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How often do you read the help file in Paint.NET?  

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  1. 1. How often do you read the help file in Paint.NET?

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The Help file in Paint.NET is accessible by going to the Help menu and clicking on the first item labelled "Help Topics":

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Anyway, I want to know how often anybody even reads this thing!

The reason I want to know is that for the next release I am strongly considering moving the help file online. It is already available online (http://www.getpaint.net/doc/3.05 for instance), but this change would simply remove the local copy.

Doing this reduces the download size from 4.5 MB down to less than 1.2 MB. This means faster downloads, faster update speed, and less bandwidth for myself and anyone mirroring the software. It also enables me to provide a "Search:" text box, as I can just use the services provided by Google or Windows Live Search to let you search the online help file.

The cons are that you must be online to read the help file.

My hypothesis is that most people do not use the help file, or they do not use it very much. Therefore, why force everyone to download it?

So tell me what you think about all this.

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The only thing I've ever looked up in the help file was how to use the Clone/Stamp tool.

And, I looked it up in the online help file. :D

Perhaps, you could have a link in the online help file that would allow a local copy to be installed?

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Same as BoltBait. I only looked up the clone/stamp tool, other than that, I've never used it.

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I read it all the time. I like to make sure that what I am telling people in the forums is based, at least lightly, on what is in the help file.

I think there should be a link on the main getpaint.net page to the help file.

 

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Well it looks pretty clear to me: I think for this month's update I'll move the help file to the website, and thus Paint.NET will be just a 1.2 MB download from now on :)

That would fit on a floppy disk.

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After installing, reading the Help Topics was the first thing I did in PDN. Since then I'd say I've skimmed through them a couple of times.

I'd say go for it.

I like Bolt's idea and I also like the idea of giving the user the choice of installing/not installing the help file during the application setup. This could be an option in "Custom Install". If they choose to install the help topics, the installer would call back to the server for the additional download thus keeping the original file size down.

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I like Bolt's idea and I also like the idea of giving the user the choice of installing/not installing the help file during the application setup. This could be an option in "Custom Install". If they choose to install the help topics, the installer would call back to the server for the additional download thus keeping the original file size down.

Right but then the installer has to be modified to have a downloader and extra installation stuff, etc. etc. etc. Not worth it.

I will put the help file online-only for now, and then depending on feedback I will decide if anything else should be done (such as providing a separate ZIP download or something).

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Really usedHonda, I think you have a strange/semi-funny photo for every occasion...

That's amazing, the size you will be able to compress it to. Do I correctly assume that when downloading the next release, the help file will be removed with the older version?

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Rick, I'm just not sure you're polling the right audience...

*shrug* Usually when I do a poll I've made up my mind 95% of the way anyway and am just trying to make sure there isn't going to be any significant backlash.

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Multiplied over several hundred thousand downloads per month, a 3+ MB savings is significant. (If you look at http://fileforum.betanews.com/ under "Most Popular Files" on the right, Paint.NET was downloaded almost 85,000 times last week (and that's just from BetaNews).)

Moving the help file online enables things like Search, and cuts down on bandwidth for everyone. The only situation I see that it hurts is offline reading of the help file. As time goes on I see that situation becoming less and less important. And like I said, if there's significant feedback to the contrary I can figure out solutions as appropriate.

I've already been dangerously over my bandwidth quota for 2 months of this calendar year so far.

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