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The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8282

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The ComicRack Manual 2nd edition is now officially released!


It was just a month and a half when the first version was released. I don't know why I chose to number it like a software (0.9.1 ?). Maybe I intended to release version after version with quick updates and increasing "build" number. But, I have now realised that once a proper version (like this one ?) is released, it should be maybe a couple of months and a good long changelog that a new version is released. So, its better to release it like a book.. hence the 2nd "Edition".


In this edition, I have put in all the effort that I could have (and should have in the first edition itself). So, lets see if you people like it !


NEW Features
    Almost completely rewritten and restructured
    Follows the 'teach yourself visually' style of layout
    "TIPS" at page footers introduced in a number of pages
    A proper front cover page is added
    New pages titled "about the manual" & "how to use the manual" added
    New detailed hyperlinked table of contents
    Each chapter now has its own hyperlinked table of contents
    A proper preface & disclaimer added
    An Index has now been added at the end of the book
    "eComic basics" section added in the first chapter
    ComicRack status bar is now described
    A detailed description of the sidebar is now included
    Small preview gets its own page
    "Keyboard map" gets its own page
    A new section on "Bookmarks"
    New sections on working with web comics and updating them
    Scripts now have their own chapter
    A new section on how to use remote libraries
    Basic info regarding ports & port forwarding is included
    All current popular scripts added & described in detail
    Support" chapter also contains sections on the ComicRack forum, news & facebook page
CHANGES / FIXES
    Font size reduced from 14" to 12" for main text.
    Standardized font and design pattern used throughout the manual
    TM sign added to ComicRack throughout the manual
    All chapter pages redesigned
    The "Installation" chapter is now merged with the "getting started" chapter
    "User interface" terminologies have been revised
    "Docking grips" (referred to as extenders in the first edition) now explained in detail
    Browser toolbar concised in 1 page (earlier it spanned 5 pages)
    Context menus described in detail
    Search browser section expanded
    "Overlays" section reorganized & shifted to later in the reader chapter
    "Overlays" section now also includes "status indicator overlays"
    Reader toolbar section is now concised to 1 page (earlier 5 pages)
    "Using the reader" section now explained in detailed with new screenshots
    "Reader tab bar" has its own section now
    A new section on the "Reader context menu" is added
    "Preferences" section is greatly detailed now
    Sections on "Info dialog" & "lists" rewritten & shifted to a new chapter "Managing"
    "Comic display settings", "list layouts" & "workspaces" rewritten & shifted to chapter "configuring"
    "Comic display settings" section now reduced to 1 page (earlier 5 pages)
    "Info" tab is now called as "details" tab
    Info dialog now expanded to 6 pages (earlier 2 and a half pages)
    "search wikipedia from CR" added
    "Lists" greatly detailed. now span 7 pages (earlier 2 pages)
    Web comic template for onemanga.com is now shifted to the web comics chapter
    "Tips & tricks" chapter is removed
    Setting a fullscreen interface rewritten & shifted to "reader" chapter
    "Enabling network sharing" section is improved
    Comic vine scraper rewritten in accordance with v 1.0.24
    All screenshots now follow the default ComicRack layout (unless otherwise specified)
    A large (ahem..) number of typos fixed. "Smartlists" are now "Smart Lists", "WebComics" are now "Web Comics", "Comic Rack" is now "ComicRack"

How can you help the ComicRack Manual Project:

Please download the manual and give it a read. Please point out any errors and I'll try my best to rectify them in the next update. If you dislike anything in the manual (or the whole of it), please feel free to give constructive criticism. In case you like it, do give me some good karma :)

I would also request all the active users to redirect new users' queries in the help section to the manual. (if, obviously, the manual already has what they want to know ;-))
cYo wrote:
Nice work with the manual.
It shows that it is the first version (but look who's talking: It's Mr. No-Manual-In-4-Years)
If it consolidates (let's say with the next release) it would be cool to put it more prominently on the site and also include it in the application.
600, you simply do not stop to amaze me
So boss, has it consolidated enough ? B)


Original, HQ, recommended version

Format: pdf
No of pages: 124
Size: 30.23 MB
http://www.mediafire.com/?mdl2iozuqjz
Dropbox link:
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8284

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Low quality (small file-size) version

With this release, the file size of the manual has also doubled. For this reason, the
manual is being released in two formats: original/HQ version (recommended), and a small sized(low-quality) version.


Format: pdf
No of pages: 124
Size: 9.20 MB
http://www.mediafire.com/?4z2nwdhy5dt

Dropbox link:
http://db.tt/NUH4Ap

p.s. I have a really bad low quality version also. Size is only 4 Mb, but pictures are too hazy. Tell me if anyone needs that.
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8285

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WOW! :woohoo:

600, you have a real talent for this. I've worked at a number of software companies where paid, professional technical writers don't put together a manual as complete and beautiful as yours.

And my mind boggles at how much work this must have been!

I'm very impressed (and also flattered to see that you've mentioned me and my humble little script in the manual! Thanks. :) )

This is a fine step forward for the ComicRack community. Keep up the great work!
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8287

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:ohmy: :ohmy: :woohoo:

You have outdone yourself, 600WPMPO!

Just glancing through it and it looks amazing! It looks like a professional how-to book you would buy at a store!

I'll do a thorough read through in the next day or so and see if I have any suggestions or corrections. Hopefully no corrections!

+1 very much well deserved karma!
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8288

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@cbanack & stonepaw: Thanks guys, you give me more praise than I deserve! :P

I have found some minor errors in the manual. Some page layouts need to be corrected, a few typos. I have already started correcting them.

Just waiting for Stoney's report.. will then combine all corrections in a minor bugfix update within the next few days. What do we call this? 2nd printing / revised edition? :laugh:

Anyway, as soon as the revision is ready, I'll update the links in the first post, and announce the revision in this thread itself.
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8290

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simply...


A W E S O M E
A S T O N I S H I N G
I N C R E D I B L E
A M A Z I N G
M I G H T Y
U N C A N N Y
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8291

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perezmu wrote:
simply...


A W E S O M E
A S T O N I S H I N G
I N C R E D I B L E
A M A Z I N G
M I G H T Y
U N C A N N Y

X-Men? Spider-Man? Thor? Hulk? :blush:

Anyway, great work 600 :)
Working on re-uploading the FR manuals.
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Re:The ComicRack Manual (2nd edition) 7 years 6 months ago #8294

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This manual is mind-boggling :)

In my day job we are a week away from a big point release and the manual is just crap. I showed yours in the developer group around and everybody said: give the documentation group your number :)

A few points:
Great design and style. One layout thread runs through the whole manual and it is totally fitting for e Comic Application. I like your visual way of explaining. This has professional grade.
Browsing through the manual you see how BIG ComicRack is (and how crazy I am :)).

I've to think of a way to integrate and present this thing prominently. Lots of people do not visit the forum. This week is still crunch time in the day job, so I will get to this in the next week.

Again, great and amazing work.
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cYo wrote:
This manual is mind-boggling :)

In my day job we are a week away from a big point release and the manual is just crap. I showed yours in the developer group around and everybody said: give the documentation group your number :)

A few points:
Great design and style. One layout thread runs through the whole manual and it is totally fitting for e Comic Application. I like your visual way of explaining. This has professional grade.
Browsing through the manual you see how BIG ComicRack is (and how crazy I am :)).

I've to think of a way to integrate and present this thing prominently. Lots of people do not visit the forum. This week is still crunch time in the day job, so I will get to this in the next week.

Again, great and amazing work.

You could integrate it to the installer of the future versions and add a shortcut in the CR start menu folder. Quick and painless. :p
Working on re-uploading the FR manuals.
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cYo wrote:
I've to think of a way to integrate and present this thing prominently. Lots of people do not visit the forum. This week is still crunch time in the day job, so I will get to this in the next week.

Again, great and amazing work.
Thanks cYo.. those are really kind words of praise :)

One week is just fine, as by then I'll have updated the manual to make some minor corrections here & there..

In my opinion,for promoting it prominently, we should do all of these:

1. Host the manual on ComicRack's server, with a link somewhere in "documentation"

2. Add the manual to the ComicRack Help menu. The documentation link currently in the help menu (in the main menu of ComicRack) should become a menu, linking to both the wiki & the manual

3. Include the manual with the ComicRack setup. If size is a problem, include the LQ version. We can provide 2 types of download: one setup only, & the other with the manual also
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