Cover Mounted CD

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miker
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No doubt this topic has come up before ... but I think there is great worth in offering a cover-mounted CD. But I guess that would mean entering the £4.99 price bracket?

Certainly potential content proliferates on the net and the base media is cheap. You could even do interactive tutorials. Wow! Multimedia *does* have a use... !

gulli
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If you think adding a cover-CD would up the price, guess what interactive tutorials will do to the magazine price! I´m all for those tutorials but I think we'll have to be a little bit realistic.

Gulli

chris thomas
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That depends upon who does them. How about a "User's Experiences" section?

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miker
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Hi,
By 'interactive' tutorial I meant using snapshots/movie captures of the screen and, instead of having an irritating on-line manual thing for text, you'd read the text from the mag. Admittedly, my experience of CD-only tutorials has left me a little cold. Can't beat a good book/CD combo. Anyway, 650MB is still quite a lot. Readers could include their creations, there could be an annual compo, clipart could be distributed, the bulletin board entries could be on CD *not* in the mag ... in fact the more I think about it, the more I think that CD is the way to go ... before a competitor releases a similar mag *with* a CD. Just some thoughts. After all, it's DTV not DTP (but even DTP mags have a CD!!!)

Freddy the Fish
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Surely a cd would bring in Revenue to the Mag,with companies willing to pay to get there programs seen. I am sure we would all prefer to have the trial versions of programs available on a disk, instead of having to hunt the net,and in my case, sometimes take hours to down load. (slow Internet connection, due to being a country boy.)

Shaun Tregear
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Hey, that is a brilliant idea? A cover CD could be used for so many great purposes, aside from the obligatory distribution of demo software and shareware. The idea about putting the user forum postings on a CD is brilliant! It would free up pages for more useful things, but still be a valuable resource for the non WEB savvy readers to have access to the trouble shooting tips and information that gets posted here.
Interactive tutorials and user creations are likewise great ideas.

What are our chances Bob?

oburri
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Joined: May 7 1999

Cover CD's do not bring any added value.
Check the british videogames and computer magazines cover discs and you've to admit that they are packed with useless crap.
Worse, they steal resources to the editorial part which often turns to publicity for upgrades...
Let CV keep up the good work and go buy FHM, they have a free Spice Girls calendar on cd!!

Oliver G. Burri
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gloria mundi=-

Ned Nurk
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Actually, if you think about it, a cover CD would make a great idea...

Everybody buying CV should have a computer, right?. OK, you can stick the BB messages, glossary and buyers guides on the CD, freeing up valuable print space in the mag. With a little bit of work the buyers guides could be really cool, i.e. distributing a web site on CD, so clicking on the item brings you a few pictures and details, plus links to the manufacturers site. Much better idea than that faxback one of mine :)

miker
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CD gives no value add?

Hmmm... (looks over the current PC Format offerings) ...

Encarta 99 DeLuxe edition ... yep, useless after the 30 day trial. Do you think they'd give that away yet?

Intellihance Pro - who uses photoshop plugins anway?

IE5.0 - yeah, for Windows, right? And by microsoft so that must suck.

Netscape 4.5 - Why would I want that on a CD when I can download it in under an hour?

Photostudio 2.02 full app - useless, since we all work with moving images, right?

Tweakdun - who wants to optimise their modem anyway.

X-Wing Alliance - pants! They only give you one full mission? What do they want? £34.99 or something?

etc...

Perhaps you should just be more selective with the mags you buy ... and I'm not knocking CV, I do read it to keep up with certain things and it is generally very good. I just feel it could be better. Apologies to Bob, I know it's easily said!!!

Mark
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Joined: Mar 27 1999

Don't knock cover cds, they may not always have on them what you want, but they can be used to good effect especially with most mags giving away full versions of last years version of a programme, look at computerarts it just gave away a full version of Strata VideoShop 3.0.4 (unfortunatly its a mac app). And as for IE5 its great and would you fancy downloading the beast?

tez
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Yep .Good idea, especially if includes latest drivers and videotools to save messing around with the godawful system over at matrox.

Tez

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oburri
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I'm afraid but I cant see any relation with Digital Video, which serves the prosumer videast and the serious hobbyist, and the so-called freebies of mags like PCF, that some seem to collect like precious relics:
-Do you really need IE5 to edit a movie?
Anyway, it was on nearly every coverdisk to please the Seattle giant....
-What about X-Wing episode 26 royal edwardian edition!!! Hey, DV is not the ultrahip new game for kids on the block...
It's a mag for grownups.
There is not enough valuable stuff about Digital Video to fill a coverdisk every month, especially as everyone has now a fast enough internet access.
cul8r
Oliver
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Oliver G. Burri
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miker
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The point I was making is that no matter what might be stuffed on the CD, it will be potentially useful for anyone with a computer. And mixed mode PC/MAC CDs are not a problem.

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And what is the relation between Digital Video which serves the prosumer and serious hobbyist market, and a good story which serves purely to educate through entertainment? Mull it.

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