new JASA CD-ROMs ("James W. Beauchamp" )

Subject: new JASA CD-ROMs
From:    "James W. Beauchamp"  <j-beauch(at)UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU>
Date:    Sat, 20 Jan 2001 16:26:40 -0600

Jont, Mori, Here is my experience with installing and initially using the new ASA CD-ROM package for 1929 - 1996: 0) To start with, I have an iMac with a 15 inch screen running OS 9.04. 1) It's a nice package of ten disks in a plastic container. There are no instructions about how to use it, but there is a single sheet for "ONLINE HELP & TECHNICAL SUPPORT" which gives phone numbers, a fax number, and an email address for getting help. I find the hours, 7 AM - 1 AM M-F and 8 AM - 8 PM (EST?) weekends to be very satisfactory. 2) I put in the disc 4 CD, where I have a paper, and doubled-clicked on 'STARTJASA.HTML'. That just seemed like the logical thing to do. This brought up my internet browser, MS Internet Explorer. This gave me a 'Welcome' screen. I clicked on 'ENTER'. 3) Next came up a screen which listed the volumes contained on that disk, in this case, Vol. 53 - 63. Not remembering which volume it was in, I selected 'Search'. A Search page came up, and I had to widen the window to get it to fit on the screen. I set it to search for 'Author' and 'Title', and put "James W. Beauchamp" for author and "violin" for title keyword. It responded "no matches". I got rid of the "James W." and it came back with "1974 CD04 Time Variant Spectra of Violin Tones". Above that it said ../cd04/v56n03/p995-p1004.html. This was a clue that I should choose Vol 56, No. 3, which I did. 4) Next came up the cover page for Vol. 56, No. 3, and I scrolled down to my article and selected it. At this point I got into trouble. My MacOS 9.04 said it didn't know what application to use to read the document. The document's suffix was ".djvu", so that should have been a clue. In my ignorance, thinking that this was the same setup as the yearly JASA CD's, I selected "Acrobat Reader". This crashed my iMac! 5) I called technical support. After some confusion about my pronunciation of "djvu", I found out that I needed to first download a copy of djvu from a site such as "". This proved to be easy, and it automatically installed plugins for MSIE and Netscape. 6) I repeated steps 2, 3, and 4 above, and this time it worked and my paper came up! At this point I could adjust the size of the print. I found the default 75% fit the screen nicely, but the print was quite blurry. 100% was easier to read, but I had to really stretch the window to make it fit on a 15 inch screen. It would be easier if you could get rid (temporarily) of the left side bar, which you don't need to read the article. Selecting pages was easy, but I noted a small bug that causes the display of the current page not to update when you select from the popup window. 7) Since I don't have a printer on this iMac I can't say anything about However at the 100% setting the screen quality is fine. print quality. I'll find out when I find a machine with a printer. 8) I went back to the page where I could do more searching and played around. I found that "J. W. Beauchamp" works but not "James W. Beauchamp", even though that's what's on the article. I also found out that there are no abstracts of papers presented at ASA meetings, only published papers. Perhaps there will be a CD in the future that has all of the meeting abstracts. All-in-all it's been a good experience. I'm very grateful that I can now get rid of my "yellow wall". The only thing I suggest is that in the future ASA include some minimal instructions with the set, including how to install DJVU. Jim Beauchamp University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL j-beauch(at)

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