An interactive TDMM-what could it look like?
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Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:16 PM
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The Download version of the TDMM12 is simply a .pdf file, locked behind security features that limit the number of times any page can be printed, what devices it can be viewed upon, and the ways it can be used.

Let's discuss ways the next electronic version of the TDMM (and other manuals as well) could be made more powerful and usable in the hands of BICSI members, including those studying for certification, by taking full advantage of electronic text technologies.

This isn't a discussion about content, or how to circumvent copyright protections, but about how to make the Manual easier to study, easier to refer to, and ultimately, more valuable for Members.

Some initial ideas:
Allow viewing the TDMM on e-readers [Kindle/Nook/Tablet etc]
Allow reader to place their own bookmarks
Allow reader to Highlight Text they want to find later
Allow reader to place notes about items in the text
Hyperlinks between related topics, including user-created links
Hyperlinks from main topics to illustrations and Appendix items
Upgrade diagrams with interactive, animated illustrations, with features like callout bubbles for important points
Chapter summaries with key points every RCDD should learn from the chapter ("everything" is not really an answer here)

Other ideas and discussion about these?


Paul Thoma
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Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:53 AM


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I completely agree.

I understand the need to ensure the “file” has copyright protection but there seems to be numerous more flexible options available.

It would appear, with the current technology, the e-reader route would be the best way to go. The e-readers already manage the copyright side of it and Nook and Kindle (not sure about Sony) both have apps for just about any device you may have (Android, iStuff, PC and Mac). If someone else has managed to find a secure (ok, secure my not be the best word but as secure as anything out there today) distribution method and channels why not use it?

As a side note, it would be nice to see BICSI return the Text to Speech ability that used to be enabled in to the older TDMM PDF versions.

Tim Deely RCDD, RTPM

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Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:57 AM
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Paul,

You are right on target with your initial ideas.

It was publicly stated during the 2012 Annual BICSI Business Meeting at the Winter Conference yesterday, that BICSI hopes to launch Manual content delivery via e-books, etc. in 2012.

I will certainly encourage the BICSI Staff I know, to read your Forum post.

John R.

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Posted Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:57 AM
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This really seems like a an obvious step for Bicsi to make that can not come soon enough. I'd pay the $225 for the TDMM App for my iPad. It would also be great to have Connect courses for other operating systems and devices.
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