was the final one).

I don't have the final few issues, but from research I did a while back (I used to run a website called 'The One Coverdisk Basement' ;) ), I ascertained that the final issue was Issue 43 in April '92. This came with Sneak Preview Disk 9 containing a demo version of Parasol Stars. Sadly, I don't have the physical magazine, but I do have the floppy disk that came with it.

That reminds me, I'm now missing only one cover floppy disk from the entire print run now. I can't remember which one, maybe Sneak Preview Disk #7? One day I'll track down the blighter. :lol:

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby coy » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:19 pm

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby ozy2000 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:30 am

StickHead wrote:Thanks for the tips! Truly invaluable information.

I still haven't decided whether I'm going to separate the pages of my magazines in order to scan them. It seems perverse to destroy the very thing I'm trying to preserve. But then again, am I preserving the physical magazines, or their content? I need to give this some serious thought. Many of my magazines were bought by myself as a kid with saved pocket money, it would be very difficult to butcher those with a Stanley knife, for sure.


This is soooo true, I had a real dilemma about whether I should cut the spine and release the pages of my supplement "The History of Video Games" with an issue of CVG. But even though this was the only copy remotely near a scanner in the world the choice was simple...the copy I had was quite badly creased for whatever reason (moisture?) BUT the pages were not damaged.

But yes it is VERY heart wrenching to take something you bought 15 years ago from your local newsagent and cut it with a craft knife. It's done now of course, and I spent ages making it up to the standard of some of the awesome 600DPI EDGE mags out there for all time.

Only problem is that machine will not reboot at the moment and I don't have a PATA external desktop drive caddy hmmmm....lets hope this XP SP1 CD does the magic then so I can at least get the bloody scans off.

In retrospect I did the right thing though, just back everything up in triplicate as soon as the scanner is switched off!!

Anyway, I have a nice Epson old school quality scanner (not like the crap sold today), so if the issue is workload and not finding the mags I am happy to scan and send them on DVD-R to someone (I only have 80kb/s upload speed!!). So let me know :)

Also I have the PCW issue which previews the ST (they are talking about the 130ST vs the Commodore 128.) which I can scan once I get the PC back up and running if anyone wants.

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Greyfox™ » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:24 am

sorry to hijack this thread as it's something I wanted to share with you all, although this is unrealated to the Atari platform, I was the main designer behind another magazine which came out late last year, under the name of Nes-Bit magazine system based on NES related topics and articles, and just wanted to share a link of it with you all who ever is interested in reading it, I have now made it a completely free download.

Nesbit magazine Issue one is now FREE, from yours truly.

please download it Here

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Shredder11 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:21 pm

Just spent ages this evening putting my FTP addresses back into CuteFTP Pro, because the Import function refused to take my backup which has worked fine for years and years. Anyway I logged into Stickhead's FTP to check it still worked and noticed nobody else has uploaded anything new in months :(

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby spiny » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:25 am

not strictly ST related but all of the UK 'Input' mags in PDF here:

http://www.bombjack.org/commodore/magaz ... /input.htm

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Mug UK » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:35 am

There's also those boxes of magazines I've been looking after that are waiting to be picked up and scanned in.

Can't remember which mags they were now as they've been in the cupboard 6+ months now.
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby distantminds » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:08 pm

spiny wrote:not strictly ST related but all of the UK 'Input' mags in PDF here:

http://www.bombjack.org/commodore/magaz ... /input.htm


wow serious memories there! Love the way they showed the syntax for the different machines versions of basic.. quite elegantly designed i think :)

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby bullis1 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:37 pm

spiny wrote:UK 'Input' mags

The covers are brilliant! Really nice design and photography for that era (considering it's a computer mag).
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Mug UK » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:51 pm

I used to get the Home Computer Course which was one of those 'one issue every fortnight' jobs from the local newsagent. Not sure where they ended up though.
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby Shredder11 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:11 pm

I remember buying INPUT back in the mid 80s, and I think I still have at least one issue. To think of the hundreds of home micro mags I had from that era, and now I only have a handful left! 8O

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby datastorm » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:35 am

I was very sorry to find the site unresponsive about a week ago. It's still down. I was greatly enjoying downloading and reading through the old ACE magazines.

I hope it's not permanent.

Any news of its fate?

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby exxos » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:58 am

Which site is doing the mags ? I have all the "newer" mags, Atari world, and can't remember the other ones around the same time.

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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby StickHead » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:42 pm

datastorm wrote:I was very sorry to find the site unresponsive about a week ago. It's still down. I was greatly enjoying downloading and reading through the old ACE magazines.

I hope it's not permanent.

Any news of its fate?


Sorry chap. the 'Unlimited' hosting company I was using weren't as 'unlimited' as their initial boasts suggested, so I'm looking for an alternative.
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Re: The Atari ST magazine preservation project

Postby exxos » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:50 pm

StickHead wrote:
datastorm wrote:I was very sorry to find the site unresponsive about a week ago. It's still down. I was greatly enjoying downloading and reading through the old ACE magazines.

I hope it's not permanent.

Any news of its fate?


Sorry chap. the 'Unlimited' hosting company I was using weren't as 'unlimited' as their initial boasts suggested, so I'm looking for an alternative.


Have you tried asking DAL for hosting space ? He let me move the STOS site over onto here so worth asking ?


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