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RapidWeaver Classroom is a Web-based service that offers a number of registration options.

RapidWeaver Classroom gives you access to an extensive library of constantly-updated video tutorials, enabling you to build professional websites with RapidWeaver. Let our 7 years of RapidWeaver experience pass to you, so you can quickly and easily take control of your website!

Features:

  • 300+ video tutorials
  • New tutorials every month
  • RapidWeaver 5 detailed
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Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

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As a well-educated, highly-trained professional copywriter, scriptwriter, video producer, college-level instructor, marketing communications specialist, and Mac devotee with, let’s conservatively say, over 25 years experience in all facets of mass communications, both as a staffer and as a free-lance contractor—especially for clients in the high-tech industry—it would be reasonable to conclude that I have considerable expertise knowing how to distinguish the good from the bad in any form of mass communications in any modern media.

For instance, I know how to appreciate good writing from bad …

[I know good grammar from bad. I know the “elements of style.” (I even handed out copies of Strunk and White’s excellent primer on that subject to junior writers under my care when I had editorial responsibility for them.) I know when material is organized and presented with respect from disorganized nonsense that is tossed out for public consumption like verbal diarrhea which the author could no longer keep under control. (Though I am prone to error and I have grown both to appreciate and to loathe the auto-bots who sneak in the wrong words or condemn my sometimes poorly proofread copy when my eyes get blurry and fatigued, I do know the difference between its and it’s, your and you’re, their and they’re. So, I tend to get turned off whenever I see text authored by people whose minds fell asleep in the seventh grade and who are too unmotivated to wake up long enough to show any respect for themselves or for others! When sloppy writing like that from a software development crosses my desk, I conclude that the entire company is a sub-standard, mismanaged mess of irresponsible people addicted to such low standards that their code must also be riddled with errors and therefore unreliable and unworthy of my support.]

… I know how to analyze good documentation from bad …

[I loathe poorly organized, reference-book style verbiage that falls into that fatal error of using technical jargon to brag about technical features while totaling {see, here was the rude Auto-Bot in action: I meant} totally ignoring what a product can do for a customer and actually telling them, step-by-step—within the context of their product—how to get the work done; …

… and I know how to assess good video production from bad.

[You’d be amazed at how many amateurs think that all they have to do is buy some cheap video capture software, babble inaudibly and incoherently into a sub-standard built-in microphone for what seems like an eternity, never bother to edit out their many errors, and publish such crap to YouTube in the vain expectations of generating subscribers to their ‘“channel.” Spare me from their delusions of grandeur! Not only do such rank amateurs lack the technical competence to master the medium through which, if they had any inkling of what they were doing, would be totally transparent instead of being noise preventing the communication of actually content, but they also tend to reveal that they know very little of the subject they choose to talk about, or their approach to their content is so disorganized, so chaotic, that they fail to get across what, despite whatever good intentions motivated them, they intended. In good video in this realm, the medium is transparent, not noise; the message comes through loud and clear—well-organized, well-presented, well-edited, and clearly articulated.

Making observations (and their associated professional level judgements such as these) comes with the territory for me. It has become second nature, for in order to turn out anything good, one must first be critical. You have to know what is bad in order to fix the problems. If you don’t know what is bad, then how can you create anything good? Short answer: you can’t. Ultimately, it all comes down to personality and character. You have to avoid being trapped in the ego of illusions that leads people—especially software developers—who are too close to their own products to know the difference. Such insecure people lack the ability to perceive critical analyses of their work output as constructive: they are condemned by their immature character structure to misperceive criticism that is less than effusively complimentary as negative or hostile—always to the detriment of their own personal and professional growth. Not my problem, unless I let it be my problem by enabling their neurosis. I choose not to.

So, with those credential and personal standards hopefully established, let me now apply my spotlight on Ryan Smith of the RapidWeaver Classroom.

What my comments will ultimately boil down is this: if you really want to learn how to use RapidWeaver, then you absolutely, positively, unequivocally must buy the video series of tutorials written by, narrated by, and produced by Ryan Smith.

You will find nothing of equal instructional value coming remotely close to the scope of content, the detail to attention, the articulation of salient features and benefits, the comprehensiveness, and the explicit step-by-step approach which Ryan demonstrates in his excellent video tutorials at
RapidWeaver Classrom.

Nothing else compares to his work up to now; nothing else will catch up and overtake his archive of videos in the near future; and nothing can keep pace with the new videos he turns out—not only on the application called RapidWeaver, but also on the “add-on’s” which the extended RapidWeaver third-party developer community creates in the form of Themes (layout templates), Plug-ins (extensions), and Stacks (utilities to expand the scope and RapidWeaver’s raw power and versatility).

In my estimation, Ryan Smith is the master of the art of instructional video in the realm of demonstrating how to use software. I have seen no one better. Any software developer seeking to learn how to promote his software, which also means how to instruct their customers on using their products, would be well-advised to use Ryan’s videos as models.

Not only does Ryan take you through all the basics of getting started in RapidWeaver in his regular curriculum, but he also provides advanced video lessons in his “grad school” curriculum. To see what I’m talking about, all you have to do is visit the free, public access portion of his website to get an idea of the vast scope of the content he provides. You can not only see the list of video topics, but you can also view samples of his video production technique and style, all of which should convince you that Ryan Smith is someone who knows RapidWeaver. When he narrates his videos, he is drawing upon a deep understanding of the product, which makes even a spontaneous aside a tip that might take you months to bump into on your own, if ever. More importantly, he has the communication skills to convey all that knowledge to you in a non-intimidating, non-threatening style that geeky-oriented developer types lack the common sense to use when talking to regular folks.

Forget wasting your money on buying a book on RapidWeaver! In practice, no such book exists, which, in my opinion, is worth of consideration.Though authored by an excellent devleoper of RapidWeaver add-ons, the self-described current “bible” is little more than a mediocre book written to promote the author’s business of developing his own products, along with the stacks, plugins, and themes of some of his favorite colleagues. If you want such an introduction to the RapidWeaver community, it is worth buying the book for that purpose alone. But don’t trick yourself in believing that you can actually learn how to RapidWeaver from that book alone. You can’t, and you won’t. Video is the medium par excellance for teaching people how use software, so a mediocre book attempting to teach people how to use software is doomed from the start. The author took upon himself an impossible task, and falling that, he resorted mostly to self promotion of his product line.

Beyond my criticisms of that particular ‘bible,” in principle, no book currently written, and no book ever written, will be able to do as good a job of teaching someone how to learn software like RapidWeaver as effectively as a well-produced video can. I can state that as a categorical imperative because of the nature of the two media—text and video—are inherently different. They have different strengths, different weaknesses. A book can only TELL you what to do; but a book cannot SHOW you what a video can. A book can only talk about what you should do. But using mere words to communicate what is better illustrated in moving images is not the same thing, and it is not nearly enough to get the job done in the human brain. The closer the human brain gets to experiencing the actual event, the better it absorbs what it was exposed to. You can talk about sex all day, but you will never get an inking of what sex is all about by talking about it; but you can show sex in a video, and you will learn a hell of lot more. Still not nearly the reality, but closer! A book will TELL you about the experience; a video will SHOW the experience. Showing is much closer to telling. Especially, in regards to software, which is inherently visual, since all the action appears right on your computer screen. This is so obvious and axiomatic to a media person like me that it seems almost redundant to point such a thing out.

If you must buy a book on RapidWeaver—I certainly did, before knowing what it was really like—then do it for reference purposes only. If you are serious about learning how to actually use RapidWeaver, then your money will go much further if you invest your cash—along with a considerable amount of your time—in Ryan’s RapidWeaverClassroom video tutorials.

HINT: I recommend subscribing to at least a six-month course that includes everything he has to offer: basic plus grad school. Your head will spin, but, if you are like me, you will end up with the best education possible in learning how to use this great piece of web design software. (The smartest thing to do would be to make a special request to buy a DVD from him.)

My own work—thanks to Ryan’s videos and some excellent technical support from him along the way when I got stuck trying to figure out to integrate RapidWeaver with aMember Pro, a PHP script which is required to set up protected folders for handling payments through PayPal—is available for viewing at ThenCameCancer.com, a website (actually an interconnected series of eight websites, one public and seven private) which I developed to present and distribute an ebook I wrote called Then Came Cancer: My Adventure with Multiple Myeloma. If you go there, yes, that is me, in the banner heading: using the website to tell my personal story while also sharing information to a niche market which may find it valuable.

I am still only a “newbie” web designer in RW parlance, but I learned everything I know about the program from Ryan. You will, too, if you heed my strong recommendation.

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jlbflyboy172 Member IconReview+1
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I have been using Rapidweaver classroom for a while now, probably a couple years. It is my GoTo resource for all things RW. The tutorials are clear concise and complete. I have been able to get over many development hurdles using the RW Classroom videos. Would strongly recommend them for all RW users but especially new users. There is a wealth of information there and it is always growing. It's a great value and I wouldn't be without it!

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Scott Opalsky Member IconReview+1
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I have been using RapidWeaver Classroom for around 3 years now. It is simply the best! Everything you need is in short succinct tutorials. Oh and unlike many tutorials, RW Classroom has high quality audio and video. The support is amazing! They actually respond to e-mails the same day and if its an emergency they even call my cell phone. I wouldn't go any where else. I only wish they would make tutorials for Adobe!

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Downloads 152
Version Downloads 152
License Commercial
Date 03 Sep 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $116.97