Whiteboard animations, anyone?

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Whiteboard animations, anyone?

Unread postby Alexander Halser » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:23 pm

I'm just wondering if whiteboard animations would be a topic of interest for HelpXplain users.

Here's an example, a quick draft and the pen position is yet not accurate. Does this make sense for documentation?
https://www.helpandmanual.com/download/ ... ations.mp4
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Re: Whiteboard animations, anyone?

Unread postby Simon_Dismore » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:45 pm

Alexander Halser wrote:I'm just wondering if whiteboard animations would be a topic of interest for HelpXplain users... Does this make sense for documentation?

It's a nice idea, if not the most urgent priority for current users it might attract new ones. But it's been around for a while so your implementation would have to be pretty slick to compete with the existing tools.

I think you'd need to synchronise the animation with narration – ideally both text and audio – which means implementing timelines & tracks. That involves a new component for UI plus an underlying data model and a way to represent it in output format(s). The media overlay model in ePub 3.2 might be worth investigating as a starting point for output – AFAICS that distills 15 years of experience with talking books, so (i) no need to invent something specific to EC-software and (ii) you can test your prototypes against standard ePub readers.
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Re: Whiteboard animations, anyone?

Unread postby Ga Bowen » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:05 am

I mainly present design concepts and could see how it would be very useful for this application.

I've even done it before in PowerPoint via a ridiculously long and complicated hack.

I'd like the possibility of turning the 'artist' off and having the lines just 'appear'.

+1!
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Re: Whiteboard animations, anyone?

Unread postby Steve Gill » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:07 am

It could be a very useful feature. You have my vote.
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Re: Whiteboard animations, anyone?

Unread postby Terry McMorrow » Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:21 pm

Great idea to help spice up tutorials we are creating.
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