Whether you need to create technical documentation for online Help, software documentation, policy & procedure manuals, knowledge bases or user guides, MadCap Flare allows you to create, manage and publish content to a variety of formats, including print, online, desktop and mobile.
Learn why MadCap Flare is the perfect tool for technical communication, whether you need to publish content to web, desktop, print, or to mobile devices.
With native authoring and publishing for right-to-left (RTL) languages, Flare provides you with a true global solution.
RTL language support includes:View More
Add a social layer to your documentation to improve engagement with customers, build communities and foster the sharing of information using
MadCap Pulse includes advanced features to help you maximize the value of social collaboration and enhance the quality of your documentation, including:
A split-view editor setting allows authors to see both XML code and the WYSIWYG editor in real time, plus:
New print enhancements give added control to print-based outputs, including:
Additional print layout features include bleeding, padding, margins and empty pages, among others.
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Keyor black) color model, which is often the preferred model for print-based output, is now supported. Since Flare already supports the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) model that is primarily intended for electronic content, authors can now designate the color model most appropriate for their online and print content. Flare 9 also includes built-in web, print and mobile layout templates for authors to choose from without having to create design layouts from scratch.
Create eBooks (featuring EPUB3) for use on any mobile device, including iPads and Android devices, as well as online Help (WebHelp Mobile) optimized for smaller screens.
Added file import support allows authors to take advantage of more existing content than any other technical authoring tool available today.
FrameMaker® master pages are now automatically converted to a page layout in your Flare project. You can use the page layouts to configure pages for print-based output. You can then create chapter breaks and assign these page layouts to different topics in the output.
Images containing call-outs in FrameMaker® files are now preserved on import and can be further edited using MadCap Capture.
Our powerful screen capture software,
MadCap Capture, now comes bundled with
MadCap Flare absolutely free. Maximize content reuse by applying the same rules used for text to screen shots and images. By adding variables to callouts and images for example, there's no need to recapture or reinsert images into your documentation when text or version changes are required.
A new plug-in API lets you integrate Flare with DLL files. Add your own customized ribbons, menus, toolbar buttons and more.
Through the integration of MadCap’s API and HyperSTE, authors can use a standardized vocabulary and style to improve consistency, eliminate ambiguity and reduce complexity. Furthermore, authors can ensure compliance with corporate terminology and style guide rules using advanced interactive checker and quality measurement features.Learn More
A new level of security with support for the Secure FTP protocol (SFTP) when publishing output to a server.
A frameless HTML5 output is search engine-friendly, offers Google-style search results and display, and includes full topic URLS for better link sharing. Plus, you can add custom metadata to topics for improved search results.View More
Managers and subject matter experts can enjoy free review using annotation using MadCap Contributor.View More
Like many authors and organizations, you need to leverage hundreds and even thousands of existing documents created using other products. Flare's import process makes it easy to migrate a wide range of file types into your new XML-based authoring environment. Migrate legacy content from Adobe® RoboHelp™, Adobe® FrameMaker®, Microsoft® Word™, .CHM, DITA and many more. No coding knowledge or special skills required.View More
To get the most out of your existing content and to make the transition as smooth as possible, MadCap has created support guides to help users get started.
MadCap Flare utilizes topic-based authoring, rather than the chapter-based format of FrameMaker®. A Flare project typically will have more topics than chapters -- and understanding this difference should help you during import. If you are working with legacy files you did not author, it will be worth it to spend some time to familiarize yourself with the project.
More than 30 best-practice conversion topics are discussed in the support guide -- covering everything from TOCs to graphics to style sheets. Of course, should you encounter any difficulties during your transition, you can contact one of our award-winning MadCap Technical Support team members to walk you through the process.
Using Flare’s patented, visual XML editor, authors can enjoy the benefits of XML (extensible markup language) without any need for XML knowledge. With XML, content is separate from formatting and therefore allows the author to focus on content creation. The authoring process is further enhanced and streamlined using advanced topic-based authoring features that further allow for maximum content reuse and publishing to multiple deliverables and outputs.View More
Edit content in Flare in two different layout modes — Web for traditional layout for online use, and Print for page layout with margins, headers, footers, etc. used for print.
Publish content to a variety of formats including cross-browser, cross-platform online Help, printed documents such as PDF and Word™, and online Help optimized for mobile devices.
Use your mobile device to scan this QR code and visit our Mobile WebHelp or click the image to view the mobile version in your browser.View More
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Flare makes it easier to manage complex projects with advanced tracking and reporting tools. File Tagging allows you to assign tags to topics, files, even folders, within Flare. Assign tags for authors or milestones and generate reports based on the assigned tags.View More
Enjoy close collaboration between authors, subject matter experts and other content contributors with Flare's built-in topic review and contribution features.
SMEs can utilize MadCap Contributor to make changes and annotations:
Flare allows for full content management capabilities with direct integration and access to Microsoft SharePoint. In addition, Subversion, Microsoft Team Foundation and Visual Source Safe are directly integrated and accessed from Flare, enabling built-in source control for efficient team authoring and collaboration. Not using source control? Flare's external resources feature allows files and folders to be mapped and shared among any number of projects or users.View More
Tight product integration across the entire MadCap Software suite of products allows for efficient content creation and streamlined workflow.View More
Language support in Flare is unmatched. Flare supports Unicode language characters, double-byte Asian languages and Eastern European languages, as well as right-to-left languages including Hebrew, Arabic and Persian.View More
Advanced single-sourcing features make translation more seamless in Flare, such as easy access to content, snippets, variables and more. Integration with MadCap Lingo provides unparalleled support for the translation and localization process.
Flare PDF and WebHelp outputs have been improved to help you make your documentation more accessible to users who have visual and hearing impairments, and is therefore compliant with standards such as Section 508 and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).View More
A new Warnings tab appears in the Target Editor where you can enable error messages to appear when your output fails to include information that makes it accessible.
You can receive warnings when:
Tight integration with Flare and MadCap Contributor make the content contribution and review process easy and efficient. Authors can utilize the expertise of Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) and content contributors outside the document management team that can edit and review topics, track changes, make annotations, and update content with a simple, easy-to-use interface.
MadCap Flare™ is packed with features and has been designed to give technical writers, content authors and documentation specialists a versatile XML-based authoring and publishing solution. Flare’s intuitive user interface allows users to easily create and manage content, import legacy authoring projects, and publish to a wide variety of sources, all from a single source document. MadCap Software is passionate about its users, and strives to provide all of the features you have come to expect in a high-end authoring and publishing system, including:
Native source control integration, including:
Plus, integration with all industry source control systems that use the Microsoft SCC API interface
In addition to our standard single named-user perpetual license, we are pleased to offer:
"I have been a Technical Writer for over 20 years now, and Flare is the best Help Authoring Tool that I have used."| TENG
"The mobile target is styled like an iPhone app, and is a great way for me to deliver content to our customers who are on the go, but who need access to our Help content"| Doc Guy Training
"Thank God for the developers at MadCap for providing the most agile XML-based authoring tool on the planet."| BIO-key
"MadCap Flare is giving us state-of-the-art capabilities while offering the lowest cost of ownership of any authoring software we've seen on the market"| Caradigm, a Microsoft | GE Healthcare Company
"Flare is already the best information development tool out there, and now it's the leader of the pack in accessibility."| VanArsdall InfoDesign
"We were using FrameMaker, RoboHelp, ePublisher; now using MadCap Flare as our single-source authoring tool and haven't regretted the decision for one second.."| Manager of Technical Publications
"Flare is much easier to use, more intuitive and more powerful (and it seems more reliable and flexible) than any of the tools I have used so far, and I've used quite a lot."| Technical Writer, Tektronix
"Flare is off the charts, so much better than any other writing tool I've used. Keep at it! I believe it 's the best on the market.."| Senior Technical Writer, Cymphonix
"Flare has truly made a big difference to our documentation production. The quality has jumped dramatically."| Thinking Windows