The Tutorial Manager can be used for any type of content, such as demonstrating how to use a specific application on your website (like a product search), or to how to use a program, send an email, right through to how to use a specific product. Tutorials can cover any range of topics such as Do it your self repairs, demonstrating techniques or procedures, or for use as a step by step training guide.
Our Tutorial system is designed around a picture slideshow, where each picture can be accompanied by a description and the pace at which the slideshow progresses is completely controlled by the user.
The Pictures and descriptions are all managed by our Image Manager, which provides you (the tutorial creator) a fast and easy way to upload every picture and manage every description.
You can have as many pictures as you want in the tutorials.
Each Tutorial can also be downloaded as a PDF file. This will allow your website visitors to use the tutorials offline and provide you the ability to email or print them out if the need arises.
Not only does this make it much faster to navigate through numerous tutorials simultaneously, but also if you are part way through viewing one tutorial and you get to a page that covers a specific topic that you are unfamiliar with, you can go back to the list of tutorials and if there is another tutorial on that topic, you can then view that tutorial. Once you have finished with that you can now click on the tutorial you were only part of the way through and it will still be on the page you were up to when you left. How beneficial is that.
So you can navigate through numerous tutorials and it will never lose its place in any of the tutorials, you can return to any one of them and continue exactly where you left off.
This resume feature is only available while the tutorials page is displayed, once you navigate away from the tutorials section, to another page on the website, and then return to the tutorials page, all tutorials will be reset to start back at page 1
When viewing a tutorial you have the ability to move one page forward or backward. You can also return to the start of the tutorial (page 1), or jump directly to the end (last page) from a single mouse click. There is also a quick page advance feature, where you can simply select a page number from the drop down list and the tutorial will rapid advance to that page. This is ideal if you are up to a specific page and you have to navigate away, or you have been instructed to view a specific page in a tutorial. When you next view that tutorial you can just select the page you were up to, or the page that has been suggested you look at with just a few mouse clicks.
This allows you to provide a precise link that will take people to the exact page they need in any tutorial you have available.
An example of this is we often get asked Why am I not receiving any Emails. The answer to this is virtually always because their Microsoft Outlook Email program is configured to leave email on the server, so when their Inbox is full and they check for mail, it does not clear the Inbox straight away. So using our tutorial program, as we have a tutorial for how to Configure Microsoft Outlook 2007, A link can be provided which directs them to the exact page in the tutorial which covers this specific topic/issue. You can see a demonstration by clicking on this link
From the Tutorial Manager it provides you the links for each Tutorial you have created, so you can just copy and paste that link where you need it. It provides a RAW link and a HTML formatted link for you. All you need to do is just add the page number you wish to direct them to (if required). Simple / Fast and very Effective.
We also have an Information Manager (FAQ) which can operate in a similar way. So if you have a range of Frequently Asked Questions, then our Information Manager will help you manage those.
UTILIZE A PICTURE MULTIPLE TIMES using the picture numbering system you can easily use any of the pictures multiple times. This can save you having to upload an exact picture for every step as you can simply use an existing picture and description as many times as you want.
QUICKLY ALLOW A PICTURE TO BE TAKEN OFFLINE. By using the picture numbering system, you can easily just leave any picture number out of the display order list. This will then effectively take the picture out of the tutorial display, without you having to delete it. The total number of pictures in the tutorial will automatically be adjusted when the tutorial is viewed.
A Public tutorial is something that is displayed online to any website visitor.
A specific tutorial is one that is only available to people that have the correct access. A good example of this is if you have a tutorial for your staff on how to use the Administration Section of a website. You may not want those tutorials to be available to anyone, so with this system your administration section can be configured that when the staff member logs in, they can then proceed to the tutorial section and view any specific tutorials.
The system can also be configured to allow all tutorials to be displayed, or only specific tutorials, depending on what link they clicked on.
The options and possibilities for how it can be configured, I'm sure can be adapted to cater for exactly how you want it to function.