50 Years of Playboy and Rolling Stone Magazine in DjVu
[2007-11-28] Celartem Technology Inc. today announced that its DjVu technology has been chosen by Bondi Digital Publishing of New York to capture and compress exact page-by-page reproductions of the entire Playboy Magazine and Rolling Stone archives.
On November 2nd Bondi released the first two products in its Cover to Cover series. Playboy Cover To Cover: The 50s a DVD-ROM set of the inaugural decade of Playboy Magazine and Rolling Stone Cover To Cover: The First Forty Years which includes each of the 1024 issues published from Nov. 1967 through May 2007. Future products will include Playboy by decade as well as other magazine archives to be announced.
After creating hi-resolution scans of the magazine pages, Bondi compressed each image using Celartem’s DjVu technology, resulting in dramatically smaller electronic page images that have far better image quality than JPEG. Furthermore, DjVu digital replicas preserve the stunning visual quality of the print edition necessary to uphold such iconic brand names.
Creating a fully searchable digital archive of 98,000 pages of Rolling Stone and over 115,000 pages of Playboy required a file format which best preserved the original image quality while delivering the smallest possible file size. In addition, Bondi needed a file format with the fastest decode speed.
The Playboy and Rolling Stone DVD-ROM sets retail for $100 and $125 respectively.