How to create online tutorials using Snapguide

Put together and share your own step-by-step tutorials

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  • Snapguide1 Step 1: Getting started
  • Snapguide2 Step 2: View a guide
  • Snapguide3 Step 3: Start a guide
  • Snapguide4 Step 4: Adding captions
  • Snapguide5 Step 5: Add a cover
  • Snapguide6 Step 6: Share a guide
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Intro

The popularity of websites and services such as Instructables and Videojug have demonstrated there’s a real appetite for photo or video-based tutorials – whether it’s recipes, a bit of DIY, some basic plumbing, a few fancy guitar licks, or how to get out of the back of a car when you’re wearing a short skirt… no, seriously. 

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a basic photo-based step-by-step tutorial using Snapguide, a free app/web service combo that makes it easy to put together and then share structured tutorials on all manner of subjects. The iPhone is perfectly suited to this, thanks to its built-in camera, and Snapguide includes all the tools you need to create interesting and informative tutorials wherever you are, and then share them via Facebook, Twitter or email. And, of course, there are hundreds of existing tutorials for you to enjoy. Here’s how it all works. 

Vital Info

Device: iPhone

Difficulty: Beginner

Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

Snapguide (free, itun.es/i6JR9XN)

iOS 5.0 or later

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The popularity of websites and services such as Instructables and Videojug have demonstrated there’s a real appetite for photo or video-based tutorials – whether it’s recipes, a bit of DIY, some basic plumbing, a few fancy guitar licks, or how to get out of the back of a car when you’re wearing a short skirt… no, seriously. 

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a basic photo-based step-by-step tutorial using Snapguide, a free app/web service combo that makes it easy to put together and then share structured tutorials on all manner of subjects. The iPhone is perfectly suited to this, thanks to its built-in camera, and Snapguide includes all the tools you need to create interesting and informative tutorials wherever you are, and then share them via Facebook, Twitter or email. And, of course, there are hundreds of existing tutorials for you to enjoy. Here’s how it all works. 

Vital Info

Device: iPhone

Difficulty: Beginner

Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

Snapguide (free, itun.es/i6JR9XN)

iOS 5.0 or later

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Getting started

Download the free Snapguide app and install it. Tap the icon to get started and then scroll through the introductory screens to get a sense of what it can do. At the final screen, sign in using a Facebook or Twitter account, or create a new account using a valid email address. Allow Push notifications and you’re ready to start.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: View a guide

From the featured screen, swipe left until you find an interesting-looking guide and then tap to select it (we’ve chosen an origami-based one). Swipe left to start the guide and then follow the instructions to complete it. As you can see, each photo has short text-based instructions underneath. Click Close to finish. 

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Start a guide

Tap the Create button, give your guide a title, then tap Next. Tap the Add Step button and select the step type – for example, Photos. Take a shot of the first step, then snap the rest of the steps in order until the guide is complete – Snapguide adds thumbnails in a row along the bottom. Finished? Tap the Done button. 

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Adding captions

Snapguide displays a slide sorter view that allows you to re-order your images by dragging them with your finger. You can also add a caption by tapping the relevant slide. Once you’ve finished your first caption, tap Done and swipe left to show the next image. Tap and add a caption for that. 

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Add a cover

Tap the Back button to return to the slide sorter screen and then tap Next. You can either let Snapguide choose one of the photos as a cover, or you can tap the camera icon and take a new picture. Next, tap the Choose a Topic button – since this is a card trick we’ve chosen Games & Tricks. Tap Publish. 

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Share a guide

Once you’ve finished your guide, you can share it on Facebook or Twitter, grab the URL to add it to a blog or website, or tap the Email button to copy and paste it into an email to send it to a friend. Alternatively, tap Close to display your newly created Snapguide home page together with your new guide. 

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