[Bf-committers] Re: Bf-committers Digest, Vol 17, Issue 22

Drew Yeaton xeeton at gmail.com
Sun Dec 18 20:15:26 CET 2005

I think I love you, this is an excellent implementation of this idea.  
Some quick notes after printing it out.

- I like your use of simple graphics.
- You have a line in the first section explaining how to access the  
preferences; this is excellent. The graphic of the default interface  
is also nice. However, the question below the graphic is probably  
unnecessary and puts too much focus on how to access the pref. panel.  
It's a little confusing because the graphic only shows 2 "windows"  
and the text hints at an trick "invisible" window.
- The first two sentences under section 3 should be changed to "You  
can access various button categories by clicking the icons along the  
top of the button window." This is a more concise way of  
communicating the idea.

File format:
- This would be nice in a PDF; no need to mess with heavy raster  
formats (PNG, JPG) or scarcely supported vector formats (SVG).

Form factor:
- A4 is a good starting point, but most will probably be printing  
this on an average ink/laser printer using 8.5"x11" paper (which  
isn't A4). When I printed it on my offices laser printer, the text is  
itty-bitty. This is fine, but make sure a vector version of this file  
is offered to preserve the sharpness of the fonts.

Overall, it's excellent keep up the good work.


On Dec 18, 2005, at 1:45 PM, Fr?d?ric van der Essenrg wrote:

> Hello !
> I made this QuickStart Guide and would like some feedback about it.
> the goal of this guide is to have in one A4 page all the  
> information to
> progress from the
> "WTF is this crazy program, i will never be able to do anything  
> with it"
> to at least the "Ok, it makes sense but now i see that i need to
> download the documentation"-level
> It answers all basic questions such as "where are preferences", to  
> "how
> do i save my render" ?
> It also covers to most important hotkeys, and the concepts behind
> blender interface.
> Here is a png version.
> http://www.mentalwarp.com/~fred/divers/blender/Hotkeys/ 
> BlenderQuickStart5.png
> Other formats and previous versions are available here :
> http://www.mentalwarp.com/~fred/divers/blender/Hotkeys/
> Size and format issue
> --------------------------------------
> The png version is heavy, but (i think it was harkyman) managed to  
> get a
> +-100Ko psd
> out of the .svg file.
> that psd compressed in .zip weight approximatively 20Ko
> the .svg file weight even less and looks better but the user won't be
> able to view it unless
> he has firefox 1.5 or inkscape.
> Comments & Critics
> ------------------------------------
> I would especially like some feedback on the typos/language/grammar  
> used
> since i'm not a native english speaker,
> but I'm of course open to any suggestions :)
> Use of this guide
> -----------------------------------
> I think this guide would be most usefull if it is bundled with the
> release, maybe with a "View QuickStart" option at
> the end of the windows installer. What do you think ?
> - Fred

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