Nita Beck takes a look at how you can add effects to images using MadCap Capture, and how to harness the power of Capture profiles.
Ken Nagy, Vice President of Confluent Translations, provides an in-depth look at the MadWorld 2013 learning conference held in April at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California.
Matthew Ellison takes an in-depth look at MadCap Flare 9, particularly the new socially-enable output, the split-view text editor, enhancements to the HTML5 skin and the ability to create advanced condition expressions.
In this regular column, Adrian Morse provides tips for complex searches in Flare.
Ed Marshall provides a first look at MadCap's latest release. Flare 9 is the latest version of the state-of-the-art authoring and multi-channel publishing tool produced by MadCap Software.
Thomas Tregner offers some opinions of Flare Version 9, including his favorite new additions.
Kai Weber gives a run-down on his favorite new features in Flare 9, including the synced split-view topic editor.
Lois Patterson reviews MadCap Flare 9 from the perspective of a user with complex authoring projects, including conversion of extensive legacy content.
Neil Perlin takes a look at the new features in MadCap Mimic 7, including the all-new HTML5 output.
TechWhirl's Andrea Altenburg provides a sneak peak at what’s coming in the new release of MadCap Flare.
Thomas Tregner demonstrates how to add a quick search form to Flare's HTML5 output.
Emily Cotlier discusses how moving from FrameMaker to MadCap Flare is saving her team time and making it easier to localize documentation.
Tom Johnson takes a look at single sourcing images in Flare using MadCap Capture.
Don Rasky reviews how Mitchell enhances content quality and delivery by integrating MadCap Flare with Microsoft SharePoint and TFS.
MadCap Software is named to the EContent 100.
Kai Weber explains how he cut down time to write and maintain three deliverables by 30-40% by reusing topics.
Owen Flatau explains how a distributed authoring team is using Flare and SVN to bridge the silos.
Nad Rosenberg explains how the mobile platform is the perfect medium for quick reference information, and how MadCap Flare can be used to create or convert existing content.
Eddie VanArsdall takes a look at Flare version 8, noting the release is a radical departure from all previous versions.
Mark Johnson describes Finale's evolution from printed documentation to interactive online help using MadCap Flare.
Ed Marshall provides a first look at MadCap's latest release.
Neil Perlin takes a look at the latest release of MadCap Flare, pointing out the critical importance of an SEO-friendly Help system.
Peter Argondizzo reviews Flare v8.0 from the perspective of a translation services firm.
Paul Pehrson takes a look at the new features in Flare v8.0, including HTML5 output, the new UI, PDF and print output enhancements and more.
Peggy Spencer explains how athenahealth uses MadCap Software to meet online help demands for its cloud-based physician services.
I am fascinated by the fact that Flare scores so highly, especially compared to other authoring tools (in descending order):
Val Swisher, CEO and Founder of Content Rules, Inc., looks into why she has seen a precipitous drop in FrameMaker-based projects over the past few years, and the possible demise of the product.
Riyaz Adamjee describes how CCC is strengthening support via a holistic, and now mobile, approach to technical communications
This document describes some of the considerations encountered when applying conditions to topics and their content in MadCap Flare projects. Pragmatic examples are used throughout. The planning criteria and decisions required to correctly apply conditions are emphasized, with the ultimate aim of maximizing content usage and productivity.
In this whitepaper, Neil Perlin discusses the specifics of integrating native apps to "help" using the app creation tool, MobiFlex, and MadCap Flare, with a focus on the WebHelp Mobile output created in Flare V6 or V7.
Ian Harac takes a look at Flare's "write once, publish anywhere" paradigm and how it benefits technical authors and documentation teams.
Originally published in the spring edition of Communicator magazine, Scott Bass explains how technical communicators can best exert their power over the challenging task of translation using MadCap Flare and MadCap Lingo.
Originally published in the spring edition of Communicator magazine, Eddie VanArsdall discusses the new features and enhancements in Flare 7, including the full support for information development teams and their workflows.
In his 2nd blog post, Neil Perlin takes a look at the new QR Code feature in Flare 7.
Paul Pehrson takes a comprehensive look at many of the new features in Flare 7, including SharePoint integration, native Subversion support, the Alias Editor redesign and more.
In his first post of a series, Neil Perlin of Hyper/Word Services discusses what's new in Flare 7, including the many new features in the Table Style Editor.
In her second blog post, Laura Johnson writes about the new usability improvements of the Alias Editor for context-sensitive help in Flare 7.
Laura Johnson, Certified Flare Instructor, writes about tight integration with Subversion, table enhancements and the increased support for Section 508 compliance in Flare 7.
Petra Thiemann, a Senior Technical Editor at cognitas GmbH, has more than 20 years of experience as an editor and user assistance professional in the software industry. Petra discusses single source publishing with MadCap Flare and covers a range of topics, including the importance of developing a single source publishing concept.
Jost Zetzsche, consultant and translator, is an English-to-German translator specializing in translation technology. Jost takes a look at MadCap Lingo Version 4.0 and provides his thoughts and feedback on the latest release from MadCap Software.
Laura Johnson explains how she uses her MadCap products on a Mac.
Ed Marshall reviews the latest release of MadCap Flare, covering many of the new features including WebHelp Mobile output, file tagging, usability & workflow enhancements, and much more. View the interactive magazine article at Intercom.
Adrian Morse describes how his company left the familiar waters of Adobe products for the open seas of Flare.
Topic-based authoring, even if it’s not DITA or DocBook style, is the key to successful content reuse. Topic-based authoring, combined with significant upfront planning, allows single-source publishing. In a successfully established documentation system, the user will not edit the deliverables directly, but will instead only edit the inputs to obtain the desired deliverables.
I’ve been using Flare V6 for a couple of months now, and this review is to give you an end user’s review of the features and enhancements Flare V6 has to offer. You may be asking yourself if it’s worth it to upgrade your existing Flare installation to the latest version. Let me give you seven reasons to upgrade, if your budget allows.
I will say that Madcap is one of the only software companies that actually makes the effort to reach out to the translation and localization industry and listen to our experiences about dealing with multilingual authoring and publishing of Help systems and other document formats, and then proceeds to incorporate what they learn into the product.
Scriptorium Publishing has joined the Certified Flare Instructor program from MadCap Software. MadCap recently release Flare version 5, which includes support for the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). Scriptorium Publishing advises customers on how to optimize publishing workflows.
For MadCap, it looks like the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) initiative is still a go.
...I've been beta testing Flare 5 for a couple of months now, and there are some great new features in Flare 5 that you are going to love.
Geoff Hart reviews this tool for publishing long documents from a topic-based perspective.
Madcap Lingo is Madcap's offering in the XML-based translation authoring solution space. As a translation memory system, Madcap Lingo helps translators speed up and simplify the translation process of Madcap Flare/Blaze projects into another language.
...I'll focus on some major improvements in Flare 4.2 that make this upgrade a "must."
MadCap Flare 4.1 is a professional development environment for creating documentation for a wide range of formats based on a single-source (XML). As a programming writer, I was struck by how Flare offers so many must-have features of Visual Studio to technical writers.
"Several times every week, I will be working on documentation, and Ill use a feature in Flare (for example, conditional snippets), and I stop and literally say, 'Wow. I love Flare.'"
"Recently the Hat Matrix Blog (aka, the Mad Hatter) published the results of a tools survey that included 590 participants. The respondents were asked what authoring tools they used on a regular basis. They answered as follows:"
I installed Flare 4 today and started playing around. Things that I liked right away...
Now, even if you don't win the free copy of Flare 4, I do recommend acquiring a copy anyway. I've been beta testing it and think its a significant improvement from the previous version. For more details, read Paul Pehrsons excellent review of whats new in Flare 4. I currently use Flare 2.5, and it passed all my time-saving tests with flying colors. Flare 4 sounds even better! I just downloaded my first copy of Flare, and Im so impressed with the improvement over my previous HAT. After reading Paul Pehrsons review, Im looking forward to Flare 4.0.
Version 4 is a great improvement to the Flare product. There are a ton of new features that will help you become more productive and make your workflow better and faster. I've only covered ten of my favorite features in Flare 4, but there are tons of others.
Our feature story this month is an exciting case describing how GPRO Technologies has utilized the MadCap Software suite to seamlessly integrate their print and online content creating a consistent experience and reducing project time by up to six-fold.
The purpose of this case study is neither to simply rehash the project nor to provide a pressure-cooker story that others can use as a comparative benchmark. This article looks at the decision points within the project and provides an analysis from a real-life, practical approach that other technical communication managers can use when called upon to engage in a rescue project of their own.
In principle, Lingo is suitable for any Blaze/Flare users who wish to reduce translation costs, avoid redundant contents and ensure consistent text quality.
I figured that Flare and RoboHelp would basically be the same now that RoboHelp has added snippets and variables. Well, amazingly enough (or not), I was not impressed with RoboHelp at all. Even though Flare is a bit more expensive once you purchase the Madpak and Acrobat, I gave these reason to the client for choosing Flare instead of RoboHelp...
This prestigious award showcases excellence in online service and support. The 10 award winners were selected by a panel of judges with expertise in Web support design and implementation, using a scoring system based on 25 separate performance criteria.
But that doesn't tell half the story of MadCap, an upstart software development company competing with the Goliath that is Adobe. MadCap has achieved acclaim from the March 2006 launch of its flagship content authoring product, MadCap Flare…
Blaze is a new Framemaker alternative that Madcap Software has just released into beta. With Blaze, you can create printed documentation and publish it to Word, Framemaker, PDF, XPS, and an XHTML book (but not webhelp).
Madcap Flare is one of the most powerful online help authoring tools on the market today. In this podcast, Paul Pehrson, MVP in the Madcap Software forums, talks about Madcap Flare in depth.
Where did my table of contents go? What happened to my glossary? These questions, and many others about document structure and formatting, still arise all too often as these components get lost in translation.
So for the past week, I've been exploring MadCap Flare Version 3.1 with a lot more depth than I explored the trial version of the 2.0 release last year. I'm thoroughly impressed with Flare. It provides a robust, functional online help tool that simply works. When I say robust, I mean it. The granularity of the style editor is powerful — allowing you to create stylesheets for both online and print formats.
Successful companies know that the effort of translating content from one language to another does not lie solely on the localization teams. The right selection of authoring tools, as well as the content development methodology, plays a crucial role in global technical publication.
…I absolutely love Flare. I think it is a fantastic product. Truth be told, I've only used two HATs, Flare, and RoboHelp X3, so my experience is understandably limited. However, I'm so pleased with Flare, in general, that I'm not even interested in considering other tools…
…Seriously? No GUI changes? No support for dual monitors? No effort to bring
it into the Adobe family using dockable tool palettes? We've decided to stay in 1995?
Okay, these are just first impressions. Calm down, monkey boy. Im sure they at least
they got rid of the proprietary Kadov tags, right? Create a new topic, add some
fancy stuff view source code, and…
Just like Flare is a 21st century replacement for the behemoth RoboHelp, (you have made the switch, haven't you?), Blaze is intended to replace FrameMaker. FrameMaker users who have been patient and loyal for the past decade are finally about to have another choice...
"During the opening segment of the WritersUA Conference for Software User Assistance, I made a prediction regarding the future of RoboHelp. The gist of that has been reported in a number of venues to varying degrees of accuracy. To set the record straight, here is a detailed presentation of my information and conclusions about the current and future status of RoboHelp."
"MadCap Software is a new startup which is tackling the changing online help industry by developing XML-based help software that helps writers create XML-based help content. I spoke to Mike Hamilton, the company's VP of Product Development about the company and how its software fits into the help authoring market."
MadCap Software, Inc., today announced MadCap Flare, a new XML-based authoring tool that empowers technical writers, Help authors, and other documentation professionals to compose content in XML format without requiring any knowledge of the XML language or XML programming. MadCap Flare features a unique visual editor that allows users to compose content similar to how they would in Microsoft® Word™. The software maintains the content in pure XML format, allowing users to easily reuse and repurpose the content to virtually any format, standard, device, or operating system.