|Forum topic by CharlesA||posted 11-21-2014 12:03 AM||1043 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
11-21-2014 12:03 AM
Since the refugees from Popular Woodworking announced they were starting this new venture, 360woodworking.com, I have not had much clarity as to what this website would offer that others did not. I played around a bit around there today, and I think I am beginning to understand.
All content is free through the end of 2014—I haven’t subscribed yet. They have the standard blogs and such. They currently have a fairly simple project, a Shaker shop stool, that shows some real promise. You can just download the sketchup file. You can watch a video. You can watch the video as part of a 7-part course.. Or, you can download a PDF file with embedded video (caution: this link is to the PDF). It is this last format that I find most interesting. It reads much like a magazine article with pictures and drawings of the piece, but it also contains video links to parts that are best seen in action instead of in words or still pictures. You must open it in Acrobat Reader or Professional for the video feature to work—not in a browser window. It’s not quite spectacular for this Shaker stool, but I can see this being really helpful, clicking on the video when I am a bit confused about something and seeing it, but without having to sit through a long video when I reading or looking at drawings is more helpful.
This isn’t a commercial for it, just a hope that they will really do something innovative on the web front. I am starting to see the possibilities.
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson