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Tech Comm Tools offers courses, classes, and consulting/dev services.

  • Courses provide maximum depth and the ability to spread out your learning over a longer time frame.
    You'll get plenty of projects and assignments, and the opportunity to dive deep into advanced topics marked as TARGETED and OPTIONAL.
  • Classes give you a live experience, complete with screensharing in online meetings.
    In-person options are available for custom groups.
  • Onsite and online consulting/dev can be arranged as needed via the Contact page

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Introduction to FrameMaker 2017

Register in this short course to learn about FrameMaker, and how FrameMaker will reduce the time and money needed to produce content.

This course is an excellent way to get started if you don't plan on taking advantage of the new features available in FrameMaker 2019.

In this course, you will also quickly learn the basic skills you need to edit existing FrameMaker documents.

The concepts covered in this course are an excellent introduction to the material in both the Advanced Authoring and Template Workshop courses.

Introduction to FrameMaker 2019 (Free course)

The 2019 version of this course is sponsored by Adobe and is free to you through February 2020.

Register in this short course to learn about FrameMaker, and how FrameMaker will reduce the time and money needed to produce content.

In this course, you will also quickly learn the basic skills you need to edit existing FrameMaker documents.

The concepts covered in this course are an excellent introduction to the material in both the Advanced Authoring and Template Workshop courses.

FrameMaker - Creating (Unstructured) Content

Learn to let FrameMaker do all the heavy lifting so you can concentrate on writing!Learn to use FrameMaker like a pro. In this course you'll learn the techniques that allow technical communication professionals around the world to use FrameMaker to easily manage libraries of documents, and produce consistent, feature-rich documentation.

Material and features are based on the current release of unstructured FrameMaker. However, users of earlier FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

FrameMaker - Creating Structured Content

Learn to use FrameMaker with a structured content model.

This course blends lectures, easy-to-follow workbook assignments, and real-world projects.

You'll learn to use the tools in FrameMaker that allow you to rapidly create and maintain huge amounts of content with ease.

Specifically, you will:

  • become familiar with the Structure View
  • learn to use the Element Catalog and Guided Editing to replace nearly every other dialog needed in unstructured FrameMaker
  • learn to validate your content, ensuring accuracy in your work

Material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

FrameMaker - Template Design Workshop (Unstructured)

Let us help you develop your own custom top-notch FrameMaker templateCreate a polished FrameMaker template that you'll be proud to call your own! In this course you'll create and apply consistent strategies for style names, master pages, and all aspects of a FrameMaker template. See What exactly is a FrameMaker template? for a full definition of a FrameMaker template.

This course blends lecture, recorded material, and real-world projects. The training materials include bonus content that will take you as deep into FrameMaker as you want to go!

Material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

FrameMaker - Structured EDD Development

Learn how to define a structured content model for use in FrameMaker.

This course blends lectures, recorded material, workbook assignments, and real-world projects to teach you exactly how to define and modify content models using FrameMaker.

You'll learn to define elements and attributes in a FrameMaker Element Definition Document.

You will also learn to format content based on context and attribute values.

Specifically, you will:

  • define the core elements of a structured document
  • create the attributes necessary for formatting and for referencing within your documents
  • convert unstructured content to your new structured model via conversion tables

Material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

FrameMaker - Digital Publishing (both Structured and Unstructured)

Easily create online and mobile output with the FrameMaker Digital Publishing course

Learn how to publish FrameMaker content to online and mobile formats, including mobile apps!

This course blends live sessions, recorded material, and real-world projects.

You'll learn to use native tools in FrameMaker to easily deliver content to virtually any screen, including desktops, tablets, phones, and even Kindle.

Specifically, you will:

  • thoroughly understand how each of FrameMaker's publishing formats are created
  • learn to map your content to corresponding web formats
  • learn to customize the output to match your organization's web standards
  • produce actual mobile applications that can be distributed via internal channels or delivered via the Apple and Google app stores

Material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

RoboHelp Master Class

Learn to use Adobe's award-winning help authoring tool to author topic-based content and create sophisticated online and application-based help for your software products.

This content is the same content as my live 2-day RoboHelp training class that I've taught over 100 times, but it's online so you can pace the material based on your schedule, rather than cramming it into two days. Trust me, you'll be glad you took a little extra time!

Screencasting Master Class (both Mac and Windows)

Learn to create professional, engaging software screencasts with professional quality audioI've spent the past few years creating video for my courses, for Adobe, and for other clients. This course is the natural outcome of that experience, and can help you drive the quality of your video up, while dramatically reducing the necessary time for production.

Now you can see "the man behind the curtain" and what it takes to produce professional audio, intros, and published video for computer documentation.

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