GAG-News celebrates 12th birthdayBy Chris Williams. Published: 23rd Mar 2004, 22:19:05 | Permalink | Printable
German and European coverage of RISC OS Media Watch GAG-News, the German RISC OS magazine, is celebrating 12 years in print this month, making it one of the longest running RISC OS publications. The March/April issue of the bi-monthly journal should by now be in the hands of its German, Swiss, Austrian and Dutch readers.
GAG-News, where GAG is short for German Archimedes Group, is edited by the ever enthusiastic Herbert zur Nedden who also writes most of every issue. In the past, the magazine was also co-edited by Olaf Krumnow and then later by Rainer Schubert. These days, each issue consists of 32 A4 pages of RISC OS news coverage, questions and answers from readers, product reviews and articles from writers. This article, published in an earlier Foundation issue, does a good job of explaining how GAG-News came to life. Unlike the editors for the other RISC OS magazines, Herbert isn't a full-time journalist and by day is a programmer and sysadmin. In his free, when not working on the magazine, he spends time with his family and gardening.
Front cover of issue 59 and inside spread example.
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Herbert initially used an A5000 with the DTP package Impression to produce GAG-News. He later upgraded to a RiscPC with Impression Publisher and now currently uses an Iyonix with Impression Publisher running on Aemulor. In addition, Herbert also uses Artworks 2, Draw, Photodesk and Paint to prepare graphics. In its early days, the magazine would be printed on a laser printer and sent to a photocopier however since issue 8, the magazine is sent to a print house in Postscript format.
"Getting together with others was one of the main motivations", explained Herbert, on why GAG-News was launched in 1992. "I did get to know the odd nice guy this way; as a matter of fact I found some very good friends through this."
According to Herbert, the high points in running the magazine included the official two day visits from Acorn to the GAG in 1996 to show off the StrongARM card and later to show off the fabled Phoebe machine shortly before the break up of Acorn Group.
We asked what he thought were the best articles GAG-News has published over its 12 year stint. "With 72 issues, this is a hard one", admitted Herbert, who then suggested the article on Dave Pilling's SparkFS as at the time it was the "first article on SparkFS ever published" and also Steffen Huber's Iyonix vs. Omega article [pdf in German]. The magazine also ran an article in light of the cancellation of the 1998 Acorn World show, where Herbert contacted all the exhibitors for information and feedback and produced a "virtual Acorn World" write-up.
As for predictions for RISC OS in 2004, Herbert commented: "GAG-News will stay around, I hope to move to Impression X. VirtualRPC on top of Linux would be nice."
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