Introduction . . .

This is a brand new blog, by a brand new blogger. However, some readers may recognize this blog's title, taken from a series of books of the same name. Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.

As we move forward from here on-going efforts will be made to transfer selected content from the Better Microscopy books series into this new format, not only to provide to provide more effective distribution, but also as a means for making timely additions and overdue updates to that material. In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.

The current plan is to aim for a content mix that is both interesting and educational -- perhaps even inspiring -- and which will address the needs and interests of a wide range of user levels, from beginner to semi-professional. With more decades of Microscopy experience than I care to admit, I hope I will be able to contribute something to others in terms of both knowledge and enjoyment.

I hope you find something of interest in new undertaking as it takes shape and gain much from its content, now and well into the future!

Just beware of the occasional attempts at humor...

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 12, 2016

More Progress -- Full-color!

One of the limitations of the publishing process is the need to restrict images to b/w (black/white). This was due to both simple economic factors and the desire for reasonable image color accuracy.

Some time ago there had been noises made about creating the capability to insert color pages into an otherwise all-b/w book -- but that never happened. So, if you want to place even one color image inside such a book, the entire book must be printed via a "full-color process", which more than triples the cost!

Also, there is the related matter of just how accurate and consistent the image colors will be, inasmuch as the books are individually printed, and not necessarily always by the same printer.

So, because of these concerns, and complaints voiced by other authors about such problems, it was decided to keep all the books in the Better Microscopy Series as black/white only.

However, with the advent of what now amounts to Internet publishing, by simply distributing files over the Web, it really makes little difference whether the images contained in the file are full-color or not.

Because of this an effort was begun to acquire the software tools necessary to replace individual b/w images in a .pdf file with their original full-color versions. This has now been accomplished.

As a test, this .pdf file now contains such a full-color replacement image:

Clicking on the link should open the file in a new window. If your browser lacks a ".pdf viewing" capability, you will have to download the file for viewing, or add the capability. If you are still using Windows, "PdfXchangeViewer" works quite well, loads quickly, and is Free. Just use Google Search to locate their website and the download link. I never use Adobe now that I have this!  

If you're using Chrome, there is a rather decent "PDF Viewer" app which also works quite well. (If you're using anything else, you may need Google Search to find something you can use...)

And, as a last resort, there's always Adobe's "Acrobat Reader"!

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