4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 2, 2014 7:36 PM by Silas Curfman

    Documentation

    Brian Helm

      Would like to know who has used Composer and what their thoughts are on the product

        • Re: Documentation
          Derek Parks

          Brian,

           

          That is a pretty broad question and could lead to an extremely long post which may in the end not meet your exact needs. I have been using Composer now for about 2 years and could not or would not ever want to go without it. I do mainly technical documentation and animations using the software.

           

          The program has many uses and I know several people on this forum use and are happy with the program.

           

          Do you have any specific needs or outcomes you wish to see if the program would be best for? This would better help the members answer you specific questions.

           

          Cheers,

           

          Derek

            • Re: Documentation
              Brian Helm

              Derek,

               

              We have specific parts manuals which were created in MS Publisher.   I would like to know if the documentation portion of this software allows the user to highlight a particular item and this item is then highlighted in a BOM.  This way when the customer uses the manual electronically can they verify that they are going to get the right part when ordering a replacement.

               

              Thanks for your response.

               

              Regards

              Brian

                • Re: Documentation
                  Derek Parks

                  Brian,

                   

                  The answer to that specific question is yes you can achieve this outcome using Composer. I have only experimented with this so I couldn't give you an exact step by step of how to complete this process.

                   

                  I know that I have had trouble finding exact postings on this process in the past but have seen websites and videos on the process and it is impressive. I would recommend downloading the trial of the software and giving it a shot if you haven't already. Hopefully with help of this forum and others you could get a fairly good idea of how to accomplish this.

                   

                  You also might want to change the title of this post to "Interactive Product Documentation" to better clarify your desired outcome. I will be following this post and look forward to any answers other members or you come up with for completing this project.

                   

                  Here is a link to a pretty indepth video that shows what you are looking to acomplish.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsip2NdBmeI

                   

                  Cheers,

                  Derek

                  • Re: Documentation
                    Silas Curfman

                    Are you wanting the highlighting behavior to function within MS Publisher?  If so, I'm not sure the highlighting works. It has to do with how the .svg is viewed and I think Publisher is limited to using the .eps for vector graphic rather than the true .svg.  If you plan on viewing the manuals via a web browser, yes the highlighting will work.  We're doing a big redesign of our manuals right now and I'm working in MS Pubslisher and HTML both.  The links below are to a couple of test pages I've been working on.  You should be able to see the highlighting function as you mouse over the illustration and BOM.

                     

                    http://www.fsifab.com/beaters.html

                    http://www.fsifab.com/beaters_sm.html

                    http://www.fsifab.com/draper_sm.html

                     

                    Hope that helps.