Tutorial

The following steps describe how-to realize this example with yooook.

Account

Screenshot I choose "Create account" from yooook's website.
Screenshot I fill the required fields on the next page and choose "Create".
Screenshot This brings me to my account page. As a minimum I must fill up my real and stage names (here, they're the same). When done, I click "Update".

Creation

Screenshot From the account page, I continue by choosing "Start new creation" link.
Screenshot The only field I have to fill in on the next page is the slug of my creation. Combined with my account URL, this defines the public URL of my creation. The album title is "Music For Humans" so I simply fill the slug with "music_for_humans", and click "Create".
Screenshot The next page is the control center dedicated to the contruction of the creation. It consists of several boxes. I start with the basic "Information" box by selecting my work's category, etc.

Goodies

Screenshot Liberator is the highest status for people that financially support creations. Basically Liberators are donors, but I can choose to gratefully motivate them by giving away a certain number of autographs, goodies, or let them have première access to the extra songs.

The première access is in proportion to the amount given: the more a Liberator gives the sooner she/he will be granted access to the last two songs. And once the funding is completed I will have to distribute the goodies and autographs online.

I choose to put 50 autographs up for the taking (I'll have to sign them online once the funding is met). The Liberator(s) who gave the most will be able to access the last two song 4 days before the Liberator(s) who gave the less. Liberators in between are granted access in proportion to the amount the given amount. But the Liberator(s) who gave the less will get access at least 2 days before non-Liberators.

As an example, suppose some content becomes available the 22nd of Septembre 2009 at 00:00, and there are 4 Liberators:

People will get access to this content in that order:

Screenshot I also can define and put at stake a whole lot of tailor-made goodies for my Liberators. I click on "Add new goody" for every new one.
Screenshot A new box appears below, I fill the title, the number and the description. Then click on "+" to add this new goody.
Screenshot Now it appears in the list.
Screenshot I repeat this action to add two additional special prizes to the list.

Steps

Screenshot Now it's time to define the single funding step. It is also possible to define multiple steps for more granular control and more complex strategies. Steps can be funding and/or licensing and/or releasing steps.

I click on "Add new step".

In the case of a planned creation (not or partially realized) steps can define portion(s) of work that the author make commitment to realize and release.

For historical reasons "steps" are sometimes called "release steps" but they are the same, there is only one generic kind of step, their role depends on how they are set up, not their name.
Screenshot A new box appears below in order to declare the creditor(s) for this step and the distribution of the incoming money among them. A priori the main creditor should be the author of the creation, that's why it is selected by default. However it can be changed to be the producer and/or add any participant such as musician(s), designer(s), etc.

For my music album, I personally handle the incomes, except for The Cool Foundation* who supported me in the past, so I want to officially support them back for 2,000€. I leave the selected user as myself (Camille Harang) and enter the amount of 68,000€ (70,000€ - 2,000€).

* This foundation does not exist, I made it up for the tutorial.
* Numbers do not match those mentioned on the example.
Screenshot I click on the "+" to append the new creditor (me) to the list of creditor(s).
Screenshot Now I look for The Cool Foundation by typing it's username in the "Search user", it is very important to know this username before searching into the website so as not to confuse it with another account. If you plan to declare such an organization as a creditor for your work, please check for their official yooook's account username or ask them to create one.

I select the foundation's account by clicking on the confirmation tick.
Screenshot I fill the amount (2,000€) and add the new creditor with the "+" as before.
Screenshot I select the license that I want to apply to the content when the funding of this step is done.
Screenshot I select the license that I want to apply to the content once the funding is met, and click "+".
Screenshot Here is the overview of the step being constructed: future licensing, creditors and the calculated yooook's margin (making the total coming to 87,500€). I click the return button to submit it.
Screenshot I receive a confirmation.
Screenshot The summary of the step is appended to the list (there's only a single step in my list).

Sections

Screenshot Now I have to create the sections, I need one for the album, one for the pay-to-access song, and one more for the last two songs. To start a new section I click on the "Add new section" button.
Screenshot A new box appears below to select the section type. I start with the section that will contain the album so the type is "final", I select it add click "+" button to add it.
Screenshot I receive a confirmation.
Screenshot It's now listed.
Screenshot Let's add the next section that will contain the pay-to-access song, as it is not the final work nor teaser content I select the "extra" type. Prior to adding it I must fill the slug of the section that will define its URL. I name it "pop" because of the title of the song I'll put in, then click "+".
Screenshot I repeat this action for the last section that will contain the last two songs, then I apply the slug "the_end" to it. I now have my 3 sections listed, I click on "Final" to manage the one that will contain the album, a new window appears.
Screenshot I start to upload the first audio track of the album into this "Final" section by clicking "Browse..." and selecting it on my computer.

The audio files have undergone a professional mastering for vinyl record manufacture and have been exported in a suitable format.

Files

Screenshot I click "Upload" to start the transfer, which I can monitor it in the progress bar. I repeat this action for all the audio files of the album.
Screenshot One by one the files are appended below in the "Pending" area. I just have to fill names and slugs for each file and click their return button when it is correct.

This way all files are moved from the "Pending" list to the "Files" list of the section.

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Screenshot The same way I upload the artwork files for the CD and vinyls, they are based on dedicated templates provided by yooook to match the manufacturing requirements.

In addition to the names and slugs I have to check whether the artworks have to be hidden. If I choose to do so, the hidden artwork(s) will only be usable for limited disk edition. I only use this restriction for the limited version of the vinyl record.
Screenshot Once all the artwork files have been submitted I can see them listed along with the audio files.

Disks

Screenshot I click on the "CD/DVD" tab to build the CD version of my album.
Screenshot I enter the very essential information.
Screenshot When building disks, every action highlights the "Files" list to help me to select the appropriate one(s) for that action. I click on the first audio track file's link "Add to CD/DVD".

Here it is determined that my optical disk (CD or DVD) project is an Audio CD. The audio file appeared in the track list and has been disabled in the "Files" list. New boxes related to the Audio CD appeared as well.

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The same way I add the remaning files to the CD. I can reorder them and see how much time is left on the disk.

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Screenshot I now have to select the artwork files that corresponds to the cover of the CD (Digipack) and the CD itself. I click the finger next to the cover row.

The file matching the characteristics of a CD cover becomes selectable, I click on its corresponding "Select" link.

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Screenshot Its name appears on the "Cover" row and the 3D preview of my future CD starts to render.
Screenshot It just misses the optical disk's artwork, I select it the same way.
Screenshot I now can see both artwork files selected and complete preview.
Screenshot Below this I have to fill up the manufacturing details.

The manufacture cycle determines the order rate to the factory. Every time this number of pre-orders is reached yooook will ask the factory to make it. The lower the number, the faster it will be manufactured, but the higher the base manufacturing cost will be.

To this base price (including shipping) for each sale, I have to add the margin I want to fund my creation with (I can set a different margin for customers who want to rent their copy, such as music stores, libraries, etc.).

I can preview the details for the final price and planned manufacturing methods every time the values are changed.

The prices on the screenshots are outdated, actual prices are appreciably lower.
Screenshot Once I am satisfied with these parameters I click the return button to submit the disk.
Screenshot I am asked for confirmation.
Screenshot The album is now on the "Disks" list.
Screenshot I repeat this action for my vinyl record, with the slight difference that I have to choose the target side before adding the tracks into it (here B-side is selected).
Screenshot Same for the limited edition except that I check the corresponding tick and set the number of copies to 50. I also increase the margin because of the rarity of this item.

Because I checked "Hidden" during the upload of the artwork files it is not possible to download the original artwork to make unofficial copies. For each copy people can order an unique stamp's print sticker to identify it. It is even more appropriate to order one in that case of limited edition.


Stamp's prints are made with Korean Seals.
This one means 6, pronounced "yuk" (yooook is yuk with 6 letters).

Finishing

Screenshot My 3 disks are now listed. I'll put the normal vinyl version in the front page of the section. I first start to click on it, its window apperas.
Screenshot I unroll the embed code content by clicking on its right arrow.
Screenshot There I copy the internal embed code: {disk id="9"}.
Screenshot I close and go back to the section's page to fill the "Body" structure with markdown syntax and paste the album's embed code.

I click the "Preview" tab to see how it will look like.

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Screenshot It looks good so I save it by clicking the "Save" button, I receive a confirmation message.
Screenshot The "Final" section is finished, I close the window and to go back to the main one where the 3 sections are listed. I click on "pop" to put the extra song in.
Screenshot I upload the corresponding audio file and append it following the previous procedure. I click on the "Pop" song link to open its window.
Screenshot There I copy the internal embed code.

I paste it in the section's body as I did before for the "Final" section, and I manually set scale="normal" to make it look bigger than the default scale.

There I also set the price to 2€ for people who want to access it, I upcase the title and set the description. I take care not to forget to save all these modifications.

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I repeat all these steps for the "The end" section where I put two song ("Beginning Of The End" and "End Of The End").

Unlike the "Pop" section I leave the price access empty, this means that it will only be available when the funding is finished.

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Publishing

Screenshot I close the section's windows to get back to the main one, there I click the "Save & Publish" button.

Done! I am now redirected to the creation's page.

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Screenshot I logout by clicking the exit button to see the page as a normal visitor.

I visit the "Pop" song's section. As a visitor I am proposed to pay to access to it.

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And "The end" section's content will not be accessible until the funding is finished.

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Screenshot Now I need to promote my album. To do so I'll embed it in my MySpace page where it can meet my fans. I click on the vinyl album, unroll the embed code and copy the HTML version.

I paste it in my MySpace profile.

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I save and see it embedded in my home. People can listen and go to the order page in one click. There is also a mini-gauge showing the funding progress and licensing.

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If I click on this gauge I land on the steps page where I can monitor the the funding, licensing and releasing evolution. This gauge is also visible and updated on the creation's page, and remotely on MySpace (or wherever I embed it).

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