Interactive Beginner's Guide (Updated: Jan. 22, 2008)
Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:22 AM
The menu bar, all of the tools (excluding Pan), and every built-in effect are clickable and display some kind of information or basic concept. (Even 'simple' things like Resize and Save. )
There are about 160 screenshots altogether.
It is 14mb. (consider that a 56k warning. )
I consider this an ongoing community effort. I'll be updating as more information or suggestions are available. If you're new and want a more defined explanation of something in the tutorial, just post it here, and we'll all see if there's something more we could add to this.
This doesn't teach any effects or tricks really.
It's intended as a learning tool for new users to figure out what everything does.
What better way to teach than to mimic the interface and explain to you what you've just done?
Most of this information is available in the Help file... but how many new people have we seen actually read that? :wink:
Ok so there it is! Let me know what you all think!
(If a picture is worth 1,000 words then those who've viewed this got to enjoy a 120,000 word novel's worth of information. :wink:)
Edit: Dec. 12, 2007 ~ First 'patch'. Nothing major for now, added a little bit more information where I felt I could explain myself better. Also fixed this bizarre glitch where text cropped itself for no reason on certain frames.
Edit: Jan. 17, 2008 ~ Major update. The entire thing has been completely rebuilt from the ground up.
Edit: Jan. 22, 2008 ~ The preloader had a makeover along with all of the text that links to webpages. This doesn't affect the guide at all, but it makes it look a little prettier/more professional. :wink:
I'd also like to remind everyone that there's a downloadable version here if you want/need it for offline use or want an easy way to upload it to your website or anything else.
Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:51 AM
This should help a lot of people...
Nice work Wither
Posted 10 December 2007 - 01:47 PM
Posted 10 December 2007 - 07:01 PM
Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:58 PM
The level of creativity and intuitiveness in the communitiy base is what makes Paint.net my most used program to date. Wither, I have always loved your works in the pictorium, but the amount of effort and time you have spent to help new users is absolutely amazing, and a fantastic addition to what makes Paint.net so great. Thank you!
Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:27 PM
One thing though: In the beginning you say the purpose is to complement the help guide. Why not add a link to the help guide. 99% of newbies don't even know we have have one...
*Lame attempt to be funny;
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:24 AM
Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:52 AM
Ok, so from that I've changed what is said on the Levels page.
I understand what it does now, but I can't think of a way to effectively describe it. :?
(This is a community effort! Help me to help you to help them! )
Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:53 AM
Awesome job -and I like your terragen Render 8)
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 03:19 AM
Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:26 PM
Other than this, I'm really impressed; at first I thought it would be "Page 1 - the canvas... click 'next'... Page 2 - selection tools... click 'next'...", but this is a really cool idea.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:07 AM
Posted 13 December 2007 - 12:09 PM
i tried and i was stunned , very good job !
when you got some free time you do with an effect an low effect and high effect
like polar inversion at an ammount of 3 and 20
Posted 17 December 2007 - 11:37 PM