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    Re: 2002 Bowditch review
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2002 Nov 10, 13:42 -0600

    To the list,
    Since Cliff opened the door on this one, I feel compelled to respond.  He is
    correct that some of the photos and diagrams are of questionable quality, but
    if he thinks our Paradise Cay/Celestaire edition is bad, he should see the
    Government's edition.  Most of its photos have severe moire patterns in
    addition to the pixillation problems.  Its Beaufort photos are vastly inferior
    to ours.  In producing our book, we went back to previous editions to get the
    best photos to scan.  We carried forward 60 color diagrams and photos that the
    Government dropped the color from altogether, and printed only in black and
    white.  If and when we do another printing, we will correct the remaining
    photos and diagrams to bring them up to a high standard.
    Needless to say, we welcome further comments from any list members.
    Ken Gebhart
    Cliff Sojourner wrote:
    > hi Nav folks,
    > having fun with my 2002 Bowditch.  I have been reading it straight through,
    > a great way to spend chilly fall evenings.  many nuggets of gold in there.
    > I don't have another edition to compare against but overall physically it is
    > good (printing & binding).  the text is crisply printed, well edited -
    > groomed even!
    > however I think the book has suffered from the transition to electronic
    > editing.  the diagrams and pictures are all very pixellated (jaggy), fuzzy
    > at best, unreadable at worst.  the Beaufort Scale pictures are terrible; I
    > know what those pictures are supposed to look like and these don't clearly
    > show the waves.  the sample charts are unreadable, it hurts my eyes to look
    > at it.  it is not so bad on the computer screen looking at the PDFs.  many
    > of the weather photographs have poor contrast, also true in the PDF files
    > but in most cases not as bad there as printed.  I would guess that the
    > diagrams and pictures were scanned at too low resolution
    > the tables in the appendicies are all quite readable.  someone on this list
    > (sorry, can't remember who) was concerned that the densest tables would not
    > be readable; the online PDF files are barely readable.
    > these comments apply to the Paradise Cay edition only.  as such, I don't
    > know what "extra" content is included on the CD-ROM in the USGPO edition.
    > however, given the resolution of scanned items in the PDF files, I doubt the
    > USGPO edition has readable diagrams and pictures.
    > Cliff
    > --
    > these are the good old days
    > Cliff Sojourner          cls{at}employees.org

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