ExplorOz Newsletter - Issue 118

9th November, 2006. In this issue: Newsletter Special, New Article - Outback Phenomena, ExplorOz Website Improvements: Support for 800 x 600 Resolution, Font Size Changer and Print Tool.

Dear ExplorOz Reader,
Maps, Books - Custom selection of the best on the market specifically for self-drive travellers

Welcome to another edition of our fortnightly newsletter. Summer is fast approaching and the outback is preparing for another hot and dry season. Give a thought to our hard working farmers and the harsh conditions they are currently facing with drought. They do a fine job and we really need some rain to get them through.
This edition brings a new article inspired by the approaching summer called Outback Phenomenon. We have also brought in some brand new products, so check them out and enjoy the read.


Newsletter Special!!!!

With Christmas just over 6 weeks away we would like to offer you15% off our entireExplore Australia range. Here's a few popular titles on offer that will make great gifts.

This is special offer is valid for 7 days only so be quick.

New Products

It's All Good
This CD tells of Andrew Daddo's motorcycle journey across America with a good mate named Ray O'Neal. The friendship forged between Andrew and Ray was to last a lifetime until Ray's untimely death in February 2004. This dedication tells the story of the things they did together.Only $29.95


Travel Fun Book
This unique travel book should keep the children amused for quite some time! Jam packed full of road car games, tricks, word puzzles, spot the differences, jokes, quizzes, trivia and more!Only $9.95


Australia 4WD Raster Map Collection on DVD
Hema's 4WD DVD map features Australia-wide coverage and includes more than 30 regional maps. Calculate route distances, bearings and positions, create your own map features, print maps and much more.Only $149.00


Latest Editions

Queensland State Map
Great for travel planning, Hema’s State Maps clearly show highways, minor and secondary roads, national and state routes and fully-indexed cities, towns and localities as well as showing country campsites. Only $8.95


Camping Guide to Queensland
Explore the very best of Queensland's great outdoors by going camping. This full revised and updated guide details 500 designated campsites in 210 national parks, state forests and reserves.Only $19.95

Camping Guide to the Northern Territory
Family campers, seasoned travellers, bush walkers and four-wheel drivers will find up-to-date details of over 60 national parks, conservation areas and reserves throughout the Northern Territory. Also includes a guide to 160 campsites and a list of useful contacts and information.Only $17.95

New Article

Outback Phenomena

We explore two natural occurrences you may come across during your travels in the outback. Willy willies which are also known as “dust devils” are quite an amazing phenomenon. They range in size from a couple of metres off the ground to hundreds of metres high. We talk about what they are and how they occur.

Mirages are something most people have witnessed, especially when driving on bitumen roads during a very hot summer day. We discuss how mirages are formed and the main types of mirages there are.Click here for the article


ExplorOz Website Improvements
As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we have been working hard to introduce our brand new site layout. Since then, we have had a fantastic response in regards to the look and feel, the colours, the efficient use of white space and the general user experience. Since the launch, we have been inundated with user feedback. The team at ExplorOz are especially appreciative of your invaluable feedback because your comments are helping towards improving the site for everybody. This feedback has helped us finish some new developments and they include:

  • Support for 800 x 600 Resolution – Since purchases have increased quite considerably for bigger computer screens, more people are switching over to the higher resolutions that suit them. Statistics have shown that around 54% of people were using 800 x 600 in 2001. That number unfortunately has dwindled down to around 16% in 2006. That said, careful decisions had to be made on how much support to give the minority. Although the ExplorOz website is optimised for 1024 x 768 or higher, David has worked hard to improve the look and feel for those still using the lower resolution.

  • Font Size Changer – This is a new tool that allows you to increase/decrease the font size of text on ExplorOz. This tool is only visible on pages that have been converted to the new aspx format. The up-arrow button as shown, can be pressed up to five times to increase the font size, while the down-arrow button can be pressed up to four times to decrease the font size.

  • Print Tool – By clicking the new Printer icon you'll be able to print out the body text of the newly converted article pages and the forum pages without printing the menu bar, left and right hand columns.

Please continue to use the feedback form to help provide us with: ideas, improvements, and general likes and dislikes. All feedback is extremely important to us and we are more than happy to read them.

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