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RISC OS manuals initiative gathers pace

By Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Dec 2003, 15:47:35 | Permalink | Printable

Artworks 2, check. Photodesk, check.

RISC OS Manuals logoIC Software is continuing its quest to produce and print manuals for RISC OS software and has this week opened a new website detailing its plans.

You may recall that IC Software printed and distributed manuals for the popular Artworks 2 vector graphics package in time for the South East 2003 show. It now has set its sights on an updated manual for the bitmap editing suite, Photodesk - if you're interested in such a publication, drop IC Software a suitable email.

All of IC Software's manuals, we're told, are bound as 4-ring A5 folders, allowing new sections may be added when they become available. It's a format not too dissimilar from Castle's recently produced user guides.

Putting together a book or manual for the RISC OS market can be quite tricky, financially speaking, however owing to a "special agreement with a commercial printer", IC Software say they're able to produce manuals in relatively small quantities. IC Software are also open to any suggestions for future titles, should you have any.

"We realise that since most developers have stopped producing paper-based documentation, many users are crying out for up-to-date printed manuals", Ian Chamberlain of IC Software commented in this week's announcement. "We'd like to hear from these users so that we can help them."


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I really ought to buy Artworks 2. The speed with which it draws that famous rain speckled apple is incredible. I much prefer paper manuals when I'm trying to do something "serious". It's the "right tool for the job". (Or am I just stuck in my ways ?)

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 2/12/03 4:44PM
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There are certain features in Artworks 2 that I now couldn't live without. I also like how new features are discussed on the AW2 mailing-list and then to see in later versions that Martin Wuertner has implemented them.

AW2 is also very affordable if you've already got AW1.7.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 2/12/03 5:03PM
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In some ways, paper manuals are easier to search on a "fine" basis. If you need to bob back and forth between two sections it is much easier to do it in a book.

A major search, on the other hand, is easier on the computer.

 is a RISC OS Userlibrarian16 on 2/12/03 7:20PM
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Paper manula with searchable index on computer is bst of both workds!

 is a RISC OS Userrobert79 on 2/12/03 10:32PM
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I like the presentation of the new Iyonix Guide. It is a pity that some typos got through: 'marco' for 'macro' for example. I hope the new manuals will get plenty of checking for spelling, punctuation and grammar. These good fairies seldom attend the birth of new things in the IT.

 is a RISC OS UserGavinWraith on 2/12/03 10:39PM
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reply to robert79

I agree, as long as the index is created very carefully. Many years ago, I was involved with the conversion of some ICL programs to run on Honeywell machines. The Honeywell manuals had pages headed "Computer Generated Index" - and were a very poor advertisement for computers. The references were just to **words** and were often not really relevant.

 is a RISC OS Userlibrarian16 on 3/12/03 10:25AM
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