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Updated AL help files (beta)
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* December 31, 2017, 04:59:58 PM
OK,  they are ready for beta tresting if anyone fancies having a look, (I've probably made some mistakes). some of the images could do with being a bit better.

There are two files, a bookmarked pdf which was a real pain because the program I was using ( discontinued Serif pagePlus) didn't want to play ball and kept messing up the bookmarks and links.

The second is a zipped .chm file, however just unzipping and clicking on it - windows security will block the contents, after unzipping, right click the .chm and in properties tick 'unblock',   the html was produced in the free MS expression Web (free because MS doesn't support it anymoe), and compiled using the free MS HTML workshop. it was actually quite fun as I'd never used either program before and I knew nothing about css,  but didn't turn out too bad.

Although the files have been checked with Norton,  obviously do you own virus scan on because I've no control as to what happens to it when I've uploaded it to the server.

They can be downloaded from here

Should have added, the difference in content of the two files is because one cannot embed a GIF animation if a pdf,  so there aren't any in it,  in the CHM, I added the original SoftDev samples, and some extra examples of some commands along with small animations.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2017, 05:08:47 PM by Andy H »

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* January 01, 2018, 02:26:15 AM
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If anyone checks the file, you will notice some black diamonds with a question mark in them - my error, they looked fine in MS Expression Web, but not in the chm, this is because I forgot to use some special html character codes for things like quote marks, I'll correct them shortly.


Hmm - just found quite a few speling errors, my brain and fingers were obviously not working in sync.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2018, 03:17:20 AM by Andy H »

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January 01, 2018, 02:55:54 AM
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Thanks Andy,

    for what must have been a lot of effort.
    I shall spend some time reading, both versions, during the coming week.

    All the best.

Regards Tim

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* January 01, 2018, 03:23:06 AM
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Thanks Tim,   if there is anything you feel isn't explained well enough or needs more examples, please feel free to say so, or if there is anything you would like to add to it,  all comments / critisism / suggestions are most welcome.

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January 01, 2018, 04:57:18 AM
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Thanks Tim,   if there is anything you feel isn't explained well enough or needs more examples, please feel free to say so, or if there is anything you would like to add to it,  all comments / critisism / suggestions are most welcome.

    Sure thing.  It'll take a few days, but, I'll be back!

Regards Tim

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* January 01, 2018, 01:47:48 PM
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You might want to add some blank space along the Left and Right Margins. The text seems a bit ‘cramped’, bunched up against the left side.

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* January 01, 2018, 04:12:47 PM
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Thanks John,  not something I had thought of,  I just altered the syle sheet to what you suggested and it does look a lot better.

I've also corrected all my silly spelling error.  (or all the ones I found)

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January 05, 2018, 05:18:42 AM
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Hi Andy,

    I have emailed you separately, with regards to proofreading/editing/et cetera.

Regards Tim

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* January 05, 2018, 07:54:08 AM
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Thank you Tim,   sorry for the delay, I hadn't looked at E-mails for a few days, I have just replied.


Andy.

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* January 05, 2018, 03:27:31 PM
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Andy thanks so much for your work here and its much appreciated indeed. Im sure that over the years youve done many animations and then some, please add into the help file or alternately a text file attached to this post of any techniques that a newbie may not know and can benefit from ( including me ).
 :)

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* January 05, 2018, 05:25:46 PM
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I'll give it ago Daz,  this one is included.

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* January 06, 2018, 06:04:16 AM
#11
Hi Andy,

A bit off this topic but I just ran into the knife and beer videos you did a while back, That was great!

Joel

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* January 10, 2018, 04:47:45 AM
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Hi Andy,
A bit off this topic but I just ran into the knife and beer videos you did a while back, That was great!
Joel

Thank you taking a look and for your kind words Joel.



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* January 10, 2018, 05:04:26 AM
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Question regarding Font size.

I've been through the chm done some amendments and added a few more micro-examples, unfortunately the program I used for the pdf is proving very temperamental, so is taking a bit longer,  Anyway,  the question, I used Arial 10pt for both the chm and pdf,  is this size OK,  it looks fine on my monitor, but as pixel size is getting smaller what do you think is the best font size.

My monitor is 27inch at 1920x1200,  but some 27inch monitors now are 2560 x 1440 and 24inch are 1920x1200. so is 10pt a good size, or is it best to up it to 11pt, I know one can zoom in on pdf, but as far as I know you cannot on a chm.

Thanks. 


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January 10, 2018, 06:56:25 AM
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Andy,

looking at original AnimationLab and TurboCAD help files, they appear to use a slightly smaller Arial font than 10pt.
So, I wouldn't be too bothered about the size you are currently using.
Both help file font sizes look fine to me.
I'm using a 24" screen, running at 1920×1200.

Regards Tim

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* January 10, 2018, 08:38:28 AM
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"Ctrl + or -" Zooms in or out for me in CHM. Also, "Ctrl+rolling the mouse wheel" zooms. It seems that "Ctrl+*" (numeric keys) returns to normal view size or "Ctrl+0" (in the QWERTY keys). You will probably need to click in the text window to get the zoom to work.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2018, 08:43:30 AM by John R »

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* January 10, 2018, 03:35:37 PM
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So, I wouldn't be too bothered about the size you are currently using.
Both help file font sizes look fine to me. I'm using a 24" screen, running at 1920×1200.

Thanks Tim, saves me some work :)

"Ctrl + or -" Zooms in or out for me in CHM. Also, "Ctrl+rolling the mouse wheel" zooms. It seems that "Ctrl+*" (numeric keys) returns to normal view size or "Ctrl+0" (in the QWERTY keys).

Thanks John,  works a treat.

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