In Pictures has launched a new line of free computer how-to tutorials on OpenOffice.org, available at http://www.inpics.net. There are online tutorials on Base, Calc, Impress, and Writer. The tutorials can be used by anyone, free of charge.
In Pictures tutorials are based on pictures, not text. They contain one-tenth as many words as a typical computer how-to book. How-to books typically contain 50,000-100,000 words of text, but these online tutorials contain only around five thousand.
All of the tutorials are free to use by anyone. Revenue is generated for In Pictures by banner advertisements on each page. In Pictures' founder, Chris Charuhas, says, "Our ad-based revenue model wouldn't have worked two years ago. But now, with the growth of online advertising and the advent of contextual ad systems such as Google AdSense, we think it's very promising."
Later this year, In Pictures will release free online tutorials on MySQL, PHP, and Perl. These tutorials are intended to help non-programmers get up to speed with the basics of LAMP application development