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Well, I will make more of an effort to use it going forward. I probably won't for all the upcoming guides because it requires creating entries for them and I only want ot do that when I am ready to release them, but I may go ahead and create those ahead of time at some point as well.

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I've never liked our current Strategy Guide Database, anyway (man, am I sure glad we don't organize our magazines by placing everything from a single publisher in the same category😱), so I can easily overlook omissions of guide entries, since I pretend that that database doesn't exist in the first place.  In fact, I'm not sure why that tab at the top says "Databases."  Surely there's only one database - for magazines? It's the only one I'm aware of, anyway. 😋

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Update: I just need to re-scan 5 pages and I'll be done. Should be done Tuesday at the most.

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23 minutes ago, MkMoveList said:

Is scanning without debinding frowned upon? Does everyone here besides me debind their magazines before scanning?

 

Yes debinding is necessary to make the best quality scans that would be accepted on RetroMags. All mags you see here have been debinded which is why they look so good after some Photoshop edits. 

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Yep.  All full length magazines get debound.  Just like every single professional scanning service does it (unless you're trying to scan a Gutenberg Bible, or something.)  A single magazine gets sacrificed in order to provide the best quality digital copy to literally anyone and everyone in the world who wants it.

Very short staple-bound supplements and whatnot (less than 50 pages) can be scanned without debinding on a flatbed without botching the results completely (although a debound mag scanned with an ADF scanner will always look better, no matter how short the mag.)

But scanning a full-length mag while it's still bound (especially square-bound mags) means that a good portion of the page on the gutter side is unusable.  It's either left in place as strip of warped/shaded/discolored page curvature (which obviously looks bad), or else the scanner tries to hide it by cropping the hell out of the page (which also looks bad and destroys advertisements and other artwork which is printed right up to the edge of the page.)

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3 hours ago, MkMoveList said:

OT: I have acquired the November 1994 issue of SWATPRO(Baraka cover) for scanning.

E-Day has already scanned this.

I think maybe we need a new rule.  Anyone who wants to contribute by donating a mag or scanning a mag needs to PM E-Day and ask if he already did it months ago but just hasn't uploaded it yet, because this is becoming a pretty common problem.

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I don't debind every magazine. I only debind the ones that are perfect bound as it's very tough to get a good scan along the spine edge. Staple bound magazines stay in one piece. The SWATPro issues I scanned were not debound, though the four issues of Tips & Tricks Codebook that I scanned did get cut apart.

As for the November 1994 SWATPro, that will be getting released within the next week.

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E-day, I've noticed you've been providing updated scans of GamePro magazine. Well, issue July 1994 is in serious need of an update, page 103 has a fugly hole torn into it.

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55 minutes ago, MkMoveList said:

E-day, I've noticed you've been providing updated scans of GamePro magazine. Well, issue July 1994 is in serious need of an update, page 103 has a fugly hole torn into it.

ya that one needs to be re-done or at least re-edited . Why is there a credits page before the cover page. 😂 It ruins the book mode view .

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1 hour ago, MkMoveList said:

E-day, I've noticed you've been providing updated scans of GamePro magazine. Well, issue July 1994 is in serious need of an update, page 103 has a fugly hole torn into it.

 

16 minutes ago, MigJmz said:

ya that one needs to be re-done or at least re-edited . Why is there a credits page before the cover page. 😂 It ruins the book mode view .

I do have an extra copy of that one that I can split down the middle and scan. I'll dig it out this weekend. 

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3 hours ago, E-Day said:

I don't debind every magazine. I only debind the ones that are perfect bound as it's very tough to get a good scan along the spine edge. Staple bound magazines stay in one piece. The SWATPro issues I scanned were not debound, though the four issues of Tips & Tricks Codebook that I scanned did get cut apart.

As for the November 1994 SWATPro, that will be getting released within the next week.

The SWATPro issues are quite thin (70 pgs), so scanning while still bound is going to get more usable results than scanning, say, a 250 page staple-bound Famitsu (most USA mags of this size are square-bound).

But as I said before, even with a 70 page mag, you're left with two options: 1. leave the page curvature visible in the scan, or 2. crop it out.

I normally don't download videogame mags, but I took a look at the newest one released at the moment (Swatpro 7).  Please keep in mind that I'm not directing this at E-Day, who crops his releases, bound or not, in the service of speed (and is our most valuable/productive scanner as a result).  I'm directing this at new scanners who may be considering their options on how they should go about doing things.

First of all, despite our rigorous "quality standards" at Retromags, it's important to note that it only applies to how a magazine looks when viewing a single page at a time.  So long as page one looks good and page two looks good, it doesn't matter what page one and page two look like when viewed side by side.  So cropping even large portions of the side of the page is totally acceptable here, so long as you don't crop away too much text in the articles (cropping away text in the advertisements is OK, especially ones that cross both pages). 

So stuff like this is OK:

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That's from an article, but it could just as easily be an ad.  The only thing being ruined by not debinding the mag is the effect of the picture and logo when viewing the pages side by side.  If you were to view each page individually, you'd probably not even realize that they don't match up and part of the image is missing.

Stuff like this from the same issue is less desirable, but simply can't be helped if you decide not to debind your magazines:

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In this example, text from the article's photo captions has been rendered illegible from cropping.  Again, this is objectively quite bad, and should be avoided when possible, but the only way to do so when text crosses both pages like this is to debind the magazine so that an edge-to-edge scan can be made.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Most people only read mags one page at a time, so they won't even know that the page has been cropped.  So even though myself and a few others uphold ourselves to a "higher than Retromags" standard (though not as pedantic as an OOPA standard 😂), and take great care to treat every part of the page equally, the reality is that the gutter side of each page is not given equal rights by our scanning and editing laws.  So it's up to you, to decide how to scan something, really.  Bound and cropped scans have been and will be approved.  But they will never be as good or as complete as a debound scan, because there are no secret techniques that can allow a scanner to properly scan the entirety of a bound page - it simply is not physically possible.

PS: I suppose I should point out that when I say "debound" mags will provide better results, I'm talking about losslessly debound mags.  For stapled mags, this is as simple as cutting the page perfectly down the center line.  For squarebound mags, this means taking the mag apart with heat or possibly by using an exacto knife to but each page from the spine. However, debinding a mag using a guillotine paper slicer to chop off the gutter side of the mag is just another form of cropping, and will result in images similar to the above examples.

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