Structured Fm workbooks for less than on Amazon

Get my structured FrameMaker workbooks for $42 each. That’s 15% off of the retail price, and even less than you can buy it from Amazon. It’s even a better deal than if you buy it from my Tech Comm Tools seller account, since I can’t cover the tax that Amazon charges on their system. Amazon’s…

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Upcoming RoboHelp Live Class

I’ll be running a two-day live online class in second week of July. Class dates are flexible right now. They can be either Wednesday and Friday or Wednesday and Thursday, depending on attendee preference. Because I’m running this session for an important client, this will be a very small class. I only have around 6 slots available, so please…

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Customizing DITA templates in FrameMaker 2019

There are two important places to control formatting for your DITA content in FrameMaker 2019: Output formatting (for PDF, HTML5, and other output) is defined within the Publish pod Screen formatting (for displaying content while creating or editing content) is defined in a template, part of a structured application file Changing Output Formatting To edit…

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Separate content from formatting and change your life

I am honored to have spoken this week at Scott Abel’s Tech Docs Roundup conference this week. The conference was at the top of venture capital row, directly above SLAC, the Stanford Linear Accelerator. This 3-day event was filled with talks surrounding content, and how to best deliver information to your audience. My session focused…

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Managing Multiple FrameMaker Templates

I got this great question from a student: I usually use 12 pt. copy in my projects, but my readers often request to have a 15 pt. version of the same material. I’ve been changing the font size chapter by chapter. Is there is a better way to do this? What about changing from LTR…

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Two free RoboHelp 2019 webinars in May

Interested in finding out about RoboHelp 2019 and its brand new interface? Or maybe you already are familiar, but would like to see what’s bright and shiny in the new version. Either way, join me as I host a pair of Adobe webinars on May 22 and May 23. Register for both RoboHelp 2019 webinars…

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RoboHelp 2019 Update 7 Released

Adobe released an update to RoboHelp 2019 today. You can access this free update either by using the Help > Updates command in RoboHelp or by visiting https://www.adobe.com/support/robohelp/downloads.html Here’s what’s been added and fixed: Feature enhancements Generate output in command-line mode Like RoboHelp Classic, you can now invoke RoboHelp 2019 as a command-line utility for…

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Registration for Creating Content ends tonight

Today is the final day of registration for Creating Content with FrameMaker. And there’s only one more reminder email this afternoon to make sure you don’t forget to sign up at the last minute. I’d like to say registration will re-open soon, but I expect to be running my Templates course, as well as Creating Structured Content in FrameMaker and Structured Template…

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Next Creating Content course starts April 30, 2019

The next dedicated online course with live sessions starts April 20, 2019 Today’s the day! I just scheduled the start (next Tuesday) of a dedicated session of my Creating Content with FrameMaker course. Dedicated sessions are a bridge between a course and a face-to-face class. They run about 4 weeks and include weekly live screensharing and troubleshooting sessions…

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Separate Content from Formatting and Change Your World

I’ll be speaking at the Technical Documentation Roundup on May 22nd, 2019. This conference, put together by Scott Abel and his team at The Content Wrangler, features dozens of great speakers and I’m honored to be included. Here’s the rest of the description for my session…I hope to see you there! Separate Content from Formatting…

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RoboHelp 2019.0.6 released

Adobe released an update for RoboHelp 2019 today. Adobe released an update to RoboHelp 2019 today. You can access this free update either by using the Help > Updates command in RoboHelp or by visiting https://www.adobe.com/support/robohelp/downloads.html Here’s what’s been added and fixed: Feature enhancements List enhancements In CSS editor, you can now define the spacing between…

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FrameMaker v. InDesign

In March, 2019 I presented this topic to the LA InDesign User Group. Not only was the content well-received, but Adobe asked me to repeat the conversation in a recorded webinar, to be scheduled in a few months. I’ve put a few of my points into the content below, but what would you want to…

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Join me for free at TC Camp

I’m happy to announce that Adobe has chosen me again as the Adobe Ambassador to the TC Camp Unconference, at San Jose State University on April 27, 2019. This is a great event that includes my free Ambassador workshop, Tech Comm Survival Merit Badge Training, as well as the free Unconference in the afternoon. The…

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FrameMaker 2019 Structured Workbooks now available

Calling all aspiring FrameMaker structured authors template designers! My Structured Authoring and Structured EDD development workbooks are now available for ordering in the Books section in the menu above. I’ve gone through all the lessons and exercise files, and updated all the screen captures to match the FrameMaker 2019 release. I’ve also redesigned the covers…

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FrameMaker 2019 Update 3 now available

Adobe released FrameMaker 2019 Update 3 today. Use the Help > Updates menu item in FrameMaker 2019 to update, or visit https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/product.jsp?product=22&platform=Windows to download the updater manually. (Manual download not yet posted as of April 5, 2019, 11:38 AM PST) Interested in FrameMaker 2019 training? See TRAINING in the menu above for a free Introduction to…

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