ATPM’s New Print-Optimized PDF
You mean people actually print it? I thought on-screen magazines were meant for reading on screen, hence the name. :-)
I like the format you already have. Thanks for a great magazine!
—Christopher Laslett, United Kingdom
Well, I personally never print it, but many people have requested a print version, and from the feedback it has received it seems to be quite popular. It also works well for people with very large displays (such as 21").
We are not going to remove the other format because of the print version, but we are contemplating making a more special “screen” version with a landscape layout to fill the screen. Would you prefer that over the current on-screen PDF?
Praise for the Print-Optimized PDF
Much better—I can print this out and take it on my train journeys without having to carry around a dead tree with me.
Well done for thinking about and doing this!
—Stewart Armstrong, United Kingdom
PDFs Display in My Web Browser
How do I download ATPM to my hard disk? When I click on the PDF screen-optimized link, it opens in Adobe Acrobat format in Internet Explorer. I cannot save this. Instead I’m forced to stay online to read it. What am I doing wrong?
—Melanie, British Columbia, Canada
The reason it displays in your browser is because you have the PDF Reader browser plug-in installed in your browser’s plug-in folder. There are three ways around that:
After the PDF has loaded inside your browser, click the Save button in the Acrobat button bar to save the PDF to disk.
You can uninstall the plug-in by removing it from the folder and restarting the browser.
Or you can option-click the link to the PDF you want to download. This will bypass the plug-in and download the PDF straight to your hard disk. —Daniel Chvatik
On my iBook one batch of .k files are shown as taking up between 8 and 20K each, but when I have the iBook and the blue G3 ether-networked, and view the iBook files on the G3’s screen, those 12-20K files are shown as taking up 97K each.
When I Get Info on the folder that contains them, I see the actual size as 900K in both screens: but while the iBook tells me they take 1.6 MB of space, the G3 tells me they take up 14 MB.
Don’t measurements of disk space normally work across a Mac-only network?
On the iBook the .k files are on a hard disk which is 3 GB, and the .k files are (still) 8-20K. The folder containing them is shown as taking up 1.6 MB. On the G3, I have copies of the same files on a partition which is 750 MB, and they’re shown as taking up 25-28K each, while the folder is shown as taking up 4 MB space.
Huh? The bigger the partition/disk size, the bigger the minimum space per file should be.
—David Kettlewell, Estonia
What you have discovered is actually a known bug in Apple’s implementation of File Sharing and also in AppleShare IP, Apple’s professional strength file sharing server suite.
The issue emerged as a result of Apple’s move to HFS+. As you may know, File Sharing (and ASIP) allow a Mac running an older OS (prior to OS 8.1) to log onto Macs that are sharing HFS+ volumes. However in facilitating this there are often discrepancies in file sizes and byte counts as you have noticed.
I believe Apple is working on a fix for the problem but the AppleShare/File Sharing team is not exactly the fastest. Keep in mind that the sizes your iBook reports for its own data are accurate. The figures the G3 gives you when you log on to the iBook are incorrect and the result of fancy “behind the scenes” networking technology that is allowing two different file systems to talk to each other magically.
I am not aware of any workarounds for this problem aside from reformatting your iBook hard drive as HFS standard. Alternatively you could partition your drive and make one partition HFS+ and the other HFS Standard. Then share only the Standard partition. Or you could do this to your G3 and share the G3 instead of the iBook. —Evan Trent