Works nicely! Temporary bug but only during 1st run. Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Very useful!!! It let me export as PDF very simply and with no problems!
Had a temporary bug (running Firefox 19.0.2 on WinXP SP2) : In my very first booklet it would not let me delete Spread 1, with or without being the only spread, and also I tried swapped it with another so that it was no longer #1 but that didn't remedy this... HOWEVER, my 2nd booklet DID NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS regarding this! :))) PS---- I'm unsure what the margin functions do, but they seem not needed to make a beautiful PDF with fully customized web content!!! Thank You For This. :)
BONUS: Even the links i paste are clickable in the finished PDF !! :-)))))))))
Thanks GuitarGeek69, for all the positive !'s! :)
Sorry you had problems with the initial booklet. We'll see if we can remedy this within short. Trails isn't really under active development, but getting positive feedback always gives the project a little extra energy.
Regarding the margins: Sometimes the print presets in Firefox won't allow the booklets to come out nicely, and the margin function takes care of that for you. It basically changes your print margins to fit the columns nicely on paper.
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
good idea but not baked enough.
It's buggy, make FF to freeze and lacks keyboard shortcuts which is so essential.
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
The idea is great and the product could be as well but I found it very disappointing.
It is unlikely that snippets taken from various web pages will be in th eorder you want them but there is no way to rearrange them and no decent way to edit or insert comments.
If instead you drag images or highlighted text to something like OpenOffice Writer then you have much more flexibility to generate the document you want. The only thing Trails does which is better is to automatically insert the url for the site.
With a few more editing options this would be good but as it is, as far as I can tell at least, it's not at all good and I don't understand how it got awards.
Thanks for the review, Martin.
You just reminded us to add a disclaimer to the intro text saying "Please be aware that this is an experiment, born created in 2006..." Wanted to write back highlighting this but realised there's no easy way to tell things like that from the download page.<br>Nevertheless, we see it as a huge compliment that someone has taken the time to report trails' flaws; time taken means regards, right? And you're absolutely right: when it comes to collecting-web-fragments tools there are a multitude of much more efficient examples out there. The intention of trails was to create a link (as much philosophical as technical) between the web and the print medium. And that's what it is. We'd love to spend more time making trails better in many ways, but development time is valuable and right now we choose to spend it on other projects (check <a href="http://thecafesociety.org">http://thecafesociety.org</a> if you're interested!).<br>That said, any ideas, tweaks or improvements you might have, feel free to play with the code: <a href="http://github.com/thecafesociety/trails">http://github.com/thecafesociety/trails</a>. And let us know how it goes!
gute Idee - aber... Rated 2 out of 5 stars
...leider muss ich mich der Bewertung von laguna92651 am December 31, 2010 anschliessen. was auch noch fehlt ist die Möglichkeit, die Grösse der Bilder einzustellen oder die Originalgrösse des/r Bildes/r zu übernehmen (macht aus Thumbnails automatisch grössere Bilder die der Seite angepasst sind - sieht dann seeehr pixelig aus!).
ausserdem fehlt die Möglichkeit mehrere Bilder einzufügen... da muss wohl noch ein Bisschen gearbeitet werden.
ansonsten gute Idee! und wenn ihr dranbleibt, gibt's auch mehr Sterne.
We understand what you mean with the blowing-up of smaller images, but (as hinted in the previous comment) what we're looking for is as clean a layout as possible. It's great to get the feedback though, and we've made a note of it, for sure. It's a concept extension, and not meant to replace a layouting application, but input like this is great.
Regarding the ability to add more images... you can, right? If you mean without any separator, then that might be solved with the addition of point 3) by @laguna92651. Or do you mean something different?
Great way to compile information Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great add-on, I love it, just what I was looking for. Trails does what I need but if your looking for suggestions.
1. Text formatting; font, size, bold
2. Also option to include both reference & separator or none.
3. Export text to txt or rtf file.
4. I would like to be able to print 1 or 2 columns in portrait mode
5. When I try to add a clip that is too large to fit into spread 1, Trails asks me if I want to create a second spread, which I do. I when I complete pasting clips into spread 2 and edit spread 1, so there is enough room that the clip in spread 2 would fit into spread 1, is there a way to copy or flow the clip from spread 2 into spread 1, so I can eliminate empty white space when I print.
Looks like one problem, I always get one more column than I select, if I select 1 column I get 2 columns, select 2 columns I get 3 columns etc.
Thanks for the great work, I look forward to future upgrades.
Thank you very much!
1) As trails is really a 'stripper' of clutter in the sense that it allows you to bring information from a busy web to a fairly calm book layout, we've chose to leave out any RTE capabilities. You can chose to make a whole text passage bold, but that's probably as far as we'll go with this extension.
2) Good idea - we'll take that into serious consideration for the next update!
3) Also very interesting. We'll think about that one.
4) Would be solved if 3) is added, correct?
5) The problem is that we're restricted to work with markup, JS and CSS in the sidebar, and best way to get a column layout is to use CSS' columns. To be able to see if a text/image is too big to fit the spread, we simply check the overflow. Hence we can't really see exactly where a text breaks. As trails is a rather old project (2006) and no longer on the top of the priority list we have left the page-flow functionality rather rudimentary. We've experimented with programmatically reading through the text character by character to find out when it flows over, but it's horribly slow. If anyone has suggestions here they're more than welcome!
Do you really get 3 columns if you select 'II' ? You should actually get 4. And the reason is that what you get is a full spread (i.e. 2 columns/page). In fact, what you get is 2x1/2 spread, since the booklet is designed to be folded and stapled. Check this post for images that clarify a little: http://thecafesociety.org/library/trails/trails/.
Suggestion Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This is a really promising extension.
I have a suggestion: when creating a new booklet, automatically add pane number 1.
Thank you! And very good point; all new booklets created come with an initial 2-column spread (added in 0.4.0).
Great stuff Rated 4 out of 5 stars
This is really a nice item. I appreciate the efforts taken for this add-on.This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.3.3).