14 February, 2010

Burda At A Glance PDF Archive update

Look left. The Burda At A Glance Archive is a clickable link to a couple of files containing the At A Glance pages from my (admittedly recent) issues, in a Google Group I set up for this purpose. After I did that, I discovered that Google Group has a 10 Mb file size limit.

The good news is that Kay The Sewing Lawyer has very kindly given me access to her scans - 86 pages of them, including covers, which are nice eye candy. Thank you, Kay! I cheerfully compiled all of them into a single pdf file: 137 Mb! Obviously, this file can't go into the Google Group I set up.

I can shrink it some by: 1. omitting the covers (1/3rd size reduction); 2. converting the colour jpgs to greyscale gifs in Photoshop before compiling the pdf. I've been playing with that, with some success, but Photoshop has a bit of a learning curve, I'm still looking for a way to batch do it to all the tech drawings at once, not one by one. In any event, the file will still be bigger than 10 Mb unless I start splitting it into teeny bites, and that wasn't quite what I intended.

What I'm heading towards now is finding a better, more transparent free file hosting site than the one I tried originally, post my pdf or pdfs there, and re-jig the link at left.

If any of you know of a really good file hosting site with large file size limits, let me know. Like I said originally - a work in progress, and work, life, sewing etc all get a bit in the way of getting it finished.


  1. WOW that is a fantastic idea. I wish I had thought of it:) It is brillaint to have all these pages on a file like this. Thank you for posting it on your blog. It is such a useful way of quickly looking through the magaZines featured patterns....

  2. I hope you can get it to work!

  3. Hi SJM, Flickr allows uploads of 100 MB per month and they have a very neat little desktop program to which you can drag and drop images to upload.

    Here is a link to a tutorial on using batch processing in Photoshop - like macros in Word:

    (Not affiliated to either!)

  4. Me again! Just realised that you would probably want to upload PDFs, not images... the best option is probably www.box.net free version. It has a 1 GB storage limit and 25 MB limit per file. Also allows you to organise things in folders and even records how many downloads you get. This is where I store my tutorials for download. I hope this helps!

  5. Totally cool! I will use this very often. Thank you!

  6. Dear Ms. SJM,

    Thank you so much for stopping by our Santa Barbara store and sharing your blog with us. It was a pleasure meeting you and your sister-in-law in person! Please encourage her to come in should she need any help with her sewing project.


    Susanne and Pamela