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Big Thanks To The New Manuals Section

Postby Brandon Webb » Tue May 07, 2013 1:31 am

I really enjoy this part of the forum. It is priceless for research and learning how this old stuff goes together. I really impressed my local IH dealer last week. I have an IPad and the manuals are downloadable to the E books app which saves them for non wifi access. I carried my iPad into my dealer to order some parts for my planter and he was amazed that I had the same information like their computers use with parts layouts and part numbers. It was fast and easy to see and got us talking cubs and helped my relationship with them. It's also good for carrying out to the barn with no wifi being able to reference whatever I'm doing. Big thanks to all those who work so hard scanning and buying these manuals. I'm going to go through all I have and see if there is anything I have that the forum doesn't and see what I can do to contribute. I would encourage others to do the same. Everybody hoards up all this rare stuff and puts it up for safe keeping which is cool but these manuals need to be scanned and on the server for everyone to use. And Rudi I know I've seen has saved and watched EBay to buy manuals himself to scan for the server. Maybe as a forum we could come up with a general fund to help in this process? Buy the needed original manuals scan them and re-sell them to replenish the fund? This is THE Cub Forum we should have the best collection of cub literature in the world. Thanks again to everyone involved and I hope I can do more to contribute.
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Re: Big Thanks To The New Manuals Section

Postby bob in CT » Tue May 07, 2013 5:35 am

A lot of people sent me manuals for scanning. For a while I worked at a company that could scan a double sided page in a half a second! It was nothing to scan a 800 page manual, but lot of time to crop each page and bookmark them. Then each page was converted to a jpeg and emailed to Rudi by the hundreds some nights so people with dial up could have fast access to the page needed and that is how we share pages in posts.
The pdfs with "OCR" in the title were set up with Optical Character Recognition and are searchable (not perfect, but not bad). Those pages were all cropped and the booked were bookmarked for easy navigation and with newer technology the resolution is better and file size smaller. Still a lot of bookmarking to do. It is great that Dennis is hosting them. I don't have to mail as many CDs as I used to. :mrgreen:
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Re: Big Thanks To The New Manuals Section

Postby Rudi » Tue May 07, 2013 8:35 am

Brandon:

Thanks for the kind words. It has been a labour of love you could say. Many of our members mailed manuals to me for scanning, some emailed scanned manuals and I bought a lot as I could afford them (on a Veteran's pension). I have had some generous support at times from member and they all know who they are that enabled me to acquire specific manuals. When Bob and Michael decided to start the pdf project (this was/is meant for those on high speed/wideband internet service) I tried to fully support the project. In fact every manual I bought from that date forward until Bob lost access to the high speed scanner went directly to Bob. For those still on dialup or low end broadband - the jpegs on the server are still pretty easy to access, simply view the page and save it.

Most of the manuals that were on my site have now been duplicated on farmallcub.com. I still have dozens of manuals that I am working on as I have time and I have even more manuals that are in the scan after I have scanned donated manuals pile. Eventually, I will get my server done and they will be added at that time. There is literally hundreds and hundreds of manuals for the Cub, Lo-Boy, Numbered Series Cubs, Implements of course both IH and OEM as well as later after market implements that can be used by Cubs and a lot of implements that have been adapted from horse drawn. Goal is to provide the very best on-line lending library possible.

It couldn't have been done with out the generous support of members who donate manuals and Bob who has scanned so many donated and acquired eBay manuals for me.

I am just glad that folks use them as that is what they are for.
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