D’Fusion Suite Documentation


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About D’Fusion

D’Fusion is a patented technology developed by Total Immersion used for the design and development of 3D, interactive augmented reality applications.

With D’Fusion Suite software, Total Immersion provides a complete framework to create and deploy such applications on web, mobile and interactive kiosk platforms:

  • D’Fusion Exporters: the plug-ins for exporting D’Fusion-ready media directly from Maya and 3dsMax;
  • D’Fusion Studio: the authoring software and Software Development Kit (SDK) for creating game-play and user interactions;
  • D’Fusion Mobile: Android and iOS specific SDKs for mobile platform deployment;
  • D’Fusion @Home: tools specific toweb and desktop platform deployment, including data encryption and online/local availability of data.

The D’Fusion For Adobe Flash and D’Fusion For Unity add-ons further allow the creation of augmented reality applications using third party software like Adobe Flash and Unity3d.

A complete description of D’Fusion technology and D’Fusion Suite software is available on Total Immersion’s website.

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Project Assessment

Total Immersion was about to launch the new D’Fusion online user community and required a technical writer to review all the documentation available for D’Fusion Suite products.

D’Fusion Suite documentation had been around for several years but:

  • It was full of inconsistencies: different engineers, at different development stages, had been authoring the documentation, using different terminologies and vocabularies;
  • There were grammar and spelling mistakes everywhere: french-structured english sentences, misleading Word auto-corrections, false-friends;
  • Many sections were obsolete or did not reflect the current state of the product: product updates had rarely been followed by the appropriate documentation updates, content was no longer accurate, and headings did not always reflect sections content;
  • No user approach had been taken soever: the documentation was dense to read and the information difficult to find.

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Mission and Responsibilities

D’Fusion’s documentation was to review and restructure before launching the new D’Fusion online user community website.

The documentation was also to be made available online on the user community website, although online migration of offline content (from MS .DOC to Drupal CMS) was considered technically challenging and ineffective for Total Immersion’s immediate requirements.

In order to meet these specifications, I created a getting started page on the user community website where users new to Augmented Reality and D’Fusion technology would find their way around D’Fusion Suite software and pick the relevant documentation in context.

I also created a getting started tutoral to creating and developing augmented reality applications with D’Fusion, and I reviewed and made available online D’Fusion samples so as to improve the overall D’Fusion Suite learning curve and facilitate user implication with the software.

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Deliverables and Samples

All D’Fusion Suite software documentation was delivered in MS .DOC format, except for the introductory and tutorial online community pages, which where directly delivered in HTML through Drupal CMS.

Deliverable name Description Pages Audience Main role Sample
D’Fusion Online User Community Pages
Getting Started Introductory page to augmented reality and D’Fusion technology. 6 printable out of HTML Beginners Author View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
Getting Started Tutorial Getting started tutorial to creating and deploying augmented reality applications with D’Fusion software. 17 printable out of HTML Beginners Author View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
D’Fusion Studio GUI animation Interactive flash animation introducing D’Fusion Studio Graphical User Interface. NA (Flash/ Javascript code) Beginners Author View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
D’Fusion Media Creation & Export Documentation
DFusion Exporter for Maya – User Manual.doc D’Fusion Exporter commands to produce D’Fusion-ready media directly from Maya. 30 3D artists Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion Exporter for Maya – Modeling Constraints.doc Modelling and animation constraints to produce D’Fusion-ready media using Maya software. 14 3D artists Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion Exporter for 3dsMax – User Manual.doc D’Fusion Exporter commands to produce D’Fusion-ready media directly from 3dsMax. 29 3D artists Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion Exporter for 3dsMax – Modeling Constraints.doc Modelling and animation constraints to produce D’Fusion-ready media using 3dsMax software. 10 3D artists Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
D’Fusion Application Design & Development Documentation
DFusion Studio – User Guide.doc Design and development of augmented reality applications using D’Fusion Studio software. D’Fusion Studio GUI description. 73 All users Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
D’Fusion Application Deployment Documentation
DFusion @Home – Deployment Guide.doc D’Fusion web and desktop application deployment guide. 64 All users Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion Mobile – User guide.doc D’Fusion mobile application development and deployment guide. 66 iOS/Android developers Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion Mobile – Troubleshooting & Good Practices.doc Good practices and troubleshooting information on application development with D’Fusion Mobile SDK. 14 iOS/Android developers Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
D’Fusion Mobile for iPhone – SDK Samples – How To Install.doc How-to guide for installing the iOS samples delivered with D’Fusion Mobile SDK for iOS. 1 iOS developers Editor Available with SDK samples package (register for free to download)
D’Fusion Mobile for Android – SDK Samples – How To Install.doc How-to guide for installing the Android samples delivered with D’Fusion Mobile SDK for Android. 1 Android developpers Editor Available with SDK samples package (register for free to download)
D’Fusion Suite Technical Description
DFusion AR – Reference Manual.doc Thecnical nformation on the engine that handles augmented reality processes and game-play in D’Fusion applications. 44 Advanced users Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion CV – Reference Manual.doc Technical information on the module that handles markerless tracking and image processing of videos in D’Fusion applications. D’Fusion Computer Vision Pro software GUI description. 88 Advanced users Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion – Technical Description.doc D’Fusion conceptual and technical reference. 20 Advanced users Author upon revision View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
D’Fusion Suite Reference Documentation
DFusion AR – Scenette File Format.doc D’Fusion file format description. 12 Advanced users Editor View on Total Immersion Community Website (register for free to view)
DFusion AR – Plugins Development User guide.doc C++ plugin development for D’Fusion Pro platform. 27 C++ developers Editor Confidential
D’Fusion Suite Miscellaneous Documentation
DFusion For Adobe Flash Player – User Guide.doc D’Fusion for Adobe Flash Player product description and quick start guide. 36 Flash users Editor Confidential

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