Every so often I let my blog sponsors post a message to my readers. Below are brief messages from ScreenSteps, Adobe, 3vdia, Congility, Madcap Software, and MindTouch. Read this as if you were browsing a hall of interesting vendors during a tech comm conference.
ScreenSteps Desktop is the simplest and fastest way to create clearer software documentation in less time. By integrating screen capture, image editing and document authoring into a single application, ScreenSteps lets you create crystal clear how-to documents in minutes instead of hours. The documents you create can be published to services such as MindTouch, Confluence, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many other wiki, blog and content management systems.
ScreenSteps is available as a single license for Windows/Mac starting at $79.95. Learn more and download a free trial.
Adobe® Technical Communication Suite® 3 software now offers enhanced support for single source authoring, rich media integration and single-click publishing to multiple channels and devices. TEST-DRIVE NOW!
The versatile new release of your favorite toolkit is has plenty of exciting features to help you meet the challenges posed by today's dynamic and evolving world of technical communication. Leverage the productivity enhancements, smoother integration and streamlined workflows to easily accomplish everything you need to do, while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership.
For more information, please visit the product website.
Streamline how you create product communications. Now you can leverage your 3D CAD data directly to your product documentation – from technical manuals to marketing and sales tools:
3DVIA Composer's simple, intuitive interface gets you up and running quickly–no CAD experience required. It works seamlessly with Microsoft®, Adobe®, and other popular documentation software.
When design changes are made, you can update graphics automatically, keeping documentation and engineering on the same page.
With 3DVIA Composer, you can easily take your technical documentation to a new level with compelling interactive experiences.
Yes, it's used for software visuals too – here's a link to the product family you can check out www.3dvia.com/products.
Congility brings together content professionals looking to advance their organisation's goals with better content management and process. Break down silos and learn to deliver better content, for a lower cost, that improves customer experience using:
Featuring presentations and workshops by global thought-leaders in Content Strategy and DITA like Ann Rockley, Don Day, Noz Urbina, and Rahel Bailie as well as case studies from global brands like eBay, Nokia, IBM, AMD, Symantec, AGFA and more.
Workshops and conference access is limited! Save 20% until April 29th using discount code: TJRBWCA1120
New Releases from MadCap Software
MadCap Software recently released Flare 7, the all-new MadCap Contributor, and Analyzer 4. Flare 7 introduced several new features including native SharePoint and Subversion support, improved accessibility, a built-in equation editor, vector graphics support, and more. MadCap Contributor offers an enhanced workflow for SMEs and managers to review and contribute content. Analyzer adds new reports, accessibility scanning and analysis, and improved usability. To learn more about MadCap's products, visit our Product Overview page.
The MadCap Roadshow is Underway, Stopping in 16 Cities
The first leg of the MadCap Roadshow is in full swing, with Austin, Atlanta and Orlando wrapping up the first week, followed by stops this week in the Pacific Northwest in Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and Portland. The Roadshow is a one-day training session led by Mike Hamilton, VP of Product Evangelism, covering the latest trends in technical communication. Click here for the full agenda.
MadCap Software Awarded Patent for Flare's Structure Bar Technology
MadCap Software has been awarded a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Flare's unique Structure Bar technology. Structure Bars provides a visual representation of the underlying XML structure and architecture of a document and allows the author to use these structure bars to manipulate and edit the document without having to view the raw XML code. Read the full story here.
MindTouch makes the world's most respected social knowledge base. We power purpose-built help 2.0 communities that connect companies with their customers. Millions use our software every day.
What is MindTouch TCS?
It's a cloud-based social knowledge base that your customers will actually love using. The simple wiki-like interface makes MindTouch TCS perfect for creating product help communities.
We have thousands of customers worldwide, with service and sales partners (resellers) in countries across the world (UK, Germany, France, India, Brazil, Australia, the list keeps on growing). Our product portfolio includes a mix of on-premise and SaaS (aka "Cloud") software. Our Cloud customers are the fastest growing segment of our business.
Our emphasis going forward is Cloud based delivery. This allows us to rapidly increase our rate of innovation thanks to our product's innovative Web Oriented Architecture (WOA; i.e.- RESTful) and by minimizing the overhead associated with packaging, testing, and supporting our software for many different operating systems (at present time MindTouch supports for several virtualized environments, VMWare, Amazon, three flavors of Microsoft Windows, and six distributions of Linux).
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