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Posted by chris.mincemoyer on Saturday, May 1, 2021 10:36 AM

NittanyLion

I guess I'm lucky.  Aside from inexplicably logging out if I toggle between the different magazine's sites on the top tabs, everything has worked just fine for me after clearing the old cookies.

 

Same here, customer service cancelled all my print subs, my MRVP sub, signed up for the Trains.com and after some initial hiccups and some playing around on my part, I'm happy so far. I don't think Kalmbach has made enough of an effort to explain the difference between the digital platform (Trains.com) and the print platform. Example, if you go to Trains.com and select MR magazine to view the digital magazine you'll get the subscription sales pitch. If you're a Trains.com subscriber, you access the current (and now future) issue using the Archive access feature.

 

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Saturday, May 1, 2021 1:42 PM

rventura

 

 
maxman
This is interesting.  I just got a newsletter email saying that the June issue was available.  If you belong to the new Trains.com thing it appears that you are able to download the issue as a .pdf.

 

I discovered on my PC that the odd "vertical bar" icon is actually a download control. So I did. But I like to read MR on my iPad, so wanted to download the PDF on that. When I tap on the icon, nothing seems to happen. The icon goes grey, suggesting it's been activated, but nothing happens. When I tried to tap and hold the icon, a blue dot appeared next to it, and also on the extreme right of the status bar. But still no download. Does anyone know how to download the PDF on an iPad. I could try contacting Customer Service, but history suggests I wouldn't get a reply.

 

If you have a seperate PDF Reader App already on your iPad, you should be able to tap on your iPad screen, then tap on the button that looks like a square with an up arrow, then tap "Copy to (PDF Reader App)" and open offline in that reader app.

HOWEVER - Zinio let us do ALL of those things, in app. No fuss.

*******ATTENTION MR & KALMBACH STAFF**********

A notice of things changing away from Zinio, a easy way to download for off-line reading on iPad/Tablets, along with a actual working site would be very much appreaciated.


That, or go back to using Zinio. It wasn't broke.

I subscribe to MR, RMC, and MRH. And have for years. RMC uses their own app, downloads and reads without problems. MRH uses the "PDF Reader" format, like you now do, but you can actually click on page links in the contents page and you actually go to said page. 

Manufacturer ads link properly too.

AND - MRH Notified us subscribers when they changed to that new PDF Reader format, in a series of emails. Included was a link to the new issue.

Why can the most expensive of those three model rail magazines not do this?


Seems like MR don't care if i resubscribe or not.... And right now, I might not...

Ricky W.

HO scale Proto-freelancer.

My Railroad rules:

1: It's my railroad, my rules.

2: It's for having fun and enjoyment.

3: Any objections, consult above rules.

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Posted by ModelTrain on Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:22 AM

Hi guys!

Like I said in an earlier post, I can, in a few days, create a totally new and free forum for model railroaders and railfans. I have already created a few forums in the past.

I have received already a private message from a member saying he would be interested in being a part of this future forum.

For now, I just need to see if this new forum could interest you. I just don't want to spend my time creating something that nobody will be interested in.

Just let me know of your interest by sending me a privage message.

Stef

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Posted by BigDaddy on Sunday, May 2, 2021 9:00 AM

A forum needs enough knowledgable people to join, to be useful.  As soon as you posted that you have a new forum, that post would be deleted and no one would know about your forum. 

You would be dependant on people finding you through a Google search.

Then you would also have to moderate it because it will invariably stray into political comments or Twitter nastiness not to mention spammers.

You are going to need a server to host the forum and storage becasue people want to post pictures and some are uncapable of following Steve Otte's directions on how to do it.

If your clever you will figure out how to attract some model railroad advertising to pay for it.

 

 

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

Shenandoah Valley

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, May 2, 2021 9:15 AM

ModelTrain

Hi guys!

Like I said in an earlier post, I can, in a few days, create a totally new and free forum for model railroaders and railfans. I have already created a few forums in the past.

I have received already a private message from a member saying he would be interested in being a part of this future forum.

For now, I just need to see if this new forum could interest you. I just don't want to spend my time creating something that nobody will be interested in.

Just let me know of your interest by sending me a privage message.

 

The problem with these is you own them. I was a member of one that had quite a following from manufactures to the bigger names in the hobby, then one day it was sold, can't blame the guy for selling but then everyone went away to a new forum that just didn't have the same feel or the same following.

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Posted by conrailguy on Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:16 PM

maxman

This is interesting.  I just got a newsletter email saying that the June issue was available.  If you belong to the new Trains.com thing it appears that you are able to download the issue as a .pdf.

 

Yes I ended up discovering that I can download it for offline reading as a PDF. The option will not clearly labled. 

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