MadPak Technical Communication Suite Expands Publishing, Editing and Multimedia Functionality; Offers New Microsoft-Like Ribbon UI for Easier, More Intuitive Access to the Suite's Rich Features
La Jolla, CA, USA March 1, 2012 – MadCap Software, Inc. the leader in multi-channel content authoring and a showcase company for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Visual Studio and Microsoft XPS, today announced that the newest release of MadPak is now available.
MadPak is the industry's most comprehensive authoring suite, featuring integrated, XML-based products for complete end-to-end technical communication. The latest release of the suite offers four new product versions: MadCap Flare 8.0 for single-source, multi-channel publishing; MadCap Contributor 4.0 for editing, reviewing and contributing to Flare content; MadCap Analyzer 5.0 for analyzing Flare-based content; and MadCap Capture 6.0 for image capture and graphics editing. Additional MadPak products include MadCap Mimic 6.0 for publishing software simulation movies, video and audio, and MadCap Lingo 5.0 for facilitating and streamlining the translation process.
The newest releases of MadCap Flare, Contributor, Analyzer and Capture all provide a new Microsoft-style ribbon user interface (UI) that captures the look and feel of modern applications, such as Microsoft Office 2010. The intuitive UI helps to reduce the learning curve and facilitate access to the broad range of powerful features available with each product. Flare 8.0 continues to expand its innovation in single-source publishing to print and online channels with the addition of HTML5 Web output, EPUB eBook output, and enhanced PDF print functionality. Contributor 4.0 now offers free review and annotation. Analyzer 4.0 offers new features for viewing and analyzing content created in Flare. Capture 6.0 enhances image capture and manipulation.
MadPak is only technical communication suite in which all products are highly integrated to create a seamless experience for documentation professionals, translators, and other content authors. For example:
"The newest release of our MadPak technical communication suite significantly advances our commitment to creating a superior experience for the users of our software," Anthony Olivier, MadCap founder and CEO. "We've taken a design cue from the popular Microsoft Office application suite to create a modern, intuitive UI that makes it faster and easier than ever for users to take advantage of the deep bench of functionality our MadPak suite offers. Additionally, our decision to make the review functionality in Contributor free and to enhance the TOC functionality in both Contributor and MadCap significantly streamlines the review process."
Olivier added, "At the same time, we're expanding on the ability of our customers to create a single project and then directly publish to it in print, on the Web, on desktops, or on their mobile devices. Flare 8.0 is now the only publishing application to offer modern HTML5 Web output, a choice between mobile Web and eBook formats for their mobile devices, and rich PDF print functionality."
Flare is MadCap's flagship software for single-source, multi-channel authoring and publishing. With Version 8.0, Flare expands its output options for the Web, mobile and print.
For more information on these new output features and other usability enhancements, see the Flare 8.0 press release also dated March 5, 2012.
MadCap Contributor makes it easy for a company's SMEs and managers to provide authors with edits and contributed content without having to learn the advanced features of Flare. Additionally, it enables documentation professionals to pre-define templates, so that content from casual contributors is automatically placed into the correct format.
Contributor 4.0 now allows Flare users to take advantage of the review feature for free, including the ability to annotate content. Users simply sign up for the trial version, and once the trial expires, they will continue to have perpetual access to the review and annotation functionality. However, those users who also want to content contribution features will need to purchase a standard Contributor license.
Additionally with Contributor 4.0 and Flare 8.0, a new TOC View feature facilitates the collaborative review process. Now an author can send a review package from the TOC in a Flare project. When a user opens the review package in Contributor using the TOC View, it shows where the topic under review fits within the TOC, providing better context for how the subject fits within the entire project.
MadCap Analyzer starts by identifying issues within Flare projects, such as broken links, missing images, or inconsistent index keywords. Then it goes beyond to proactively recommend corrections and improvements, such as where to add a snippet for content re-use, consolidate styles, add an index keyword, and much more.
Analyzer 4.0 adds significant new window pane functionality in order to enhance usability.
MadCap Capture is the image capture and graphics editing software that lets users easily capture anything that is displayed on a computer screen, from window panels to entire screenshots, as an editable page. Advanced editing features allow users to further enhance captured images by adding text callouts, cursor arrows, special effects, and more.
With Version 6.0 Capture add three new features for capturing, editing and manipulating images.
Availability and Pricing: MadCap Adds New Licensing Models
MadCap Flare 8.0, MadCap Contributor 4.0, MadCap Analyzer 5.0, and Capture 6.0 are available today, separately and as part of MadPak. Standalone per-license pricing is $999 for Flare 8.0, $249 for Contributor, $299 for Analyzer 4.0, and $39 for Capture. MadPak, at $1,499 per license, includes MadCap Flare 8.0, MadCap Contributor 4.0, MadCap Analyzer 5.0, and MadCap Capture 6.0. MadCap Mimic 5.0, and MadCap Lingo 5.0. Maintenance (support and subscription) fees start at $199 per year for the Bronze Level, $299 for the Gold Level, and $499 for the Platinum Level. Discounts for multiyear maintenance contracts are also available.
With the latest releases of Flare and the MadPak, MadCap also is rolling out three new licensing models to support the needs of enterprises with multiple users.
Licensing options include access to the highest levels of MadCap technical support. For more information call 1-888-MadCap1.
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About MadCap Software MadCap Software, Inc. is a leading technical communication software firm specializing in integrated applications for end-to-end content development, delivery and management. MadCap's software products provide state-of-the-art content workflow solutions for multi-channel publishing, including the Web, print, desktop and mobile. Through its strategic partner Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), MadCap delivers solutions optimized for Microsoft Windows, Visual Studio, and the .NET environment. Headquartered in La Jolla, CA, MadCap is home to some of the most experienced software architects and product experts in the documentation industry. Learn more about MadCap Software at www.madcapsoftware.com.