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    Why is it

    that there seems to be no manual (quite a task I admit) for all this equipment we have bought. I have a Duet and two Booms and to be honest if I did not earn my living in IT I would be out with the washing trying to get these working together properly. I keep discovering little gems of info here on these forums which contribute to me making a decent system out of all of the units. It is a remarkable sytem that probably does too much for it's own good. No wonder Currys Digital don't sell them!!

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    I have to agree. I've had a number of friends that like my SB and interface with the SBC but I wouldn't recommend to them as they are not really tech savvy and I would be getting all kinds of call for help.

    Seems that if you want a successful product that would really sell things would be simpler and there would be a comprehensive manual.

    Of course when things keep changing all the time it might be difficult to have a relevant manual.

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    Ah yes but with the new upgrade some of the info is now out dated including the guide to the buttons on the controller which is now somewhat irrelevant.

    If the product keeps changing that manual is useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzpro5 View Post

    Of course when things keep changing all the time it might be difficult to have a relevant manual.
    Which is why I rarely buy any tech related books.

    HTML or PDF manuals make much more sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snarlydwarf View Post
    Which is why I rarely buy any tech related books.

    HTML or PDF manuals make much more sense.
    I agree IF the product developer keeps the online manual up to date. Have not seen that happening in alot of cases including here.

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    It is the little nuances that make all the difference and a lot of them are just not documented. I have just discovered that my personal nirvana - moving songs from within the "Now Playing" playlist - is now possible on the controller - excellent for parties. I could never find a way of doing this before (7.3.3)- maybe that akward beta "party mode" but I was always deleting my active playlist by mistake - if someone now comes along here and says you should have done this and done that - then I rest my case for a manual.

    I have also discovered that the default skin for Squeezecentre is not useless for parties after all as it has some extra buttons and in 7.4 I can drag songs up and down my active playlist - something I had always liked in Itunes. Of course I look again on these forums and discover the extra buttons on the Default Skin will disappear if I log in with another PC and do not set them to on again which then adds a cookie to the machine I am using - complicated eh! - real easy end consumer stuff.

    I have to endure the wrath of her indoors who says "another piece of equipment you have bought that I can't operate" as she struggles to get Magic radio to work on one of the Booms after I have been using Squeezenetwork - even though I have set up presets on the front of the Boom

    Even the simplest of things like showing TITLE - ARTIST on the Booms is easiest set up on the Server itself and has to be done for each unit. Same applies to the "switch off group" buried away in the Synchronisation settings.

    Keep it a bit more simple - it's a music player - I don't want Facebook or to look at my Flickr pictures on a tiny screen just because it's clever. Why not create a Lite mode without all the extra functionality - maybe so even my partner could pick up the controller and make something happen. Have an Advanced mode for all us techies. I think a lot of people go for the uber expensive Sonus system for this very reason.
    Last edited by rjsmyth; 2009-09-30 at 08:06.

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    It is out of date. Especially as of 7.4 I had to hunt high and low through Wikis, posts and messages to the almighty to find out what the new features are (some excellent). Joe Consumer is just not going to bother with that kind of dedication.
    Last edited by rjsmyth; 2009-09-30 at 08:11.

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    This is my number one complaint with the entire system. Yes, its easy to do simple things, but to do much more complicated, I have to spend a fair amount of time wading through menus, trying things, reading forums & wikis. Maybe 8 hours of some one's time (very familiar with the hardware and software) would be an excellent investment.

    And yes, PDF is the only solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjsmyth View Post
    I don't want Facebook or to look at my Flickr pictures on a tiny screen just because it's clever.
    +1
    Well said.
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