Over the last few days the ARRL released the long awaited Digital Edition of QST. This digital edition is available to all ARRL members as an additional membership benefit, and is in addition to the print version.
Many years ago when I moved to Iowa, I learned a simple truth: A CD is a lot easier to move than a filing cabinet.
Over my life with computers and electronics, I’ve learned something else equally important. Proprietary data formats, even if not encumbered with Digital Rights Management, are doomed to cause headaches.
So now we have a digital QST all nicely wrapped up in a proprietary format for our viewing pleasure. Thankfully, it’s not heavily DRM encumbered so it’s fairly easy to do something about this issue.
First, you might ask, why would we want to take away the absolutely wonderful reading experience the ARRL has crafted for us and replace it with something as mundane as a PDF?
Here are a few reasons:
- As it stands it’s pretty much useless for viewing on any Tablet, eReader, or Smartphone.
- My comment about being an ‘absolutely wonderful’ reading experience should have had sarcasm tags.
- It’s tied to the Adobe Air runtime. Adobe Air is based on flash, which is a technology rapidly in decline, and thus has a somewhat dubious future. This makes it completely unacceptable for archiving.
Learn how to convert your Digital QST to an industry standard PDF for free after the break!