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Creating build manuals or books for machines

Creating build manuals or books for machines

Creating build manuals or books for machines

I've been giving the task of creating build books for some of the machines we've designed. We have most of the machines in Pro/E, but want to use photographs so that the guys building it see it as it will look when they get the parts.
I took pictures of each stage of the build, and made notes of any special considerations.
 I created the first one by editing the photos and adding arrows, detail balloons and notes with photoshop, then putting it in word, and adding a table with a table list of parts needed in each step, and adding any other notes necessary.
This is cumbersone, and I was wondering if there were programs more suited to this.
In word, if you move pictures. it is very hard to get everything else to stay where you put it. I have yet to find any way to "lock" things where they are. Additionally, if you decide to add a detail balloon, you need to go back to photoshop, deit the picture, remake a jpeg, and replace the one in word. Usually, when you delete the picture, it will shift everything around, and you end up maving stuff back again.
I know there has got to be a better way.
Thanks in advance for any input!


RE: Creating build manuals or books for machines

Don't add the balloons in Photoshop. Add them in Word using the Drawing Task Bar - Autoshapes.
Or create your own with the shape you want and "group" it with a text box. Set all "Fill Color" to "No Fill".

It is sometimes easier to set the "Text Box" "Internal Margins" to Zeros, in "Format Text Box".

Also, verify "Draw" "Grid" "Grid settings" is 0.01.
Also, try playing with the "Edit Points" when using the "Arrows" and "Lines". You can make them do about anything you want. Increase the page size (200 - 500%) to make some nice smooth corners.

As far as moving every thing around. "Format Picture" "layout" select the "Wrapping Style" required to make it work. If you set the "Right Margin" of the text to the left as necessary for the photo to fit, use the "Behind Text" Wrapping and "Group" all notes, lines, arrows, etc. with the photo so they move with it.
(this simplistic answer might solve most of your problems, but I'm sure not all)


RE: Creating build manuals or books for machines

Wow! A lot of replies have dissappeared!
Thanks for those tips. I've actually figured a couple of them out already. I'll have to try the others.


RE: Creating build manuals or books for machines

Pie-in-the-sky option:

Lay out your Pro/E model to match (as closely as possible)the photo.  Balloon, annotate, BoM, etc. to suit then hide the model.  This is where my wheels come off, but either import the picture as a background in Pro (can't help you with how) or put the picture in the background in Photoshop.

Even better yet, create the entire work instruction in Pro if you can get the picture imported... a multi-page drawing of sorts.

RE: Creating build manuals or books for machines

Nevermind about the replies dissappearing. I posted in another forum also, and it had more replies than here.


RE: Creating build manuals or books for machines

have you considered Publisher?

RE: Creating build manuals or books for machines

Interactive Product Animator may be of use.


Not sure it works with Pro E and if you're determined to use photos it wont be of interest.


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