Where we left off:
U raise a cupla good points
Re:the archives could run into 1000's of pages
Q: Is all the info stored on paper as in service bulletins etc ready to scan or is it already setup as a PDF file, or even on a fiche film?
When U scan a page to pdf file it can misread some letters etc as seen when hitn on Google Patent some aren't perfect in translation
the advantage of scanning to a PDF file: is just about anyone could do it
Scanning as a jpg (Picture file) spose there ain't many th@ can or R willing to do it other than me on a limited basis
scanning as a jpg I can alter n change parts of document th@ have aged and are not 100% readable I can Sharpen or lighten them up to makem readable or should I say more readable than the original. the other advantage is a jpg pic page is displayed as WUSIWYG where by a pdf is a file name to click on to retreive info
Q: do U see th@ the pages @ Old Magnets Caterpillar Tractor Operation & Restoration Files an advantage or disadvantage being able to view each page up front??
I typically scan stuff in jpg but info may arrive in any format. The alterations you mention I usually do in photoshop although my scanner has some limited alteration features also. This is much more than just a big photo album. What is missing now is the ability to combine text and pictures (without overlaying info on the picture itself). This is the same problem we had with the starter stuff. The only way I was able to combine both was to establish text, instructions, specifications etc in a pdf format and insert the pictures. If there are other methods, I'd be interested.
The format I envision is similar to how a Cat service manual is laid out.....into about 10 sections that will be repeated where necessary for the various models in a chronological order of models. The info will be a combination of instructions, pictures and specifications.
The sections I am using are:
1. Purchasing a tractor
2. Reviving a resting unit
4. Service & Operation
7. Trouble Shooting
I have been able to capture everything discussed in these categories which break down into several sub categories which I have and will post shortly.
The materials I have currently collected are primarily orientated to keeping units serviced and operational as the tractors I have focused on are still earning their keep and have not yet achieved museum status.
It is extremely important that archives be arranged in a logical fashion as things could get pretty cumbersome when dealing with a huge volume of material and the many applications. To start out the focus should be on track layers and graders until the format is established. Other equipment can evolve later if there is sufficient demand.
Open for feedback please