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Journeyman28/10/2016 19:16:53
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Have recently taken out a digital subscription. Managed to get the Windows app downloaded although I am not impressed at having to be logged into a Microsoft Account to make it function. Also managed to put the MEW app on my Android tablet. Questions...

  1. Why is there no download oportunity available on my PC?
  2. Hit the download button on the Android app - it says downloading and the button changed to READ. Where has the damn thing gone, can't find the downloaded file anywhere?
  3. Why didn't it give me the choice of where to put the file?
  4. How do I download something for a second time once the button has changed?

PocketMags seems to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic!

John

 

Edited By Journeyman on 28/10/2016 19:18:07

Neil Wyatt28/10/2016 19:25:39
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Hi John,

(1) If you click 'Digital' on the black strip[e above it will take you to this page:

www.model-engineer.co.uk/editorial/page.asp?p=1334

Which will tell you how to download to pC or Mac as well as Iphones and Android devices.

From my sketchy knowledge:

(2) & (3) I have no idea how Android works but as the files are linked to the viewer app I assume the app has a working directory you change through its options/settings (i.e. it's not the same as downloading a file in your browser).

(4) I doubt you have to - have you tried clicking on READ?

If you want definitive answers the Pocketmags help page says::

"If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at help@pocketmags.com we will endeavour to respond to your enquiries as soon as possible. "

Neil

JasonB28/10/2016 20:05:46
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Should put them in "Pocketmags Offline Viewer" which looks like this.

offline viewer.jpg

As soon as you open the offline viewer it will download any mags you have not previously downloaded (provided you are online)

Edited By JasonB on 28/10/2016 20:07:35

Journeyman28/10/2016 20:19:52
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Neil, thanks I had read the destructions, I just assumed that the downloaded file would be in some known format.

With 4 I was thinking more about device failure and how to recover items already downloaded but I think that's covered by Jason 's answer.

Jason, I haven't come across the offline reader yet! I will have a rumage about.

I still don't like Microsoft Account looking at what I'm doing.

Cheers John

Edit:  Ah, the whole thing is basically the offline reader! (I appear to be having one of those senior moments)

Edited By Journeyman on 28/10/2016 20:45:05

Bandersnatch28/10/2016 23:17:58
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Posted by JasonB on 28/10/2016 20:05:46:

As soon as you open the offline viewer it will download any mags you have not previously downloaded (provided you are online)


That's not how it actually works on my (Windows) version. Any new magazine is displayed a s a dim image and I have to click on it to download. In fact, sometimes the new magazine isn't shown at all and I have to hit "refresh" to see it.

Stephen Benson29/10/2016 08:06:23
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But you still need an Internet connection to read them it just hangs otherwise, best to print to PDF all the articles that interest you and file them for safe keeping and easy reference.

Steambuff29/10/2016 08:24:39
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If you have downloaded the files, using the offline reader I do not need to be connected to the internet to read the magazines. (I use Windows 7 and a iPad)

Also I do not need to sign into Microsoft either. (This may be needed if you are using the app (Win 10) and not the program.)

Dave

JasonB29/10/2016 10:13:17
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You are quite right Bandersnatch, I don't really use it much as I have paper & digital. Did download a whole bunch last night after posting so I'm upto date now.

 

I can read them when offline. If you open the reader when you don't have a connection you get a message along the lines of "unable to login and verify user as no internet connection. Would you like to run in Offline Mode" Say yes and you can view all issues previously downloaded.

Edited By JasonB on 29/10/2016 10:19:19

Journeyman29/10/2016 11:18:03
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Think I have it worked out now! I assumed (wrongly) that download was in a format I could make use of. The downloads for the Android app are stored with the app in an encrypted format. The windows app works in a similar manner. You can read the mags offline with either app. The direct access to PocketMags through the forum links basically is just reading in the browser.

I tried to print the mag out to a PDF but it will only let you print two pages at a time. It would be useful to be able to print the whole thing and then I could store it locally just in case! I have paid for it so I would like it under my control, I am not keen on cloud storage where you have to trust some distant company who may run away tomorrow.

My other gripe is with the archives, which insist you use Flash Player to view them. I studiously avoid Flash for security reasons and the rest of the web has stopped using it (well it's trying to). When is MyTimeMedia going to catch up with the rest of the interweb?

John

JasonB29/10/2016 13:20:00
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Having it in a format that you can easily download to PDF and store on your own computer also has the disadvantage of making it easy for any low life who wants to start selling boot leg compilation DVDs

Journeyman29/10/2016 13:52:09
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Yes, I saw that on another *** thread *** You just can't win. Perhaps there is a need for that DVD that Neil is investigating. At least then you can back up once a year!

John

Stephen Benson30/10/2016 14:21:13
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Posted by JasonB on 29/10/2016 13:20:00:

Having it in a format that you can easily download to PDF and store on your own computer also has the disadvantage of making it easy for any low life who wants to start selling boot leg compilation DVDs

Although that is true that is not what has happened the the PDF files are not from a subscriber but actually PDF files from the printers as they all the print codes on the edges.

I mentioned this to Neil over a year ago in a PM

Neil Wyatt30/10/2016 17:55:06
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Indeed, it is clear that there are lowlifes somewhere ripping off lots of printer's proofs.

Neil

Neil Wyatt20/03/2017 18:51:52
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Posted by Journeyman on 29/10/2016 11:18:03:

I tried to print the mag out to a PDF but it will only let you print two pages at a time. It would be useful to be able to print the whole thing and then I could store it locally just in case!

My other gripe is with the archives, which insist you use Flash Player to view them. I studiously avoid Flash for security reasons and the rest of the web has stopped using it (well it's trying to).

Multi-page PDFing would just make life even easier for the people who sell pirate copies of our magazines.

There are alternative compatible players for flash available for those who want them.

Neil

Frances IoM20/03/2017 20:49:15
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"Multi-page PDFing would just make life even easier for the people who sell pirate copies of our magazines."
elsewhere it has been found that making legitimate copies available at a fair prices discourages piracy

Flash is viewed as and has proved to be a major security weakness in all systems on which it is hosted especially that version peddled by Adobe who can take months to fix notified bugs.
duncan webster20/03/2017 23:30:38
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Before taking out a digital subscription you should be aware that unless you are prepared to use Windows 10 (with microsoft spying on your every move) or buy one of these fancy phones you will not be able to download copies to keep, no support for Windows 7 or Linux users.

I bet this post gets the chop!

Bandersnatch20/03/2017 23:58:02
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Posted by duncan webster on 20/03/2017 23:30:38:

Before taking out a digital subscription you should be aware that unless you are prepared to use Windows 10 (with microsoft spying on your every move) or buy one of these fancy phones you will not be able to download copies to keep, no support for Windows 7 or Linux users.

Ooh that begs some comment, Duncan.

First of all, what do you mean by "download copies"? It's generally used in either of two senses here:

- download directly as, say, a pdf. That isn't available (legitimately) here for any operating system, Windows 10 or otherwise.

- download in the sense of getting download copies - albeit low quality and with a certain amount of rigmarole - via PocketMags. AFAIK this is available for any modern Windows version, at least Windows-7 onwards (I use Windows-8.1). I couldn't say about Linux. "to keep" is a bit debatable since you only get to keep them buried and hidden on your HD and encrypted at that. You can only access them via the PocketMags viewer and any prints (low quality) have a watermark

Edited By Bandersnatch on 20/03/2017 23:58:19

duncan webster21/03/2017 01:18:40
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I quote Mr Pocketmags

Currently you can only read online using Win7 and Linux mint via browsers.

Warm Regards,

John

Pocketmags Customer Service

Bandersnatch21/03/2017 17:30:17
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Even disregarding the possible ambiguity in John PocketMags comment, it doesn't seem to make much sense given that Win-8 is only a warmed over Win-7 with that godawful front-end stuck on.

Certainly you could (easily) write software to run on Win-8 but not on Win-7 (you only need to have the software check the Windows version and refuse to install/run on Win-7) but there doesn't seem to be any logical reason to do so in this (or any other) case. And the underlying OS is so similar between the two versions that anything that can run on one should run on the other - witness the fact that pretty well any other software you can think of runs on both or none.

Peter2uat13/06/2018 10:55:53
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Anyhow, with Win7 you are in a bad position, on pocketmags as well as mydigitalmagazine.

You may read the magazine, but nothing else, no download, no offline reading, no saving to your PC.

OK, you may print it to a real printer - but what is the sense of having a digital subscription which I can access only ONLINE? My in-laws live 6 miles from the next mobile tower - NO mobile phone, NO internet.

I'm having a problem with getting the printed issues sporadically not arriving at my home as well, and when I ask for replacement they are out of stock (or don't arrive at my door....).

And about piracy - well I got into contact with MEW through a pirated file, then looked around and subscribed

 
 

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