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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/3/2015 at 02:30 admin

Hi everyone,

I've just made live a new format of the PDF travel guides we're had available on the site for, well, ages.

The new version have pics and maps and more information than the old ones, but we have had to disable the really big ones like Bangkok, Ko Samui, Chiang Mai, Phuket and a few other big islands but we'll have them live in the next week (or so).

Where previously the whole system for making these was kinda buried, we've changed it to be more obvious. So, if you're on the page for Ko Lipe for example, scroll down and you'll see an option to download a guide. Once clicked, after the server does a few somersaults a copy is deposited in your Guide Library in the Member Centre as has always been the case. You'll need to be logged in to do all this.

Some of the guides are pretty big, so they can take a bit of tame to be created -- please be patient!

If you come across any problems or errors with these - please let me know, and, as always, feedback is welcome -- and appreciated!


#1 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,062

Posted by busylizzy on 15/3/2015 at 03:22

The new format looks good, Somtam - nice work!

A couple of comments...

1. It seems a shame that the link to the guide is at the bottom of the page. What about adding a button/icon at the top (next to buttons for Accom, Transport, etc - called Download Guide). Maybe the helpful text that you put at the bottom could appear in a bubble when you hover your mouse over the button.

2. Older versions used to incorporate accom reviews. It appears that the reviews have been dropped - possibly due to the redesign of how you were going to handle reviews via the forum in future. Is there some way to add a link to the PDF: "Click here to see fellow TF'er reviews", or similar?

Just a couple of thoughts.. otherwise, all good!

#2 busylizzy has been a member since 31/12/2007. Location: New Zealand. Posts: 2,152

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/3/2015 at 03:41 admin


Thanks :-)

1) Yes will be more prominent, I'm just rushing today as have a flight in a couple of hours and needed to get this up today as the old script finally gave up the ghost overnight.

2) Reader reviews will not be in the guide -- and existing reviews are all being removed in the redesign, though, as mentioned earlier, links will be in to link to the forum -- from the main review on the website -- not from the PDF guide.

Cheers & thanks for the thoughts


#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,062

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