Adobe RoboHelp 9 Review

RoboHelp 9, the latest version to be released by Adobe Systems, is being heralded as a major version, so what does it include?

Review: Camtasia For Apple Mac

If you’re a tech writer who uses Apple Mac products, you’ll be delighted to hear that Techsmith have released Camtasia for Mac. This release come s with some lovely features and is a welcome addition to my suite of technical writing tools. Before I forget, you can also get Snagit for free on the site also for Mac.

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?

MadCap Review

MadCap has released a product – MadCap Feedback – that is new to me and looks like it has a nice set of features especially if you want to close the loop between technical writers/technical communicators and end users. And who doesn’t want to do that!. Its Feedback Server has a Web 2.0 reporting tool that gives technical authors, information designers, and educational content developers insight into the end-user experience.

Review Camtasia 6: The Good, Bad and The Ugly

I upgraded to Camtasia 6 at the weekend (from v4) mostly to import and edit .MOV files. These are created by my faithful Canon Powershot when I shot videos. Sony makes AVIs. The other reason was to do more heavy lifting with Camtasia. I have tons on material on the hard-disk and want to get […]

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?