Blog and Podcast

February 23 Video Newsletter

It’s amazing how much time it takes to do the “little” stuff! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to in February. Things I mention/demo in the video: TC Camp Mammoth Mountain Example of Recordings Only option for courses Gear List page Testimonials page Next week: Info on new 3-part webinar/blog/video series with Adobe…

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Book size poll results

The results are below. Reference books Slightly more folks (56% to 43%) prefer a larger format for a reference book.​​​​​​​ This one was a bit surprising to me, and will be something I consider for future titles I publish. However, the difference isn’t enough to go back and change the size if the current (2017 Release)…

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What are your favorite book dimensions?

I’m getting ready to publish my Structured FrameMaker workbook, and would love hear your opinion on overall book size. What do you prefer… large thin books, or short thick books? I’ll post the results in a few weeks, and if you include your email below I will email you the results directly.

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Tackle tedious text tasks with timesaving techniques

The next time you get cross-eyed with repetitive text processing, do a little research into RegEx. RegEx, or regular expressions, is a syntax for describing text patterns. By describing text patterns, you can expand what Find/Change can do for you. RegEx is available in many applications, including FrameMaker, RoboHelp, and Dreamweaver. Last week I was working with…

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FrameMaker 2015 Update 1 released

Adobe released FrameMaker 2015 Update 1 on August 26, 2015. FrameMaker 2015 users should take advantage of additional features and functionality covered in this post by downloading it using the Help > Updates option within FrameMaker. Of course, there are also minor bug fixes in the release as well. I’ve also added this patch to material in…

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What’s your biggest blog post stumbling block?

For me, it’s the hassle of logging in to my blog, creating the new post, and then working through the web interface itself. Images take time to upload (interrupting the creative flow) and I get bogged down in the HTML for links and formatting. But the worst is when I inevitably navigate away from the…

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Online courses are live

It’s been a very busy month at Tech Comm Tools! I gave an Adobe Presenter demo for the Adobe eLearning Group of the Carolinas on 6/18 (access recording here), hopped a plane for the 2015 STC Summit on 6/20, and then gave three sessions at the conference on 6/21, 6/22/ and 6/23! Adobe also asked…

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Adobe STC Workshop

Here are additional resources mentioned during the session Class file download (valid June 2015) http://bit.ly/adobe-sample-stc2015 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yt9y24flu02vqaf/AADxn4b-oFEyyRVqaeOE4OAca?dl=0 Courseware on FrameMaker 2015 Publishing training.techcommtools.com Training on FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Captivate, and TCS-related topics [email protected] Simple Favicon tool favicon-generator.com Full featured favicon tool realfavicongenerator.net Font Awesome resources http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/icons/ http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/cheatsheet/ Color for Blue header 24/121/231 Download sample app to device https://build.phonegap.com/apps/1514503/install/wdKVsJpRxresS8ZVjzqc…

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STC Summit 2015 Sessions Reference page

I’m excited to head out today for the 2015 STC Summit in Columbus, OH. I’ll be presenting three sessions, and a half dozen booth sessions on behalf of Adobe. I’m creating this page as a reference for attendees to be able to get to files and services I discuss at the conference. It’ll be a…

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Mind-mapping software: The Brain v. MindNode

I tend to be a list-oriented person. I still remember the Bonsai outliner I used on my Palm device…it rocked so hard I bought the desktop version as well! Unfortunately, after moving beyond my Palm device, it seemed I never could keep the lists current enough, and I always had trouble juggling the “list of…

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ScreenFlow: Editing GoPro footage

ScreenFlow is the  video editing tool for the rest of us, when the rest of us are non-video pros! As an example, here are some videos I created with ScreenFlow after returning from a weekend wake surfing trip to Lake Havasu. I shot with a GoPro Hero3 (64Gb card), mounted on the back of the…

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What I Use: Skype Call Recorder

Need to record Skype audio or video calls on a Mac? Skype Call Recorder from eCamm Network is the easiest way to get it done. PC Users: Check out Pamela for Skype. I haven’t personally used Pamela for Skype, but it seems to be the darling among Skype users on PC. Simple to use Once installed, the…

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