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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.pcau­thor­, we hope you like it. We put a lot of eŠort into the site and there’s a tonne of fan­tas­tic new stuŠ 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.


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 bman­sill@next­

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