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The first of the context sensitive navigational buttons above is a link to our help centre, as is the second to last top right button.

'Go Back' and 'Go Forward'

'go back' and 'go forward' links are available below the top left AbleStable® logo on every page. These will take you to the previous link.

Tip
Remember links may be within a page. Therefore the
'go back' and 'go forward' links will not always take you to a different page.

Welcome

This introductory guide helps first-time visitors to our site gain an understanding of our services and how to best use them.

The many illustrative screenshots that feature below do not act as live links.

Three Quick Links

Quick Tours: sit back, relax, and discover the benefits of AbleStable®

Updates: news about AbleStable®

Library: articles, reviews, our glossary and more


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Contents


What we do

Computers and browsers that are supported at AbleStable®

Help is always one step away

More help links

Registered Users

Navigation

Finding a creative professional



What we do


AbleStable®
is an Internet destination that serves the creative community. We provide an international directory of creative professionals, and feature many resources for creative people including a Freeware Centre, Library, and Exhibitions Area. Users access our directory using any of our domain names, the most popular of which is www.ablestable.com.

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Computers and browsers that are supported at AbleStable®

The AbleStable® beta site is fully functional in both PC and Mac (Apple computers) using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, Netscape 7, and Opera 7. Our site is optimised for Internet Explorer as around 90% of our user-base browse using this software (Netscape users amount to around 8% of site visitors).

Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape are: available free of charge at www.microsoft.com and www.netscape.com respectively; shipped with new PC's and Mac's; make up 98% of the browser market; support many languages; and are readily available free of charge on computer magazine cover CD's throughout the world.

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Help is always one step away


Every page at AbleStable® has a help link situated at the top right of the page, and in the left hand column.

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Screenshot 3

Screenshot 3 shows the top right segment of our Top Navigation Bar. You'll be able to go to our Help centre from there.

Directly below the Top
Navigation bar is a search link button that is available throughout AbleStable®. The Search button will take you to a page where you can search our entire site or filter your search request by choosing a 'realm' like 'Creative Professionals' or 'Help and Information'.

If you're searching for a creative professional start by using the multicoloured buttons at the top of this page, go to our Directory Index, or use our
Search facility.

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More help links

Many pages at AbleStable® have an additional help link situated in the left hand column.




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You can access our Help centre from an additional help button situated below the lilac coloured 'Music' and 'Music Video' buttons (shown on the left). This additional link to our Help Centre is available throughout our site.

Help is a useful starting point for any query, whether navigational or informational. Another source of useful information is at our Frequently Asked Questions Centre (FAQ centre). If you're uncertain about a term or phrase the best place to inquire is at our Glossary.

On this page you'll also notice a number of context sensitive navigational buttons: help; FAQ centre; guide centre; quick tours; search; sitemap; directory index, glossary.

Notice that the context sensitive navigational buttons are sometimes separated by a thin horizontal line. These lines separate the different areas of our site. For example on this page the first six buttons are all part of our Help area, while the Directory Index and Glossary are situated in different areas on our site.

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Registered Users

People can use much of our site without the need to register. People are free to search for creative professionals and browse our Resources without restriction. Many of our services however require registration to facilitate more complex service requests.

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Screenshot 5
AbleStable® has six kinds of registered users who also access premium free and paid services:

1) Registered Syndication Licensees: people who republish selected content on their web site or print publication
2) Website owners who use our Website Critique service
3) Clients: users searching for creative professionals who wish to post projects
4) Members: creative professionals
listed on our directory
5) Graduates: creative graduates using our Graduate service
6)
Partners: businesses and non-profit-making organisations providing services and/or products to creative professionals

Each user type has a dedicated 'centre'.

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Navigation


All our pages are available within three clicks to reach a given destination page. We've provided screenshots of key navigational features throughout this guide, so make sure you've taken in this page from top to bottom, it'll save you time in the long run.

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Screenshot 6
The first place to look for information about where you are is at the top of your browser window.

For example, at the top of the Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 browser window shown in Screenshot 4 (Windows XP) you'll see the words 'AbleStable | Guide Centre | Introductory Guide'. This is the title of the page you are currently viewing.


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Screenshot 7
In screenshot 7 notice the page headers situated underneath the top navigational bars on every page. These page headers provide a description of the current area you are in (for this page the page header reads 'introductory guide').

The AbleStable® logo (top left) acts as a homepage button throughout our site. There are three main navigational bars (two of which are shown in screenshot 7):

1) Top Nav Bar above the main text header

2) 'Creative Area' Nav Bar below
the main text header (the coloured buttons beginning with 'Buildings', 'Crafts' etc)

3)
Bottom Nav Bar: at the base of every page (see screenshot 8)

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Screenshot 8
The third navigational bar is always at hand at the base of every page and includes a link to our Frequently Asked Questions hub.

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Finding a creative professional

There are four methods you may use to locate creative professionals at AbleStable®:

• Use the Creative Area buttons to start your search for a creative professional (see screenshot 9)

• Go to Directory Index to view the full listing of our Creative Areas, Disciplines and Job Descriptions

• Visit Search which provides a broad summary-search of AbleStable® limited to creative professionals (use the drop down menu adjacent to the search box to select 'Creative Professionals')

• Post a project at our Project Centre for creative professionals to view

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Screenshot 9
Using our 'drill-down' Directory

1. Begin by choosing one of 16 'Creative Areas' that are signified by two rows of multicoloured buttons (beginning with 'Buildings', 'Craft', 'Dance' etc).

2. Choose a 'Discipline' from the list of Disciplines that appears on the next page (Disciplines are signified by large underlined text links).

3. Choose a creative professional from the search results pages that appear.

4. A detailed profile page on the creative professional of your choice will now open.

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Copyright Notice
Although our contents are free and may be browsed without restriction, copyright resides with the originators of all works accessed at AbleStable®, and unauthorised copying or publication of our site contents for profitable use is strictly prohibited. To use selected content go to our Syndication Centre.

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