Scanning old magazine articles?

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Rowdy Rob
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I'm interested in scanning decades-old magazine articles into a computer-readable format (most probably Acrobat/PDF). Can anyone give me hints on how to do this?

Amongst some of the articles are articles that would be of major interest to participants of Armchair Arcade. One of them, in particular, is from an old videogame magazine, circa 1983-84, pertaining to the "underground" Bally Astrocade game market. The Astrocade was a lesser known, yet apparently very powerful (for its time) game console that allowed owners to program the Astrocade via Astrocade Basic, and many users took advantage of the programming system to create, distribute, and sell their own creations! I found it fascinating!

How do I scan an article and do the OCR thing without ruining the layout of the article, which included a few pictures? A straight bitmap would probably create a HUGE filesize, but a straight OCR would ruin the layout and flow of the article. Is there an easy way to do all this? I'd like to be able to make the articles readable to AA enthusiasts without a huge download size.

Just curious; I hope someone can offer some advice. I do not have Adobe Acrobat, by the way. Thanks in advance. (Gotta get back to work...).

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Rowdy Rob wrote:
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I have a boxed Starquest - Star Warrior by Automated Simulations (Epyx) for the Atari 8-bit and TRS-80 I/III (on the same cassette). Is that what you mean?

Yep, that's it. I still have it. I wasn't aware that the Atari version was included on the same cassette! I wonder why I never played it on the Atari?

I'm not sure, but there could be single system versions floating about. I know I have a ton of boxed software with multiple versions that are also available in various other combinations as well. Certainly not uncommon for the time.



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Starquest and stuff...
Bill Loguidice wrote:

I have a boxed Starquest - Star Warrior by Automated Simulations (Epyx) for the Atari 8-bit and TRS-80 I/III (on the same cassette). Is that what you mean?

Yep, that's it. I still have it. I wasn't aware that the Atari version was included on the same cassette! I wonder why I never played it on the Atari?

Bill Loguidice wrote:

PS - If you don't want to bother doing it, you can send them to me and I can post them on my Flickr account for everyone. It's unlimited storage and like I said, very easy to link to and access.

I'll take you up on that offer, since it seems to be the best course of action for me. I'll send the files tomorrow(?) in email. Thank you.

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I've scanned a couple of "gaming" articles, but is there any thoughts as to where (or how) to post such articles? I'm not sure I want to go the "web page" route, since I would feel obligated to provide much more info than a mere magazine scan on a web page.

I'm not sure of the quality of the scan. I have an outdated scanner, and the old magazines are in terrible shape (I didn't take very good care of them over the years). Still, it might be the only way many people will get to read the articles. That's why I wanted to go the "OCR" route rather than the straight bitmap route, but for now it's a bitmap.

Surprisingly, I still have a boxed set of the TRS-80 game "Star Warrior" by SSI, which is probably around 25 years old. The box itself is in terrible shape, but I was considering scanning the manual and contents (which included a map of the terrain), which are in good shape. The cassette that contained the game I have no way of transferring, though. Would this be a waste of time to scan the manual and map?

P.S. would anyone want a TRS-80 "Star Warrior" in a crushed box?

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I have a boxed Starquest - Star Warrior by Automated Simulations (Epyx) for the Atari 8-bit and TRS-80 I/III (on the same cassette). Is that what you mean? This is a great site for manuals: http://www.replacementdocs.com/news.php and if they don't already have it, I'm sure they'd want it scanned to PDF for inclusion. Regardless, I think you should scan it, as I've found that people really love that stuff. Personally, I put all my images up on Flickr (paid account), which is a great repository and very easy to embed in blogs and forum posts. It helps keep the strain off of AA.

PS - If you don't want to bother doing it, you can send them to me and I can post them on my Flickr account for everyone. It's unlimited storage and like I said, very easy to link to and access.



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Place to post scans?

I've scanned a couple of "gaming" articles, but is there any thoughts as to where (or how) to post such articles? I'm not sure I want to go the "web page" route, since I would feel obligated to provide much more info than a mere magazine scan on a web page.

I'm not sure of the quality of the scan. I have an outdated scanner, and the old magazines are in terrible shape (I didn't take very good care of them over the years). Still, it might be the only way many people will get to read the articles. That's why I wanted to go the "OCR" route rather than the straight bitmap route, but for now it's a bitmap.

Surprisingly, I still have a boxed set of the TRS-80 game "Star Warrior" by SSI, which is probably around 25 years old. The box itself is in terrible shape, but I was considering scanning the manual and contents (which included a map of the terrain), which are in good shape. The cassette that contained the game I have no way of transferring, though. Would this be a waste of time to scan the manual and map?

P.S. would anyone want a TRS-80 "Star Warrior" in a crushed box?

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

http://www.retromags.com/

Cool link! I will have to go through that site to make sure my "articles" are not already available.

If not, I'll go ahead and post the scans in PDF format. Hopefully y'all will get some cool info and nostalgia out of them.

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http://www.retromags.com/



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PDFs and Scanning
Bill Loguidice wrote:

There are plenty of free PDF creators out there, or, if you wish, you could send the images to me and I'll turn them into PDF. Doing them in JPG with minimal compression would work just as well as BMP's would.

I've looked at some of these freeware PDF converters, and it seems that they basically just dump the entire page as a bitmap file into PDF format, basically using PDF as a bitmap picture viewer. There was one program that seemed to do what I wanted, but it costs around $400! If it turns out that I do a lot of print-to-PDF stuff, I'll go ahead and get it, but right now there's only a few articles I'm looking at converting.

I guess I'll scan the articles this weekend and put them up for AA members to read. The "Astrocade" article is really good! There's also an "Atari 5200 vs. Colecovision" article, I think in the same magazine, that would also be cool AA reading. Heck, I'm sure there's lots of others I will come across too!

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I know USF had one (maybe

I know USF had one (maybe not this model, but something similar). They got into trouble because some profs were using them to make scans of books and giving students access to that rather than having them buy the actual books.

There must surely be smaller-scale models available somewhere.

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Here's one: 4 Digital Books. This is the one that Stanford uses. I'm guessing these would cost way too much for a typical person, but it might be possible to get access to one somewhere.

Yikes, it's huge! I would imagine only large university libraries or regional libraries would have such a machine. Definitely awesome though.



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Here's one: 4 Digital Books.

Here's one: 4 Digital Books. This is the one that Stanford uses. I'm guessing these would cost way too much for a typical person, but it might be possible to get access to one somewhere.

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