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Podcast: Flare 4 -- Ten New Features, Interview with Sharon Burton

by Tom Johnson on Sep 8, 2008 •
categories: podcasts

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Duration: 60 min.

Flare 4 was just released today by Madcap Software. In this podcast, I talk with Sharon Burton -- product manager at Madcap Software -- about all the main features of the Flare 4 release.

Flare 4 topics we discuss include the following:

  • Page layouts
  • New outputs (PDF, XPS, XHTML, and Adobe Air)
  • Enhanced reporting capability
  • Built-in topic reviews
  • Additional help guides
  • Global project linking
  • Image resizing
  • Smart cross-references
  • Mini-TOCs for print

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Although Flare 4 is the core focus of this podcast, Sharon also explains a little about Madcap's other new releases, including Blaze, X-Edit, and Analyzer.

As if releasing 4 new products (Flare 4, Blaze, Analyzer, and X-Edit) on one day wasn't enough, Madcap also totally redesigned its website.

If you have questions about Flare 4 or any other Madcap product, direct them to Sharon at [email protected]. You can also visit Sharon Burton's blog at You can visit Mike Hamilton's blog at

If you have feedback on the podcast, add your comment below the post or send me an email at [email protected].

Contest Note: By the way, today is the last day to enter the Flare 4 giveaway. (If you missed the post about the Flare 4 contest, see "Flare 4 Giveaway -- Enter to Win a Free Copy by Commenting on this Post"). In the contest deadlines, I said I would announce the winner on the day of the Flare 4 release. So Monday night (Sep 8) at 9 p.m. MST, I will announce the winner. You can enter the contest up until that time.

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