Topic: Podium Quick Start guide

This topic contains 9 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  super_crunchy 14 years, 11 months ago.

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  • #383

    super_crunchy
    Participant

    Hi guys

    I’ve decided I’m going to start writing a Quick Start guide for Podium, in HTML, which will be more in depth than the current Podium Guide.
    The current guide is good as a general overview of what Podium can do, but I feel it doesn’t help people understanding how everything works…

    So I’ll do a Quick Guide (not a whole manual, but something that will really help newbies get started). I’m doing it in HTML because I don’t have Office or Acrobat.

    I, however, don’t know as much about Podium as alot of you guys and of course not as much as Fritz, so I’ll need your help proofing and making sure my guide is accurate. Will there be any takers to help? 🙂

    The guide will have value-adding features such as “keyboard shortcut” tables and “note” tables to the processes are explained. 8)

    #4140

    Zynewave
    Keymaster

    Hi,

    I’ll help 😉

    Frits

    #4144

    francois
    Participant

    😀 can help too , with my small experience your idea is good!

    #4146

    stefancrs
    Participant

    If you actually would prefer PDF (you mentioned Acrobat) you could always use openoffice. At work, I’ve uninstalled Word, Excel and all other parts of Office except for Outlook, I actually prefer OpenOffice 🙂

    #4147

    super_crunchy
    Participant

    does openoffice export to PDF? Cool

    i’m going to use the Podium Guide as a HTML template for the QuickStart guide, and I’ll let you know when the draft is ready
    Cheers

    #4148

    anfmusic
    Participant

    If someone would like to do a step by step tutorial on various Podium functions, I’ll be more than happy to do the video tutorials following your outlines. I had told Fritz that I was planning on doing a series of video tutorials for Podium but then got bogged down with other things and hadn’t had the chance to lay out the outlines. Plus, there’s still a lot that I’m learning myself. I basically learn on the fly; as something comes up that I need to do, I pop onto the forum and post a question. So if guys and gals would like to get a few step by step video tutorials going, (I’m sure Frits can host them, or I can host them on my site) forward me your topic, and a step by step outline of how to perform your topic. Doesn’t ahve to be fancy, an email will suffice! Once there is a library of videos created I can also slap a FLASH interface onto it and it can serve as powerful text and video manual. My vision was to click on a button and have a page come up with an overview of the topic, and then you will be able to click on another button to see the video of the topic performed. Email your outlines to al@anfmusic.com. I’d be more than happy to work in conjunction with all of you Podium users.

    #4151

    super_crunchy
    Participant

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~chrisfar/QuickStart/

    The first section “Setting up Podium” is pretty much complete 🙂
    The second section “Creating your first song in Podium” is about 2/3rds completed
    The last section is empty

    Let me know what you think… keep in mind this is just the first basic draft, and it needs stuff to be added 🙂 (and there are probably typos)

    Note: I will also spilt each section into smaller pages (rather than having each on one large page)

    I’ve put it on my personal webspace, but can the final version go on the Zynewave site Fritz?

    #4153

    Zynewave
    Keymaster

    Very impressive! I only browsed through the pages, but will read it thoroughly later today. I can host the files on zynewave.com.

    #4154

    Zynewave
    Keymaster

    My comments:

    In the ‘Audio and MIDI mappings’ section you write: “click the Create audio mixer mappings button and now you can use audio inputs and outputs in your project”. This could perhaps be slightly misleading, since clicking this button does not create mappings for the audio inputs. Later on you describe correctly how to create the audio input mappings.

    In the ‘Adjusting the playback area’ section, you write about the record region, and that it defines the range for recordings. Maybe it should be noted that this range is only in effect if any of the two punch in/out buttons are selected.

    You write: “The Record region is always on top of the Playback region”, and you then give instructions on how to get rid of the record region to be able to get to the loop region. The C/S/P/L buttons (and their related context menus) were designed to handle this. Select the ‘L’ button and the loop region will be drawn on top, and you won’t have to drag the punch in/out bar aside.

    I really like the style and format of your quick start guide. I think a lot of users will find this useful. Thanks for your efforts so far.

    Frits

    #4155

    super_crunchy
    Participant

    @zynewave wrote:

    My comments:

    In the ‘Audio and MIDI mappings’ section you write: “click the Create audio mixer mappings button and now you can use audio inputs and outputs in your project”. This could perhaps be slightly misleading, since clicking this button does not create mappings for the audio inputs. Later on you describe correctly how to create the audio input mappings.

    In the ‘Adjusting the playback area’ section, you write about the record region, and that it defines the range for recordings. Maybe it should be noted that this range is only in effect if any of the two punch in/out buttons are selected.

    You write: “The Record region is always on top of the Playback region”, and you then give instructions on how to get rid of the record region to be able to get to the loop region. The C/S/P/L buttons (and their related context menus) were designed to handle this. Select the ‘L’ button and the loop region will be drawn on top, and you won’t have to drag the punch in/out bar aside.

    I really like the style and format of your quick start guide. I think a lot of users will find this useful. Thanks for your efforts so far.

    Frits

    Glad you like the style of it Fritz – and I’m happy to help, I’d really like to see more people use Podium because once they understand how it works I think they’ll be very impressed (like us current users!)

    Thanks for your notes – you’ve taught me a couple of things I didn’t know (ie C S P L buttons 😉 )

    Will get back onto the guide after Christmas, but until then have a happy christmas and new year everyone! 🙂

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