How to Fix Errors in Technical Documents Automatically

Do you keep making the same mistakes when writing in Microsoft Word? One of the hidden features is that you can replace snippets of text with formatted text. In other words, say you typed, rpt1 You can setup Microsoft Word to change rpt1 to a specific sentence or sentences with formatting applied. You can save […]

4 Ways to Turn Microsoft Word into an XML Editor

Want to use Microsoft Word as an XML Editor? XML (Extensible Markup Language) is made up of a number of user defined tags which are used to store and transport data. When it comes to writing XML most people would open their favourite XML editor or a text editor but have would not have considered using Microsoft Word.

Lessons Learned from Collaborative Writing Projects

We make mistakes every week on our Technical Writing projects. However, since we’ve started to capture things in our lessons learned meetings, the ‘repeat offenders’ have gone down. Running web-based Technical Writing projects is difficult as you don’t get to meet the team you’re managing, so sessions like this can make a real difference.

7 Skills Technical Writers Need

When you think of technical writing, what comes to mind?
Do you think of someone sitting all alone in a cubicle, glued to a computer screen, diligently documenting complex software?

Why Adobe FrameMaker Sucks – A Slight Rant

Ok, let’s start this product comparison between Microsoft Word (in the red corner) and Adobe FrameMaker (in the blue corner). Before we get into the actual review, I’d like to share how I first encountered FrameMaker and, more importantly, why its roots in an obscure DTP package are the reason why it is the strange beast we love and hate.

Is Adobe FrameMaker Worth the Money?

If you’ve been given a budget for a technical writing dept (tech comms), then you looking for value for money when it comes to buying new tech writing software. We all understand that. The problem I have at the moment is deciding how to use the budget I have. And Adobe FrameMaker is giving me a real headache. For writing long docs, it’s fine. But the cost is a real problem. Is it worth the money?

How To Double Your Writing Speed in MS Word

What to know how to type faster and get those documents out the door quicker? How To Write Documents Faster & Save Your Fingers From Exhaustion Most people don’t know what the AutoCorrect feature in Word really does. Most people think it’s there to correct the odd typo and clean up your document AFTER you […]

What are Your Favorite 10 Technical Writing Tools?

I’ve used the same technical writing tools for the last 5 years. A few products have come across my desk but nothing that really blown me away. Here’s a run-down of what I use to write my technical documents. No order of preference. Which should I keep? Which should I replace?

Robohelp or Doc-to-Help – which one is best?

I have a choice. Robohelp or Doc-to-Help? My client has given me permission to use whatever tool I want to do the next batch of tech docs — and they’ll buy the software. No cost to me. Which one should I choose?

Convert Word Documents into MP3s

Image via Wikipedia Remember the first time you heard your voice on the answering machine? Bet you wanted to change your voice straightaway. No? In the same vein, I found this app that lets you convert your Word documents into MP3s – so now I can ‘hear’ what I’ve written. This is how others hear […]