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Message from the Sponsors

by Tom Johnson on Mar 3, 2010
categories: advertiser messages

In an effort to give more visibility and exposure to the companies who advertise on my site, I'm providing a regular "Messages from the Sponsors" post. In this post, I asked my sponsors if they have any messages they would like me to share with my readers. Since it was the first time I asked this, not everyone was ready with content, but two of them (Scriptorium and Madcap Software) did provide messages, which I've inserted below.

Interested in DITA? Scriptorium is offering an ongoing series of free webcasts on DITA-related tools and technologies. For more information and to register, visit our website:

We recently launched a new set of forums on our web site. Join us to discuss topics of interest to technical communicators—writing, editing, tools, and of course the mandatory gossip board (rumors and innuendos). We invite you to participate with questions and comments—or answers.

Near Seattle? Scriptorium's Sarah O'Keefe and Simon Bate will be presenting/exhibiting at WritersUA 2010 March 21–24. Simon will be presenting XSL Techniques for XML-to-XML Transformations on Monday at 3:25PM. The WritersUA conference is always an excellent source of information on a wide range of user assistance topics. Stop by our booth on Monday or Tuesday. The exhibition is open from 8:00AM to 6:00PM on Monday and again from 8:00AM to 5:30PM on Tuesday. If you'd like to schedule some time with Sarah or Simon, email [email protected] and we'll set something up.

Scriptorium Publishing provides expert advice on how to develop, deploy, and manage content. If you are facing a difficult publishing challenge, we want to hear from you. Contact us at [email protected] or 919-481-2701 x105

Madcap Software

MadCap Software Adds Powerful New Features, Usability Improvements to the Latest Release of Flare, Blaze, and More

In an effort to provide the very best in technical communication, MadCap Software is pleased to announce the latest release of MadCap Flare, Blaze, Analyzer, X-Edit and Echo.

Web, Print, Desktop — and Now Mobile with MadCap Flare
Ensure your documentation is accessible to users, wherever they are, with Flare's new mobile output feature. Add in usability improvements and other new features such as File Tagging for project management, and you have the most complete XML-based authoring and publishing solution available today.

New in Flare Version 6:

  • WebHelp Mobile (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android, BlackBerry and more)
  • Batch Generate and Publish
  • File Tagging and Reporting
  • Link Viewer
  • Improved Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration
  • Regenerating MadCap Capture Images
  • Template Manager and Template Improvements
  • Target Editor & Table of Contents Editor Improvements
  • Import and Convert Multiple HTML Pages
  • Send Multiple Files for Review
  • Structure Bar Improvements
  • Enhanced Multimedia Support
  • Index and Concept Window Pane Enhancements
  • New PDF Engine with Improved Font and Character Support
  • Plus much more!

MadPak Product Suites

MadCapʼs newest releases can be purchased together in one complete product suite. The MadPak product suite—featuring MadCap Flare, X-Edit, Analyzer, Mimic, Capture and Echo—is a collection of tightly integrated authoring tools that give technical writers the power and flexibility to develop rich, robust documentation. For those involved in translation, The MadPak ML product suite includes everything you love about MadPak, and combines it with MadCap Lingo, the industry's first fully-integrated translation memory and authoring solution.

For more information, visit

About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

I'm an API technical writer based in the Seattle area. On this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, AI, information architecture, content strategy, writing processes, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out my API documentation course if you're looking for more info about documenting APIs. Or see my posts on AI and AI course section for more on the latest in AI and tech comm.

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