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Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby Shooshie » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:58 am

I don't know if anyone has noted this in the forum; I may have missed the posts if the manuals' contents have already been discussed. I'm devoting a thread to it, which will make it easier to find for future reference.

PDFs for Quick Searches
DP8 brings us major changes in the manuals. The first and largest change is, of course, the addition of PDF manuals, available via the Help menus. The PDF manuals offer quick searching for any word you wish to type in. No longer are you dependent on the Contents and Index to find what you're looking for (although the Contents and Index have always been excellent references, some words simply manage to slide through without being indexed). If you can type the exact words, and if they exist in the manual, you will find them no matter where they are. Thanks, MOTU!

Slimmer Printed Manual
The next thing you'll notice about the printed manual is that it's much slimmer than DP7's tome. It appears that DP7 will go down in DP history as the largest manual ever printed for Digital Performer. So, what got left out? Plug-ins and effects. There is now a 124 page PDF entitled:
    Digital Performer 8 Plug-in Guide
This was split apart from the main User Guide, making for a smaller printed manual. You'll want to be sure to copy this guide to your iPad if you choose to copy the main User Guide similarly.

Of course, there is also the Getting Started manual among the PDFs, but what a surprise it was to find the DP Control App User Guide. This is the documentation for the iPad app, DP Control, which turns an iPad or iPhone into a control surface for wireless remote control of DP.

COLOR!
A huge difference enabled by the PDF is full color illustrations! This is such a help. In a user interface where color is so carefully used to guide the eye and group related elements together, it always seemed a loss that the printed manual only used grayscale illustrations. Now we can see exactly what we'd see in actual usage. It really helps to orient our eyes in the manual, where there is no other context except the particular window or menu being discussed. The colors are very helpful.

Windows OS
DP8 marks the first time that Digital Performer has been a cross-platform application. We welcome PC users to the world of DP. While the goal obviously was to make the two versions identical, the manual betrays certain differences. Throughout the manual there are features that are still labeled "Mac-Only." While we hope that in time those will become available to PC users as well, some features may always depend on certain API's being available to DP in the operating system, itself. For example, the ability to bounce to CD or DVD remain for now Mac-only features. One can imagine the complexity of writing code that can access and write to optical media on both platforms.

Command/Ctrl, Option/Alt, Ctrl/Win
Whereas the Macintosh uses the Command Key for its major modifier, the PC's identical key is the Control Key. Similarly, Option and Alt are Mac and PC names for the same key. When the keys are referenced in the new manuals, they are written with the slash separator (Command/Ctrl, or Option/Alt) to indicate the same key on the different platforms. The attempt to be fair to all sometimes leads to confusing key labels in the manual. The Macintosh key labeled "Control" is on the PC labeled "Win." So, Shift-Option-Control-Tab on the Mac will be written Shift-Alt-Win-Tab on the PC.
"Command-Shift-Opt-Ctrl" = "Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Win"

Where to find the PDF manuals:
The PDF's are embedded within the DP package. In the Finder, Control-Click on DP and choose "Show Package Contents." Inside the package, navigate as follows:
    Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Digital Performer Help/pdfs/Digital Performer User Guide.pdf
In the pdf folder, you will find:
    Digital Performer User Guide.pdf
    Digital Performer Getting Started.pdf
    Digital Performer Plug-ins Guide.pdf
    DP Control App User Guide.pdf
    New Features in DP 8.pdf

    a folder entitled "Control Surfaces Help"

Copying to iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
If you load these into your iPad or copy them to another folder in the Finder, be sure to hold down the Option Key to copy them, not move them. If you were to move them out of the DP package, they would no longer be available in the Help Menu.

That's about all I can think of…

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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby Shooshie » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:42 am

Here's an excellent app for anyone who uses PDFs: iAnnotate.
http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

This enables you to highlight, draw, write, scribble, and much more, right on a PDF, and it goes across platforms to your other devices, always opening the PDF with your annotations on your various devices.

Here's another post in another thread in which FMiguelez discusses iAnnotate and Diigo, which enables annotations of websites.
Here's a direct link to Diigo.

Thanks to FMiguelez for bringing those wonderful apps to our attention! These make your DP8 User Guide a much more personal resource in which you can take notes and write, just as you do in the printed version.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby Dwetmaster » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:53 am

Isn't this sticky material?
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby kgdrum » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:04 am

Absolutely! ;-)
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby twistedtom » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:21 am

Shoo you are a major asset to us, good info bro.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby stainless » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:32 pm

I actually think the DP8 manual's index is a bit clearer than DP7

...or else because I was brand new to DP7... maybe I'm clearer on the layout
and the PDF is a wonderful asset!

I must have had a DP7 lite manual (974 pages) my DP8 manual is 991 (not counting the final page-blank)
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby Shooshie » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:09 pm

stainless wrote:I must have had a DP7 lite manual (974 pages) my DP8 manual is 991 (not counting the final page-blank)


That's very interesting. My DP7 manual has 1084 pages. They may have made the decision to cut loose the Plugins and Instruments section during the middle of DP7.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby stainless » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:20 pm

my manual refers in the index (See DP Plug-ins guide) it was a PDF I printed out
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby mikehalloran » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:25 am

>For example, the ability to bounce to CD or DVD remain for now Mac-only features.<

Wow, that's a surprise.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby bayswater » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:33 am

mikehalloran wrote:>For example, the ability to bounce to CD or DVD remain for now Mac-only features.<

Wow, that's a surprise.

Sure is, and a bit ironic since it's Apple telling us optical media are obsolete.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby thesoundsmith » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:40 pm

I also have to highly recommend GoodReader for reading, annotating, etc. PDF manuals, the new DP8 book is great, but al always, sometimes dense (or maybe it's just me...) Color annotation, drawing, and very stable.

It has a great option for multi-column docs, a reflow option that just gives you straight text, no graphics, with word wrap, so you just read, at your own magnification comfort, without scrolling left-right (or back to the top of the page for column two...)
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby leemute » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:57 pm

Hey—

I'm a synth programmer, and I have an upcoming job with a client who prefers the use of DP. I am familiar with DP, but haven't used it in a while and would love to get my hands on the manual for DP8. I don't have a license number since it's the client's software, and as I'm brushing up before the gig starts I don't want to make them nervous by having them send me the manual.

I've emailed MOTU directly to see if they'd make it available. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get the manual if I don't currently have access to a DP-installed machine? Could someone PM a link perhaps?

Thanks in advance…
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby MIDI Life Crisis » Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:13 pm

I'm guessing that unauthorized distribution of the manual (if it is not on the MOTU site) would be a violation of the EULA and a copyright violation.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby bayswater » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:11 pm

bayswater wrote:
mikehalloran wrote:>For example, the ability to bounce to CD or DVD remain for now Mac-only features.<

Wow, that's a surprise.

Sure is, and a bit ironic since it's Apple telling us optical media are obsolete.

OK, now I've seen the manual. The stuff that is Mac only is pretty much all stuff that Windows itself doesn't (need to) do, not things the app doesn't do.

Another observation: the DP 8 printed manual I got is an improvement over the DP 5-7 manuals that I have. Overall quality of printing has improved, font and print is clearer, and the figures have a better level of contrast.
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Re: Observations on DP8's Manuals

Postby frankf » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:27 am

MIDI Life Crisis wrote:I'm guessing that unauthorized distribution of the manual (if it is not on the MOTU site) would be a violation of the EULA and a copyright violation.

Absolutely, it specifically says so in the EULA.


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