BMV - Beer Magazine Viewer

The Beer Magazine Viewer (BMV) is a Java program for viewing and keyword search of beer can collecting magazines. Over 28,000 pages of fourteen different publications have now been scanned into a digital archive.

Questions and Answers
Q: What type of computer do I need to run the BMV software?
A: BMV is written in Java and can run on any computer which supports the Java Runtime Environment. Code has been tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10, and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Q: What version of Java do I need installed on my computer?
A: You must have Java version 1.6.x or later. Java 1.6 was released December, 2006 so very likely your computer already has an acceptable Java version installed. Please see the download instructions for BMV differences between Windows and MacOS computers.
Q: What is the cost of the BMV software?
A: The most popular price point of our collecting hobby, FREE. Anyone may freely download the BMV viewer, search keys, and magazine content. You simply aren't allowed to sell it!
Q: Can I still order BMV media?
A: Of course. There is over 9GB of digital magazine content, not including the viewer plus possible embedded Java Runtime Environment. While free to download most content, click on the above link to purchase USB thumb drive with full content.
Q: What about new features, bug fixes, or new content?
A: Hopefully few bugs will be found, but most certainly new features will be requested and more importantly, new magazine issues will often appear on monthly basis. Please use the "Tools -> Check For Updates" feature for download of any updates.
Q: What if I purchased an earlier version of the BMV?
A: First, thank you. If you already have BMV data installed on your computer please download a new BMV 2.2 package and unzip it into the same directory (e.g. C:\BMV). BMV 2.2 is 100% backwards compatibile with earlier file formats and will automatically adjust data if necessary. Most existing BMV users can simply use their existing BMV DVD for majority of the magazine content and only download recent years issues.