Quick video template update (to keep bullshit from walking ;) )
I've almost completed the intro animation, but got bogged down with some
emergency charity work that a friend required last-minute.
I wanted to add in the sound effects, which I've recorded myself, but ran
out of time tonight.
However, here is a quick wip sample for your Monday night amusement:
The title "INKSCAPE" will fade in underneath and "Draw Freely" will
scribbled in underneath it as last additions.
Thanks for the patience. Hope everyone's collective weekend has been a
pleasant one. :)
On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:31 AM, C R <cajhne@...400...> wrote:
PS- Speaking of crowd-funding, be sure to visit Synfig Open Source
Animation Studio's crowdfunding campaign and show them some love! :)
On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM, C R <cajhne@...400...> wrote:
>> So I'm getting late to this discussion. I guess it sounds like people
>> ready to do this!
> This will be an ongoing project, so input is great at any stage. You're
> not late either, it's early times still. :)
>> (sorry, kind of long)
> Also never a problem. More information is better!
> Welcome to the discussion, and thanks for your advise!
>> I'm of the opinion that there is no lack of tutorials in the Inkscape
>> community. I've done some both intensive and extensive searching for
>> Inkscape tutorials, to compile a centralized source of tutorials, for the
>> community (something I saw lacking in the community, and wanted to
> Thanks for the link, and for your work collecting and vetting these
> resources! :) I'll have a look through these, I'm sure they will be quite
> useful not only in determining the best way to proceed, but in terms of
> information content and possible linking from the finished documentation
> (pending approval from the parties that made them). It may also be good to
> have two video sections that link off the main Inkscape.org
website, one to
> a set of official tutorials, and the other to the growing set of excellent
> community-done resources.
> For the tool feature videos, it would be useful to have small official
> videos to accompany the documentation. I find that it's quite a matter of
> preference which people prefer (written or video tutorial). Even my own
> preference changes depending on my moods, so having both available is no
> bad thing.
> Official videos have manifold purpose:
> -They provide concise context-relevant information that we can include
> alongside the documentation for Inkscape. This saves time having to google
> for videos of the information at hand, so more time can be spent learning
> in a streamlined way, that it may not be possible to get from even a list
> of several thousand user-contributed videos. There will be a lot of
> repeating concepts that are covered in user-videos, but there will also be
> be a lot of gap-filling as well.
> -They provide more content-rich inkscape.org
, which adds to the
> professional image of the project, and is important for trust and provides
> a nicer experience for new users. I've lost count how many times people
> posting on the forums have been told to "google it" (even though I reached
> these comments BY Googling!). Why should they have to google it? Users can
> spend more time learning, and less time reading what other users think
> about their issue on forums (that's time saved in hours across possibly
> hundreds of comments). We are in the unique position to provide an answer,
> on the spot, that is guaranteed to be the correct one. :)
> -They are a resource under the project's control. One of the criticisms
> that our open source community faces is that information is scatter-shot,
> and you may not be able to find resources, or links may be broken to the
> original content, or the content may only be available in some countries.
> Having control over our content ensures we can reach the most people.
> -They give us another opportunity to connect with more users. This is
> important not only for development purposes, but also for social media
> campaigns for development acceleration, appearing at graphics conventions,
> etc. (I do all my convention-booth graphics in Inkscape, btw. So thanks
> again to all the Inkscape devs for making life easy for me!)
> -It enhances the public image of Inkscape as a professional resource for
> serious designers. Great-looking well-thought out videos are a must for a
> project like Inkscape! :) Every video serves as yet one one more
> advertisement for the Inkscape project. The more of them there are, the
> more eyes are likely to see them. We can capture search keywords as well
> with each video, gaining the project more exposure.
> -It provides an opportunity for us to teach best practices for
> professional design workflows, as well as educate new users, and ease the
> transition from commercial software packages. (If you Like Illustrator,
> you're going to LOVE Inkscape!) :D
>> So I'm bewildered with complaints of people not being able to find
>> tutorials. I did that all with my handy internet search engine. Nothing
>> fancy, I can assure you! I wonder if maybe those folks just have not
>> ventured outside of DA, in their search?
> Or their search terms didn't turn up any relevant videos. One of the
> problems with video content is if you are looking for something very
> specific, you may have to hunt through lots of complete tutorials, hoping
> they cover the thing you want to know. This problem is solved more easily
> with feature-focused videos, accompanied by all relevant keywords. The
website should also contain a search box to search these
> keywords in our own collection of official videos. I also recommend an
> expandable tree-style map of our videos providing a way to click down and
> feel out what you are searching for (handy if you don't know what a feature
> is named).
> For example, a piece of the tree could go:
> -Select and Transform Tool
> -Edit Paths By Nodes Tool
> +Tweak Objects Tool
> - Tool Overview
> - Using Different Modes
> - Width, Force, and Fidelity - Getting the effects you want
> + FAQ / Troubleshooting
> - Why does the rest of my shape turn into a glob?
> - It's only working on some objects, but not others
> - etc.
> -Zoom Tool
> -Measurement Tool
> -Rectangle/Square Tool
> -Working with Shapes
> -Working with Layers
> -Working with Groups
> +Using Colours
> -What is a colour space?
> -What is a colour system?
> +FAQ / Troubleshooting
> -My printer wants an Illustrator (.ai) file, arrrgh!
> -My greens are looking too Blue in print
> -My blacks are too grey in print
> +What should I use for my project?
> +Can Inkscape use PANTONE colours?
> -Pre-Press Considerations
> -etc. etc.
> Note that only certain branches of the tree need videos. Others could
> have a quick animated gif with a text explanation. It's important to
> include all the written and video materials together, so visitors do not
> have to visit different sections of the website to find the information
> they are after.
>> Nevertheless, I do think it's important that there are "official"
>> There was some talk a few months ago about building a Documentation team,
>> and I would certainly look forward to participating in such a group
>> (although iirc, it was only going to happen when someone had more
>> don't remember the exact details anymore).
> I would be happy to assist the Documentation team.
> I would be equally happy to help assemble it if those involved previously
> do not presently have the time.
> I think more *official* tutorials are needed, than the 6 or so currently
>> available. But I have serious reservations about video tutorials with
>> background and no narration. I have never seen such a video that I found
>> was helpful, in my opinion.
> There will be narration, it will just be textual, step-by-step, rather
> than voiced over.
> There is nothing preventing people from adding voice overs, but I'd like
> to start cranking out as many of these videos as possible, and I'm not
> convinced my voice would be pleasing enough. :)
>> (You may notice there are probably less than 5
>> YouTube vids on my page. It's because I haven't found many worthwhile,
>> aren't connected to a proprietary venture.)
> Yes, control over the videos is a key benefit of doing them ourselves.
>> Videos from the Screencasters (heathenx/Richard Querrin) series are still
>> the best video tutorials around, imo (even though now somewhat dated). I
>> think they represent the standard we should strive for, if there is some
>> consensus that video tutorials are needed more that text tutorials.
>> Although I haven't seen any indication of a need for video tutorials,
>> than text. It's just trendy, afaict.
> For the longer videos, I'd agree, but for feature documentation videos,
> we will need more concise and much shorter videos with less banter, and
> none of the "subscribe, rate, etc." stuff. :)
> That sounds like a cute idea for an intro to the tutorials (the
>> bubbles, etc.), but honestly, that's the fun part of making tutorials.
>> anyone volunteered to make the actual tutorial part of the videos? (I
>> haven't finished with reading the whole thread yet.)
> I'm volunteering for both at this point, but once we have the kit (which
> includes the finished intro/outro, and caption overlay), it will be easier
> to enlist others to help with the tutorial parts (screen-captures, and
> It may sound fun and trivial, but the intro, format and templates are the
> ground-work for a professional video series. They will make the tutorial
> content consistent, and MUCH easier to do. The point of these initial steps
> is to produce a kit that we can use to make quick, professional looking
> videos with Inkscape branding. While I will have the initial sample
> completed this weekend, I suspect we will change it a bit based on feedback.
>> Thanks for listening,
> Thanks for your input and thoughts! They help tremendously.
>> From: "Martin Owens" <doctormo@...400...>
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 7:53 AM
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