I wish to open discussion about efficiency of two types of tutorials, video and pictorial/textual tutorials. I am favoring pictorial/textual tutorials as you can print them and because they are static. Video tutorials are problematic when you have to go back just a few seconds to see some detail and when in low quality or double speed for Youtube upload.
Two of mine tutorials
and one with pictures/text:
I would have to agree with you Ivan on the pictures/text being the best even if you are luck enough to have a duel monitor CAD system you will always need to stop and play it back a little no matter what as they might be working @ to fast a pace for you to pick up on what is getting told @ the time. With picture/text you can go @ your own pace.
It depends on the knowledge of the reader/viewer. I always find myself in a pickle trying to be thorough when I answer a question here since I don't know how good the one who's asking with CAD. It seems that most of the time the questions lack details, images or even the question itself, when someone asks a general question you can't just give a step-by-step solution.
I really wish if people put more effort in asking the question if they expect someone to put an effort in the answer.
Now to answer your question, I find beginners tend to like videos since they can see every step of the process, more advanced users just need the idea or a direction to head toward.
Sorry if I got off topic here.
Nice comment Ahmed and it has got me thinking now on how I answer questions and how I also ask them :))) I think a lot of people should take note on what you have said as I sure will from now on.
"I find beginners tend to like videos since they can see every step of the process, more advanced users just need the idea or a direction to head toward." this is great answer. I know from my experience that usually on half of tutorial i start to improvise and to look for more (for me) personalized solution, so it is rare that i do whole tutorial as it is shown. But in same time I do my tutorials more or less for people who are somewhere between beginner and medium user.
i do not think that beginners can follow advanced tutorial no matter how detailed they are.
I disagree and think that video is the better medium. While you have to rewind with video, there is always content left out in written tutorials. This applies more to long form tutorials though. If you see any of SolidWorks training manuals, they are quite confusing and often skip little bits of information covered in previous chapters. But I'm jaded from working for a reseller and running training classes.
actually i think that it is more about tutorial maker then if it is video or pictorial, as i see many video tutorials where people do not record whole screen and then you do not see half things they are doing and you are right there is some steps missing in some of pictorial tutorials...
I am for the video tutorial. You can see every step when someone is modeling something and if you are not sure about something you can allways rewind and if tutorial is done from start to finish than there are no sciped steps, like In some text/pictures tutorials.
i have learned all the way through Video Tutorials... reading the pictorial stuff is kinda borring.... but i also accepts that i prefer pictorial tutorials over video when the video's quality is low and poor...
I think both video and pictorial/textual are good depending on the topic and I find also the mood you're in :)
Pictorial/textual step by step tutorials must be pretty detailed though, sorry Ivan I have to use your tutorial as an example, your tutorial does convey the basic intent for someone who has some knowledge of NX, I've done this also where I know what I'm doing in my head but for total beginners they don't know what I'm thinking, so every step should be documented and I tend not to use a custom icon set up because everyone else will have their icons set the way they're comfortable with or are in front of the default icons on first launch. I would use the default menu when doing an action, for example;
'We will start this tutorial with a new document (File > New).
Then we'll start with a Sketch (Insert > Sketch) you will notice three work planes in front of you, for the purpose of this exercise pick any plane to start sketching on.
We will now draw a closed spline using (Insert > Sketch Curve > Studio Spline) blah...blah...blah.
You get what I mean, for people who are familiar with the software they will skim through the tutorial and for total beginners they will read every word and get the same result you have in the accompanying image, which will make them very happy :)
Videos are the same thing, I prefer videos with voice even if it's in another language because the tutor will be speaking out each step and click of the mouse which tends to pace the tutorial instead of clicking three or four things in a millisecond where you're forced to rewind.
Check out Adam's tutorials at cadjunkie, here's just one of them http://cadjunkie.com/2017/tutorials_2010_nxmyfirstsurface/, if anyone can't follow his concise and very detailed tutorial then they're not meant for Cad.....maybe carpentry would be better for them ;)
Sorry again Ivan for picking on your tutorials, hope you don't take offence.
I know what you're saying but the curious beginner would love the detail, the expert from another cad program would appreciate the detail seeing the differences from their usual software and the NX user can just fast forward to the relative points so you see it caters for everyone.
no offence taken :) i already noted that i am not making tutorials for beginners.
But that tutorial you linked in your answer is example how people mix frogs and grandmothers, it should be surface tutorial and more then half tutorial is about how NX look and about basic keyboard commands and all other but the point of tutorial. it took that guy more then 4 minutes to get to point. and he give too much of his personal opinions of what is good looking cool etc, and those things are not something that i am interested in when i am looking for good tutorial. tutorial have to be short, and up to the skills of user that will look for it, so making A-class surface in NX is not something you should do with newbies. this guy have to make shorter tutorials that do not go boring, and that cover only one thing in a time.
I have about 40G of video tutorials for SW collected in the past few years. Found them to be easier and more handy while sitting in front of the screen. Sometimes I just need a quick reminder of procedures and techniques I don't use often. Tried with books. Not my cup of tea.
Video will appeal to a wider range, especially people that speak different languages, which appears there are a lot of on this website which is international.
I favor pictures/text because you can go at your own pace and if there's anything left out it just makes it more of a challenge. I built the Audi R8 from the video tutorial and it was aggravating because it went to slow and meticulous in some areas and too fast to even pick up basic dims in others.
i prefer video tutorials