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were can you get the manuals for these programs

Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 3:49am

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thesaucier

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I did not get one with the download.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 4:09am

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Axeman

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The manual is included in the installer. You can access it from the Help menu in the application.
Posted: Tue, 27th Oct 2009, 4:14am

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DVStudio

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Hey

You won't find a manual persay for the software other than the built in help menu. There are lots of great tutorial videos and text tutorials by FXHome here. Many users, myself included, make tutorials about effects, tricks with the software, etc and they can be found here. Check out the support forums for more help. And as you appear to have found, the self help forumsare good places for help and questions.

Remember, if you get stuck, the members here are always more then willing to help out. But its good practice to try a quick seach before making a whole new thread, you know?

Oh, and by the way, welcome to FXHome. Thought it may seem difficult or overwhelming now to learn the software, it is pretty easy once you get a feel for the interface. That's what makes these Lab products so brilliant- the combination of price, learning curve, and power is tremendous. Plus the dedicated team ad the great community we have here is a nice bonus.

DV
Posted: Sun, 8th Nov 2009, 12:28am

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lingyai

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Just my 2 cents, as a newbie learning about the programme....

On the one hand, the content of tutorials and the "manual" are excellent.

On the other hand, their format is not always ideal, and in fact can be frustrating. Making a PDF (or some other fully printable) version of the manual would be very handy.

A printed manual can be scanned visually, or searched using Acrobat Reader's Find function, for the sought info quite quickly; whereas...

-- you need to sit through a video to see whether it has what you're after (also, you need to be connected to the internet to access them, at least initially if you want to download them). In their online form, moreover, they lack a time slider; so if you want to hear a point again, you have to start the whole video from the beginnning.

-- in Search mode, the "help file" format of the reference manual atomises a topic into many sub-topics; each hit is represented by a line or two of text from the start of the sub-topic, which might not always illuminate the relevance of the hit; this can require loads of clicking open hits to see if it really contains what you want. In Contents mode, it's better, but if you lack an external monitor, you have to fiddle with sizing and positioning both the application and the manual if you want to see both at once; and it is not always possible to get a full view of both.

Sometimes it is just easier all around to have a hard-copy. There is a wealth of help material already available, but it is spread out amongst several places, each requiring a search or a viewing (i.e the tutorials; the "manual"; the knowledgebase; the help forums). Clearly FXHome has the material; why not take a little time and make a PDF out of it (ok. maybe not the user forum stuff) , which we could download from the site as it is not yet available in the present version of the application? Or at least add a print feature to a new version of the manual in its present form, and, again, make this available as a download to present users?

I'm sorry if this sounds spoiled or whiney; that's not my intent. The more I work with CLP, the more I appreciate how good it is, and how far FXHome have gone to make it user-friendly; but including a printable manual, with a TOC and an index, is one easy but important step to this end which has been overlooked. It would really help, as the application becomes easy once you know it; but getting to know it is not always easy / intuitive. I for one wish I didn't have to post so many queries on this forum; I'd rather be able to print off a reasonably comprehensive manual to enable me to better help myself.

PS After posting this I was watching one of the CLP video tutorials which showed a start-up screen for Vision Lab. There I could see that there are PDF versions of both a quick start guide and a manual. So I see that my idea is not unprecedented within FXHome. Please guys, do the same for us CLP users
Posted: Sun, 8th Nov 2009, 5:42am

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Axeman

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I agree with you regarding printed manuals. I much prefer a hard copy to an electronic file. On the other hand, I also know that FXhome's goal has always been to keep the software affordable, and foregoing a printed manual is certainly a step in that direction. But still, as you mentioned, some format that would be more easily printable would be handy.
Posted: Sun, 8th Nov 2009, 10:30am

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lingyai

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I take your point re affordability, and would not suggest that a bound manual be supplied. But supplying a PDF, as with Vision Lab, would do the trick. If FXHome were to tack on, say, an extra $5-$10 to the cost of the software, if need be, to cover the initial costs of writing it, it would recover these quickly, and I for one who connsider it well worth it.

regards

linngyai
Posted: Sat, 21st Nov 2009, 10:49pm

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CodeDog

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I've been curious about this, because I don't seem to have the mentioned PDF with VisionLab. When I click on manual either from the splash screen or the Help option, nothing happens. I did a search in the FXHome program folder and there are no PDFs in any of the folders.

I also couldn't find anywhere on the site to download this manual. I just purchased VL last week, did I miss something? Thanks...
Posted: Sat, 21st Nov 2009, 11:27pm

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Axeman

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The manual isn't in PDF format, as we have been discussing. It is in HTML format, and is available in the Help menu by selecting "Reference Manual." If this doesn't launch your browser and open the manual, then your program may be instlled incoprrectly, and you should perform a clean reinstall. Instructions for that are here:

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=28296
Posted: Sun, 22nd Nov 2009, 12:06am

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CodeDog

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Appreciate it, Axeman. I thought it was an HTML file by the icon, but couldn't argue with the posts. smile

I uninstalled VL twice, both times removing the VL folder from AppData/Local and also removing all entries from the registry. Made sure everything was clean in Program Files, AppData, and the registry. After both reinstalls there was still nothing when clicking on Manual from the spalsh screen or Reference Manual from the Help option. Anything else I click on from either of those that accesses a browser works fine...
Posted: Sun, 22nd Nov 2009, 5:41am

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Axeman

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What OS are you running?
Posted: Sun, 22nd Nov 2009, 5:46am

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CodeDog

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Vista Premium 32, UAC turned off and running as Admin. Everything else seems to be working fine, all folders created and files seem to be installed correctly both in Program Files and AppData. Everything else in the program seems to work as it should, including all other links. The HTM files are in the Help folder and I can load them manually...
Posted: Sun, 22nd Nov 2009, 7:12am

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Axeman

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Huh, odd. Well, at least you can access them. I'll be sure to mention this to the FXhome guys on Monday when they are back in the office.

Heh, you have to manually load the manual.
Posted: Sun, 22nd Nov 2009, 7:21am

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CodeDog

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Yup, not a real big deal, but an odd thing. Thanks again, Axeman...