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Embracing AI–With Safety Rails–For Training Content

Companies should start implementing a phased approach to adopting AI for training content that includes guardrails to protect the integrity, privacy, and safety of these resources.

June 21, 2024
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Product Information at Your Fingertips

To help Alliance Machine Systems' customers maximize their productivity and safety, they deliver training and product manuals as print documents, on their machines’ interactive touchscreens, or both. Today, Alliance produces these manuals using the MadCap Central Suite from MadCap Software.

April 17, 2024
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Unraveling LCMS and CCMS: A Practical Approach

Instead of locking yourself in to one of MadCap Software’s two content management systems, the choice is up to you on which system to adopt, and is entirely dependent on your use case.

April 1, 2024
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DITA vs. Topic-based Authoring Systems

Which one is for you: a CCMS based on DITA or a topic-based authoring tool? Here are five questions to consider.

February 01, 2024
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4 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty and Value via Digital Content

Let’s look at four digital content strategies that are particularly effective in helping to attract new customers and build the loyalty and life-time value of existing ones.

July 25, 2023
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Anthony Olivier Unpacks the MadCap Acquisition of IXIASOFT (Podcast)

In episode 148 of The Content Strategy Experts Podcast, Anthony Olivier, founder and CEO of MadCap Software, and Sarah O’Keefe discuss the MadCap acquisition of IXIASOFT, what’s on the horizon for the merged organization, and explore predictions about the impact of AI in the content industry.

July 17, 2023

MadCap Flare 2021 r2 Review

Victoria Parsons Clarke assesses the features of the latest release of MadCap Flare from MadCap Software.

Oct 01, 2021

Review of Flare 2021

Matthew Ellison assesses the features of the latest release from MadCap Software

August 11, 2021

Streamline your online help

Global SaaS marketplace platform company Mirakl brings added value to its online documentation with MadCap Software as Sabine Berland explains.

May 17, 2021

Creating Test Questions in Flare

Matthew Ellison introduces the new eLearning feature in MadCap Flare 2021 r2.

May 09, 2021
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Exploiting Translation Memory with Lingo

Matthew Ellison provides tips on how to reduce your translation costs. This article was originally printed in ISTC Spring 2021.

April 15, 2021
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A Better PDF Plugin: Using the topic2fo.xsl File instead of custom.xsl

“The Scenario” describes developing PDF plugins for different formats. The process involves creating plugins with shared resources and integrating them strategically to override templates and attributes efficiently for customized outputs.

June 13, 2019
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Zylinc wins a UK TC Award

Morten Müller explains the rationale behind the award-winning Zylinc unified help, created with MadCap Flare. This article was originally printed in ISTC Communicator, Winter 2018.

April 12, 2019
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dunnhumby wins UK TC Award

Rachel Johnston of dunnhumby describes the choice between DITA and MadCap Flare saved them around £100,000 per year, and how the team modernized their user assistance with Flare.

April 9, 2019
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A Review of MadCap Flare 2018 and MadCap Central May 2018 Release

In this post featured in Tom Johnson's I’d Rather Be Writing blog, Una Cogavin reviews MadCap Flare 2018 and MadCap Central and explains the features she finds most useful in these tools.

June 19, 2018
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Using the LESS CSS Preprocessor in Your MadCap Flare Project

Daniel Ferguson discusses his method of using a CSS preprocessor to develop CSS for Flare.

June 15, 2018
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DITA Production Metrics: Looking at Topic Ratios

DITA’s underrated facet lies in empowering documentation teams to gauge content production and quality. Beyond ROI analysis, ongoing measurements foster enhanced content quality and team performance.

May 1, 2018

How MadCap Flare Re-ignited My Career

Daniel Ferguson shares his journey as a technical writer and tells how MadCap Flare played a central role in getting him where he is today.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Spring 2018.

March 1, 2018

Have You Stopped Indexing Your Flare Projects? Not So Fast...

Neil Perlin provides two arguments for creating an index, even if you use TopNav skins.

January 19, 2018
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3 Great Additions in MadCap Flare 2017 r3

Scott Parsons gives a summary of why the Repeat Last Action shortcut, Thesaurus, and Text Analysis tool are his top three MadCap Flare 2017 r3 enhancements.

October 27, 2017
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MadCap Flare: Using Conditional Tags for Controlling Large Stylistic Changes

Ken Davies explains why conditional tags are very helpful for making stylistic changes across an entire help project, particularly changes that take longer to make.

October 20, 2017
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Managing Content Publication With Two MadCap Flare Projects

Ken Davies shares his solution of managing drafts and publishing content using two MadCap Flare projects.

September 21, 2017
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Example project – API documentation portal using MadCap Flare

Following on two previous posts on creating a unified API documentation portal, Ellis Pratt shares an example project of a API documentation portal created with MadCap Flare.

July 20, 2017
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Embedding a Zendesk widget in your MadCap Flare top navigation output

Wouter Veeken explains how to add the Zendesk widget to your documentation to allow users to request support, as well as additional useful customizations.

July 20, 2017
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MadWorld 2017 Review

Jayna Locke, a content strategist and MadWorld 2017 speaker, gives her takeaways and thoughts on experiencing the conference as a speaker.

June 30, 2017
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Creating an API documentation portal with MadCap Flare and Swagger/OpenAPI

Ellis Pratt takes a look at how you can combine automatically generated REST API reference documentation with MadCap Flare.

June 29, 2017
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Example of API documentation portal using MadCap Flare

A follow-up to his “Creating an API documentation portal with MadCap Flare and Swagger/OpenAPI” post, Ellis Pratt shows an example of a test project and proof of concept for API documentation using MadCap Flare.

June 29, 2017
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Madcap Flare: Hyperlinks vs. Cross-References

Neil Perlin explains hyperlinks and cross-references in order to help you understand the appropriate useage for each.

June 15, 2017
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A review of the MadWorld 2017 conference, from Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley, a consultant and Principal Information Developer at inContact, talks about his experience as a speaker and attending his fifth MadWorld conference.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Summer 2017.

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MadWorld 2017 – Report

Michal Skowron gives an in-depth look at his experiences at MadWorld 2017, including the sessions, workshops, event app and more.

May 4, 2017
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MadCap Flare: The Medium is Part of the Message

Neil Perlin gives an overview of MadCap Flare mediums and demonstrates how they can be used to enhance Flare’s single-sourcing power.

April 13, 2017
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Five reasons for attending MadWorld

Michael Skowron and his teammates had a chance to participate in MadWorld 2017 and they came up with five reasons why you should attend next year.

April 11, 2017
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Customizing the Printed Version of Your MadCap Flare Web Output

Wouter Veeken gives a quick tutorial on how to determine what is included in print versions of web-based outputs.

April 8, 2017
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Minifying Flare HTML output files with Grunt

Daniel Ferguson explains how to use Grunt as part of the Flare build process to minify html, css, & js files, and optimize image files.

April 5, 2017
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MadWorld 2017 Day 1 & 2

Joel Wilhelm, technical writer, shares his experiences from MadWorld, including day 1 and day 2.

April 3, 2017
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Using FontAwesome in your MadCap Flare HTML output

FontAwesome has become extremely popular and useful over the last few years. In this article by Daniel Ferguson, he explains how to use FontAwesome in MadCap Flare projects.

March 20, 2017
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MadCap Flare Refresh: Reviewing the Basics to Work Smarter

Kate Schneider helps you brush up on your authoring tool knowledge, and what to keep in mind when starting a new technical writing position.

March 17, 2017
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Creating multiple print outputs from a single Flare TOC

In this walkthrough, Daniel Ferguson describes the process of how to produce 70 Word and PDF files from a single Flare TOC.

March 15, 2017
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MadWorld 2017!

Now in his third consecutive year as a MadWorld speaker, Daniel Ferguson discusses the topics he’ll be covering at the conference.

March 10, 2017
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MadCap Flare: Plenty of Style

Neil Perlin offers some tips for using the styles pane in MadCap Flare for common CSS editing tasks.

March 8, 2017
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Linking to external websites from the Flare TOC

In this article, Daniel Ferguson discusses a little-known fact about Flare TOC.

March 6, 2017
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MadCap Central: A Review for Companies Delivering Technical Communication Services

Michał Skowron spends some time with MadCap Central to see if companies providing technical communication services, like 3di, could consider it as the primary tool for day-to-day work.

March 2, 2017
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Welcome to MadCap Central

Neil Perlin introduces you to the new software from MadCap which will help you with project management and source control.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Spring 2017.

March 1, 2017
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Help Authoring: Adding Flare to Your Work

Neil Perlin introduces the powerful features in MadCap Flare and shows you how to use Flare to its full potential.

February 13, 2017
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MadCap Central – a first look at MadCap’s new cloud-based collaboration and publishing solution

Tom Johnson, a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area and author of the I’d Rather Be Writing technical writing blog, takes an in-depth look at MadCap Central.

January 16, 2017
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How to Architect Your Content Strategy

Marcia Riefer Johnston discusses why you should architect your content strategy, with a case study on how one company created a practical way with a single source methodology.

January 12, 2017
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The Not-Boring Tech Writer Podcast: Skill #10: Implementing Single-source Authoring

In this episode, Paul Stoecklein, Documentation Manager at MadCap Software, shares how you can implement single-source authoring in your organization.

December 12, 2016
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Strengthening the Connection with MadCap Doc-To-Help 4

Sabine Kamprowski delves into the new features and highlights of Doc-To-Help 4.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Winter 2016.

December 1, 2016
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MadCap Flare 12 Developer’s Guide – Review

Jack DeLand reviews the comprehensive guide on MadCap Flare 12, written by Scott DeLoach.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Winter 2016.

December 1, 2016
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Pushing single-sourcing to the cloud and beyond

Shlomo Sagir gives his first look at the new features of MadCap Central and the benefits for documentation managers and writers.

November 21, 2016
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The Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry: The 2016-2017 EContent 100

MadCap Software has been named for a fifth consecutive year. The EContent 100 represents the most important companies in the digital content industry.

November 1, 2016
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Playing Your Way to Better Content Management and Collaboration

From subject matter experts to content creators, project Managers and even translation and localization experts, content management projects involve a lot of people, rendering these projects complex and challenging.

September 20, 2016
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MadWorld 2016: He said, She said

Thoughts on the MadWorld 2016 Technical Communication Conference and ideas for MadWorld 2017, by Nita Thoughts on the MadWorld 2016 Technical Communication Conference and ideas for MadWorld 2017, by Nita Beck and Patrick Calnan.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Autumn 2016.

September 1, 2016
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The Benefits of DITA Authoring within a CCMS

Documentation teams invariably gravitate towards databases or repositories to manage expanding technical content, especially with DITA adoption. Transitioning to a CCMS offers growth potential, process enhancement, and a strategic leap in documentation management.

September 1, 2016
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Technical Writing Tools: The Ultimate Expert Choice

Over 70 Techcomm experts reveal their favourite technical writing tools.

August 12, 2016
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Expanding possibilities with MadCap Flare 12

Homer Christensen dives into the new version of MadCap Flare.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Summer 2016.

June 1, 2016
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Flare 12: A stronger focus on multilingual output and responsive content

MadCap released its 12th version of Flare in March, just ahead of the 2016 MadWorld conference that was held earlier in April. Here is a summary of the most important new features. A review by Denise Kadilak

This article was originally published by, June 1, 2016.

June 1, 2016
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Highlights from MadWorld 2016

Shlomo Sagir discusses his journey into the world of MadCap Software, including representing Tech-Tav at MadWorld 2016, meeting the supportive management team he has worked with from the start, and making contact with fellow MadCap Software consultants, trainers, and users.

April 24, 2016
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MadWorld 2016 Conference Review – Day Two

Ellis Pratt spoke at, and attended, Madworld 2016. Here is a summary of what he saw and heard on the second day.

April 19, 2016
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MadWorld 2016 Conference Review – Day One

Ellis Pratt gives a summary of day one of MadWorld 2016 including a sneak peek of MadCap Central. He also gives a brief summary of some of the sessions including CSS Flexbox Layout, Integrating API Reference Documentation with MadCap Flare, and several others.

April 18, 2016
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The Past, Present, and Future of DITA

The DITA standard marks its 10th year with reflections on a decade of changing perspectives on structured technical documentation. Evolution continues, as DITA 1.3 nears release, and Lightweight DITA explores streamlined applications.

January 1, 2016
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Technical Quality Assurance in Structured Content

The transition from unstructured to structured authoring in technical writing, emphasizes the shift from artistic approaches to engineering-like precision.

September 13, 2015
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Modernizing User Assistance

SAP revolutionizes user assistance using open-source components, transcending static content. Employing DITA, JavaScript, and video integration, SAP enhances documentation with interactive image maps, embedded videos, and sortable data tables, paving the way for modern user support.

September 1, 2015
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Mad about MadWorld

A review of MadWorld 2015, Pam Coca shares her experience.

This article was originally published in Communicator magazine, June 21, 2015.

June 22, 2015
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Ten Reasons Why MadCap Software Sets the Standard with Flare 11… Again, by Ferry Vermeulen

Ferry Vermeulen was pleased to discover that almost all the improvements to Flare 11 are focused on both quality and efficiency.

This article was originally published in Intercom magazine, March 2015.

March 23, 2015
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Flare 11: reinventing the industry, again

A review of MadCap Software’s latest release reveals a treasure trove of new features, functionality, and improvements, by Patrick Calnan.

This article was originally published in Communicator magazine, Spring 2015.

March 21, 2015
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Help With Additional Functions

Marc Achtelig describes how to incorporate new functions to your online help using open source JavaScript libraries and jQuery plugins.

March 1, 2015
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The Elusive Promise of Content Reuse

Achieving effective content reuse, a key advantage of DITA, proves challenging due to three main obstacles: writing content with reuse in mind, finding suitable content, and communicating changes for shared content.

February 13, 2015
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Review of MadCap Lingo 9 By Peter Argondizzo

Peter Argondizzo has received time-saving benefits and ease-of-use improvements with each version of MadCap Lingo. Release 9 is no exception.

January 12, 2015
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MadCap Software Acquires Doc-To-Help: An Interview with Anthony Olivier and John Ayers

Intercom interviews Anthony Olivier, MadCap Software founder and CEO, and John Ayers, general manager of GrapeCity Developer Tools US, formerly ComponentOne. They discuss what the acquisition means for customers of Doc-To-Help and MadCap Flare, as well as the future of the products.

January 12, 2015
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MadCap Acquires Doc-to-Help, Expands Lineup of Authoring Tools

Bruce V. Bigelow, editor of Xconomy San Diego, discusses MadCap Software’s acquisition of Doc-To-Help.

January 7, 2015
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DITA Diversity in Technical Documentation

Keith Schengili-Roberts, a veteran in technical writing, is an influential DITA expert, educator, and speaker. His pioneering work, notably with IBM, facilitated the global spread of DITA in diverse sectors, reshaping documentation practices and tools for efficiency and adaptability.

December 13, 2014
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Scoped Keys in DITA 1.3 (Finally!)

DITA 1.2 introduced key resolution complexities, resolved by DITA 1.3 Scoped Keys. They create distinct 'fences' within maps, allowing multiple definitions and cross-deliverable linking for enhanced content flexibility

December 13, 2014
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Using Multiple MasterPages in Flare

Want to learn more about MasterPages? Denise Kadilak give instructions on how you can assign multiple masterpages to your MadCap Flare project.

June 30, 2014
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Publishing in Flare — Best Practice Suggestions

Denise Kadilak recently had to look into best practices regarding the use of the publishing feature in MadCap Flare and shares her findings.

June 25, 2014
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Advanced Conditions in Flare

Expecting the feature to be more complicated, Denise Kadilak takes an in-depth look at both basic and advanced conditions in MadCap Flare. Advanced conditions give you more expressiveness when deciding which content to include in your output.

June 17, 2014

Learning rocks! A review of MadWorld 2014

Pam Coca shares her experience from MadWorld 2014, held in the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, CA.

June 19, 2014
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Moving from FrameMaker® to Flare

Denise Kadilak discusses her reasons for moving from Adobe® FrameMaker® to MadCap Flare, such as needed the granular control offered in a topic-based authoring environment, which FrameMaker® did not offer. Learn about the migration process in her free, online webinar: “Migrating from Adobe® FrameMaker® to MadCap Flare: Preparation and Processes

June 6, 2014
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Our Help? It’s in the Cloud.

Amanda Saso, Sr. Tech Writer at Sumo Logic, deploys MadCap Flare output to the cloud without the help of an IT guy. Since Flare outputs HTML files, her deliverables are ready for deployment with no changes needed. Writers can generate and deploy files without wasting valuable IT resources.

June 16, 2014
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EContent's Trendsetting Products of 2014

MadCap Flare was selected for EContent Magazine's Trend Setting Products List for 2014.

May 5, 2014
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MadWorld 2014 conference review

Ellis Pratt enjoyed Madcap Software's MadWorld conference in San Diego. It was MadCap Software's second annual conference, building on the success of MadWorld 2013.

April 20, 2014
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Second day at MadWorld 2014

Kai Weber summarizes day two of MadWorld 2014, including some of his favorite presentations such as “Advanced Single-sourcing in Flare”, the lightning talk round, “Our Addiction to Meaning” and more.

April 16, 2014
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First day at MadWorld 2014

Kai Weber discusses day one of MadWorld 2014, including the applicable advice about MadCap products from speakers and staff, the profound discussions about tech comm in general, and attendees’ enthusiasm to share and learn from each other.

April 15, 2014
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MadCap Flare: A Fangirl's Cut

Nita Beck gives a director's cut, or—a fangirl's cut of the best of MadCap Flare 10.

April 1, 2014

Ten reasons to love Flare 10

Paul Pehrson writes an independent review of MadCap Software's latest release of Flare, their flagship product.

March 21, 2014
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MadCap Flare 10 — A Review

Neil Perlin reviews MadCap Flare version 10 including features such as responsive HTML5 output, Eclipse Help output, slideshows, project export enhancements and more.

March 6, 2014
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What's new in MadCap Flare 10, the nitty gritty

Kai Weber points out some of the smaller improvements available in MadCap Flare 10 that are helpful for heavy-duty tech comm users with large projects and many topics.

March 5, 2014
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What's new in MadCap Flare 10, the hip parts

Kai Weber highlights several major enhancements that make MadCap Flare easier and faster to newcomers and editors of marketing content.

March 4, 2014
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MadCap Software Enhances MadPak Suite with HTML5 Support

HTML5 Report discusses the newly updated MadPak suite, including the release of MadCap Flare 10.0, Contributor 6.0 and Analyzer 7.0.

March 4, 2014
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MadCap Flare 10 First Look Review

Andrea Altenburg gives a sneak peak of the latest release of the MadPak technical communication suite including feature enhancements to exporting, accessibility and
other updates.

March 4, 2014
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MultiLingual Magazine Reviews MadCap Lingo 8, by Jost Zetzsche

Several years ago Jost Zetzche wrote a review of MadCap Lingo 4. Now, four versions later, he has taken some time to look at the tool again, and found that he likes some of what he sees in the new and improved MadCap Lingo 8.

January 17, 2014
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The Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry: The 2013-2014
EContent 100

MadCap Software has been selected for a second consecutive year.

December 2, 2013
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UAH partnering with MadCap Software to bring new software to technical communications students

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is joining forces with MadCap Software to ensure that students pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication have a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

October 03, 2013
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Help Blends Community and Security

Derek Warren and Claire Pang discuss how Venafi enhances customers' online Help experience with MadCap Flare and MadCap Pulse.

September 19, 2013
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Keeping Track of Your Flare Topics In Excel Using Pivot Charts

Mattias Sander demonstrates how to get a quick overview of all your files using MadCap Flare file tags with Excel® Pivot Charts.

August 31, 2013
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Generating MadCap Flare Snippet Files Using Excel® (VBA)

Mattias Sander demonstrates how to quickly add snippet files to Flare and take advantage of its "auto suggest based on snippet" feature.

August 23, 2013
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MadCap Software: Harnessing the Power of your Local User Group

Jose Sermeno highlights the key concepts from a free MadCap Software webinar by Nita Beck "Calling All Propeller Heads: How to Start Your Own Flare User Group".

August 20, 2013
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MadWorld 2013–an event to remember

Pam Coca describes the MadWorld 2013 Conference held 7-9 April in San Diego, USA.

June 21, 2013
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MadCap Flare 9 has Much to Offer

Patrick Lufkin, a past-president of the STC San Francisco chapter, provides an overview of MadCap Flare, including what new features and enhancements have been added to version 9.0.

June 19, 2013
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[Propeller] Hats Off to the MadWorld 2013 Team

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.

April 17, 2013

MadCap Flare 9 Review

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.

March 29, 2013

The MadCap Column – Tips for Complex Searches in Flare.

In this regular column, Adrian Morse provides tips for complex searches in Flare.

March 21, 2013

MadCap Flare 9 – 'Something for everyone'

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.

March 21, 2013
Review of MadCap Flare Version 9.0

Review of MadCap Flare Version 9.0

Thomas Tregner offers some opinions of Flare Version 9, including his favorite new additions.

March 13, 2013
Top 5 things I like about Flare 9

Top 5 things I like about Flare 9

Kai Weber gives a run-down on his favorite new features in Flare 9, including the synced split-view topic editor.

March 6, 2013
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MadCap Flare 9 In-Depth: Versatility for Complex Help Authoring Projects

Lois Patterson reviews MadCap Flare 9 from the perspective of a user with complex authoring projects, including conversion of extensive legacy content.

March 5, 2013

An Overview Look at MadCap Mimic 7

Neil Perlin takes a look at the new features in MadCap Mimic 7, including the all-new HTML5 output.

March 5, 2013
MadCap Flare for New Adopters

TechWhirl First Look: MadCap Flare 9

TechWhirl's Andrea Altenburg provides a sneak peak at what’s coming in the new release of MadCap Flare.

March 2, 2013
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Quick Search Form for HTML5 Output

Thomas Tregner demonstrates how to add a quick search form to Flare's HTML5 output.

February 27, 2013
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MadCap Flare for New Adopters

Emily Cotlier discusses how moving from FrameMaker® to MadCap Flare is saving her team time and making it easier to localize documentation.

January 31, 2013
Single-sourcing Screen Captures

Single-sourcing Screen Captures to Print, Online, and Mobile Using Flare
and Capture

Tom Johnson takes a look at single-sourcing images in Flare using MadCap Capture.

January 19, 2013

Avoiding Casualties in Content Delivery

Don Rasky reviews how Mitchell enhances content quality and delivery by integrating MadCap Flare with Microsoft SharePoint and TFS.

December 21, 2012
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The Top 100 in the Digital Content Industry: The 2012-2013 EContent 100

MadCap Software is named to the EContent 100.

December 4, 2012
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ROI of Topic-based Authoring and Single-sourcing

Kai Weber explains how he cut down time to write and maintain three deliverables by 30-40% by reusing topics.

November 12, 2012

Global Linking for Flexible Pattern Reuse

Owen Flatau explains how a distributed authoring team is using Flare and SVN to bridge the silos.

June, 2012

MadCap Flare 8 Raises the Bar for Information Development Tools, By Eddie VanArsdall

Eddie VanArsdall takes a look at Flare version 8, noting the release is a radical departure from all previous versions.

April 2, 2012

Singing a new tune with help

Mark Johnson describes Finale's evolution from printed documentation to interactive online help using MadCap Flare.

March 26, 2012

MadCap Flare 8: a tool for the 21st century

Ed Marshall provides a first look at MadCap's latest release.

March 26, 2012

Some Initial Observations about MadCap Flare 8, by Neil Perlin

Neil Perlin takes a look at the latest release of MadCap Flare, pointing out the critical importance of an SEO-friendly Help system.

March 5, 2012

Documentation that the Doctor ordered, by Peggy Spencer

Peggy Spencer explains how athenahealth uses MadCap Software to meet online help demands for its cloud-based physician services.

January 4, 2012

The passion quotient, by Sarah O'Keefe

I am fascinated by the fact that Flare scores so highly, especially compared to other authoring tools (in descending order):

December 15th, 2011

What’s Become of Adobe FrameMaker?, by Val Swisher

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.

November 14, 2011

Help goes mobile at CCC, by Riyaz Adamjee

Riyaz Adamjee describes how CCC is strengthening support via a holistic, and now mobile, approach to technical communications

October 4, 2011
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Advanced Use of Condition Tags and Single-sourcing

Patti Short, Sr. Technical Writer explains how single-sourcing gives you the ability to customize multiple documents from a single source and increase consistency across all documentation sets.

August 17, 2011

White Paper Preview: Maximizing Productivity by Using Conditions in MadCap Flare Projects, by Robin Kanowitz

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.

September 13, 2011

Integrating Native Mobile Apps and "Help" with MadCap Flare, by Neil Perlin

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.

August 17, 2011
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Desktop Publishing Tool MadCap Flare Is Great for Complex Projects

Ian Harac takes a look at Flare's "write once, publish anywhere" paradigm and how it benefits technical authors and documentation teams.

April 26, 2011

A 'Flare' for translation, by Scott Bass

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.

March 19, 2011

Streamlining Your Workflow with Flare 7, by Eddie VanArsdall

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.

March 19, 2011

What's New in Flare 7 – QR Codes, by Neil Perlin

In his 2nd blog post, Neil Perlin takes a look at the new QR Code feature in Flare 7.

March 12, 2011
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What's New in Flare 7, by Neil Perlin

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.

March 7, 2011

Single Source Publishing with Flare — By Petra Thiemann

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.

November 17, 2010

Speaking the Lingo - By Jost Zetzsche

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.

September, 2010

Going Mobile with MadCap: FLARE 6 — A Review by Ed Marshall

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.

Summer, 2010

Migrating to MadCap Flare

Adrian Morse describes how his company left the familiar waters of Adobe products for the open seas of Flare.

Summer, 2010
Carolina News Wire

Scriptorium Publishing now offers support for DITA publishing through MadCap Flare

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.

June 23, 2009
CMS Wire

MadCap Fires Up DITA with Flare 5.0 and Blaze 2.0

For MadCap, it looks like the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) initiative is still a go.

June 17, 2009

MadCap Blaze: should Adobe worry?

Geoff Hart reviews this tool for publishing long documents from a topic-based perspective.

Spring, 2009
I'd Rather Be Writing

Translating with the New MadCap Lingo V2

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.

February 24, 2009
Visual Studio Magazine

Develop Help Content Like a Professional

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.

February, 2009
I'd Rather Be Writing

What We Learn from Help Authoring Tool Surveys

"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:"

October 15, 2008
Dire Wolf of Fennario

Day 1 with Flare 4

I installed Flare 4 today and started playing around. Things that I liked right away...

September 11, 2008
I'd Rather Be Writing

Flare 4 Giveway Enter to Win a Free Copy by Commenting on This Post

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.

September 3, 2008

Realizing Seamless Translation

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.

August, 2008
Produkt Global

Translation Made Easier

In principle, Lingo is suitable for any Blaze/Flare users who wish to reduce translation costs, avoid redundant contents and ensure consistent text quality.

July 25, 2008
ASP Award

MadCap Support Site: Winner in The Association of Support Professionals (ASP) eleventh annual "Ten Best Web Support Sites" Competition.

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.

April 25, 2008

MadCap Software Expands Reach Into Adobe's Realm

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…

April 24, 2008
I'd Rather Be Writing

MadCap Blaze's Topic Review Feature: A First-of-a Kind Feature with an Interesting Workflow

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).

April 24, 2008
I'd Rather Be Writing

All About MadCap Flare: Podcast Interview with Paul Pehrson, MVP in Madcap Software Forums

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.

January 19, 2008

Avoid Getting Lost in Translation

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.

January, 2008
I'd Rather Be Writing

Flare is a tool that I won't easily grow out of. And their expansion into other areas — screen capture, audio, translation, screen demo, and more — makes their product suite compelling.

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.

November 11, 2007

Localizing Online Help

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.

July, 2007

RoboHelp® 6 Finally Arrives, And Its Craptastic

…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…

Updated February 6, 2007

  • RH doesn’t work in Vista. There’s a complex work-around, but it’s major surgery, and if you dare hack it to make it work, naturally, it won’t be supported.
  • RoboServer systems will also not run on Vista with IIS 7, and there are scary reports of them breaking with IE 7.0.
  • There’s no support for Microsoft Office 2007...
January 16, 2007

21st century replacement for RoboHelp

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...

June 13, 2006

The Future of RoboHelp?

"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®."

April 2005

Interview with Mike Hamilton, VP Product Development, MadCap Software

"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."

April 11, 2005

MadCap Flare Announcement

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.

March 21, 2005