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Cutting-edge technical authoring and publishing for today’s technical writers and content developers.

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MadCap Flare is a powerful software application used to create, manage and publish technical, medical and policy documentation. Key features include its patented XML editor, multi-channel publishing, single-sourcing and integrated cloud-based editing, publishing, project and content management.

Patented XML Editor

The XML Editor is the primary editor in Flare. Author content using the built-in “What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get” (WYSIWYG) XML Editor, with print, web, tablet and mobile layout modes. Additionally, the patented Structure Bar technology allows you to easily manipulate and see a visual representation of your content structure without having to view the underlying XML.

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Additional Editors available in Flare include the Internal Text Editor, Stylesheet Editor, TOC Editor, Skin Editor, Page Layout Editor.

Publishing Content Directly
to Salesforce Just Got Easier

The new MadCap Connect for Salesforce Plug-in makes publishing your single sourced content to Salesforce quick and easy.

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Note: The MadCap Connect for Salesforce plug-in is included in MadCap Flare and can be tested during your 30-day trial of Flare. The plug-in license is sold separately on a per user basis.

Advanced Single-source XML Authoring

Advanced single-source authoring features include topic-based authoring, conditions, snippets, variables, multiple tables of contents, and more.

Topic-based authoring

Topic-based authoring

Save time by using advanced topic-based authoring features to maximize content reuse and publish to multiple deliverables and outputs.

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A condition can be applied to different areas of your content so that some sections show up in some of your outputs but not in others.

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A snippet can contain text, tables, images or anything else in a normal topic and acts like a miniature topic or a topic within a topic.

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A variable is a brief, non-formatted piece of content, usually used for text such as company name, version numbers or dates.

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Images and videos

Single-source images using MadCap Capture and MadCap Mimic, integrated multimedia applications that are included with Flare.

Advanced Multi-channel Publishing

Publish technical, medical and policy content to a variety of formats, including responsive web, print, mobile and desktop.

Flare allows you to build and publish your content with just the click of a button. Advanced features include:

  • Build and publish selected targets or schedule builds with batch targets
  • View your build activity in auto-generated build logs
  • Set the maximum number of concurrent builds
  • Modify warnings globally or for specific targets in a project

Import Support for a Rich Variety of Content Types

Flare makes it easy to import a number of popular content types such as Microsoft® Word and legacy content types such as FrameMaker®.

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Microsoft® Word

You can create a new project or topics by importing Microsoft® Word files.

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You can create a new project or topics by importing Microsoft® Excel files.

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You can create a new project or topics by importing Adobe® FrameMaker® files.

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You can create a new project or topics by importing Adobe® RoboHelp® projects.

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You can create a new project or topics by importing DITA files.

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You can create a new project by importing an HTML Help (CHM) file.

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MadCap Central

If another user uploads a Flare project to your MadCap Central license and you do not yet have that project on your computer, you can import it. You can do this from the MadCap Central window pane in Flare.

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MadCap Doc-To-Help

You can create a new project by importing a Doc-To-Help project.

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Global Project Linking

You can import content and project files contained in another Flare project, thus allowing you to maintain the information in one location but reuse it in any other project. When you use this feature to import files, you can include or exclude particular types of files (e.g., topics, snippets, stylesheets, glossaries, targets), specific individual files, or files that have certain condition tags applied.

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Source Control

You can create a new project by importing one located in source control.

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HTML Files

You can create a new project or topics by importing HTML files.

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HTML Help Projects

You can create a new project by importing an HTML Help project (HHP) file.

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Individual Files

You can import a wide variety of individual files into an existing Flare project.

  • Alias Files
  • Browse Sequences
  • Condition Tag Sets
  • Contribution Files
  • Destinations
  • Dictionaries
  • Glossaries
  • Header Files
  • Page Layouts
  • Reviewed Files
  • Search Filter Sets
  • Skins
  • Snippets
  • Stylesheets
  • Styles
  • Tables of Contents
  • Topics
  • Variable Sets
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The Author-it® utility uses the published XML output from Author-it® and converts it to a Flare project, while maintaining all project and source files. The utility converts the table of contents of Author-it® books into Flare topics. Embedded topics become Flare snippets, while variables, styles, glossaries, context IDs and index keywords are maintained through the conversion process.

MadCap Flare Plug-ins, API Documentation Resources and Redistributables

Download plug-ins for productivity, Simplified Technical English
(STE), MadCap Connect for Salesforce, Author-it® Converter and more.

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Responsive Layout Editor for True Responsive Content

The responsive layout editor allows you to control the layout of your content for any device, without the assistance of a web developer or requiring any coding knowledge.

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Style Inspector to View and Edit Your CSS Properties

A Style Inspector in the Formatting window pane lets you view and edit the style details for your content (topics, snippets, etc.) in real time, rather than having to edit styles in the stylesheet.

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Advanced Stylesheet Editor with Multiple Medium Views

The advanced stylesheet editor includes multiple medium views (such as web, print, mobile, tablet – or any number of custom views), and offers complex selectors, media queries and more.

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Find and Fix Issues with Powerful Project Analysis and Reporting

MadCap Flare offers powerful project analysis and reporting that can help find and fix issues with your projects. Run tests before you publish to find critical issues, such as broken links, duplicate stylesheets, missing images and more.

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Scan your project to find and fix critical issues, including:

  • Broken Links
  • Duplicate Styles in Stylesheets
  • Duplicate TOC Items
  • Broken Image Links
  • Broken Bookmarks
  • Undefined Variables, Condition Tags,
    File Tags and Conditions
  • Non-XML Topics and More

As well as used and unused items including:

  • Snippets
  • Topics
  • Styles
  • Variables
  • Map IDs
  • Images and More

Plus, improve content quality and reuse by
identifying suggestions, including:

  • Markup (XHTML)
  • Index Keywords
  • Cross-references
  • Local Styles
  • Snippets
  • Variables
  • Accessibility

The Power of MadCap Analyzer Is Now Built Into MadCap Flare

MadCap Analyzer’s features and functionality are now included in Flare. Find and fix critical issues quickly, get content suggestions for snippets and variables, meet accessibility guidelines, generate custom reports, and much more.

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Find Elements

Quickly and easily find files containing particular elements such as custom tags, MadCap-specific features (drop-down text, concepts, equations), markup, inline styles, style classes, and more.

Create Professional Print, Online and Mobile Content in Minutes with Built-in Project Templates

With 20 pre-installed project templates – and a library of new modern responsive top navigation templates – you can start using today’s leading technical authoring tool in minutes. Publish stunning, professionally designed print brochures and books, online Help systems, knowledge bases, support sites, eBooks, and more without the need for any additional CSS development or creative resources.

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Content Management and Source Control Support

MadCap Flare includes support for every source control tool on the market through Flare’s wide open architecture. Instead of using proprietary files and databases, all content and project files in Flare are stored as independent XML files.

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  • Git, Perforce, Apache Subversion, Microsoft® Team Foundation® and Visual SourceSafe® are directly integrated and accessed from Flare (third-party plug-ins not required)
  • Mappings can be made to any local, network, or SharePoint™ resource
  • Plus, integration with all industry source control systems that use the MS SCC API interface

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.

Preserve Tracked Changes in Microsoft® Word and PDF Outputs

Tracked changes are now preserved in both Word and PDF outputs for enhanced review, collaboration and audit trail.

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Text Analysis for Readability, Average Sentence Length and More

A text analysis tool built into Flare allows you to run reports on your project content. Scores are based on the “Flesch Reading Ease” and “Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level” tests, and reports can be run on topics, documents, entire projects or compared side-by-side to other documents.

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Reports include Readability scores, average sentence length, punctuation density per sentence, and number of unique words.

Multilingual Web and Print Publishing from a Single Project

The multilingual publishing feature allows for multiple languages to be published in a single output for both print and online content. Right-to-left (RTL) languages are supported in all outputs except FrameMaker®.

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Integrated Applications to Support Your Content Development Workflow

From content creation and subject matter expert contribution, to translation, project and task management, our solutions offer a complete end-to-end workflow.

MadCap Central

Cloud-based Editing, Publishing, Project and Content Management

MadCap Contributor

Subject Matter Expert Contribution and Review

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Translation and Localization

MadCap Capture

Screen Capture and Image Editing

MadCap Mimic

Interactive Demos, Videos, Tutorials and Software Simulations

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MadCap Connect for Salesforce Plug-in

Publish content directly to Salesforce with the MadCap Connect for Salesforce plug-in and Clean XHTML output.

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Flare as a Content Management System

MadCap Flare offers a robust, cost-effective alternative to traditional content management systems, giving you the ability to easily create, manage and publish content from a central user interface.

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Making the Switch to Flare

For information on switching from RoboHelp®, FrameMaker®, Microsoft® Word, DITA, Confluence, Author-it® and more, visit our resource center.

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Advanced Single-sourcing

Using the “write once, publish anywhere” paradigm, you can cut project time, increase productivity, reduce localization costs and streamline content delivery.

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Advanced Multi-channel Publishing

Publish content to web-based formats such as HTML5, print-based formats including PDF and Word, and other formats such as EPUB and Eclipse Help.

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MadCap Flare Plug-ins, API Documentation Resources and Redistributables

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