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Operator's manual
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Stitchboard Support message #1
Operator's manual
April 28, 2011 at 2:54:28 PM
 
Ok, as I've said before, this new version is so powerful, I feel we need to create a manual that explains every option fully.  Sometimes you may wonder why certain options come and go as you make selections on the main screen, but, hopefully, these have been well thought out and happen for a reason!

So in the next couple days, we'll be publishing the first draft of the manual.

And also, as I've said before, I really feel that the program is very intuitive and fully functional without ever looking at a manual.  By scanning through the manual, though, you may find options you didn't even know existed.  So have fun, and watch for more information about the program.


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Krosh8Princess message #2
Re: Operator's manual
March 22, 2012 at 5:47:32 AM
 
I'm taking a stab in the dark with a dull crochet hook, but did you ever create that manual?

I'm a brand new user and would like to understand some of the choices in the pattern wizard (which so far is pretty awesome). 

I also notice that there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of activity on the boards.

Regardless, thanks for creating such a fabulous tool. 




Rebecca, aka Krosh8Princess

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Stitchboard Support message #3
Re: Operator's manual
March 22, 2012 at 9:31:53 PM
 
Quote:
I'm taking a stab in the dark with a dull crochet hook, but did you ever create that manual?


Hi.  No, I haven't created a manual quite yet.  BUT, consider your message a kick in my butt!  Smiley  I'm working feverishly to wind up our new Community this coming week.  I'll be coming back to a few items after that, and will start converting our other areas over to new, completely re-written software.

As I get some other areas renovated, I'll also be coming back to the Pattern Wizard and will be adding several new and more powerful functions.

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I also notice that there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of activity on the boards.


Yes, we sometimes have gotten comments on how complex it sometimes seems.  Our new Community software is MUCH simpler (and cleaner).  We've been testing it for a couple weeks, and I'm winding up a list of about 15 other things to clean up on it before we open it up. 

Again, the new Community is a totally custom-written package (by us) so we'll always be very flexible in adding things and making changes.

I expect to open the new Community by month end and all existing messages will be transferred into the new software, so we won't lose any messages.

By the way, if you would like to test the new area before we open it, let us know.

Terry



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Krosh8Princess message #4
Re: Operator's manual
March 23, 2012 at 6:46:18 AM
 
Thanks for the quick reply.

I'd be happy to test the new interface.

Though, I'm a brand new user (but you knew that!) - so I'd have nothing to compare with (new v. old).

Re: my original question:  if there's isn't a 'new' Operator's manual, where would you direct me to look up what some of the setting options are in the pattern creator?

I created a couple of patterns yesterday - but think I was only successful because I was tenacious with tweaking the settings until I got what I wanted.  I would like guidance on the difference between "Gradual Tones" and "Artwork".  I'm sure I will figure it out eventually, but sometimes a quick read can make the difference between "I did it!  Grin" and "Forget it. Angry"

I'm looking forward to actually crocheting one of the designs your software helped create and posting pictures of the piece!

Thanks!


Rebecca, aka Krosh8Princess

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Stitchboard Support message #5
Re: Operator's manual
March 23, 2012 at 12:43:07 PM
 
Quote:
I'd be happy to test the new interface.


Thanks.  We'll let you know when it's available for testing.  At that time, I'll give you a link.  You certainly don't have to be an expert user for the test.  What we're looking for are comments about the ease of use and any suggestions of any features you'd like to see.

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if there's isn't a 'new' Operator's manual, where would you direct me to look up what some of the setting options are in the pattern creator?


Currently, there's some help at: this link.
It also explains some of the tweaking options.

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I would like guidance on the difference between "Gradual Tones" and "Artwork".


First, let me tell you that the function itself works, but the resulting colors it chooses internally, are not the same colors it shows on the screen or in a pdf.  Yes, this is a bug that's been in there for months.  I've been meaning to temporarily disable the artwork feature until I fix the bug.  So, again, with a "kick in my butt", I just disabled the "artwork" option.

Since I will eventually re-enable it, let me explain the option in as simple terms as I can because it's very technical. 

Normally, in the "gradual tones" setting, when the Wizard gets an image from which to create a pattern, it takes the color palette you've chosen, and the number of colors you want, and matches the closest colors to what's in the image (using a sort of 3-D plotting of the R-G-B color values, but now we're getting technical, so I'll shut up about this:))

The "artwork" setting handles the color choosing method more intelligently.  It tries to weed out similar colors when deciding on the final ones to use.  So in the "artwork" setting, you will get fewer colors, and the ones you get will not be slight shades apart.  I'll probably rename these options to make it clearer.  And I can't resist getting technical again.  :-( Instead of using RGB colors, it uses their HSV (hue, saturation, and value) representations in a 3-D Stitchboard-proprietary method. Yes, we spent many, many, many hours running spreadsheets and calculations to finally come up with the set of formulas the Wizard uses in the "artwork" option.

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I'm looking forward to actually crocheting one of the designs your software helped create and posting pictures of the piece!


That'd be great!  Cheesy  We'd love to see this.

Finally, we'll let you know when you can preview the new Community.  And thanks again!

Terry


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Tom Fitzgerald


 
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Krosh8Princess message #6
Re: Operator's manual
March 24, 2012 at 5:32:41 PM
 
You weren't too technical at all - and your explanation made a lot of sense.

I much prefer the "Artwork" option - knowing what it's intention is.  I'm looking forward to that feature.

I appreciate your responsiveness.

Now, if I don't get off of the computer and back to my hook - I may NEVER get to produce one of the pieces the free pattern wizard designed !  Wink


Rebecca, aka Krosh8Princess

I like making a piece of string into something I can wear.  ~Author Unknown

 
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