How come there isn't a really good Canadian Mac mag? I know it's not a huge market, but if it was a mag that included graphic design, video, gaming all in one, it might fly. I'd buy it.
Not to sound like I bashing Apple or anything, but as a loyal group of users we sometimes seem to get shuffled to the back as far as promos and such, maybe I'm just peeved because I just saw some of the U.S prices on the new stuff Hey is our dollar worth more than the big greenback yet??
Depending on the information you area looking for, I read MacWorld UK (much more in-depth than the US version), as well as MacDesign. MacAddict used to be a good magazine (I still have their first issue), but has since been taking slow downward spriral -- they're beginning to repeat themselves and useful content is getting thinner. Or, I've been growing beyond it's core focus group...
Although not necessarily Mac-based, I also read ComputerArts, 3d world, DV and Photoshop User. All typically contain 50% Mac related items, but are more focused on the creative industry as a whole.
Macdesign is a great mag-bimonthly though
also out of the UK is a mag that deals with
one software appl. per issue. This month it is
photoshop 7. excellent but pricey Mag + cd =$19
Macaddict and Macworld are next to useless now
with the internet and that both mags have on-line sties.
Gone are the days of quality reviews and the Macworld/Macuser wars.
I only buy these mags if there is really good articles/comparisons. Otherwise, its a sunday afternoon at the library/chapters for a quick read.
I'm looking for a mag that will both teach me tips and tricks on Macs, especially for a new user. I'm also interested in reviews on Mac-related products. Looks like MacWorld, MacHome and MacAddict are the chosen ones.
For hints/tips: There are many sites on the web like macosxhints.com and if you ever have questions and such there is always here. I know I haven't touched a Mac Magazine in over a year (not having a subscription and not stopping at the public library being the main causes) and I'm doing just fine. Also check your local library and see if they have some of the Mac OS X books that are popping up, some of them are really, really good.
If your looking for reviews, I'm sure there are a few sites online, like www.insidemacgames.com for games and game related hardware reviews, www.xlr8yourmac.com , and probably many other sites. I like Tom's Hardware page for reviews, too, but it's a PC site - good for those new video cards that haven't yet been announced on the Mac.
I use to buy mac magazines, but not in the last couple of years, it just doesnt seem worth $10 for a handful of review and a smattering of articles, and some sharare and demos on a cd.
I used to be a big Macaddict fan a few years ago, I would say that the best Mac magazine is the UK Macworld, it really is much better.
If you want tips for the general level user get the book Mac OsX the Missing Manual by David Pogue, 2nd edition it is really great for beginners and intermediate users with tons of useful information completely explained.
The best Mac magazines appear to be in the UK. MacWorld, MacUser (bi-weekly) and MacFormat. Even at the outrageous exchange rate they are still cheaper here in England than the equivalent magazines in Canada. In Canada, MacHome has definitely improved and I must admit, even being a long-time Mac user, I always fiind it informative. It also doesn't come (and inflate the price) with those useless CD accompanying the magazines.
Macformat, which is a UK mag and Macaddict for me. I found the CD's with MacFormat useful, all the demos and updates were there, I didn't have to download them with my 14.4 modem. (start maudlin music now) Some stuff for 680XX processors... the PowerPC chip was new then... and MacAddict wasn't around then. Macaddict changed when it was acquired by the dark side, it's sister mag is MaximumPC and has the same irreverent tone. The styles are similar.
Before and After: A good publication, I just received 2 new issues after I don't know how long... it's been years anyway. Every year or so, I'd e-mail them trying to find out what was up and when my paid subscription would continue. They kept telling me that yes, they were still around but in a "transitional phase" and yes, I still had issues outstanding. In this last year they quit replying all together. Finally, i just gave up and low and behold 2 new issues arrived.
I doubt that I will be renewing. The hiatus they took was FAR too long.
Very poor communication with their customer base as to what was going on and when their orders would be fulfilled. I must give them credit however for continuing my subscription. I am unsure whether they did this for everyone or simply because I stayed on top of them about my missing issues.
I think that I am still owed at least two issues and they did not send me notification of my subscription needing to be renewed. I guess I'll wait and see what happens.