Hi, JP, maybe it's because you're in the IT industry so you know what all the words mean but I'm just lost most of the time when I read the manual. I don't think I'm being overly picky but I think the writing style is just off. For example, I just downloaded the Macrium Reflect's newest manual (version 7.2). And, I if you click the first section, it's confusing right out of the gate. Try clicking the Chapter Rescue media and Windows PE. The first paragraph says:
If you lose your Windows operating system, you can start your PC using Macrium Reflect rescue media on CD,
DVD, or USB stick. This makes creating rescue media the first thing you need to do with Macrium Reflect. It contains
a bootable, lightweight version of Windows and a full version of Macrium Reflect.
This lightweight version of Windows is called the Windows Recovery Environment (also known as Windows RE or
WinRE) and is supplied with Windows 7 and later operating systems. For Windows XP, Vista and systems without
WinRE, Reflect will download the Windows Pre-installation Environment (also known as Windows PE or WinPE)
directly from Microsoft.
I know this sounds a little nit picky but it really isn't when you're a total newb and don't know what's going on. 3 years ago, I would have been totally lost, reading this first paragraph. What do you mean by lose your operating system? Who could the Macrium Reflect recue media help? Is the CD, DVD, or USB stick applies to the PC or Macrium rescue media. What is a rescue media? And, why would it be the first thing I should do? Shouldn't making a copy of my data be better? What would the rescue media do? Would it help me repair my operating system so it works correctly again? Then, the 2nd paragraph is even harder to follow.
I think there is too many new vocabulary in each sentence. Our brain can only memorize so much at once but our brain is pelted with new words again and again. Instead of using new vocabulary, I think they should just call it something simple so there isn't any memorization. For example, don't even mention the Windows Recovery Environment. Then, they introduce another term, Windows pre-installation Environment. What is that?!