Explore how Publisher3D(TM) 2011 can publish an instruction set directly to Word(R). In this blog post, we will start from the previous example where we created an animation of our assembly process for a power supply. If you would like to review this example, you can check out these blog posts:
These two posts show how we created a storyboard of assembly illustrations very quickly. We published an animation from the illustrations. In this post, we will build on this foundation by doing two things that will lead us to a compete Word document with images and textual descriptions of each step of the assembly process.
Give “Good” Titles to Each Illustration
When Smart Template Technology was used to create the illustrations, each illustration was given a unique name. This works fine for animations where the title of the illustration does not matter. However, when we publish to Word, this title will be used as the title for each image published. So, our first step is to change these names.
To change the names, we can bring up the storyboard then right click each illustration’s thumbnail image and choose “Illustration Properties…”. This will allow us to enter a new name.
Add descriptive information to each illustration as metadata
The next step is to document each illustration by adding textual information to the illustrations. To do this we will need to bring up the Metadata Panel and then use this to enter a “Description” field for each illustration. I typed in some simple instructions for each here, in a real document this might be multiple paragraphs of information.
Give a “Good” name to the Storyboard
The Storyboard name will end up as the title of our Word document, so we need to open the Project Panel, right click the storyboard and set a good name.
Publish to Word
Now it is time to publish our document. From the Publish ribbon we can select “Microsoft(R) Word(R)” as the output, select storyboard as the source and click “Publish Now”. I modified result to have two columns and then uploaded.