Why are offline docs left with so little regard?

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takezo3001
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Why are offline docs left with so little regard?

Postby takezo3001 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:30 am

"The current release of Blender is 2.48a

The Blender Wiki with online docs, Quick Start and other goodness is here:
http://wiki.blender.org

Online documentation for Blender's Python API is here:

http://www.blender.org/documentation/24 ... index.html


PDF versions of the wiki docs are available for download here:

http://www.letworyinteractive.com/b/200 ... mber-2008/ "


Yet another cursed four-o-four, rears it's rotting head...

~Mini Rant Begin~

Damn wikis...I don't feel like hunting for hours online especially since my internet is so spotty! This is becoming a well-accepted trend in the 3D program development community, though at least you're not like some programs...I remember purchasing a $400+ program that didn't have any documentation whatsoever, not even an updated wiki! (Guess which one? :roll: They also ended up giving it away for two months as well..) so I guess you guys are a step up, but still, if you cannot bother to update your links to the docs, then it really says a lot about you as far as how serious you are about your software as a whole.

~Mini Rant End~

Don't get me wrong, I do note the software itself has grown up to be a literal freeware version of lightwave, (Which is no small feat. Indeed, it's outstanding dedication!) and that you folks are a unique group in a sea of GNU software enthusiasts who have entered the 3D dev realm, but I wish you folks at blender (And software programmers in general) wouldn't take your offline user manuals for granted.

Tehrasha
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Re: Why are offline docs left with so little regard?

Postby Tehrasha » Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:53 am

takezo3001 wrote: but still, if you cannot bother to update your links to the docs, then it really says a lot about you as far as how serious you are about your software


Or, it could be because the recent versions of the software are changing so often that hard documents become outdated by the time they are assembled.

The last time Letwory was updated, 2.6x didnt exist yet.

I didnt get any 404s on the links you posted.

The current manual is here...

http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual

If you look around, you will find that it is very incomplete and still in the process of being hammered out.

The current API is here...

http://www.blender.org/documentation/250PythonDoc
(which will redirect to the latest version)
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ldo
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Postby ldo » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:23 am

For future reference, Blender is Free Software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software, not freeware http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeware.


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