It seems all things Humanity invented over the centuries that make learning via the printed word efficient are viewed as unnecessary these days…
• Table of Contents
• Page Numbers
…All replaced by a haphazard collection of web articles.
And then hidden behind a search engine of irrefutable ineptitude.
Many SketchUp extension authors, like FREDO6, include PDF documentation in the package.
Why not SketchUp?
My favorite little CAD program installs HTML Help files; HTML Tutorials and a 125 page PDF Users Guide.
Why not SketchUp?
The extra file size of a User’s Guide added to the SU download package certainly isn’t an issue.
The aforementioned little CAD package is a mere 1.69MB download.
That includes: built-in HTML Help; HTML Tutorials and the 125 page PDF Users Guide packed with images.
Then again, a human friendly PDF Users Guide wouldn’t necessarily need to be a part of the SU installer.
Extension Warehouse provides a ready-made system for distribution and updating right from within SU.
• Distribute the User’s Guide as an extension.
PDF documentation is portable and durable, not to mention easily read, searched, bookmarked and annotated by the reader/owner of the PDF document.
Online docs have none of these qualities, as we’ve learned over several iterations of online SU docs.
SU 8 was released 9/1/2010.
Since then (~5 years) users have done without functionally readable, up-to-date PDF documentation.
How much time, effort and expense could it possibly take to bring the User’s Guide up-to-date?
I cannot fathom why there’s a PDF available for these resources…
Getting Started Guide http://storage.googleapis.com/support-kms-prod/SNP_2576338_en_v1
Concepts Guide http://storage.googleapis.com/support-kms-prod/SNP_2600710_en_v0
Quick Reference Card http://help.sketchup.com/en/article/116693
…While there isn’t one for the most important user resource of all, The User’s Guide.