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MadCap Insider Archive: November, 2017

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Welcome to the November issue of MadCap Insider. Just a few weeks ago we announced the new releases available for MadCap Flare and MadCap Central.
MadCap Insider, Issue No. 9, November 2017

Welcome to the November issue of MadCap Insider. In case you missed it, just a few weeks ago we announced new releases of MadCap Flare and MadCap Central.

The MadCap Flare 2017 r3 release adds a new Style Inspector for CSS properties, advanced Microsoft ® Excel import, a text analysis and reporting tool, performance enhancements and much more. MadCap Central’s October 2017 release adds a new Project Checklists feature to track project-specific activities and progress, vanity URL paths for targets and builds, private URLs for internal review, and much more.

A new case study from Ellie Mae, a cloud-based solutions provider for the mortgage finance industry, takes a look at how the firm relies on MadCap Flare to deliver a responsive HTML5 support site and PDF documentation for its users.

Also available are the latest blog posts, free upcoming webinars, a reminder of the year-end discount for MadWorld 2018, and a new university addition to the MadCap Scholar Program.

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of MadCap Insider. To view past issues, visit our archive here.

In This Issue

  • New Release: MadCap Flare + MadCap Central
  • Your Monthly Tips & Tricks Roundup
  • Take Advantage of the Year-End Discount for MadWorld 2018
  • Free Upcoming Webinars
  • Latest Customer Case Study: Ellie Mae
  • The MadCap Scholar Program Welcomes NAU
  • Upcoming Certified Training Schedule
  • Current Promotions
  • MadTranslations for Translation and Localization
  • Industry-Related Articles, News and More
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MADCAP FLARE, 2017 R3 RELEASE

The new Style Inspector in MadCap Flare 2017 r3 is amazing! I’ll be using this constantly in my projects. The reading analysis feature also saves time and effort when updating our content; I no longer have to use outside tools to analyze my text!

–Alwyn Durham, Senior Technical Writer | Evisions

Each new release of MadCap Flare brings more functionality, enhanced integration and exciting new features designed to improve the way you author, manage, and publish content. Take a look at what’s new:

  • New Style Inspector to View and Edit Your CSS Properties
  • Advanced Microsoft ® Excel Import
  • UI Enhancements for the Stylesheet Editor, Previews and More
  • Text Analysis for Readability, Average Sentence Length and More
  • Repeat Last Action Shortcut
  • Thesaurus Support
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Plus Bug Fixes, Performance Enhancements and More

MADCAP CENTRAL, OCTOBER 2017 RELEASE

The October 2017 release of MadCap Central streamlines the process of tracking and managing MadCap Flare project workflows with Project Checklists, as well as additional features:

  • Project Checklists to Track and Manage Flare Projects
  • Unlimited Live Builds Using Vanity URL Paths
  • Private URLs for Internal Reviews and More
  • Exclude Live Builds from Search Engines
  • Project Linking via Global Project Linking, Runtime Merging, and Multilingual Output
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Plus Bug Fixes, Performance Enhancements and More

YOUR MONTHLY TIPS & TRICKS ROUNDUP

MadCap Flare Best Practices: Starting a New Project from Scratch, by Neil Perlin

Five Ways to Customize Your HTML5 Top Navigation Site with Project Templates, by Justin Bondoc

Managing Content Publication with Two MadCap Flare Projects, by Ken Davies

Can I Run MadCap Flare on a Mac? Oh Yes!, by Nita Beck

SAVE ON MADWORLD 2018

With 40 conference sessions, more than 20 expert speakers, and an ever-expanding community of passionate users, MadWorld is a must-attend event designed to maximize your learning and professional development.

Thank you MadCap Software for such an amazing conference. I learned so much! I can’t wait to get home and experiment with jQuery, CSS, and everything I learned in the Hospitality Lounge!

–Jessica Nealon | MadWorld Attendee

Register by December 31, 2017 to save up to $600 on your conference and workshop registration. A special conference room rate is available at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, but space is limited, so we encourage you to book as soon as possible.

FREE UPCOMING WEBINARS

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Presenter: John Stewart, Instructor in Professional and Technical Communication | University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

At the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), technical communication students have the rare opportunity to learn and grow from practice-oriented, tools-based coursework. This webinar describes how USFSM’s program in Professional and Technical Communication has partnered with MadCap Software to provide students with a foundational set of skills in XML publishing and content management. Learn how John Stewart, Instructor in Technical and Professional Communication, integrates MadCap Flare into the curriculum to provide students with hands-on experience in modern authoring tools.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Presenter: Justin Bondoc, Product Specialist | MadCap Software, Inc.

The new project templates available for MadCap Flare provide an easy way to create a fully responsive Top Navigation site without requiring any additional CSS development or design resources. In this presentation, Justin Bondoc, Product Specialist, will take an in-depth look on how to integrate the new responsive project templates into your Flare projects. In addition, he’ll provide some customization tips you can apply to make the most of the new designs.

Miss one of our webinars? You can access them anytime in our free webinar archive.

LATEST CUSTOMER CASE STUDY

Ellie Mae, Leading Cloud-Based Solutions Innovator for the Mortgage Finance Industry, Replaces Microsoft ® Word and Adobe ® FrameMaker ® in Order to Streamline and Deliver Modern HTML5-Based Online Help

INDUSTRY | SOFTWARE, RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE
SOLUTION | MADCAP FLARE

The overall process is just so much more efficient using Flare; what used to take days at a time can now be completed in a matter of minutes. This is a huge plus since we have to maintain both our new and existing documentation.

–Scott Simpson, Director, Technical Publications | Ellie Mae

THE MADCAP SCHOLAR PROGRAM WELCOMES NAU

Northern Arizona University Partners with MadCap Software to Build Students’ Expertise in Modern Documentation Techniques and Tools Required by Today’s Businesses

When my students completed an assignment to investigate job advertisements for employment in technical writing and editing, many of the ads they found required a knowledge of MadCap Flare. So, in developing my Content Strategy course, I knew I needed to integrate MadCap’s software into my assignments. My students are now learning about single sourcing and gaining familiarity with MadCap Flare so they can be competitive in the job market, as well as stay abreast of the technical writing tools currently being employed.

–Dr. Erika Konrad, Senior Lecturer | Northern Arizona University

UPCOMING CERTIFIED TRAINING COURSES

ON-SITE COURSES

  • MadCamp: MadCap Offices, La Jolla, CA | January 9-12, 2018
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Web-based Courses

  • MadCap Flare CSS Training | November 14-15
  • MadCap Flare Single Sourcing Training | November 16-17
  • MadCap Flare Basic/Intermediate Training (Europe/Middle East/Africa) | January 22-25
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NOVEMBER ONLY: GET A FREE UPGRADE TO THE ENTIRE MADPAK PROFESSIONAL SUITE

For the month of November only, purchase MadCap Flare and get the entire suite of products at no additional charge. The suite adds MadCap Contributor, MadCap Analyzer, MadCap Mimic, MadCap Capture and MadCap Lingo.

Note: Offer valid on new licenses only. Pricing available through November 30, 2017. Certain restrictions apply and cannot be combined with any other offer.

MADTRANSLATIONS FOR TRANSLATION AND LOCALIZATION

MadTranslations specializes in individual projects or complete end-to-end translation and localization services. Get a free quote on your next translation project.

•   Language Translation

•   Software Localization

•   Website Localization

•   Technical Documentation

•   eLearning Localization

MadCap and MadTranslations offer first class support and are always available to meet our needs, from assistance with planning the project through to detailed and responsive technical support.

–Steve Walker, Product Manager | Miro Technologies

INDUSTRY-RELATED ARTICLES, NEWS AND MORE
  • Three Great Additions in MadCap Flare 2017 r3, by Scott Parsons
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  • Three (Surprising) Reasons for Poor Quality Translations, by Val Swisher
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  • Get Started with Web Accessibility, by Laura Kalbag
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