User Guides & Manuals for Apps
What's up with comprehensive user guides/user manuals on apps--do they exist and how do I find them? I've had no luck via search engines. I know it probably depends on the app and its developer. Let's start with the apps Apple provides built into the iPad.
I can't be alone in having trouble getting started in using even the built-in apps on my new iPad 3: does Apple not provide a comprehensive user guide for each of the apps they develop or provide that discusses each and every part of the user interface in the app? I have not been able to find such manuals on any of their apps to view online or download.
For instance, is there a manual that discusses each aspect of the user interface of the Photos app? For example, I see there is a menu at the top of the app containing menu items Photos, Photo Stream, Albums, and Places, along with a Slideshow button (and the regular Share button) to the right. So I'm looking for a manual that tells me what each of these do and how to use them. Perhaps I change a setting and an additional menu item appears: whatever. (Note that I'm not looking for a specific answer at this time on these buttons/menus. That's not what this thread is about.)
The same goes for every other tiny feature and nuance in the Photos app from a usability point of view. The same goes for every other app Apple makes or provides built-in or sells. The same actually goes for every other app any manufacturer develops. How do I find such user guides in general, if not specifically? Do developers just expect their users to learn how to use the products by trial and error and by reading Tips & Tricks postings online?!
Pardon me if my search skills just suck and these manuals are out there. But otherwise, I don't understand what has happened to the practice of providing a comprehensive user manual with your software product (heck, any product for that matter). As a computer programmer for 30 years, when I've developed a software product for a client I've always provided a comprehensive user manual (in fact, often both a tutorial-type manual and a reference manual) with it that discusses each and every feature in the product. I have been nothing but frustrated if not livid the last 10-15 years in the lack of such user guides or instruction manuals for most software. As a specialist in usability (friendly user interfaces), I can see how it's one thing to make your software as easy and intuitive to use as possible, minimizing the need for users to have to reference their manuals. But it's another thing to not provide a reference manual at all.
Please, any help on this issue would be much appreciated.