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Schedule: Three Full Days, Evening Networking Events and More

Wednesday, June 6 – Advanced Training Workshop

7:00-8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00-9:00 AM

Presented By:

Neil Perlin

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Let’s Take a Project Responsive!

Track 1 Advanced Training

MadCap Flare has “responsive” features – responsive output and responsive layout – but how do you use them together? What’s the overall process of making a project responsive? Find out in this workshop. We’ll make a tiny but representative project responsive by enabling the responsive output option and setting breakpoints, formatting each medium using the Skin editor, and modifying content using the Responsive Layout editor. In addition, this presentation will walk through creating truly adaptive content (think changing “click” to “tap” automatically as the screen size changes) by working in the CSS. The result will be a fully responsive target that can take full advantage of desktop, tablet, and phone displays.

8:00-9:00 AM

Presented By:

Daniel Ferguson

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Hey MadCap Flare User, Meet jQuery!

Track 2 Advanced Training

You’re already familiar with MadCap Flare’s extensive capabilities that allow you to deliver world-class documentation and help to your customers. But there is an entire world available to you beyond what the Flare interface offers. Because Flare allows its users to access underlying code, the capabilities are virtually limitless. In this session, we’ll introduce you to jQuery - a powerful JavaScript library that allows you to customize your HTML output in ways that the Flare editor doesn’t currently support. You’ll learn what jQuery is and how it works, and most importantly, you’ll get hands-on practice creating jQuery scripts. Note: an understanding of CSS selectors is required to get the most of out of this session.

9:00-9:10 AM

Session Break

9:10-10:10 AM

Let’s Take a Project Responsive! (Continued)

Track 1 Advanced Training

9:10-10:10 AM

Hey MadCap Flare User, Meet jQuery! (Continued)

Track 2 Advanced Training

10:15-10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 AM

Presented By:

Scott DeLoach, Mike Hamilton

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MAD for MadCap Flare Certification Bootcamp Part 1

Track 1 Advanced Training

Who should be certified MAD for MadCap Flare? YOU! The MadCap Advanced Developer (MAD) Certification Program recognizes and validates your ability to use MadCap Flare. A certification proves to your manager, potential clients, and coworkers that you’re a Flare expert. It’s also required to be included in MadCap Software’s list of recommended consultants. In this workshop, you’ll learn what’s required to be certified MAD for Flare and everything you need to know to pass the exam. We’ll share sample questions, tips for preparing your sample project, and we’ll even give you a chance to take a free sample exam. If you’ve attended a Flare class and have experience using Flare, we’ll give you everything you need to become certified as quickly and efficiently as possible. Workshop Prerequisites: Completion of the MadCap Flare Basic/Intermediate certified training course and/or proficiency using MadCap Flare for a minimum of three months.

10:30-11:30 AM

Presented By:

Matthew Ellison, Thomas Bro-Rasmussen

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Global Project Linking: Advanced Techniques for Sharing Files Across Multiple Projects

Track 2 Advanced Training

Two of the major goals of user assistance development are consistency and ease of maintenance. Both can be achieved by maximizing the re-use of content and key project assets (such as style sheets and skins) across multiple projects. MadCap Flare has two major features that support team collaboration across projects: Global Project Linking and the External Resources. This workshop session looks in detail at the two features, demonstrates how to set them up and use them, explains the differences between them, and describes how they can work in tandem with a source control system such as Git or SVN. It also examines ways in which you can extend the capabilities of the standard features, automate the synchronization of files between projects, or even use your own custom techniques for re-using files across projects.

11:30-11:40 AM

Session Break

10:40 AM-12:30 PM

MAD for MadCap Flare Certification Bootcamp Part 1 (Continued)

Track 1 Advanced Training

10:40 AM-12:30 PM

Global Project Linking: Advanced Techniques for Sharing Files Across Multiple Projects (Continued)

Track 2 Advanced Training

12:45-1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM

Presented By:

Scott DeLoach, Mike Hamilton

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MAD for MadCap Flare Certification Bootcamp Part 2

Track 1 Advanced Training

Who should be certified MAD for MadCap Flare? YOU! The MadCap Advanced Developer (MAD) Certification Program recognizes and validates your ability to use MadCap Flare. A certification proves to your manager, potential clients, and coworkers that you’re a Flare expert. It’s also required to be included in MadCap Software’s list of recommended consultants. In this workshop, you’ll learn what’s required to be certified MAD for Flare and everything you need to know to pass the exam. We’ll share sample questions, tips for preparing your sample project, and we’ll even give you a chance to take a free sample exam. If you’ve attended a Flare class and have experience using Flare, we’ll give you everything you need to become certified as quickly and efficiently as possible. Workshop Prerequisites: Completion of the MadCap Flare Basic/Intermediate certified training course and/or proficiency using MadCap Flare for a minimum of three months.

1:30-2:30 PM

Presented By:

Paul Pehrson, Daniel Ferguson

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Go the Distance with Advanced Top Nav Output (Featuring CSS3 and jQuery)

Track 2 Advanced Training

You already know that MadCap Flare is the best tool to help you create a great experience for your users when they engage with your help system online. What if you could make it even better? Turn those ideas into action by attending this advanced workshop where we’ll show you how to use bleeding edge CSS3 with complex selectors, pseudo classes and more to make your output “sizzle”. We’ll talk about how you can integrate JavaScript libraries like jQuery and Grunt to do more to make your output shine above the rest. Flare trainers Paul Pehrson and Daniel Ferguson join together in the workshop to not only show you what is possible, but to give you the tools you need to try it on your own. You’ll leave with specific ideas of things you can do in your current projects to make them better for your users.

2:30-2:40 PM

Session Break

2:40-3:40 PM

MAD for MadCap Flare Certification Bootcamp Part 2 (Continued)

Track 1 Advanced Training

2:40-3:40 PM

Go the Distance with Advanced Top Nav Output (Featuring CSS3 and jQuery) (Continued)

Track 2 Advanced Training

3:30-3:45 PM

Snack Break

4:00-5:30 PM

Presented By:

Homer Christensen

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Bling for Side Menus, Dropdowns, and Other Auto-Generated Components

Track 1 Advanced Training

You’ve designed a great site and built it, but feel the side menu needs to pop a bit more and give more user feedback. Trouble is, there are no styles to modify and only so much you can do in the skin editor. Or maybe you have drop-downs within drop-downs. Not to worry. In this session, we’ll review the available style settings and whether to leave them as is if you plan to modify them. Then we’ll begin the detective work to discover the styles that MadCap Flare creates for slideshows, menus, drop-downs, toggles, and other containers. We’ll cover the Inspect Element command and tools on Chrome and Firefox and how you can prototype and test the function of the built page. Next, we’ll review some samples and go over the coding that made it happen. We’re going to dive into the style definitions, so you should be comfortable editing CSS as text. You’ll leave with some commented placeholder styles you can copy into your style sheet and customize to give your site its own distinctive style.

4:00-5:30 PM

Presented By:

Denise Kadilak

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Create, Curate, and Circulate Content for Multiple Channels

Track 2 Advanced Training

Content requirements do not vary much between departments. Marketing, Training, Support, Professional Services, Help, all need to know basically the same things: some conceptual information, how the product works, and recommended best practices. What differs between these departments is how that content gets used and presented to the client. Unfortunately, in most organizations each department creates its own content, and even worse, they are often doing so with varying degrees of product understanding because most are not part of the product development process. In this presentation, we’ll look at how a smart content strategy along with a couple of MadCap Software tools (MadCap Flare and MadCap Analyzer) allows one department – ideally the department that works most closely with product development – to own, curate, and then share with stakeholders all required content in an effective and timely manner.

6:00-7:00 PM

Advanced Workshop Happy Hour

Note: Conference schedule is subject to change.