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#1 Gavin Bray

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:41 AM

Hi

My S&T print subscription is up for renewal and I'm thinking of switching to digital only.

One thing I find surprising is that text rendering of the digital edition on my Windows 8 laptop is so poor. Even if I zoom, the text isn't particularly clear.

If I save to PDF and view the PDF, the text is perfectly clear.

Has anyone else had issues?

Also, I'm thinking of buying a Windows Surface tablet.

What options would be available to view S&T on this device?

PDF is ok but I'd rather an eReader app.

The nxtbook site is a little vague about supported devices and eReaders and I'm not sure if there are further restrictions specific to S&T.

Thanks for any guidance.

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Gavin

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

Hi

My S&T print subscription is up for renewal and I'm thinking of switching to digital only.

One thing I find surprising is that text rendering of the digital edition on my Windows 8 laptop is so poor. Even if I zoom, the text isn't particularly clear.

If I save to PDF and view the PDF, the text is perfectly clear.

Has anyone else had issues?

Also, I'm thinking of buying a Windows Surface tablet.

What options would be available to view S&T on this device?

PDF is ok but I'd rather an eReader app.

The nxtbook site is a little vague about supported devices and eReaders and I'm not sure if there are further restrictions specific to S&T.

Thanks for any guidance.

Regards
Gavin


Looks great on my Win-7 desktop. As good as the print edition, easily. ;)

#3 Gavin Bray

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:46 AM

Good to know. I don't have issues with any other applications but I'll do some more experimenting.

I've also emailed S&T so hopefully they'll get back to me.

Thanks.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:09 PM

Mine looks great on my PC's and tablet. Haven't noticed any issues...

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 04:13 PM

Hi

My S&T print subscription is up for renewal and I'm thinking of switching to digital only.

One thing I find surprising is that text rendering of the digital edition on my Windows 8 laptop is so poor. Even if I zoom, the text isn't particularly clear.

If I save to PDF and view the PDF, the text is perfectly clear.

Has anyone else had issues?

Also, I'm thinking of buying a Windows Surface tablet.

What options would be available to view S&T on this device?

PDF is ok but I'd rather an eReader app.

The nxtbook site is a little vague about supported devices and eReaders and I'm not sure if there are further restrictions specific to S&T.

Thanks for any guidance.

Regards
Gavin

So read it in pdf format.
You can view it in dual page format, like a magazine, and expand it easily to full screen to make it more readable. Or, you can read it in a large format and scroll the page if your lap top screen is smaller.

I see a reduced resolution either way. It is definitely not the HD format in terms of resolution.

#6 Gavin Bray

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:18 PM

Yep. That seems like the best option. S&T got back to me and essentially said the same.

The nxtbook technology that S&T uses appears to support various eReaders but perhaps S&T is more limited.

Oh well, PDF is what it will have to be but a custom app or better yet, support for eReaders would have been much nicer.

Thanks.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:13 AM

I'm a subscriber for the digital version of S&T magazine but I didn't receive a weblink for the September 2013 issue...
I did get the August 2013 and the October 2013 weblinks ... anyone in the same case (not getting the September 2013 weblink)?

O.K. just for your information: logged on onto S&T website with subscription credentials and found the issue :D






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