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Topic: PDF versions of guides
If you think it's a good idea to have downloadable PDF versions of all the VDJ Setup Guides for controllers etc, so they can be read offline, please comment to this post.
Those of you who've been here long enough may remember that Atomix did once have PDF versions available - but they have since been removed, and now everything is online only - which sucks if you need to reference something and you don't have internet access.
I have mentioned this to Atomix before and was told (two years ago) that they're "working on it".
Since then, numerous controllers have been added natively to VDJ and their Setup Guides have been written by Atomix - but still no PDF versions. Guys at Atomix, if you're "working on it" then why can you not add a PDF when you put the guides online?
Inviato Sat 29 Sep 18 @ 8:37 am
Plus it's extra stuff to take, when everyone wants to pare back the amount of gear they have to hump about.
Mine is looking a bit tatty now, so may have to print it again.....Your guide in a file, on screen in a second. that's perfect!
Viva Le PDF....
Inviato Sat 29 Sep 18 @ 11:33 am
Inviato Sun 30 Sep 18 @ 4:26 am
However, the way the manuals are presented on the web means that all the web site stuff is included on each page. Headers, footers, links etc. and all the links (inc from page to page) go back to the web, so you have to edit each page of the "manual" to remove/alter all the web site stuff.
It's too much to ask. Users should be provided with downloadable PDF versions as Atomix have done in the past.
Inviato Sun 30 Sep 18 @ 8:46 am
Inviato Sun 30 Sep 18 @ 9:28 am
Inviato Sun 30 Sep 18 @ 2:23 pm
Inviato Mon 01 Oct 18 @ 8:31 pm
Inviato Tue 02 Oct 18 @ 1:55 pm
Maybe the controller setup does not change much, but new features are added all the time
Inviato Tue 02 Oct 18 @ 5:58 pm
Inviato Sun 09 Dec 18 @ 10:54 am
One issue that could be raised is that the info is constantly being updated due to great updates to the software however presumably this could very easily be dealt with by having a manual change-log?
+1 for bringing them back!
Inviato Mon 10 Dec 18 @ 11:08 am
Raniki wrote :
the info is constantly being updated
For the main VDJ manual, yes. It gets updated when there are changes to the software - but controllers and their mapping tend to stay the same, or change very little.
The online manuals for my controllers haven't changed since 2016 (according to the dates on the manuals).
Inviato Mon 10 Dec 18 @ 12:23 pm
(LOL could not help it) :)
Inviato Mon 10 Dec 18 @ 6:56 pm
To me it seems wrong that all those thousands of people are unable to download and keep a PDF version of the VDJ Setup Guides on their computers that they can use when out & about gigging, without needing an internet connection.
Inviato Mon 10 Dec 18 @ 9:36 pm
But for me I would not use a controller for a gig that I feel I would need a manual to rely on. I must be confident enough and know it well before using it live.
In case of questions or other things that need to be cleared, update mapping, and such, will be at home.
Inviato Tue 11 Dec 18 @ 8:35 am
These days there are a lot of knobs and buttons on controllers, way beyond what is needed for basic DJing. It's that extra stuff that may require a quick glance at a manual.
Also, the way some things are mapped in VDJ doesn't quite match the original use (with Serato, Rekordbox or whatever) so it's useful to remind yourself.
Inviato Tue 11 Dec 18 @ 6:28 pm