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Do you subscribe to any? Which one offers it readers the best articles, most how to info, best reviews, best free and demo software, bonuses, novice user advice, advanced user advice, etc...

What are your picks in these different areas. I guess we ought to include the content creation rags too (since there are a lot of macs in those communities)

Well, I've got a little subscription money burning a hole in my pocket and I'd liek to know what you all think.
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I've got subscriptions to MacWorld and MacAddict and I think MacAddict is the better one out of the two that I get.
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I subscribe to Macworld and MacAddict.

Alll Mac mags are HORRIBLE. macworld went down the thread last year with that turnover in management/staff they had with the redesign. for a few issues you could see they were trying to compete with macAddict by trying to be funny in their articles but they just came off lame.

ALL THE REVIEWS ARE THE SAME. I don't understand how many times they can do the same damn Quake 3 test and PS test and call it a review on a system. it's horrible. I want detailed reviews, pages, performance charts, etc. Have some interesting tech articles other than how to paint your mac's case or add a title to a powerpoint presentation.

There is no mac mag aimed at the mac user with half a brain.
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I agree with applenut on this one, kinda. Mac mags do not have very good content. Nor do they have much of it. All the reviews are the same, two or three months after the damn product is realeased. The gaming pages always seem to be about the latest arcade shareware and the how-to's are almost exclusively Office and Photoshop. I like MacAddict more because of the humor they put into their articles (a lot funnier than MacWorld...MacWorld is genuinely boring sometimes), but MacWorld usually has some more info. So take your pick...straight information or some info with some humor mixed in. I'll take humor. When I want info I go to Ars.
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[quote]Originally posted by applenut:
<strong>There is no mac mag aimed at the mac user with half a brain.</strong><hr></blockquote>

The truth is sad.

In this day and age, the web provides much better coverage, for free, without wasting paper. Whenever I register new Apple products, I sign up for 6 months of free Macword issues. But I never renew.

I used to like MacWEEK, but that went down the tube too when it changed focus, became only only, and finally was integrated with MacCentral.com after being gobbled up by Mac Publishing LLC. Sad, sad, sad...

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PS: Anybody remeber when MacWEEK brought us the first spy pictures of the upcoming Wallstreet PowerBooks, before they even surfaced on the web? Print publishing has lost its edge.

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Ah, I have a few MacWeeks and MacWorld's from 1996. It's not that old, but very fun to look back at. When PowerComputing was "kicking Intel's Ass".



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post #8 of 46
I subscribe to both MacAddict and MacWorld. Both are good at a little and horrible at a lot. MacWorld has better product reviews and MacAddict is more humorous. Macworld was MUCH better before Pogue and Gore left.
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[quote]Originally posted by iDude:
<strong>I subscribe to both MacAddict and MacWorld. Both are good at a little and horrible at a lot. MacWorld has better product reviews and MacAddict is more humorous. Macworld was MUCH better before Pogue and Gore left.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Exactly why I subscribe to both. They both have their good points and bad points.
post #10 of 46
MacAddict is funny.

I wish it were more liike Wired. They need excellent writers and comprehensive testers.
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I get MacWorld for free and I hardly find anything in it really ESSENTIAL to me. The Apple news is all old by the time it comes to print. They really need to focus more on good reviews and how-to articles. Overall I get enough tech magazines (all free) and in the end, I probably feel a bit guilty for all the wasted paper!
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I had a subscription to Macworld from 199699, and it used to be a fantastic magazine. Good articles, responsible reviews, and reasonably thorough lab tests. Quality began to decline from late 1997 onward, starting with Macworld's merger with MacUser, the rise of the Internet, and then the redesign. I don't bother with it anymore.

MacAddict was awesome in its early issues, with really funny writers and great how-to's in every issue. Most of the original staff has left now; I think the magazine peaked in 1997 or 98. Oh, how this Internet-less Mac user loved those MacAddict CD-ROMs! Like Macworld, I don't bother anymore.

There are other minor magazines like MacHome and a couple others, but I doubt they're much better. My local bookstore used to get copies of Macworld and MacUser UK that seemed superior to (and thicker than) their US counterparts.
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post #13 of 46
The only thing I wana complain about with Macworld is that I never get the CDs but the issues in the stores do. What's up with that?
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I subscribed to Macworld back in the day (pre-Jobs iEra), but it lapsed long ago.

Oddly enough, I keep buying them and I have (looking at them on my shelf right now) every single issue for the past 2 years, 3 months.

I SHOULD be a subscriber, huh? The money I would've saved.

Macworld isn't as good now as it was 3-4 years ago. It's MUCH thinner, less content and a new editorial tone that's a bit too much like Entertainment Weekly, in that it tries to be cute and flippant.

I prefer a more serious sober tone to some things.

That's why I can't stand MacAddict. God, what a bunch of flaming geeks and completely useless info. I bought the last couple of issues for a particular article and I looked through it just to make sure it still was as juvenile and heavy-handed as I remember it being.

Yep.

MacHome is geared toward soccer mom's and complete newbies who know next to nothing.

MacDesign (formerly MacToday) is good, but if you're not a graphics person, there's not much there for you.

Of the current four major Mac magazines in existence (Macworld, MacAddict, MacDesign and MacHome), MacDesign is my favorite.

But it only comes out every two months, so it's really no good for news or time-sensitive info (hell, are any of them? No, not with the Internet and maccentral.com and the like). But MacDesign has useful tutorials and graphics-centric reviews and articles, so it appeals to me.

Every now and then, I'll buy a Macworld that hold absolutely NOTHING of interest to me: tips on Excel, how to make your old Performa into a closet organizer, gaming roundup and how to use QuickTime to create a time lapse of your backyard.



Applenut is right. The majority of Mac magazines REALLY do suck. I miss the Macworld of the mid-late 90's.
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am i the only one who misses the early macuser mags?
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Yeah, they all suck! Macworld used to be a great mag, but then it went way down hill. The mag now is about half the size it used to be, and almost a third of that is ads.

Macuser is kinda basic, but okay.

Macdesign is okay. They are pretty humorous sometimes.

Macaddict I feel is for teens with a 3 second attention span.

There are a few large format magazines from the UK that I have seen in Barnes and Noble, but they are about $13 per. They look great and come with a cd inside. Can anyone help jog my memory?

But for the most part, they all suck ass. I quit reading them.
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I see the British Macworld and another large format one called MacFormat in my local Barnes & Noble all the time.

They actually, for whatever reason, see to have a MUCH snazzier, fun-to-look at design and layout. Not to mention they're crammed with quite a bit of content!

But they are a bit pricey, so I usually just flip through them at the store because the day I spend $14 on a magazine is the day I also buy a Celine Dion Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Revue ticket.

I would LOVE to see a Mac magazine come out that took from all the best parts of the current mags and just did it RIGHT and became the end-all/be-all of Mac magazines: serious, intelligent content, good writing, USEFUL tips and tutorials, long, exhaustive reviews using REAL WORLD criteria, informative, info-packed articles, lots of cool pictures and infographics and a kick-ass buying guide/review section.

Anyone?

post #18 of 46
MacAddict is probably he best of the lot, followed by MacWorld. But I don't subscribe to either one.

I used to get MacUser, MacWorld, and MacWeek. Then MacUser merged into MacWorld, and MacWeek tanked.

I let MacWorld lapse a couple of years ago because, frankly, all of their news is stone cold by the time you get the issue. The internet has completely ruined news reporting for monthlies. That, and the fact that most of their content is available online, anyway.

Come to think of it, I don't read any magazines any more. I just surf for all my news.
post #19 of 46
I can't believe how much better those UK Mac magazines are. I sometimes buy them, but I don't feel like spending $13 on a magazine on a regular basis.
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During last several years, I subscribed the MacHome Journal, MacWorld, MacAddict, Business 2.0, WIRED, and something from ZDNet [forgot the name]. Right now, all I've left are MacAddict and WIRED. I do agree WE do have the worst stuff in the USA; poor magazine (eg MacWorld), poor automobile (eg FORD), and poor infrastructure (eg TV, cell phone) compare to Europe and Asia. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />

MacWorld UK and some other Mac-magazine from Japan are so good.

Looks like most US magazines are being under Bill Gates's control.

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I've noticed too, the UK rags seem to have a lot more content. Macformat, Macuser UK, and MacWorld UK all look a lot better than the N.American stuff. I think there was at least one other UK mac mag that appears at my local Chapters. How's the mac content in Computer Arts, or Computer Music etc... though this would be geared to specific interests.
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MacFormat is cool because they regularly give out abandonware on the included CD-ROM. I've seen full copies of 3D rendering software, commercial games from a few years back, and some other cool stuff.
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Outside of free software I can't see the use in any magazine, and that goes for all topics, genres, anything. The internet KILLED print magazines to me.

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In general, I think that anyone who follows up on daily Mac news at a site like MacNN, MacMinute, MacCentral, whatever is going to know everything the magazine is reporting on. You usually get the equivalent of a review through forums (and often, there are actual reviews available on the 'net), and the how-to's aren't usually useful, just interesting.

That said, I find MacAddict entertaining, on the whole, which is why I think it's popular; I doubt most of you guys would benefit from any Mac magazine's content that much.

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post #26 of 46
The day MacUser merged with MacWorld was a sad one. That was a good magazine, I got MacWorld for a while afterwards, but didn't like it. I still wish it hadn't disappeared. I've got issues going back to the beginning (I think. Been a while since I looked). It's always fun to take a look at "coming soon, Mac Portable!" and other old school articles

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I dunno, for me, I like to get macworld to re-read some of the articles i've read online. I'm a geek that way. Hey, they make for good bathroom reading
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MacAddict - Used to be funky or fun. Unfortunately after they lost all the original staff now it is just a piece silly sh!t. Also VERY BIASED. Honestly I have couple of friends don't hate Macs but they are now after they read all those silly articles.

MacWorld - Too corporate to my taste.....now they are trying to be more 'close to earth' but still far away from it.....

MacHome - Infos and reviews not 'deep' enough

MacDirectory - Photos are very stylish (I like the style), but the content just doesn't really make sense.

MacToday (now MacDesign??) - Do they only know Photoshop?

MacUser US - I think is the best ......but too bad it's merged with the sickening MacWorld

IMO. None of the printed US based mac magazines on the shelf is good

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post #29 of 46
Apple insider used to kick ass, now its crap.
Macworld was always crap.
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post #30 of 46
I have a few boxes of Macworld from 91-present. The glory days of Macworld were when MacWeek was still a print mag and before the MacUser merge and Ziff-Davis buy-out. Large format, big thick magazines. 91-96ish

The best Mac magazine now is the Internet.
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post #31 of 46
I got the new issue of MacAddict today and right away I started looking through it. Nothing interesting at all. I thought the past few issues were ok but this one's horrible except for the games article.
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I have been s subscriber of MacWorld-UK and MacUser-UK for two years now. I found them much more interesting than the U.S. based Mac. mags. Also MacFormat is not bad either. I also find interesting that these magazines would have articles on well known NeXTSTEP/OPeNSTEP apps. as examples on what would come to be for OS-X. I also find all of these magazines tend to review apps and hardware a bit more fair-minded than their N. American cousins.
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I agree that those UK based magazines are generally better in every part.

The bad thing is that those magazine are very expensive (twice as much as the US version) in North America
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This thread just reminded me of the July 1995 issue of Macworld I have sitting on a shelf somewhere. It was the first Mac magazine I ever bought, and what an issue it was! A big article on Copland, the debut of QuickTime VR, and ads for Microsoft Office 4.2!
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Hehe, I'm browsing the Feb. 1994 "Special 10th Anniversary Issue" MacWorld...

Here are some quotes form Guy Kawasaki's column on the last page (312!). I've taken them out of context and related them to today's situation:

About consumer Macs: "We should have shipped Macintosh with 256k of RAM"..."You can never have too much RAM."

About the iMac and the Cube: "We should have designed slots into the second version of Macintosh"..."Steve Jobs passionately disapproved of slots despite the demands of early buyers, because he wanted people to be able to open the box, plug it in, and go. Lesson: buyers can't help you create a revolutionary product, but they can tell you how to evolve one."

Kawasaki also made a good point about Windows, and how Mac could have blown up Bill Gates a la Clint Eastwood ("Make my day.")

Here are some news headlines from the issue:

"System 7 for Power PC goes Beta"
"High-end Accelerator from RasterOps"
(24-bit NuBus graphics card: $4999 with 4MB RAM, $5799 with 16MB, $12,499 with 64MB, 256MB version available in the Spring at est. $25,000!!!!).
"RAM Doubler" (version 1 to ship in January).
"Apple ships its first Mac with DOS" (Quadra 610)
"Developers back PowerPC" (PPC native Adobe Photoshop, Aldus FreeHand, Fractal Design Painter and Specular Infini-D all demonstrated --- BEFORE the release of PPC Macs. What happened with OS X? I guess one can assume "Developers don't back OS X" wouldn't have made a very good headline. Notable hold-out was Quark.)
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Macworld had WAAAAY more content back then. There's no way I would buy a subscription now.

Meanwhile, European Mac Mags are still excellent, especially Germany's MacWelt and MacUP and France's SVMMac. Too bad I don't read German, and my French has degraded too much in the 10+ years I haven't used it to be useful.
post #36 of 46
I subscribe to MacWorld and MacAddict, like many peeps here. They are both useful magazines, MacWorld more so. Although all the info you need is on the web, much of that info doesn't reach me for various reasons. So it's nice to have a magazine present it to you.

Each month I look forward to reading MacWorld and my absolute favorite magazine, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/" target="_blank">The Atlantic Monthly</a>.
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I have all editions of MacFormat from 26 to (about) 110. By then, I stopped getting them, 'cos the news was old by the time I read it, as opposed to the net. I used to live off those CDs, too, but the net changed that as well.

Great mag, tho'. Got my first HyperCard stacks published on the disk when I was 11

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[quote]Originally posted by EmAn:
<strong>The only thing I wana complain about with Macworld is that I never get the CDs but the issues in the stores do. What's up with that?</strong><hr></blockquote>

You have to ask for them. I only get them because I subscribed online. If you look at like the 5th or sixth page it says that a 12 mon. subscription in 34.97. I think that includes the CDs.
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[quote]Originally posted by iDude:
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You have to ask for them. I only get them because I subscribed online. If you look at like the 5th or sixth page it says that a 12 mon. subscription in 34.97. I think that includes the CDs.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Oh, ok, that explains why I never get them. I don't really mind since I usually just throw the cds out.
post #40 of 46
macaddict destroyed macworld UNTIL they lost david reynolds, and ian sammis only does the occassional article now (i can't blame either of them, though - david is at apple, and ian's doing the master's/ph.d thing... he's the most brilliant geek i have ever read).

um, macworld's reviews may be comprehensive, but they have been bloody awful since their "redesign" last year. they fixed alot of the design problems (gee, let's pick the biggest damn slab serif for our body text, so our content drops 25%, and we'll put the spillover on our website to drive hits... boy, that was brilliant) now macworld just likes to argue with readers in their letters to the editor section. andy inahtko is the only reason i read it anymore. and yes, it was better before pogue left... ah well, life moves on.

anyway, my vote is with macaddict, but it's a shakey vote these days...

also, macaddict's cd's are actually worth collecting. the staff videos are fun (well, sometimes), and they have a LOT of demoware -- good for those who don't have broadband connections for updates and such (hey, they were handy when i was stuck with a 36k modem for the first half of last year... ugh).

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