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SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Forum Admin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:23 pm

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You asked for it. We listened. Now here it is.

24 July 2018 -- SOS introduces a downloadable FULL ISSUE PDF for anyone, anywhere in the world, who wants quick and convenient offline access to a full replica magazine complete with all adverts. These are fantastic value for money (£3.99GBP UK/EU/ROW / $5.99USD US/Canada), costing less than the equivalent Print magazine cover price!

(Available in UK and US editions, according to your territory.)

More info at: How to Buy and Access Full Issue PDFs

BONUS: Digital subscriptions now include free Full Issue PDFs (as well as Tablet and Web access) when bought directly from SOS** Currently, we've made all 2018 issues available and will publish new editions each month.

So, if you have a Digital sub, take a look in your MY ACCOUNT > DOWNLOADS library — if not, isn't it time to buy one? Digital subs are great value: Subscribe Today

** not available when bought via iTunes.

Single-article PDFs: We're not abandoning single-article PDFs, which we have been selling for well over a decade. They are popular with non-subscribers who just want to view a couple of our 'must read' cutting edge Reviews or helpful Technique articles. They are ideal for offline reading as you can save PDFs onto your smartphone, desktop computer, and even your tablet. Single-article PDFs are still available to buy, just as before, directly from the article page itself (but are not included with the Digital subscription).
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:34 pm

Wow! I'll say it again. Wow!

That is absolutely brilliant. And do you notice how none of the ads flash? Excellent!

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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby desmond » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:50 pm

Forum Admin wrote:So, if you have a Digital sub, take a look in your MY ACCOUNT > DOWNLOADS library...

Hmm. Why yes - yes it is! So I did. 8-)

Question - my sub is now active, but when I go to the Aug2018 magazine contents via the web site, I still only have the option to Buy the PDF Issue for £3.99 - how do I access the downloadable PDF with an active subscription? I'm probably missing something obvious... :headbang:

You answered your own question - the new issues will be automatically added to your MY ACCOUNT > Downloads > Magazines library during your active subscription period.
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:04 pm

I can see this coming in nice and handy!
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby desmond » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:15 pm

Yes, I did look in the downloads area, it just says "You do not have any Magazine PDFs."...

Should the current issue have been added here already, or will that not happen until the next issue..?
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Kwackman » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:26 pm

desmond wrote:Yes, I did look in the downloads area, it just says "You do not have any Magazine PDFs."...

Should the current issue have been added here already, or will that not happen until the next issue..?

I re-subbed at the start of the year, and all this year's magazines are there in my downloads section, including this months, which I just downloaded to check it works.
From reading your post, perhaps you only subscribed to the digital version today? If so, maybe it takes a day or too for the site to update?

Thanks to SOS for this FOC bonus! :thumbup:
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Forum Admin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:27 pm

desmond wrote:Yes, I did look in the downloads area, it just says "You do not have any Magazine PDFs."...

Should the current issue have been added here already...?

Puzzling. Yes it should be there, and worked fine on all our tests. Try logging out then back into the site and go to Downloads?

I'll raise a Bug ticket to get this fixed a.s.a.p.
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby desmond » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:35 pm

Forum Admin wrote:Try logging out then back into the site and go to Downloads?

Yes, I did try that. I also ran chrome, logged into SOS there, and checked the downloads area, still nothing there...

No problems with the iOS app though, or subs access anywhere else. Just no magazine downloads available yet... :headbang:

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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:40 pm

Is your digital sub with SOS or through iTunes?

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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby desmond » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:45 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Is your digital sub with SOS or through iTunes?

SOS.

Apple didn't make a third of the mag, so I generally prefer to go direct... :thumbup: ;)
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:48 pm

Quite right! :-)

I thought you probably were a direct subscriber (and Ian would have known anyway when he checked), but I thought it worth asking just in case.

Their absence is most odd... Everyone I know with the digital sub has found the PDFs today.

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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Forum Admin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:55 pm

Hugh,

Tech gurus are investigating this anomaly. Will post once we find the fix.

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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:05 pm

Do we get a choice of UK or North American version?
Not to offend anyone but I have found that UK written articles are generally better written than NA written ones in other mags I read. I'd prefer a UK one if there is a choice.
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Forum Admin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:10 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:Do we get a choice of UK or North American version?

Everything to do with our site is Geo-IP targeted, so I'm afraid it's not possible.

ManFromGlass wrote:Not to offend anyone but I have found that UK written articles are generally better written than NA written ones in other mags I read.

I'm biased, of course, but would generally agree with you...

ManFromGlass wrote:I'd prefer a UK one if there is a choice.

The UK edition and US edition contain the exact same articles, subbed and generated here in Cambridge, UK. We even use English spellings (like aluminium and colour ;-)) in the North American edition. So you really are not missing out.

The content is the same, and the page layouts are nearly identical apart from accommodating different advert sizes/placements -- the ads do differ from UK to US editions.
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby ronmac » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:48 pm

This is an excellent value add to the current subscription.

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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby John Reid » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:24 pm

Many thanks for this. Seriously, I've had it with tablets and anti-social media and was about to ditch my subscription and revert to picking up the odd paper edition if and whenever I would happen to be in a newsagent's (remember those?). I will be renewing my digisub now!

(PS: a hint for those who miss the flashing ads, I've found that shaking my head and pointing a torch in my eyes while reading the PDF produces a similar effect .... )
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Postby Agharta » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:47 pm

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ManFromGlass wrote:Do we get a choice of UK or North American version?

Everything to do with our site is Geo-IP targeted, so I'm afraid it's not possible.
VPN!
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby ManFromGlass » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:02 am

VPN?
With UK accent -
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby desmond » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:07 am

Now I can access them, the PDF's are really nice! :clap: :thumbup:

I love the fact that these days you can choose to read the magazine on whatever format/medium that works for you best - just as it should be (in an ideal world!)

For me, the PDF really *is* having the magazine in your computer, and is my preferred choice for browsing the mag just like we did back before the internet. And once you have the mag, there's no app, third-party dependencies, logins, subscriptions or other gateways required to always read that issue, so it's the lowest friction method for me too.

When SOS flirted with PDF's back in the late 90s/early 2000s, I bought all the CD/DVD's with the PDF issues on, as I always liked having the mags in that format. Had that continued, I would likely have a complete PDF archive of them since then... 8-)

But of course the web works great if you just want to read an article with a low data footprint, and the tablet app version of the mag is also beautifully presented and is a nice experience too.

Anyway, for me, the PDF version of the mag is a great feature of the digital subs.

Thanks chaps for making it happen! :clap:
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Re: SOS launches Downloadable Full Issue PDFs

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:14 am

desmond wrote:Now I can access them, the PDF's are really nice!

Yay! Problem fixed. :clap: :D
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