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Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:05 pm

Why, oh why, oh why, does the digital version get the available formats for a reviewed plug-in given, when the print version doesn't?

It's not rocket science and it's important. For me, if there's no WIn VST version, there's no point me reading the review and getting excited, going to the web site , fighting through all the accept cookie pop-ups and badly designed web pages that tell you nothing, only to eventually find that its Mac only (and vice versa for Mac users).

Please, please, please, SOS, can you start adding these fundamentals back into the print version.

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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby MOF » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:45 pm

The April edition has a full list per plugin. I can’t find my March edition right now to check that.
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:42 pm

My error. I note they are In the plug-in folder section (which I couldn't find again in the mag after I'd skimmed through it to begin with as the section isn't listed in the index - just the individual plugs are listed), but not the longer reviews e.g. in the JST Billy Decker Bus Glue there's no mention of them at all.

And I now realise that the web edition doesn't have the details on that one either. So a change of plea (mainly to one of insanity).

Can we have the available plug-in types clearly displayed on the full plug-in reviews? It simply doesn't make sense to have it for the quick reviews and not for the more in-depth ones.
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby desmond » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:52 pm

Just a guess, but maybe if the plugins are available in all the usual formats and platforms (which most are nowadays), they don't really need to mention this.

If the plugin is just one platform or format, it makes more sense to call that out...
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Wonks » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:06 pm

You'd be guessing though. It is a magazine that has a large number of reviews and I'd just like to see consistency between reviews on the same type of product. It's read by people with all levels of experience, and so whilst those with a lot of experience might be happy to guess, those with less so would still prefer to be told as much as possible.
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Watchmaker » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:44 pm

There's a print edition? In this day and age? What's next? 2" tape machines cluttering up the fire escape?
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Wonks » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:12 am

I'd still like an answer as to why the longer magazine plug-in reviews don't specifically list the available formats, whilst the shorter "plug-in folder" reviews do.

For the multi-page articles, it's then down to the author whether they mention all the available formats; and they very often don't.

I just find this a bit lax for a magazine that tries to be top of its class.
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Sam Inglis » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:45 pm

Hi Wonks,

We used to list at least some of this info in the subtitle, but it meant that subtitles got very long and unwieldy, so we dropped it where possible. Current style is that if the subtitle doesn't specify a platform, you can assume that it's available for Mac OS and Windows in the usual formats. If it's Mac or Windows only, or requires something like a UAD card, that will be stated in the subtitle.

It would be perfectly possible to add another little box with those details, the only reason not to is basically because adding elements clutters up the page (and that info is widely available elsewhere anyway). I'll bring it up at the next planning meeting!
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Wonks » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:55 pm

I'll be checking very closely to see if this is the case! :D
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:59 pm

Quiet time at work? :lol:
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Wonks » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:13 pm

One of the benefits of not working but still having an income.
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Re: Print version - no format listings for plug-ins. Why?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:27 pm

:thumbup:
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