The complete run of Soundboard back issues from Vol. 1 (1974) through Vol. 38 (2012) on one searchable DVD-ROM. Every issue is a searchable PDF file which can be viewed on all computers. You can print any page or pages, including the hundreds of pieces of guitar music published in Soundboard over the years. Text passages can also be selected, copied, and pasted to a word processing program. The color covers have been preserved with color scans, and the many photographs are preserved quite nicely as greyscale scans. System requirements: DVD-ROM reader to transfer the files to your hard drive; 3.3GB of free space. PDFs are viewable equally well on Mac or PC platforms.
Note: In 2012, all the issues of Soundboard through Vol. 36 (1974-2010) were scanned to searchable PDFs from hard copy. Starting with Vol. 37 (2011- ), the PDFs are being generated directly from the printer's files. So as of 2011 no more scanning is being done; every word is searchable within the free Adobe Reader program with near 100% retrieval accuracy.
SoundboardIndex – a work in progress
GFA member and computer scientist Jan de Kloe has undertaken a large project to clean up the errors and omissions encountered in the optically-scanned PDFs of the first 36 volumes of Soundboard. Currently (Jan. 2016) his database and search interface, known as SoundboardIndex, includes Vol. 1-23 (1974-1997). Jan intends to complete his indexing (through Vol. 36) by the summer of 2017, at which point users will have reliable access to every page of the first 36-volumes of Soundboard, covering the seminal years 1974-2010.
For the most current information about the project please visit the de Kloe website, www.dekloe.be, where orders for SoundboardIndex may also be placed. Note that it runs exclusively on a Windows platform. It also requires that the user buy the digitized PDFs of Soundboard (the source files), as sold by the GFA. The easiest and most econnomical way to acquire them is by purchasing the Digital Archive on disc. The system works best when the source files are copied to a folder on your hard drive, where the latest version of SoundboardIndex has also been installed.
—Thomas Heck, Online Research Resources Librarian