We have been working hard behind the scenes to upgrade our storefront. When you visit it now you will find a new entry way that describes the store and gives a few suggestions.
A new shipping module has been added that uses real time information in figuring out what shipping options to offer you. Right now we have it restricted to USPS but later on we may add on UPS, FedEX, and maybe even DHL. This is a service we pay for but so far it has greatly improved the accuracy of shipping costs which should bring savings to those who buy.
A project we have been working months on, the addition of PDF versions of Smoke Trails for download, has come to fruition. We've explored several ways of doing it and finally bought some software that makes it secure and accountable. It ties right into our current shopping cart software. If you order a download upon completion of payment an email is sent with link(s) to the PDFs ordered. Now those links will expire in an hour so it is important to download your order right away. The software also lets us bundle together several files at a discount.
For Volumes 17 and 18 we were fortunate to recover the original PDFs that were used to create Smoke Trails and so the downloads are exact copies, in high resolution. In some cases we have deleted pages that only contained advertisements to make the file smaller and faster to download. Older Smoke Trails will be scanned in at high resolution.
All total we have spent about 150 hours working on the upgrade, testing and refining it. We hope you like the refreshed look and new features.
If you want a look at what the new PDFs look like check the PDF sample for 18-4.