Scarred Sun

Literally: How do I give scans to Retromags

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Hey there! I have about 45 full magazine scans (~250MB-350MB), all Japanese, OCRed, that I want to give to you guys (if only because my hosting setup can't handle the OCRed versions and someone should have them.) I've tried to use your "Create+" function, but the titles don't even exist in your Publication DB and it seems there's no real recourse to getting them. What would you all like me to do to get these to you?

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First things first - are these all your own magazines that you scanned and edited yourself, or did you acquire them elsewhere?

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Upload it to some torn-down file-sharing site (dropbox, mega, whatever)  or your personal cloud (OneDrive, Google Drive where you can create a share link for the file), and put the link in this thread. We'll look over the scan and if it's good quality and is up to our par, you get moved from Newbie to Team Member which will allow you tp upload on your own. 

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9 hours ago, Scarred Sun said:

The magazines were acquired myself and then scanned, yes.

I'm not trying to be difficult, but semantics can be a tricky thing.  So just to re-confirm, for clarity's sake: these were scanned and edited by you and no one else?

If you can, let me know what titles you plan on uploading so I can create cover galleries and databases for them. 

Also, it sounds as if you have non-OCR versions as well, and I'm assuming you still have the individual pages saved as jpgs somewhere which can be archived as a CBR/CBZ.  Considering that we usually don't host PDFs at Retromags and pretty much no one here has a use for Japanese OCR, it might be worth considering uploading regular CBR/CBZ versions here, and hosting the OCR'd PDFs at archive.org.

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...or, just upload them to Archive.org and skip all this. Jeez, guys, it's almost like you *don't* want new mags.

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5 hours ago, Trinity said:

...or, just upload them to Archive.org and skip all this. Jeez, guys, it's almost like you *don't* want new mags.

He could do that too. Unlike archive.org, we want all the stuff we host to be of great quality.

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Well, that's an admirable goal, but when it comes to magazines that *no one else* has, I'd be happy with whatever quality he has them in. I mean, look at the GameFan explosion a while back: Not exactly the best scans, but everyone I talk to is just so grateful to have anything. I just think it's kind of rough to tell someone who actively wants to contribute, "Hey, go upload them somewhere else and if we feel they're good enough, then we'll allow you the privilege of re-uploading everything to our site". This guy has taken the time to scan and edit everything, he just wants to contribute. Maybe Archive.org really would be a better outlet.

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You're new here, so you're not aware of the issues we had years ago when anyone could upload and we got a lot of crap-looking scans from members. Some people may be fine with that, and that kind of stuff is fine for archive.org, but we're different. Content owners know we exist and almost all of them leave us alone. Part of that is because we represent their content well. If Steve Harris comes along again and sees nice looking scans of GamePro and Game Players, but sees that a bunch of EGMs are terrible quality scans, he might take exception to that and instead of asking if he could use our scans for a project, he could tell us t take them down.

On top of that, Scarred Sun wouldn't be re-uploading everything. The would upload one to some file sharing site. If it's good, one of us would upload it here for him. Then he could upload the rest. You're assuming he already uploaded them somewhere.

He can definitely upload them to Archive, and we can link to them, though if those scans get removed, we now have a bunch of broken links.

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9 hours ago, Trinity said:

Well, that's an admirable goal, but when it comes to magazines that *no one else* has, I'd be happy with whatever quality he has them in. I mean, look at the GameFan explosion a while back: Not exactly the best scans, but everyone I talk to is just so grateful to have anything. I just think it's kind of rough to tell someone who actively wants to contribute, "Hey, go upload them somewhere else and if we feel they're good enough, then we'll allow you the privilege of re-uploading everything to our site". This guy has taken the time to scan and edit everything, he just wants to contribute. Maybe Archive.org really would be a better outlet.

Yeah, this is completely missing the point.  He has scans.  That's great.  He wants to share.  That's awesome.  And you're right, we'll be happy to add anything of readable quality to our personal collections.

However, in regards to hosting, depending on a number of factors, there are different ways/places to share those mags.  If he scanned and edited them himself and they adhere to our quality standards, then we would be happy to host them here (these are the same rules we all follow.)  If he found them elsewhere or they aren't up to our standards, then we can't allow them here, that doesn't mean we wouldn't be extremely grateful to see them uploaded somewhere else.  Either way, the mags get shared.  Either way, we're happy.  You seem to be trying to suggest that we're trying to keep the scans from being shared, or insulting Scarred Sun in some way. Which is ridiculous.  We're trying to help by determining the best place possible for him to share the mags.  Whether here, there, both places, or somewhere else entirely, as long as they get shared, we can all be happy about that, can't we?

In the world of magazine scanning - this isn't a contest.  We aren't competing with other sites hosting scans, and no one gets a prize for having the most scans.  No one cares what is available at one site versus another - just so long as it's available.  I know when I go to Retromags, I'm going to get a scan of a certain quality.  The same holds true for most of the other sites that actually release new scans.  Archive.org has no such standards, so in many cases the scans they host are of low quality.  But if those are the best scans available, you can rest assured that I'll download them and be happy with them regardless.  The Internet is a free and wide-open space, and we encourage you to visit whatever website you need to to get what you're looking for, whether that means RM, KW, OOPA, IA, or elsewhere.

*Back on topic* Looking forward to seeing those scans, Scarred Sun!

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...well, that's been a whole thing.

Anyway, since I normally distribute as PDF on my site, here's a CBR preview for you--note that I didn't do a ton of manual correction on these in terms of skew (because, as you probably guessed with the OCR comment, I'm mainly interested in bulk extracting text.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m7rk6sxrbvd215m/メガドライブFan 1990-12.cbr?dl=0 

If that works, I'll send over the rest to you all to mirror as well.

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Man, it looks great! If they don't feel it's up to their standards, definitely upload this to Archive.org. If you need any help, just let me know!

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Aside from the cover, it looks good to me, but the pages really DO need to be straightened.  That shouldn't take too long.  If you or anyone else is willing to do that, they should be ready to go (assuming the rest are of similar quality.)

The pages will also have to be resized to a constant height (the width of each page will vary), but that should be done after the pages are straightened.

Barring that, you could always just  post a link to your site for anyone who doesn't care whether the pages are slightly askew.:)

ps I hear Trinity might be willing to straighten those pages for you.  He's dying to help!:P

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In the past we have had members upload magazines they did not scan, but said they did.....and then I had other sites coming here asking for us to remove their scans. Then I have to field a whole bunch of PM's of "Where did the X releases go?" If Retromags just uploaded any quality, and any scanned items we found, this site would have thousands upon thousands of scanned magazines and game manuals and strategy guides.

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Since the cover/inside cover is the only unacceptable page, I went ahead and fixed those for you, free of charge.:P

Like I said, the rest of the pages just need to be skewed correctly - not every page needs fixed, so it really shouldn't take very long at all.  Probably less than a quarter of the time I just spent cleaning up the cover.

OLD:

Img1.jpg

NEW:

Img1-1.jpg

(I'm not showing the inside front cover here, but I removed the tears and a stain from the page.)

Full-size files are here if you want to include them with the finished scan:

https://mega.nz/#!IFBlgZ4Q!F3RrR8sXU-2YEm2hK1eaMXu71IxCngRw8RXM2Kr2Yqs  (cover)
https://mega.nz/#!YdgjVBrQ!_RXi5jLLDkIG1aBkrBQ-DJYd6l-H5ufAVHd2OObcRsY  (inside cover)

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Oh yeah, and one last thing (well, a few things, actually):

I know you're used to working with PDFs so you probably aren't aware of this, but there are some problems with your CBR.

  1. Most (all?) CBR readers take issue with reading files with Japanese filenames.  So before your file can even be opened, it has to be renamed "Mega Drive Fan."
  2. OK, let's say you've renamed the file using alphabet characters, but it still isn't possible to open just yet...since you apparently created the CBR using a newer version of WinRAR that uses RAR 5 compression, which is incompatible with CBR readers.  When archiving the files in WinRAR, you have to select "RAR 4" as the archive format, or else the file can't be opened.
  3. OK, so now that you've renamed and recompressed the file so that we can open it... OOPS!  We see that the images are out of order.  That's because you named the image files as 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.  In order to have them displayed in the correct order, each page number must be the same number of digits.  So since there are 124 pages total, each number should have 3 digits, thus you'll need to rename the files " 001, 002, 003, 004......010, 011, 012...etc."

A program like "Bulk Rename Utility" would come in handy with renaming all of the files correctly. 

Hope this helps!

 

 

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