Beyond LDraw – The Making of a Train Instruction Book Steve Barile SEBarile@sstanamera.com So you want to make an instruction book… There are tons of things to think about long before you put mouse-to-3001.dat What are your goals? Who is your audience? And to a lesser extent, the mechanics
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There are tons of things to think about long before you put mouse-to-3001.dat
And to a lesser extent, the mechanics
We will explore these and other topics in detail.
Is it a(n) …
…often it’s a combo of all of these!
Although you might have a certain target audience in mind, be assured that your material will be seen by all skill levels and ages; Kids, AFOLs, non-AFOLs…
--- “I never heard of a train engine without a motor!”
--- “He did it on his own with ease! He is 8.”
Should your instruction book only include your ideas?
5Layout ApproachLinear or Hierarchical
This is a new concept for me. I have not yet fully comprehended the ramifications, but…
(consider the building experience too!)
There are several interdependent aspects of the layout that should be considered, this is definitely an iterative process, but gets more intuitive with experience.
Paper - Don’t forget about paper selection, there are entire books written on this topic.
Camera Globe Position ON
Latt 25, Long 50, Radius 0
Camera angle 7
Background Color 255,255,183
Seam width .75
Quality level 2
Step Clock ON
Resolution 1280x1024 AA 0.3 (down to 320x240)
#version unofficial MegaPov 0.7; // version number may be different
#declare QUAL = 2; // Quality level, 0=BBox, 1=no refr, 2=normal, 3=studlogo
#declare SW = 0.75; // Width of seam between two bricks
#declare STUDS = 1; // 1=on 0=off
#declare BUMPS = 0; // 1=on 0=off
// Camera (Latitude,Longitude,Radius = 25,50,0)
#declare PCT = 5; // Percentage further away
#declare STEREO = 0; // Normal view
location vaxis_rotate(<3015.88,-1867.82,-2567.57> + PCT/100.0*
look_at <-22.7365,-18.1489,-17.8686> // calculated
rotate <0,1e-5,0> // Prevent gap between adjecent quads
color rgb 1
color rgb 1.25
color rgb 1.5
2, //depth difference required for line
0.35, //angle difference required for line
0.2, //color difference required for line
1.2, // 2.0 default line width
20, // 1.4 default line sharpness
rgb 0 //color of line