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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Jon, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    You've been waiting for it too, Chuck? Please write a quick review when you have a chance to dink around with it. Thanks. :)

    I've been waiting for this CD and for Orchids of Borneo, Volume 5. It's my understanding Vermuellen has had some health issues, so the book has been delayed for a bit.
     
  2. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Cool, we can borrow it from Chuck!
    :D
     
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    Manuran New Member

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    Okay, I'll try to write a little about it once I get it.
    Karen, you can borrow it, but you will probably have to pry it from my hands. lol
     
  4. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I'll hold him down while you grab it Karen!!!
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    If I don't spend too much money in Florida next weekend, I might just have to get this for myself.
     
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    Alexis New Member

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    Get it anyway. I'm sure you'll be spending too much in Florida...
     
  7. Manuran

    Manuran New Member

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    It just came today...
    but it turns out I need to run it on Windows XP or Vista. I'm on a mac.
    I'll report back as soon as I take care of this glitch.
    It's kind of funny that it comes with a 3D viewer. :). I checked out the stereo images online and the viewer works like it should! Pretty neat.
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey, Chuck, if you are expecting help from these people, good luck. I tried dealing with them about my old disks no longer working on Mac. I then set up my machine so I could run Windows and it still didn't work. They had to send me a work around that left me without the ability to search unless I jumped through a few more hoops which I haven't done yet. I found them arrogant and rude.
     
  9. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Us?
     
  10. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    No, the people who put out the series "The Orchids of New Guinea".
     
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    Manuran New Member

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    Thanks for the warning Marni. I guess if you register the cd with the publishers, they will offer you assistance. After hearing your of experiences, I'm hoping to avoid that all together.
    I just found a laptop to use that was running Vista and it worked well. I think I will just continue doing that or maybe I'll go down to the public library. The bulbophyllum cd is packed with a lot of very interesting info. It will take some time to go through all of it.
     
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    Manuran New Member

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    As promised...

    I'm glad that I held off on writing a short review of this cd. I've still only looked at it 3 times or roughly 6 hours, and feel I have only scratched the surface. The amount of information and the layout is very useful to the researcher or the bulbophyllum addict. It becomes clear that this is it's main intent. Everything is cross-referenced, making your search for particular information very easy. For the hobbyist it is a great tool to find all the bulbophyllums within your favorite section, even if you aren't familiar with the various sections. For the person that doesn't want to be bothered with all the details and information, and just wants to see the photos, this is an easy task as well. Is this a cd for everyone? I don't think so. Should the bulbophyllum addict buy it? Definitely! The hobbyist looking for cultural information will be disappointed as it is a bit scant. Even when you dig down deep there is not a lot of information. Also, many of the species don't have photographs, what you get instead are some of the original drawings. If you are into this sort of thing, it is nice to have the drawings of Schlecter, VanRoyen, Vermuelen, and others. While many of these are not too difficult to find, it is nice to have them all in one place. I personally was really excited to see the drawings of J.J. Smith included. The library at our university does have copies of his works, but these are kept in the rare book section. Which meant I could look at them, but I couldn't photocopy them. The only way was to get the staff photographer to take images of the plates. The bill would have been $1200. Getting them included in the $100. cd is so much better!

    That being said, there really are a lot of wonderful photos too. Quite a few of species I haven't seen before. This includes a couple of species that after reading the description and looking at the line-drawings I waited for years to see. There is also a species that I had seen a photo of over a decade ago and immediately fell in love. Now it has a name and is included in this work. Let me just say Bulbophyllum sannio...wow! Which leads me to Peter Jongejan's 3D images, as this is how I saw B. sannio. ( back then he just called it Bulbophyllum red butterfly) I think they had to scan his 3D images at just a decent resolution. They certainly don't have the details of the originals, but they are still very good images of rarely seen species and really add a lot to this cd. And to make things even better...they include a paper viewer! I tried looking at the 3D samples online, but without the viewer I only succeeded with a few. My biggest accomplishment was a headache from crossing my eyes for so long.

    Anyway, I've gone on long enough. As you can tell, I have never reviewed anything before! All, I can really say is, If you have an interest in New Guinean Bulbophyllums , then this cd is easily worth the cost. If you think you may be interested in New Guinean Bulbophyllums, then this cd is certainly worth the cost. Secretly, I know the true cost won't be evident until you factor in the addiction that is sure to follow!
     
  13. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    *sigh*

    Just purchased it.
     
  14. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    Did you happen to buy me a copy for my graduation present?
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Damn. I completely forgot. Sorry man.
     
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    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Just found the line drawing of bulbophyllum sannio. Oh my.
     
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    Karen Species nut

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    "Secretly, I know the true cost won't be evident until you factor in the addiction that is sure to follow!"

    I'm sure that part is true!
     
  18. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I received my copy of the CD today. Oh my. Chuck was very thorough in his review, and frankly, I'm not that good with words, so I'll go ahead and say the following. With the exception of a few details, it's a pretty decent review of the CD.

    I had to close the program because I found myself saying, "holy shit" more frequently than I'm comfortable with. The photos are decent, the line drawings are great, the description information is helpful and thorough. Like Chuck... I mean... Like I said, the cultural info is a little sparse, but it's enough to figure out where to put species in the GH. I guess the worst thing about the CD is that it's similar to window shopping on Wolfgang's site. There are so many beauties that will never be seen in my collection that it's kinda difficult to look at. :)

    My favorite part, though, is the 3D goggles that came with it. :cool:
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've been amazed over the years at plants I thought I would never get. I've had people laugh at me when I inquired about this or that thing, telling me that I would never get it. BS. I learned a long time ago not to laugh at someone's wish list. Patience pays off. Orchid growing is a long range project.
     
  20. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Good point, Marni. I mean, I did eventually acquire bulbo denophyllum, bulbo restrepia, and bulbo pseudotrias.