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duane massey

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I want a freakin' manual!
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:19:08 pm »

Why are there not manuals, even online, for products now? I don't want to watch a bunch "training videos", I want to RTFM!!!!!!
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2019, 08:31:33 pm »

Why are there not manuals, even online, for products now? I don't want to watch a bunch "training videos", I want to RTFM!!!!!!

Duane, it is my fault...I can't read.  Actually, I am right there with you.

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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2019, 08:59:37 pm »

To be honest, when it comes to lighting - sometimes it's a blessing!. The manuals that DO come with the fixtures are often useless anyway. I have learned to just get stuck in and do the best I can to work it out myself.
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2019, 11:25:12 pm »

To be honest, when it comes to lighting - sometimes it's a blessing!. The manuals that DO come with the fixtures are often useless anyway. I have learned to just get stuck in and do the best I can to work it out myself.


Do you mean because the manuals were badly translated three-times over?
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2019, 12:57:08 am »

I only wish this was an issue with fixtures. Software-based DMX control and digital audio consoles should have enough info to at least get up and running without having to endure "training videos". I want to read about it. not watch/listen to some yahoo tell me about it. And, no, I don't do audio books, either.
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2019, 08:51:52 am »


Do you mean because the manuals were badly translated three-times over?

Right!! - although sometimes it makes for some interesting reading...
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2019, 09:57:56 am »

Why are there not manuals, even online, for products now? I don't want to watch a bunch "training videos", I want to RTFM!!!!!!

Remember back in the day when Yamaha made a manual so good they sold more of it than the product it came with? 
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2019, 10:15:33 am »

Duane, it is my fault...I can't read.  Actually, I am right there with you.

Bill
This explains so, so much.
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2019, 12:22:09 pm »

Why are there not manuals, even online, for products now? I don't want to watch a bunch "training videos", I want to RTFM!!!!!!

I've had decent results when searching for product manuals by putting the product model in the search line along with "manual" or "pdf".  There are times, however, when those searches come up empty. :(

I wish there were a standard definition for lighting.  For example, all washes should have an 8 Channel mode defined as Dim, R, G, B, A/W, Strobe, Macro, Speed.
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Re: I want a freakin' manual!
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2019, 12:23:11 pm »

+several

I always print out the manual if it's something complicated.
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