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After buying my first Mac, I wanted to get the most out of it and this is where MacFormat came in and filled a gap. It's well thought out, well researched and well written articles have made it an essential purchase for me to get the most from my new machine.
The magazine manages to strike a good balance between new users and more experienced users though does seem a bit more towards the beginner/intermediate market. Monthly articles on software is good but not everyone uses and wants the said software.
Subscribers get the benefit of being able to download high quality PDF versions of the magazine, before they are released to the general public. Pick when you join carefully though as the free gift varies in quality month to month.
Alas the coverdisc is no more but as Apple are killing off the optical drive in Mac's, it makes sense for MacFormat to drop this from it's cover.
Well worth a read and at the subscriber price, a fantastic bargain - especially with the eVersion thrown in as well.
MacFormat is currently one of my favourite reads. I am not a subscriber, yet. But it truly is a great mag. People often complain to me "What's a Mac magazine actually going to have in it?". They reckon that because there are only 4 different Macs, they can't really write a magazine about them. How about the printers? The scanners? The software? The new OS X? DV-cams? Digicams? Screens? So, there is enough area to talk about. The main magazines talking about the Mac are IDG's MacWorld, Future's MacFormat and Dennis Publishings' MacUser (which incorporates Apple User, DTP, MacShopper and MacBuyer). Currently the main focus is on the new OS, X (pronounced 'Ten'), with it's new release 10.1, and the serious lack of software for it. I bet when people ripped open this months copy of Macformat and saw that Illustrator 10 and InDesign 2 will be coming out of Adobe's OS X department, yet will still be 9.x compatible. Also, the latest copy of Macformat had a rather interesting round up called 'Hot Stuff' which was a choice of the best Mac-related products over the past year. The category of Best Mac went to the new iBook (when, oh when will I get mine?), as well as awards going out to Epson, Canon, Genicom, Lacie, Sony (twice), Apple (twice), Olympus, Adobe (twice), Macromedia, Microsoft (twice), Quark, Norton, Steinberg and Lightwave. As well as this, it contained information about Maya for OS X, and it's use in the new Final Fantasy movie and The Grinch film. And a quite interesting article about British design. It is an essential and very interesting read for Mac users, and a sneak peek in to the 'alternate' way of life for PC users out there. If it hadn't been for 2 or 3 Mac magazines, I'd still be fiddling around INSIDE my computer, rather than ON my computer. Their 'Masterclass' section is also really useful, including lots of
clever stuff with OS X, Photoshop, video editing, Poser and a monthly Q&A section. On the CD, there is also a selection of free, demo, shareware and other software, as well as a PDF file containing readers advertisments (perfect to get cheap Macs and bits...). This is an essential purchase for Mac users, and rather interesting for PC users. My Windows using mate said he found MacFormat (and other Mac mags) interesting reads, even though he will not be buying a Mac. Thanks for all the reads, and you reading this will have benefitted my iBook fund a little bit! Cheers
Quite simply the best Macintosh magazine that I Have seen.We used to subscribe to Mac world but most of the content went straight over my head, and I only ended up reading a small percentage of the mag. Mac format is different, For a start I read it cover to cover. The articles are relevant to an average home user of a macintosh computer, and cover a wide range of subjects clearley and concisely in plain english. However it is not too dumbed down either - a good mix. The CD given away has often been good, sometimes with a complete Dorling Kingsley package (a year or to old ) National geographic, language tutors to name just a few. Finally, as with some magazines you dont get a really thick mag, with 60 % adverts, these seem to be kept to a minimum.