Starting to Convert Handbook

September 22, 2008

With the new conversion program I have been able to convert the old British Footpaths Handbook much easier and faster now.

This is the most important book in the series of 19 walking guides books authored by Richard Hayward.  It shows how to handle money, locate B&B’s, find pubs, and spend as little money as possible on your walking trip along the English waymarked pathways.

Richard was not able to switch to digital cameras due to the momentum of his large volume of pictures he had accumulated on film and due mostly to his advanced cancer.  The number of good pictures he took between 1985 and 2006 might exceed 5000.  I have just now started to review the prints from the film packages.  I am mostly looking for the original negatives he shoot of the pictures on the back of each of his guide books.  With my new high quality scanner I am able to scan his negatives, and photoshop them for and paste in the digitized covers I now have from Applied Digital Imaging in Bellingham.  When done I am able to make a much better cover picture than he originally had.

At this time I have also nearly rewritten the PHOTOGRAPHY chapter.

The next chapter in the Handbook I need to focus on is PACKING and how to keep your small pack as light as possible.  Richard was able to hold his pack weight to below 8 to 9 pounds and at times less then 8 pounds.  I will lay out our packing list and why we take certain items and how we use them.


A New Conversion Program

September 9, 2008

I have been manually converting and reformatting each of Richard 19 books in preparation for re-issuing new publications.  He typed each chapter (Sometimes each page) as a new page in a new folder so there are many files for each book.  My goal is to convert his walking guide books to all electronic format so as new information is added (such as different B&B’s, changes in the path, corrections Richard may have made in a path description) it would be easy to change the “Masters” for our desk-top publishing of these books.  Also the covers are being digitized and modified to add flexibility for changing the cover and to allow uploading images to the website.

I purchased a conversion program and tried it out.  So far I have learned how to install it and have tried it out converting “A Pilgrim’s Way” and “The British Footpath Handbook”.

In the past, it has been taking me 3 to 4 weeks to convert each book.  So far after 2 days of work I have been able to convert about 80%-90% of theses two books.  In a couple more days I should have these two books essentially finished.

To date I have converted 7 books in about a year.  These two books look like it will take about 4 to 5 days.  At this rate I should have all 19 books converted by the end of the year.  I would like to re-issue them as new editions with a 2009 copyright.

My next goal is to get back to the website and finish installing and activating the PAYPAL buttons.

Pilgram’s Way

September 3, 2008


Now that I have nearly finished with the Cornwall Coast Path, I have desided to start the conversion of the Pilgram’s Way.

Although I have not walked this path, it is one of the older books of Richard’s and it has not been republished since he last walked it in 1997-1998.  There is a long process of converting each section from Richard’s old 1996 MAC into a WORD document.  Each of these separate sections are then combined into one file.  I have scanned all of Richard’s working master pages.  These files give me the drawings and the maps saved as finals as JPG files for insertion into the WORD document.  As I have said before it takes about 3-4 weeks for the conversion.

I am starting to slowly develop my skills at Photoshopping and have nearly matched Richard’s cover for the Cornwall Coast Path.  In fact I must say mine is a significantly crisper picture for the back cover.  As with the later books Richard published or re-published he started to place a small insert of the photo from his Bibliography into the back cover picture (rather than a picture of him enjoying the path).  With this spirit I may use one of his very pretty coastal pictures and insert his small picture.  I think he would approved.

Cornwall Coast Path

September 2, 2008

I have been working on transmographying Richard’s old hard copy (physical) paste up masters to complete WORD documents.  This sound easy but I have not found an easy way to do this.  It takes about 3-4 weeks to do this conversion.  I am about ready to print the new cover with the sheets in “bookfold”.  Part of the reason it takes me so long to convert Richard’s old 1995 MAC files is because he originally wrote all chapters and sections and in some cases almost every new page to separate files.  The other reason it takes me so long is of course that I am not too computer savvy myself and I need do so much manually that possibly could be done directly by a hot computer geek.

The Cornwall Coast Path guide was published as a second edition in 2000.  This will be the third edition and it looks like it will have a 2009 publication date.

I will try to upload a draft picture of this book as soon as I can.

Fred Austin (9/1/08)