We're in the process of rewriting many of these help docs. Several of those terms, like subpuppets and skins and siblings, we have changed to simpler stuff in the latest version.
In general though, help docs / instruction manuals are always going to be a little more dry and detailed. I would turn to YouTube tutorials (and not just mine, there are quite a few CH ones out there now) to help translate these into more visual, walkthrough-based terms.
Hope you didn't mind me going on a bit... I do have a tendency to ramble on.
I certainly agree about the quality of the YouTube tutorials and I'm soaking them up as fast as I can. It is when I want to delve a little deeper, that I turn to the text.... Dry and detailed...
Thank for you time!
When I first read a Character Animator (Chan) Support file I thought that I might never learn this software proper, so you are not the only one. And I strongly support your request and Dave's assertion that those help files will be rewritten. Plus I've also suggested to include more screenshots in those helpfiles.
They aren't up to date at the moment, either, due to the vast array of changes and improvements that has been going on in Chan.
But! After watching all of the tutorials available and playing around with the software, creating own puppets, etc., I realized that those helpfiles suddenly weren't in Chinese (Chanese ;-) any more, but that I knew what they were talking about.
And I also think that it is very hard to compose those files in a way that they are both complete and fast as well as intelligible for everyone at every moment immediately.
Personally I use them as a reference for or deepening of stuff that I learned through the tutorial and by practicing rather than when I want to learn something new.
Maybe, on the long run, different kinds of helpdocs - NEWBIE, PRO - would be an idea? For I know that some people just don't like to learn with videos, and what about them?
Since Chan seems to be trying to be a tool both for newbies as well as for animation pros this may be a good reflection.
Hi El.. Wombat and thanks for input!
I think you're right.. at the moment the best way is to play with the App... check out the tutorials and then use the helpdocs..... makes more sense!