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    2002 Bowditch review
    From: Cliff Sojourner
    Date: 2002 Nov 10, 09:25 -0800

    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.
    these are the good old days
    Cliff Sojourner          cls{at}employees.org

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