iBook review – F9F Cougar by Detail & Scale
As I was able to secure the F9F Cougar Detail & Scale eBook offered yesterday, I’m posting my review here. Obviously any serious modeler will be familiar with the printed versions of these books, so as to general content I’ll not comment, but focus on these new e-book versions. These are not just PDF’s of the original print versions, but are in iBook format so are much more interactive and useful.
Viewing on my Mac was not an overwhelmingly “better” experience than thumbing through a print book, since there really were no options to zoom in on reference photos. It did make it easier to load a particular page and have the image standing there before me as reference without having to keep a book open, so easier in that regard to use. However, since I use the smallest laptop, someone with a larger laptop screen or desktop monitor would be able to see more detail as I’m certain the image size would scale to fit the screen.
The iPad is where these iBooks really shine! If you have an iBook account your document is seamlessly available on all your devices, so once downloaded to my Mac, I only had to open my iBook app on my iPad and click on the image of the book in my iBook shelf to download to that device.
Upon opening, there are several pages of added e-book content that provide some hints for navigating and maximizing the iPad format in viewing the content.
Viewing photo galleries is very handy. Click on the image and then swipe away to move through sections of photos, being able to zoom in as required to really see detail.
In several places, there are pages of color schemes or illustrations with call-outs, that at first glance seem too small to read comfortably. However, on the page you’ll notice a tip to touch the images on the page to zoom in, making it easy to see more detail and read the callouts. Very handy.
We just moved 2 weeks ago and because we were downsizing, had to take about 20 boxes of books to used book shops or Goodwill. I appreciate being able to have these very useful reference books in e-format! I will no longer need the storage space to shelve them, they will be devoid of coffee stains, and they are less expensive. Seems like a win-win-win to me!
Thanks Detail & Scale for doing a great job on the conversion, and I’m sure as technology improves, so will their offerings.