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ButtercupSaiyan

LGD Art CD release: CDS or USB? (Ans: USB Drive by a longshot)

I can order custom 2GB USB drives and they cost about $6 apiece to make. A CD burner is about $20, plus making labels and ordering the CDs of course, and the time it takes to burn them. Assuming my sales are pretty robust, they are about both equally as cost effective as the other one.

If you had the option of physically picking up a new folio, which format would you prefer?

[/edit] Sure it's expensive, but I think we have our answer, haha. And the filesize means I can pack in high res files or animations. If I can get 20 sales at AC, really, the price of the drives will be paid back, and I think I can afford them next month.

I will, once again, aim for a folio from me and
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Tacoart
5 years, 8 months ago
USB makes the most sense, these days everything has a USB even game consoles and tvs!
LuDux
5 years, 8 months ago
USB! Way easier to ship too, and not gonna break in shipping.
Saglinger
5 years, 8 months ago
hmm.  Either one has it's merits and drawbacks, though I think the USB drives probably have fewer drawbacks.
Shokuji
5 years, 8 months ago
Why not an SD memory card of some sort? They're even smaller and easier to transport. =3
Saurian
5 years, 8 months ago
I don't know to many people who have an sd card slot, USB is more universal, and still less likely to break comparably. Also sd cards are, for some reason, a bit more expensive then USB, though that's mainly from store knowledge, maybe online prices are different.
Shokuji
5 years, 8 months ago
I've noticed that most computers (and printers) have built in card readers these days. But you're right, USB is universal as long as their computer isn't over 15 years old. =p I checked at some places online, if you buy in bulk you can get 1GB ones for about $1.50 each. =3 But you have to buy a few hundred at once. >_<;
Nightwalker
5 years, 8 months ago
Flash based media in my opinion. USB would be convenient for most, I think
Ookamithewolf1
5 years, 8 months ago
Although I do prefer CD, USB does make more sense. It would save you a lot of time and some money. Go for it. I'll buy it either way.
slightlyshade
5 years, 8 months ago
I would say that USB drives are the way of the future when it comes to this type of media. Also, you can customize them, perhaps, and make them something cool and pretty beyond the content that people can reuse at their own leisure.
rick2tails
5 years, 8 months ago
if you provide a custom sketch cd cover or some mini print then a cd otherwise I suppose the usb would be  easier to deal with in shipping.
silvergunner
5 years, 8 months ago
Optical Drives are becoming scarce in portable computers (not to mention some desktops) so USB might be a better option, along with SD Cards (the latter can also be used on various tablets, and USB adapters are ~£1). You'll need to find a way to make the drive write-protected though (to prevent it been overwritten - an SD Card with a glued down write lock tab might be one physical option).
trashbunny
5 years, 8 months ago
If I really wanna be nitpicky, I must say that the write lock tab doesn't actually change anything electrically in the SD card and can be fully ignored by a SD card reader. Write-once SD cards do exist and act pretty much like CD-Rs do, but they're prohibitively expensive.
silvergunner
5 years, 8 months ago
Yea, I knew write-lock is implemented by a mechanical switch in the reader, and isn't implemented in every device. It was just a really rough suggestion I guess.
darkdoomer
5 years, 8 months ago
up to you to see if the investment is what you expect...
USB : support is solid but expensive, however datas on it can be deleted. otherwise for the user : they get an usb drive which is always welcome sometimes.

CD/DVD : once you got a burner, you're set. cd-r's are inexpensive but if you have a printer you can make a cover and/or label for the disc. it's read-only so you can be sure the person won't delete the things and yell "but i was sure i copied it on my computer !"
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 8 months ago
Honestly, Mediafire offers the one-time only links so it's not as if issuing replacement files is very hard. http://support.mediafire.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/...
trashbunny
5 years, 8 months ago
Some USB sticks got controllers in them, e.g. from the company SMI, that simulate a USB hub with a read-only CD-ROM drive and a read-writable flash dongle attached to it. Essentially, one part of the stick thus becomes read-only and the rest's usable like a usual USB stick. This kind of USB stick is often used for promotional stuff because it's quite flexible. There are tools available for it that allow you to reprogram what's in the read-only area.
If ButtercupSaiyan can get those cheaply, then they would be a good option, too. It all depends on the price she plans to sell them at, though, and of course the demand for them.
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 8 months ago
I usually sell a folio for between $10-20 but CDs are more expensive. USB can be $10-15 because the costs are a bit lower.

What you described is interesting, I wonder what that sort is called?
ObZen
5 years, 8 months ago
USB all the way. The nice thing about them is you can alter the folio on the fly if you complete a pic during your time out you can just stick it on the drive. You can also offer digital commissions on the spot that way. At least that's what I'd do.
Geradex
5 years, 8 months ago
I think USB may be the way to go depending on how you are planing to do it. They likely have a bit more overhead than CD's but they give you better storage and more options.
Terl
5 years, 8 months ago
USB if you can unlock the on drive enryption option. Then you can send an encrypted file, that remains encrypted until its decrypted by the key the person recieves via email on their computer.

Im still researching quantisation matrix stenography, that is, if its possible to encode an image so much, that only the correct watermark can decode it, so that attempting to recompress to get a different quantiusation, remove watermark, teh resulting file is totally different etc.
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 8 months ago
An interesting way of locking down a folio, if I wished to try DRM. Most of the time, I'm not really a DRM sort of person (who knows what technology will bring or when we can't access our own stuff later?) but I can see the value in it for a years-long project involving a full team... there's a lot less margin, so to speak.
trashbunny
5 years, 8 months ago
ButtercupSaiyan
5 years, 8 months ago
lol

That falls down a bit when one sells music or animations.
trashbunny
5 years, 8 months ago
Plenty of ways to record either.
Terl
5 years, 8 months ago
The best I saw was an article on the BBC website, about HDMI to Compoinant converters. the Holllywood guys refused to say anything about it, but as your image says, the simplest idea is th easiest. Its a HDTV decoder, without the TV. Thjerefore it has the legal decrypt chip, the video handling chip, and a couple extra componants for triggering the test function ofn the decrypt chip or such.

That why copy protection is impossible. If a person can discern it, then by definition it is being copied by that person into their mind, memory, and can be copied by technological equivalents.

Something that confuses me. If you have to remove the infrared filter from a digital camera to see near infrared, how do they use near infrared LEDs to blind cameras without people seeing thm?

Of course, you could just use an older computer that has no knowledge of encryption at all, and so just copies the data file. Its a good thing they no longer exist isnt it. Except in the darkness, where the legends sleep.

Now all we need is someone to come up with a digital equivalent to cash in the envelope, but with non existance enryption during transport.
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