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Oh. What a shame. I hadn't been on in a while, and I wondered why I couldn't look at PDF's. The posts prior to this express my disappointment adequately, but I still wanted to add my own voice to the chorus.
I see the archive home page still has a little section on the right that invites you to "Sign Up for My Archive". "You will be able to read original pages as PDFs.." it says. Ah - if only that were true.....
Another year passed away...
so, is there any hope Pdf return?
I am another disappointed reader whose youth is fast fading while waiting and hoping for the return of the PDFs...
The thing is that back when the PDFs were still up, when the Archive was still new (I no longer even remember how long it has been), I contacted Gramophone via email offering to proofread the OCR texts for free. I have since done proofreading (in addition to writing) professionally. But I never received any reply from Gramophone.
I confess I was surprised and disappointed by this. And it seems like nothing is happening on the PDF front. (I also just received an email from Haymarket advertising "Gramaphone". Hmm...)
It is not my intention to be negative, but all these things are fixable, whether with watermarks on the PDFs or through some other means. Gramophone has a marvellous back catalogue of reading material (and pictures!) to offer, but right now it is fading to history.
I agree wholeheartedly Simo.
The inertia on the part of Haymarket to do something about the PDFs is a dreadful waste. We've had men on the moon for goodness' sake! Adding a watermark to PDFs cannot be beyond the wit of man!
As you rightly say, looking at the illustrations and advertisements was one of the great joys. While it's nice to have the archive in any form, I'd much prefer to see a yellowed-with-age original page than an error-riddled OCR attempt extolling the delights of Karl 130hm&s Meistersinger von Niirbergt, indeed who could forget Hans Kiiapertsbusch on the podium or in the Decca control room, the legendary John Cuisbaw? Give me a break!
"All else is gaslight" Karajan on the advent of digital recording techniques.
Using Google Image to find a picture of a 1959 Bush Radiogram (SRG86), my heart leapt when I got a hit from The Gramophone archive:
"Oh my goodness," I thought, "the archive PDFs are back online!"
I was wrong, though, wasn't I? How disappointing.
Instead of pining over long-dead pdfs let us petition the staff to arrange a volunteer working group for OCR improvement. Probably they might share those christing pdfs with members of the team for proofreading purposes. Having correct searchable text on the site (and in search engine) is always better than downloading packs of copyrighted pics, I reckon.
P.S. As for 5-year-old OCR I strongly suspect it was some dirt cheap I.R.I.S. algorithm which is no FineReader, of course.
It would be very nice to have the PDF Archive of prior issues back. It used to be very simple to access and download entire past issues for free.
You used to be able to download issues as single PDF files by
(1) logging in to the site at http://www.gramophone.net/ and then
(2) in any open browser window - in the address field/box, entering in a URL based on this pattern:
and then press the return key (on the keyboard).
E.g., if you wanted the March 1983 issue, the URL would be
Or if you wanted the June 2001 issue, you'd enter:
You'd enter the URL for the issue you wanted, and then download it to your computer, for free. Some of the issues (I had downloaded a couple, but wish I had gotten more!) are very interesting to read - not just for the information they contain, but also, more broadly, shed some insight on the times when the issue was published.
Gramophone, could you please bring the above back? OR -- could Gramophone make available for sale on this site (or sites like amazon.co.uk, etc.) a CD-ROM set of the back issues (these would contain all the PDFs that used to be available for free) that people can buy? (National Geographic magazine did this same thing - sold a CD-ROM set of their back issues, going back to the first issue.)
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