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Global Animation Software Company Toon Boom Uses MadCap Flare to Deliver Print and Responsive HTML5 Documentation for 20 Product Versions and Modules via Single-Source, Multi-Channel Publishing

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Case Study Reviews How Toon Boom Uses Flare to Create Responsive Web Content With Top Navigation, Facilitate Collaboration via SVN, and Customize Content Using Skins, Snippets, and Conditional Tags

La Jolla, CA, USA — November 17, 2015 — MadCap Software, Inc., the leader in multi-channel content authoring and a showcase company for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Visual Studio, today announced that it has published a new case study on Toon Boom Animation Inc. Toon Boom relies on MadCap Flare for single-source publishing of print and responsive HTML5 documentation to support its award-winning software for 2D animation and storyboarding for film, television, Web animation, games, mobile devices, training applications and education. The case study can be viewed at: https://www.madcapsoftware.com/casestudy/ToonBoom.aspx.

Headquartered in Montreal, Toon Boom counts Walt Disney Animation®, Rovio Entertainment®, Universal Studios®, Nelvana®, and 20th Century Fox Animation® as some of the customers. For the past 20 years, the company has changed the animation world one production at a time by setting a standard of excellence and aiding in the development of the world’s finest animated productions. This includes not only Toon Boom animation software and guides on how to use its products, but also documentation on animation industry best practices.

Modern Documentation for Leading Animation Customers

More than two years ago, Toon Boom replaced its traditional print books created in Adobe® FrameMaker® with MadCap Flare, when the company realized the need to provide online content as well. Toon Boom now relies on MadCap Flare’s topic-based authoring and single-source publishing to deliver multiple versions of documentation for its Harmony and Storyboard Pro products, making them available as both PDF files and responsive HTML5 Web content. Key benefits Toon Boom has realized include:

  • MadCap Flare’s topic-based single-source, multi-channel publishing streamlines the delivery of online and print documentation for 20 product versions and modules.
  • The ability to run builds in the background in MadCap Flare speeds weekly updates to content.
  • Conditional tags, TOCs, snippets, and skins in MadCap Flare enable Toon Boom to customize content, as well as the look and feel, for different versions of its documentation.
  • Top navigation and responsive design provide a modern, intuitive Web experience for desktop and mobile users, and enhance SEO.
  • Drop-down text in Flare-based online documentation helps readers get to the topics with collapsed content they need faster.
  • Integration between Flare and Apache SVN allows multiple writers to develop content for the same project at the same time.
  • MadCap Flare’s built-in support for multi-language authoring, translation and publishing enables Toon Boom to localize all of its PDF documentation for the Japanese market.
With Flare, we’re able to offer the same source material as both printed and online versions to talk to two different kinds of users, and our responsive HTML5 output has helped us to improve our search engine optimization,” said Marie-Ève Chartrand, Toon Boom director, customer success. “Flare has helped enhance the user experience greatly while simplifying our publishing of print and online documentation, and we look forward to working with MadCap to build on this success.”

“As one of the world’s leading innovators in animation, Toon Boom understands the need to create rich, intuitive documentation that is as state-of-the-art as its software,” said Anthony Olivier, MadCap founder and CEO. “We are excited by Toon Boom’s success in using MadCap Flare to deliver documentation that is updated weekly, as both responsive HTML5 and PDFs, enabling customers to access up-to-date information in their format of choice.”

About Toon Boom

Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Their solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Walt Disney Animation®, Rovio Entertainment®, Universal Studios®, Nelvana® and 20th Century Fox Animation®. For more information, visit www.toonboom.com.

About MadCap Software

MadCap Software, Inc. is a trusted resource for the thousands of companies around the globe that rely on its solutions for single-source multi-channel authoring and publishing, multimedia, and translation management. Whether delivering technical, policy, medical, marketing, business, or human resources content, MadCap’s products are used to create corporate intranets, Help systems, policy and procedure manuals, video tutorials, knowledge bases, eBooks, user guides, and more to any format, including high-end print, online, desktop or mobile. MadCap services include product training, consulting services, translation and localization, and an advanced developer certification program. Headquartered in La Jolla, California, MadCap Software is home to some of the most experienced software architects and product experts in the content development industry.

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