PCTA is 19 years and 11 months old...
I t’s time to shine things up around here. We’ve been working on a bit of a redesign of the magazine, and you will see that next issue. Which just so happens to be the 20th anniversary of PC & Tech
Authority! So, needless to say, we’re quite excited about that, and we have more than just page prettying to help us celebrate.
The same PC & Tech Authority magazine content remains intact, albeit with some minor tweaking of some sections, but mostly the mission is to give it all a fresh new look. As part of that we’ve looked at readability and the fonts we use, and the coloured backgrounds we sometimes use them against. We know not all our readers have 20/20 vision so we hope we can address that.
We’ve also gone to town on the PC & Tech Authority website, and by the time you read this, barring unforeseen disaster, it will be up and running. Once again, the objective has been to improve usability, which we think we’ve managed to do, as well giving it all a needed fresh coat of paint. Have a look ( www.pcauthority.com.au), we hope you like it. We put a lot of eort into the site and there’s a tonne of fantastic new stu to read every day, covering all the happenings in PC, but also stories we think you’ll just find interesting that go beyond PC gear.
DVD BE GONE – DOWNLOAD THAT APP!
And after 20 years of including a disc (first a CD, then a DVD), the time has come to move on and instead make all the free apps we get for you downloadable. PC&TA is one of the few remaining mags in the world to carry a disc, and the common sense of doing it online instead has become impossible to ignore.
Don’t worry, the free apps won’t change. We’ll still run with the same quality and quantity of apps, which sell for real dollars to non-PCTA readers. As with the current DVD there will be a period of six weeks that they’ll be available (we add two weeks to the usual onsale period to account for our Kiwi friends who may get PCTA a little later than here in Australia).
Each issue we’ll publish a unique access code, and direct you to a special PCTA site that’s nice and fast with plenty of bandwidth to grab that issue’s free apps.
Obviously ditching the DVD saves money too, and with the help of that saving we’re able to preserve the cover price, as well as subscriber price. Magazine production costs relentlessly increase over time, and this helps us keep the price the same for you.
I’m telling you all this in advance partly so you don’t think someone’s flogged your disc from the newsagent next month!
I hope nobody is inconvenienced by this. With fast internet now widespread we don’t believe it will be a bad thing. Heck, with fewer and fewer PCs now sold with DVD drives – both desktop and especially laptops – we expect more people to get the apps now that they’re actually accessible to all of you!
See you all in a month on our 20th birthday!
Ben Mansill Editor firstname.lastname@example.org