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· 7 min read
Stephen Murphy

Well written and easy to follow documentation is a big part of creating and shipping a good product. Not only in the sense of documenting your design and code but the user instructions and usage as well. It can sometimes be difficult to instruct a user on how to interact with a product just through textual documentation and an image can go a long way in helping a user understand what you intend for them to do. An even better option is a quick and easy to follow animation that clearly shows the steps a user should take, leaving no room for a user to misconstrue instructions.

In this guide I'll show you how to go about making a quick 5 frame .gif (seen below) that illustrates how to jump the atmega32u4_breakout board into the USB DFU bootloader via a sequence of button presses. You can of course follow these steps and create an animation for any other user interaction you want to document.

gif animation showing the sequence to press buttons on a PCB. Press and hold RST, Press and hold USR, Release RST, Releast USR

· 6 min read
Stephen Murphy

It often occurs in a developers day that they need to install a new application and be able to access it from the command line. In most cases a nicely packaged installer (.msi, .exe or .AppImage) is there to handle this process for you along with setting up directories and default config, all with a few clicks through a GUI. Same goes for installing packages via a package manger like apt for Ubuntu or choco for Windows. A single command and the process is done.

Although this is incredibly convenient, not all applications ship with an installer.