K-TEK Solutions LLC ) is set to change the way drafters, designers and engineers learn the most popular CAD and GIS products. The company recently introduced its new vBooks – Internet-based “video books” that actually demonstrate skills taught and continue to update with the latest information even after purchase.
vBooks are structured much like traditional training textbooks. But what sets vBooks apart from all other texts, manuals or computer-based training tools is the library of narrated screen capture vignettes that train the user on individual features and processes. vBooks are distinguished from traditional training solutions in another way: Each includes a tool that allows the user to post any questions not answered in the vBook directly to the K-TEK Solutions vBook support team; answers are returned to the vBook owner in less than 24 hours. To reduce confusion and facilitate rapid learning, questions and answers can be presented in screen captures. And once answered, questions can be added to the vBook knowledge base, allowing authors to continuously build content and incorporate new or updated product information as appropriate. As a result, vBooks continue to increase their value even after being purchased.
vBooks are now available for many Autodesk and ESRI products, including ESRI Arcmap 9.1, Autodesk AutoCAD 2006, AutoCAD LT, Autodesk Land Desktop, Autodesk Civil 3D 2006, Map 3D, MapGuide, Autodesk Survey and Autodesk Raster Design. K-TEK also created vBooks for transitioning from AutoCAD to Autodesk Civil 3D 2006 and transitioning from Land Desktop to Civil 3D. Many more vBooks are in development- including vBooks for Trimble Technologies.