Printed documentation (printable documentation)
Printed documentation (printable documentation) is documentation that is supplied on paper or that is supplied electronically and which is designed to be printed.
Sometimes, printed documentation is the best way to supply information, despite the popularity of online documentation. For readers, a printed user guide has these advantages compared to an online user guide:
- People can easily write notes on the user guide.
- People can read the user guide away from the screen.
- People do not need to change between the online help and the software.
Sometimes, people need both reference information and instructions for tasks. A good practical combination is to supply a printed (or printable) software user guide for instructions, and context-sensitive online help for reference information.
TechScribe develops these types of printed documentation:
- User guides (procedure guides, process guides, policy guides, installation guides, feature guides, instruction manuals)
- Reference manuals (technical reference, administrator's reference, programmer's reference)
- Quick-reference documentation (reference cards, wall-charts, checklists, posters, crib cards)
TechScribe supplies the source files, usually as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files. You can use your preferred print supplier, or you can supply the documents electronically to your customers. If you prefer, TechScribe can supply printed documents to you.
PDF Manuals: The Wrong Paradigm for an Online Experience (www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2008/11/pdf-manuals-the-wrong-paradigm-for-an-online-experience.php)