[scribus] Really basic questions

Ken Springer snowshed at dishmail.net
Sun Jan 30 06:45:28 CET 2011

Hi, Rob,

I haven't seen a good manual for a paid application for years.  The last one
I know of for MS Office was for Office 4.3 professional, and that's Windows
for Workgroups.  And I've got that set!

I've yet to see any help files that come with a program, to worth be much
when it comes to details.  And often, the online help at the web page is
simply those help files on your hard drive, and any PDF that you download is
the same thing.

It just a personal thought, but I'd bet a lot of users get frustrated and
simply give up because the help files, whatever form they take, prove to be
worthless and/or useless to the user.

I've got a couple paid applications where the "help" is simply a forum where
the answers come from other users.  Nary a peep from the developers.  And
it's really frustrating when none of the users know the answers, and there
is no way to contact the developers you've paid good money to for their
software.  I've got a lot of unanswered questions out there.

Another good corollary to "It's impossible to RTFM when there isn't an FM."
is "What good is online help when you can't get online?"   LOL

On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 2:29 PM, Rob Oakes <lyx-devel at oak-tree.us> wrote:

> On Jan 29, 2011, at 2:20 PM, a.l.e wrote:
> > or 20 years ago were vendors providing software and manuals for free?
> No, but they did provide manuals and product documentation. I understand
> why this is near impossible for open source (and I think that selling high
> quality documentation is a perfectly valid revenue strategy), but when was
> the last time you saw a paid application shipped with good quality
> documentation (that wasn't a web page)?
> The copy of Microsoft Office 2007 I bought a couple of years ago includes
> online help and no manual. Even there, half of the links are dead or point
> to 2010 which includes a different way of doing things. I understand the
> original posters complaint.
> It's impossible to RTFM when there isn't an FM.
> Cheers,
> Rob
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Ken Springer

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