February Digital Issue – Read it, Free

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 9.55.06 PMWe had a wee spot of trouble getting a good file uploaded to the server and service that sends out the digital issue – and due to the holiday break, we won’t be able to resend a “proper” download link out to subscribers until January.

I don’t want to make you wait that long.

So…I’m making a February 2014 PDF available free, via Google Drive, to all our blog readers.

Simply click right here and you’ll be able to download the 13MB file.

There’s one tiny catch: One can’t open a document from Drive directly into iBooks (for iPad users) – or if one can, this one can’t figure out how (if you know how, please post a comment!).

However, you can download it to a computer then upload it via iTunes, or simply e-mail it to yourself, then open the link and open in iBooks (that worked for me).

And you can, of course, read the file on any PDF-enabled eReader or computer (you need the free Acrobat Reader to do it – if you don’t have that installed, get it here: http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html

Apologies for the trouble – but hey – maybe those of you who aren’t subscribers will love this free issue so much that you’ll consider it.

Happy holidays! (I am NOT checking my e-mail again for at least an hour…or until I’ve finished one full festive glass of bourbon – whichever comes first.)

— Megan Fitzpatrick
@1snugthejoiner

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24 thoughts on “February Digital Issue – Read it, Free

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      We’ve not wholly abandoned it – but if we bring it back, we’ll make some tweaks. E.g. I love the idea of nice projects built with dimensional lumber, because once you get into having to thickness stock, you’re talking relatively expensive machinery or good handplane skills, neither of which fit the ICDT paradigm. But I’ve never been terribly comfortable with suggesting people buy all their tools from the big box store (that said, I’m itching to get my hands on one of these locking bevel gauges from Home Depot: http://m.homedepot.com/p/Savage-9-in-T-Bevel-with-Metal-Knob-SVV150/204178977/)

  1. rustyfarrington

    I got it to work on my iPad’s Kindle app. Simply email the pdf to your Kindle account. Open the app, and “click” the sync icon at the bottom of the screen. Opening it in the iBooks app also works, but it is just a little more complicated and I prefer the ease of the Kindle app.

  2. RedDawg

    I got it to open in iBooks on the iPad with Safari. Open the link and scroll to the bottom of the cover page. Tap and hold the download link until the open in new tab option shows. Choose it. Wait for the page to load in a new tab , once it has opened you can tap the PDF and choose “open in”

  3. Buildinggeek

    Thanks for the free advanced look at the issue. I know digital is the (near) future, but reading this makes me eager for my paper copy. Keep the presses going for a while longer please.

  4. gumpbelly

    I ain`t saying he`s lying, but a Woman with her own beer, AND her own GOAT. Schwarz is chatting her up at the very least. If nothing else to talk her out of her least prized possession. Nails, pffffft.

    Cool edition, but it reaffirms my dislike for magazines on a computer, all that scrolling. I just can`t begin to envision the madness it must be to cram that onto a phone……………….Gads I really am old aren`t I

  5. dfdye

    Just an FYI, I use the EZ PDF reader app on Android to read the magazine, and I had no issues with the original file that was distributed. I’m not sure if this helps in any way, but I figured I would send the information along since I seem to be the odd guy out who DIDN’T have any issues.

    Thanks for making it right, even if it didn’t impact me specifically.

    David

  6. Michael James

    I had similar problems – I ended up using the original PDF file, converting it to postscript and then back to a PDF.

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2750546/which-pdf-elements-could-cause-crashes

    I lost all the hyperlinks but those could be put back pretty easily. The article above mentions transparent objects that cause the crashing issue. I had the PDF crashing Safari on iPad, iBooks on iPad, and even Dropbox when I tried transferring it that way.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      That is so strange – I stripped all unused objects, flattened images, etc., and output using our usual consumer PDF settings. I’m sorry…we have reached the (low) threshold of my PDF knowledge.

      1. Michael James

        Based on what I was seeing (and I’m totally guessing), it would crash when it hit one of the first pages that loaded. I’m wondering if one of your advertisers had some strange transparency in one of their ads.

        I’m not too great with PDFs either – the article mentions some semi-transparent gradient shades that cause the crash. Hard to say if those would have been removed via standard flattening, etc.

        1. DonPeregoy

          Interesting the first time I tried to download it Friday night (to my windows PC ) the Check birdcage awl on the front cover was missing but the shadow was there. Error message was “cannot extract the embedded font ‘AABDEE+OCRB’ some characters may not display correctly” early the next morning it downloaded fine.

          Thanks don

  7. Billl6

    Adobe Reader could not open ‘February_2012 #195.pdf’ because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn’t correctly decoded).

    This is the message I get when trying to open the saved pdf version, even the latest free download.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Hmm…I just downloaded and opened it on two additional computers, and while it took 3-4 minutes for the entire file to finish downloading, I was able to open it, no problem. So I’m at a loss, I’m afraid. Maybe read it in the Drive window? (We’ll resend the “real” file as soon as someone is back in the office who can take care of it, so even if you can’t get it to an eReader now, you’ll be able to in a week or so)

  8. Billl6

    I too always have trouble downloading the issues from Safari. When I try to save it to a folder, Adobe says the file was corrupted and it cannot open it. I have success by dragging the URL directly to the folder where it saves it as a >pdf.webloc which then reopens in Safari.

    The bourbon will not help you fix the problem, but you won’t care about is any more. Cheers and happy holidays.

  9. BruceWLove

    On my iPad, I have been able to open it from Google Drive into iBooks, but it is a little tricky. It took me some time to figure this out once before…

    You need two things on the iPad. Google Chrome (browser) and the Google Drive app. Both are free at the App Store. If you have a google account,both are worth having. When I click on the link for the PDF file from Google Chrome, the PDF file opens right up in the Google Drive app (I am sure I previously logged this into my google account – so I don’t know if having an account is necessary). From Google Drive, I can select the standard “open in…” menu and open it in iBooks

    Safari does not seem to get along with Google Drive. I could never get the PDF to open from Safari.

    Thanks for this issue. This give me something to read when visiting my mother-in-law later this week!

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      ah – I should add Google Chrome to my tablet (I could never get the Hangouts app to work, so i gave up on +, Drive, etc on my iPad, but perhaps its time to try again)

      1. BruceWLove

        I really, really do not like it when I cannot due everything from my iPad (too lazy to go start up my windows PC)… My PDF is fine. I paged through it in iBooks. No time to read it today, I still have a little project I would like to finish. I have been thinking of switching to a digital subscription (I get print now) – so this will be a good test of whether I like it.

        I am thrilled to see that a Chuck visited Mercer Museum, which is 15 minutes from my house.

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