Re: [nbos] [FM] FM8 Techniques Sharing
"Joe Frazier, Jr"
Sun Jul 29th, 2007
Christopher Rodrigues Macias wrote:

> Hi All,
> Joe Frazier has been reminding us of the value of community support in
> learning how to use FM8. The mail list meets this need to some extent,
> as people can post questions and get answers, and even search the
> archives. However, the list has its limitations. I’ve been mulling
> over what else we might use.
> There was an attempt last year to set-up a ‘portal’ dedicated to all
> NBOS products, but after some initial enthusiasm usage rapidly fell
> off. I think the portal concept was perhaps too ambitious, and in part
> was competing for people’s attention with the mailing list. Perhaps a
> different, more tightly focused effort would work.
> I’ve been playing with using a popular blogging site as a way of
> posting FM8 techniques. You can see what I’ve done so far here:
> Blogger allows group blogging now, so **if** others wanted to go down
> this path, it would be easy to add any/all who were interested as
> co-authors to this blog.
> Thoughts? Other options? In theory a wiki might be more appropriate,
> but my impression is that free blogging tools have more advanced
> features and better usability than the free wikis I’ve been able to
> locate. Do any of you want me to add you as an author on this blog so
> you can play with it?
> Cheers,
> Christopher
Thanks for setting this up. While I think a Wiki would defiantly suit
the goals better, at least this is a start knowledge sharing if we can
keep it going. Although I don't expect to contribute a lot, I would
like to do my part as things come to me. I expect my contributions
may come more in the way of scripting help, than in any type of artistic
type stuff, but who knows.

A long term "hope" would either be something hosted by NBOS, or at the
very least, a link on the NBOS site to a site that will be similar to
many technical websites where the use community submits articles for
posting and these are reviewed by someone willing to play the role of an
editor and then the article is posted.

I do want to thank the folks over at CSUAC (along with Ed for putting
the proper support into FM 8 to make it possible of course) for
compiling the large number of user created png files and of course, the
original authors. Likewise, a pre-emptory thanks to Mark Oliva who
has stated he will donate his project groups 1500 or so CC built Vector
symbols IF Ed can get the converter up an running.

The email list is great for quick(sometimes) questions and answers from
one user to another, but is just not suited to a "how to" type article
such as the ones Christopher's blog. A good example of this is the
script Christopher sent to the list with the layer management techniques
which was way to large for the list to accomidate. While the upload
site is good for the actual script, the details of how/why are a bit to
long to really put into that type of forum.


PS, I liked the fountain thing so much, I recreated it and saved it as
it's own map symbol for reuse later! Thanks

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