RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

  • Wind Mobile
  • 7-inch screen
  • 1024 x 600 resolution
  • capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1GHz Texas Instruments dual-coreprocessor
  • 3.0-megapixel front-facing cmera
  • 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • GPS
  • WiFi
  • Blue

Brochures or Users’ Manuals ?

Mostly the brochures are artistically laid out and presented whereas User’s manuals are like government notifications; life less, color less and totally technical. The brochure gets the bigger share of budget as compared to the manuals. This indicates that most concerns treat potential users so much better than existing users and focus accordingly?

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Acer X1261P Projector

  • 3D Ready DLP Projector
  • High performance projector
  • 1024 x 768 native resolution
  • 2700 ANSI lumens brightness
  • 3700:1 contrast ratio
  • 6000 hours of lamp life

Manage the Manuals

Users Manuals have always been here. They are here at least since the advent of technology and availability of products. Almost every one has a collection of instruction manuals; some stash them somewhere in their house, some put them in files and folders and some other throw them away to go to recycle.

Search for users’ manuals start when people need instructions for some old vacuum cleaner, or water filter, or a dishwasher or a new iPhone. Sadly, they are not found when most needed and a wild hunt starts. Sometime users have to go to customers’ services of the respective product just to find an answering machine giving not so much required instructions. What is worst, some time users may get the answer that help for an old product is not available as the company has abandoned the production of some old model.

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Archos 7c Android-based Tablet

  • Google Android 2.1 Eclair OS
  • Cortex A8 processor
  • 720p HD video playback
  • 7-inch screen
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • Capacitive display
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi
  • 8GB internal storage
  • microSD/SDHC slot
  • USB port

What is culture to do with the manuals?

I have been reading many manuals and instruction books lately. What I noted most is how they help a common user. All of this reading and other recent experiences has made me think about the core competency of writing and writing well and how does it help users across different cultures? How manuals make a business case and add value. One conclusion is that technical manual writers should know more about world geography and different cultures.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

  • 16GB/32GB models
  • Google Android 3.0 OS
  • nVidia Tegra 2 processor
  • microSD card slot
  • 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera

Where to get Users’ Manuals From

A blogger (www.peterme.com) recently purchased an original Macintosh 128K User Manual from 1984 and published some pictures from it and wrote a great post. He says, “I recently purchased an original Macintosh User Manual (thanks eBay!). I had seen one at a garage sale, and was struck by how it had to explain a total paradigm shift in interacting with computers. I figured I could learn something about helping make innovation happen. It’s been an intriguing read. It’s a remarkably handsome manual, beautifully typeset, which, considering par for the course at the time was probably Courier with few illustrations, is saying something. Also, even back in 1984, there was no definite article. You get phrases like “With Macintosh, you’re in charge.” No “the”s or “a”s. One of the more striking things was how every Chapter is introduced with a full-color photo of Macintosh being used. (See the pictures at www.peterme.com).

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ASUS Eee Note EA800 e-Book Reader

  • Notepad/e-Book reader
  • 8-inch screen
  • 768 x 1024 resolution
  • 64-greyscale display
  • Marvell processor
  • 2.0-megapixel camera
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • WiFi
  • 1W speaker
  • USB port
  • Headphone jack
  • 3700mAh battery
  • Linux OS

Reverse Engineering

Usually it happens that research and development teams come up with an idea of a product (any product), it is made in factories and then technical people write manuals and instruction books and other related documents.

Another methodology that can prove effective is that first write users’ manual and then ask the development team to make the product to match the manual. Ok, let me say that write the proposed manual in the light of what marketers think people want and then build. Call it reverse engineering and driven by market, it can be an effective approach.

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Advertising With Techno Station

Our efforts in internet marketing has placed us at the top of all the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN which in turn drives thousands of unique visitors a day to our web site and blog.

These aren’t your typical visitors; They are manufacturers and producers in addition to CEO’s, President’s, VP’s of Marketing, Owners and Top Decision Makers of major corporations. They spend their money based on value and return on investment and are less price sensitive than a standard buyer. They are the top echelon of target prospects and the people you want to be in front of.

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Epson Endeavor MR4100 Desktop PC

  • Intel Core i3-2100/i5-2400/i5-2500
  • i7-2600 processor
  • 2GB of RAM up to 16GB
  • nVidia GeForce GT430
  • ATI FirePro 2450 graphics card
  • 15.6-inch screen
  • WXGA LCD display
  • For business use
  • Several USB 3.0 ports

Every bit can make a difference

Let me start this with a personal confession; I haven’t used printed users’ manuals in years. They still come with almost each product I buy and go straight into the recycling.

Happily it turns out that Internet users can opt out of getting hard copies of users manuals (for example go to the Techno Station – a portal that is amassing all users manuals at one place.

All the environmental chatter is saying that doing searches can help save the environment. Surely the best thing all manufacturers and industrialists could do right now is to drastically slash the number of manuals printed on paper by asking exactly who requires them. My guess is that it would be very small number of the households who would still want users’ manuals in hard copies.

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Coby Kyros MID7024 Android Tablet

  • 1GHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Google Android 2.2 Froyo operating system
  • 7-inch screen
  • Resistive touchscreen display
  • 800 x 480 screen resolution
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI output
  • microSD memory card slot
  • 4GB of internal flash memory

Authentic Manuals

Demand for the availability of users’ manuals, instruction books, technical manuals and other product related document online is growing exponentially. This situation has created services that offer instructional and support material online.

The questions that have come up are regarding the validity and authenticity of the publications. Are they directly from the developers? Are they up to date?

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