Victor Chew wrote:
Can you give some examples of the V4.x content? I know some of the screenshots in the tutorials are outdated, but the concept/steps are still applicable.
I will try to give some examples. Please, keep in mind that the following paragraphs are only my personal opinions. If I write something, that doesn't mean everybody should agree. It is just a personal opinion, and anyone can freely disagree.
-> Others -> "User-contributed tutorials in the web forum"
which is part of the 4.xx categories.
Maybe you should post 1 new topic under the 5.xx categories, listing and linking (each link with a relevant title) to the topics of the 4.xx tutorials that are still relevant to the 5.xx series.
Then add a link to http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/tutorials.html
something like "User-contributed tutorials in the web forum for 5.0.x UBCD versions
and the previous:
"User-contributed tutorials in the web forum"
could be named something like:
"User-contributed tutorials in the web forum for 4.xx UBCD versions
Another example of (IMHO) needed update could be adding UBCD2ISO to the methods of re-building the iso after customization and before burning. The use of UBCD2ISO should be simpler and better than building the customized iso with a burning software. I mean, the user should use UBCD2ISO to build the customized iso, and the burning software just to burn it (by using the "correct" way to burn iso's).
Hmmm.. the step for using ubcd2iso is detailed under "Generating customized ISO image"
on the customization
page. Or are you suggesting that we point to details for burning the ISO image after generating it?
The link at
-> "Burning the Ultimate Boot CD ISO to CDR/CDRW " ->
-> "Guides to using various freeware and not-freeware applications for burning an ISO image to CD or DVD"
is just listing apps, not giving practical instructions.
If some user doesn't know any freeware to correctly burn an iso image, then listing 17
freeware apps is not going to really help. Moreover, the so-called "instructions" at that linked page are not going to help a newbie, and a more experienced user doesn't need those "instructions".
Instead, I would list
known "current" apps (better if freeware and portable/standalone) that are known to burn iso images. I wouldn't add so many instructions for each app. Adding "too many" possibilities may confuse the newbie, more than help him choose the "right" app for him. Practical info for the newbie to choose the "right" app for him would be:
-OS in which the app run
-minimal RAM and HDD space
For the newbie, a portable app has the advantage that he burns the UBCD iso, and then he can decide to keep that app, or move on to other possibilities. Or, in case he tried one application and it didn't work or fit the user's needs, then he just deletes the app's folder and move on to try the next app. No incompatibilities, no leftovers, less problems.
Victor, IMHO the UBCD website should be focused on UBCD, and on minimizing the questions about "how to burn the iso image?". There are many other sites where he could find specific instructions on burning. Here you are helping the user choose an application, so he can get to use UBCD.
I would take those links for "burning apps instructions" and put them in an "old links" category or something alike. A list
of possible apps is enough.
Maybe, I would add instead (a link to) instructions for burning an iso image to 1 or 2 freeware very simple apps. The rest of the applications would be in a list, and if the user choose to use one of those, he could find instructions in their respective sites/forums.
IMHO, a newbie is not going to burn 1 iso image for the first time with a very complicated application. He just needs a simple application, with only one target: to burn iso images. Bloated apps, or All-In-One apps, are not the most suited ones for newbies. When they gain experience, they always could investigate other apps for themselves.
Now, you have "Tutorials" with links to burning apps. And you have also links in the "FAQ's". The FAQ about burning apps, titled " How do I create the Ultimate Boot CD from the ISO image file" should point to the respective "Tutorials" section, so you are maintaining the info in one place.
Additionally, there is the "UBCD Wiki Tutorials", also with links and instructions about burning, customizing UBCD, and putting UBCD in USB drive. So, you have a "UBCD Wiki Tutorials", a "Customizing UBCD" section, a "FAQ" section, and a "Tutorials" section. You see my point?
Another example of (IMHO) needed update could be adding all the info related to transferring UBCD to usb.
Again, what's missing from the section "Making UBCD memory stick"
on the customization
The FAQ titled "Can I boot Ultimate Boot CD from a USB stick" talks about Plop, but nothing about the script included in UBCD. The "UBCD Wiki Tutorials" mentions "RMPrepUSB", but not the script included in UBCD. For a newbie, or even for more advanced users, which is the preferred method? If you have 3 different places talking about UBCD and USB, which one has the "best" instructions and the "best" tool? Don't you want those 3 places linked with each other? Or maybe a unified place to find the several possibilities? Maybe the rest of those places should have a link to one place explaining about the script, Plop, and RMPrepUSB possibilities?
I think is not about "missing" info, just about making some order.
I hope I am being clear enough, but if I don't, please don't hesitate to ask, and I will try to clarify.
This is just my very humble opinion, and I completely understand that updating both, the program itself and the web pages, is very much time-consuming and not always easy.
The time consuming part is one factor, plus many others. Which is why to some of your requests for updates, it might be easier if you (and others) could send me specific diffs rather than pointing out generics. I do work on the generics with every new release, but specific diffs is the fastest way to effect changes in between releases.
What do you mean when you say "specific diffs"?