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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is 3DWriting?

    What is 3DWriter?

    How is 3DWriting different from creating web pages?

    What makes 3DWriter different from other editors?

    How do I start a 3D project?

    What do I use to create a 3D project?

    Why should I use 3DWriter?

    Can something so inexpensive be good?

    Why not use Word? We already have it.


      What is 3DWriting?
      It is a form of hypertext narrative. If youíve ever surfed the web, you are familiar with hyperlinks, often referred to as links. 3DWriting is the result of combining traditional text with hyperlinks to support documents with additional material. This document, with its ability to reach out to other sources is considered three-dimensional. <TOP>

      What is 3DWriter?
      3DWriter is a simple, yet powerful software tool developed especially for 3DWriting. It was developed to eliminated problems encountered during two years of working with students and teachers. It enables the user to easily create documents that are three-dimensional in nature. Itís so simple and portable, anyone that knows how to use a word processor, and knows what a web page is, can create a 3D project in minutes. And with its revolutionary licensing agreement, it is affordable to every community and school system.  Itís no magic bullet.  We all know that teachers make the difference.  This is just a tool to help you do your job without technology getting in the way. <TOP>

      How is 3DWriting different from creating web pages?
      Although a three-dimensional document can be easily published as a web page, 3DWriting puts the focus on writing and planning while addressing a wide range of educational subjects, disciplines, and requirements. On the other hand, web page development requires a myriad of tools that focus on web page design and presentation, which are supplementary skills to learning to write in the Internet medium. 3D projects are often smaller in scope, developing skills incrementally towards larger projects like web sites and hypertext novel. <TOP>

      What makes 3DWriter different from other editors?
      It was created using the ďless is moreĒ concept. Since it is designed for only one job, it is small, easy to use, and inexpensive.  Based on two years of working with teachers and students, it addresses critical problems encountered by teachers  attempting to teach hypertext narrative to classes. 3DWriter eliminates many technical glitches, including the frustration of links that fail to function when projects are posted. It minimizes the distractions of bells and whistles, while maximizing creativity in the writing process.

      How do I start a 3D project?
      There is no single right way to create a 3D project. A 3D poem, a 3D lab report, and a 3D persuasive essay may have the same basic steps, but you may choose a different order or emphasis. The writer begins with a core document and then utilizes hyperlinks to further enhance it. The nature of the links will determine the final purpose of the document. For example, a science lab report might have hyperlinks that lead to basic information, definitions or to more advanced material about the project. <TOP>

      What do I use to create a 3D project?
      Although many programs can create 3D projects, 3DWriter user-friendly interface makes it the ideal tool for educators. It is designed to make 3D projects quick, easy and scaleable to any curriculum constraints. To see how easy it is, visit the 3DWriting tutorial. <TOP>

      Why should I use 3DWriter?
      Aside from the reasons cited on the home page, here are ten reasons I offer.

      Can something so inexpensive be that good?
      People wonder about the unbelievable pricing.  I donít think the pricing is unbelievable.  What I find unbelievable is that people will spend $100 to $300+ for a single copy of a tool that has hundreds of features they will never use.

      The hypertext word processor is nothing more than the 21st century equivalent of the pencil and paper. Why should you have to take out a mortgage to afford to write a letter to Aunt Millie? 

      I spent as much time making 3DWriter simple as others do making their product complex. The pricing reflects the development costs of simple tools that do what you need, as compared to complex tools that do hundreds of things you will never need.

      Why not use Word? We already have it?
      Yes, and NASA has the space shuttle, but they donít use it to go to 7-11 for coffee.  Why should we use the word processing equivalent of the space shuttle with students who are just learning the basics of writing?

      If thatís not compelling enough, how about this? For less than the price of a single copy of Microsoft Word, you can load 3DWriter on every machine in your school AND send it home with EVERY student and EVERY teacher in the school!

      Just as NASA saves the space shuttle for the job it was intended to do, so should you reserve powerful editors for after students have created quality content and are ready to take off.

      Iím not saying that 3DWriter is a replacement for Word anymore than I would say than a hammer is a replacement for a nail gun. The tool should be suited to the job. Not everyone can afford or needs a nail gun, but everyone needs and can afford a hammer.

      Thatís the answer in a nut shell.  If you want to open the nut and see the full explanation, Iím more than happy to offer my version of the
      nut cracker.

     

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