View Full Version : About the manual

10-21-2004, 05:56 AM

Just brought the game home and during installation I checked the manual. Dont get me wrong, normally I do not RTFM http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Its the same small format as IL2/FB's-manual. In 55 pages everything is covered: from installation to automated bombsights, dogfight-tactics, aircraft skins, campaign, online-flying, etc.
That is way to much and its unstructured. Its no joy to read.
Since most advanced keys (e.g. bombsight) do not have a default bind, the tiny articles are confusing to read. All actions are just described as "press the key you assigned to "bombsight elevation"", etc...
The technical details on how to make your own squadron-logo (128x128x256 in Windows BMP) are just completely in the wrong place too (page 23, middle of the "book").
All together, the manual is mostly useless.

Therefore, my idea:
Next time, please make a complete, readable guide for beginners. Advanced pilots will not take much from that manual anyway, so leave advanced topics out. Put technical details and advanced topics into a PDF-file for advanced pilots.
Just cover installation, setup and the basics, like a takeoff and landing for just one aircraft-type. But do that in detail (speeds, engine-settings, etc). Describe everything, so that the fresh pilot with the 10$-joystick can re-fly the tutorial. Put a training-mission in for basic takeoff and landing (maybe unarmed static targets for fun).
That way people could start to fly around right after installation with a complete step-by-step intro at hand.
Later, more training-tracks should help to get better in all regards.

Do not get me wrong, but this manual does not helps much. I mean, I dont expect manuals in Falcon IV/Tornado/Their_finest_hour - format (anymore), but please do it right - spare the unecessary details, add a good tutorial.
The new pilots will just get frustrated with current state of the manual!

Okay, I am off for some carrier-landings http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

PS: I could care less about the manual, but I consider it as critical for new pilots. And more (new) pilots is always good for the genre and the community. They should not be scared away or get frustrated (and give up), at least not until they meet their doom at HyperLobby http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

10-21-2004, 06:24 AM
There are one regular and one advanced manual on one of the FB disks.
Aren't there any digital manual on the PF disks?

10-21-2004, 06:46 AM
No, no advanced manual on the CDs. At least, I was not able to find some http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

But IMHO thats not the main-problem, I think the printed manual is in a very bad shape. In worst case pilots will not come to "advanced" state at all, but rather give the sim back at the store (tolerance/willingness of customers got lower over the years).

Or the pilots keep it and come here, seeking for help http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
So, be prepared for the rants of the SBD and F4F3-hotshots http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

10-22-2004, 10:54 AM
True, there is no advanced manual in the CD-rom... but there is a PDF copy of the same "basic" manual and nothing more.

I spent an hour to find somewhere how to remove the black cover over Ki-43s gunsight and there was no informations about it (or I didn't find it).

I tried the key (ctrl+D) for german tinted gunsight and it worked... pfff !