iPad版Frommer旅游指南应用还无法替代纸质Frommer旅游指南

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访客:24837  发表于:2012-05-14 16:32:33

       

Inkling公司的合作伙伴Frommer网站里的一群人,最近做了一件好事。他们把Frommer旅游指南经裁减后移植到了iPad上。但苹果平板电脑固有的功能局限还是削弱了Frommer旅游指南原来的交互性。

        Inkling开发了 iPad版的Frommer旅游指南,指南范围涵盖了阿拉斯加、加利福尼亚、哥斯达黎加、大不列颠、法国、日本、西班牙。我下载了这个应用,并仔细研究了加利福尼亚的部分。原来标价15美元的iPad版指南,现在在亚马逊上已涨到了19.79美元。

    iPadFrommer旅游指南有一大势,这就是它远比纸质书便宜。此外它还有不少额外的好处。象iPadFrommer旅游指南上还能查询目的地的实时天气预报,还允许你查询目的地的详细情况,包括地图、实地照物、介绍性站点等信息。使用者还可以利用关键词查询旅游指南全书的内容,事实上使用者还可以在应用中进一步查询维基百科和谷歌中的相关内容。在此基础之上,使用者还可以增加注释和书签,使用者甚至可以按自己的喜好设定字体。

    

因为应用了Retina 显示技术,iPadFrommer旅游指南中的照片极为华丽。照片都来自于摄影技术极好的驴友。使用者还可以选择观看连续放映的幻灯片。

那么,又是什么使得使用者感到不爽呢?

 当使用者想要在社交网络中共享Frommer旅游指南的内容时,他们必须先要有一个Frommer网站的帐号,才能实现操作。但究竟什么是Frommer帐号呢?加利福尼亚旅游指南中并没的提及。通过查询谷歌,我发现使用者只能先在Frommer网站上注册一个帐号,这就意味着,你必须是Frommer网站的付费用户。这看上去多么垃圾呀。 

    全文如下:   

     The folks at Frommer’s, in partnership with Inkling Systems, Inc., did a superb job tailoring select Frommer’s travel guidebooks to the iPad. But inherent limitations with Apple’s tablet decrease the usefulness of Frommer’s interactive travel guides.

     Inkling developed iPad editions of Frommer’s guidebooks for Alaska, California, Costa Rica, Great Britain, France, Japan and Spain. I downloaded and perused Frommer’s California Day By Day, a $15 iPad version of the paperback travel guide that currently goes for $19.79 on Amazon.com.

     One advantage the iPad Frommer’s guides have over their dead-tree counterparts is immediately apparent: They’re less expensive. They also have numerous additional benefits. The iPad guidebooks incorporate current weather information for destinations; enable you to view destination details, photos, and websites next to maps; offer excellent keyword search features that comb not only the book but also lets you search Wikipedia and Google from within the app; allow you to add notes and highlighting; and enable you to adjust the font size.

    The gorgeous color photographs are perhaps the best thing about Frommer's  iPad versions. On Apple’s tablet, particularly the new Retina-display iPad, the photographs are both stunning and wanderlust inducing. And you can view a variety of slideshows.

    So what’s not to love?

     While you can share the guide’s content on social media, you’ll need a Frommer’s account to do so. What exactly is a Frommer’s account? The California guide doesn't say. By searching Google, I discovered that you can only register for a Frommer’s account “during the check out process of an online order.” In other words, you must be a paying customer to have a Frommer’s account. Bummer.

     I also found the California guide’s travel advice to be mostly predictable and at times shallow. When reading about San Francisco, where I live, I found primarily the obvious tourist attractions mentioned. And in some cases, the guidebook paints a rosy picture of a destination that doesn’t fully match reality. For instance, Haight Street in San Francisco “still kicks a pretty groovy street scene with throngs of fashionistas, punks, street musicians, and tourists trying to make sense of it all.” The guide doesn't mention the street’s particularly aggressive, and sometimes abusive, panhandlers.

     The iPad itself also has a number of limitations as a travel guidebook replacement. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather not have a $600 piece of equipment in my backpack when navigating unfamiliar towns and cities. Aside from security concerns, the iPad adds weight and bulk to your bag. I’d much prefer to carry print-outs of selected guidebook pages—but the Frommer’s app doesn’t offer a way to print.

     The iPad screen is also difficult to read in bright sunlight, so you may have a hard time viewing the guidebook’s information when you need it most.

     Ultimately, Frommer’s iPad guidebook editions seem best suited for finding ideas about what to see and do before you go on vacation.

 

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