When the folks at JLC first told me about their Archive DVD, I was very skeptical. I figured there couldn’t possibly be a good reason for the $100 price tag, and that whatever was on it wouldn’t be worth the green. Then we got our hands on one. As it turns out, I was wrong. Not just wrong: screeching nails on a chalkboard wrong. Read on to find out why.
The 10th edition Archive is a fully searchable resource of every article, photo, and illustration published in the Journal of Light Construction from 1986 to 2006. It’s both PC and Mac compatible, and simple to navigate.
Articles are categorized by subject and listed on easy-to-use menus. Once you’ve found the topic you’re looking for, click on it to access the article. A full-color, printable PDF file opens to reveal a carbon copy of the original article that was featured in the Journal.
I especially like the full print feature. Personally, I would much rather have a hard copy to take with me into the shop to reference without having to worry about getting wood glue on my keyboard.
Ultimately what the archive DVD does is provide 20 years’ worth of data and knowledge and stuff it into an easily-searchable format for about the cost of 18 months of print subscription. Plus, it has no ads and doesn’t require you build a bookshelf to store it in. Not bad for one DVD.
10th Edition DVD Archive [JLC]