Posts Tagged ‘#techcomm’

Free Captivate 9 upgrade available to TCS 2015 customers

On August 26, 2015, Adobe released Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2015 release) Update 1. For TCS 2015 customers, the significant feature is the inclusion of Captivate 9 in the suite. To upgrade from Captivate 8, do one of the following: Please follow the following instructions to install this update. Volume customers (CLP/TLP/ETLA) may download the latest…

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ScreenFlow: Easy video editing

Scared to edit video? Too many moving parts? I can relate! Over the years I’ve tried everything from Adobe Premiere (a pro-level video editor) to the GoPro free video application. Unfortunately, while every product has its target audience, I wasn’t in the target audience for any of them! I needed something with teeth, that didn’t…

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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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7 Steps to Effective Screencasts

Thanks to everyone in OCSTC for coming out to see my presentation on effective screencasting. I was honored to see a fairly large turnout. Thanks also to Michael Opsteegh for suggesting the session for his Long Beach State tech writing students! The session was lively, and I think I went about 25 minutes over my expected…

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RECAP: Producing Effective Tech Comm Video class – Week 1 of 6

Interested in doing better tech comm videos? I teach a six-week course for the Society of Technical Communication that can help! This video is a recap of what we discussed.Thanks to everyone who helped fill this STC course to capacity! If you’re interested in attending the next session, please Rate, Comment, and Subscribe. Then, check…

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Mobile PDF commenting workflow in FrameMaker 12

For the 2014 STC Summit (the annual Society for Technical Communication national conference) Adobe asked me to do a presentation on the FrameMaker mobile PDF review workflow available in FrameMaker 12. I thought to myself, “Hmm, marking up a PDF on a phone/tablet, then transposing those edits back into a FrameMaker file…Even if you could do it, I’m…

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A quick guide to mobile publishing with FrameMaker 12

Do you need to get FrameMaker content to your users via phones and tablets? Are you well past the due date? Here are the steps you need to get the job done, including an introduction to custom skins and branding. For more content, view the one hour recorded Adobe webinar I gave in October, 2014.…

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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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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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Changing GoToTraining Organizer Name

Having trouble changing the host’s name in GoToTraining? Watch the short videos below. I do quite a bit of online training and remote computer work using both Citrix GoTo Training and Adobe Connect, and each have their quirks. One of the strangest, however, is with Citrix GoToTraining. GoToTraining, which has different features than GoToMeeting or other GoTo***…

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Recording audio for screencast demonstrations

If you want more professional results, record audio independently of screen actions. Here are two quick videos of the same content. Neither took long to produce, and I’ve listed the pros and cons of each approach after each video. Simultaneous audio and screen recording Benefits: Recordings can be rapidly produced, don’t generally benefit from post…

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Using bit.ly to create (cooler) short links

Ok, so everyone knows six ways to create short links, and bit.ly (or bitly.com) was among the first. Yep, knew that! Short links have a number of advantages: They have less characters, making them ideal for twitter and other places where long URLs are inconvenient. Note: Hootsuite and other social aggregators have built-in shorteners as…

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Remove hiss in audio recordings

Got great equipment? Tried everything, but still have hiss in your Mac OS recordings? Check this out! Background I recently bought “the stuff” that pro podcasters use with an eye toward creating the Tech Comm Tools podcast. I got: A high-end Heil PR40 microphone An equally high-end Mackie 1402VLZ4 mixer A boom stand with suspension mount A pop…

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