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Member Name: Mazboy
Date: 11/03/01, updated on 11/03/01 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Clear, helpful, easy to read, quite technical
Being in the IT industry I subscribe to three magazines to keep me up to date with the latest goings on. These are Internet magazine; Net magazine and PCPlus magazine, the other two of these are also reviewed by myself on their own sections.
The reason for buying all three that between them I get the full picture and all the information I could want, whether it be hardware, software, news or just coding bits.
Obviously Net and Internet magazines deal with the Internet side of things while PCPlus spreads itself through all the areas of computing. Between the two I think that Net magazine is the more technical and offers more in the way of coding tips whereas Internet magazine is more for a general surfer type person.
Net magazine costs £4.49 and is published by Future Publishing and can be found in most newsagents. This is quite steep considering Internet Magazine is more then a £1 cheaper. But as I subscribe to the magazine at only £34.99 which works out to either 4 free issues or £2.92 each, I don’t feel robbed as much. So it’s well worth considering a subscription if you do read it regularly.
It comes with a CD every month packed with utilities and demos. I generally find the software to be most useful and regularly use it in my work.
The first section of the magazine is ‘Access All Areas’ which goes through all the latest industry news, at mainly a consumer level. This covers everything from the latest industry news to strange websites to new movie and music sites. It also has a games and sports section too.
Then there’s the ‘Your Letters’ part, which is for readers general letters rather then technical ones and includes a small little section called ‘Penny Forum’. This is probably the smallest part of the magazine and covers only about half a page but I must admit I find it quite amusing as it is snippets from the .Net newsgroups and always b
rings a smile to my face. There are some nutty people out there!! Read it and you will see what I mean.
The following sections are focused on the cover stories, which are the current issues on the Internet, but I mostly find these to be a lot more directed to web designers and developers then just Internet surfers.
Then there is the ‘Check Out’ section, which is aimed at surfers and designers/developers alike. This part covers all aspects of online shopping, from cheap places to buy your goods to your returned goods rights, etc.
We then come to one of my personal favourites, the ‘Hardware; section, which as you have guessed rounds up all the months new hardware gadgets and tells us what’s hot and what’s not!
The ‘Software’ section is again self-explanatory, and helps me keep an eye out for any new programs the will help me improve my sites and make it easier and quicker to do things.
Then there is another favourite section of mine, ‘Web Builder’ which offers news, advice, tips and guides that cover everything you need to create and improve on your websites. This not only includes web-coding guides but also guides on how to use web software, like Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop etc. This is a must read for any budding designers and developers.
This then leads onto another technical section but this time it encompasses reader letters with answers to their queries and also questions and answers to problem specific to either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. As any designer will tell you trying to produce sites that are pleasing to look at and work under both browsers is a real nightmare so thy will definitely appreciate this section.
The remaining section of the magazine is filled with details of all the software given on the free CD, and includes basic guides and also good offers to be able to purchase the lates
t versions of the software at a discount.
So if you have read my other review of Internet Magazine you should have a clearer picture of how different they are and why I buy both.
That basically rounds it all up, there are some smaller sections I missed out but I hope I have given you good rough picture of the magazine overall.