Chunking Content for User Roles

Posted by Mike Hamilton

July 12, 20106 Comments

Selectively including or excluding content using conditional markers is something that most Flare authors are accustomed to. However, you may find yourself in a situation where you don't necessarily want to actually remove content, but you need to provide users a way to customize the display of that content to fit their user role or perhaps their version. Two great ways of …

Chunking Content for User Roles
MadCap Flare on Mac OS X (virtually)

Posted by Mike Hamilton

January 29, 2010

A Flare user made the switch to Mac and took Flare with …

MadCap Flare on Mac OS X (virtually)
Adding Non-scrolling Regions to Flare Topics

Posted by Mike Hamilton

April 20, 20097 Comments

Something must be going around as I have suddenly received several requests for adding non-scrolling regions to topics in WebHelp. If you are not familiar with non-scrolling regions they date back to the days of volcanoes, dinosaurs, and the Microsoft Winhelp format circa Windows 3 and Windows 95.   The non-scrolling region was an area at the top of every topic where the …

Adding Non-scrolling Regions to Flare Topics
Speed Up Flare Compile/Generation Times

Posted by Mike Hamilton

December 8, 20085 Comments

Many have asked how the time for creating outputs can be reduced. The answer may not be all that intuitive. Those who have gone out and purchased the biggest, newest, fastest, whiz-bangy, multi-core, multi-thread, monster processor their budget can afford are usually rewarded with only a small improvement. How can this be? It is all about balance and data throughput. General …

Speed Up Flare Compile/Generation Times
MadCap Flare Best Practices – Project Size

Posted by Mike Hamilton

August 13, 20082 Comments

I'm going to try something different here in the old blog. I'm going to do a short series on some of the questions that seem to come up over and over to help out those people who are new to our industry. The first question I will tackle is: What is the optimum size for my Flare project? This seems like a simple question, but it is actually very difficult to answer because, as …

MadCap Flare Best Practices – Project Size