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by Tom Johnson on Jul 16, 2013
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Etteplan | Tedopres

Etteplan | Tedopres releases HyperSTE 5.0 with support for ASDSTE100 Issue 6 and new authoring applications HyperSTE 5.0 is a major update introducing support for new authoring applications, including Madcap Flare and Oxygen. In addition, HyperSTE now fully supports Issue 6 of the ASD-STE100 specification.

What is new in HyperSTE 5.0:

  • Full integration of the ASD-STE100 Issue 6 specification.
  • Now also compatible with:
    • Madcap Flare 9.1
    • Synchro Soft Oxygen 14
    • Microsoft Windows 8
    • Microsoft Word 2013
    • Adobe FrameMaker 11
    • Arbortext Editor 6.
    • Quark XML Author for Microsoft Word
  • New and improved Reporting UI
  • Faster checking process for both reporting and interactive feedback.
  • Various improvements to the contents of the HyperSTE menus and installer screens.
  • Fully updated manuals, available via the HyperSTE Help menus and via the HyperSTE program entry in the Windows Start menu.
  • Improved software stability and bug fixes.
  • And much more!

For information on how to obtain a test license or how upgrade your current version of HyperSTE to 5.0, see


Adobe FrameMaker 11 won the prestigious SIIA CODiE Award 2013 for "Best Solution for Integrating Content into the Workflow"!

The award is a testimony to FrameMaker 11 being the best-in-class authoring and publishing solution in the market today – with one of the lowest transition costs and highest ROI for migration to XML.

Find out if you are using the right tool for technical documentation:

To enable users to optimally leverage the power of Adobe FrameMaker 11, there are two excellent resources in the form of books.


Docutools 6 Set for August Release

DocuTools 6 will make structured, topic-based authoring of manuals and training materials in Word easier than ever with powerful new features for teams to create and manage custom template and image galleries, as well as many improvements to the look and feel of documents, table of contents creation, and the array of available table types. You can be notified of its release by joining the DocuTools newsletter at


PlagiarismDetect is a SaaS product (software as a service) that specializes in plagiarism detection. The service functions online, without the need for any software installation. A user-friendly member area makes it easy to check texts, review results, and learn the website functionality.

PlagiarismDetect was founded in October 2007, after a team of dedicated programmers developed a unique algorithm based on one-of-a-kind SMART multi-layer technology. This technology allows you to find even the slightest matches all across the web. The main aim of the service is to assist the education sector and improve overall student integrity.

With PlagiarismDetect, you have two options to choose from: either Standard or Premium. The Standard option was developed specifically for students and covers the most common plagiarism checking needs, while the Premium provides for more extensive features for more in-depth plagiarism detection. Both options can be tested for no cost, since each new user enjoys 10 free credits for plagiarism checking.

There is also the technical possibility of integrating PlagiarismDetect into any content management system, website, or other tool through an API.

If you want to check a text for plagiarism, you just need to register. The signup process is fast and easy — an email address, Facebook, or Google+ account is all that's needed. You can then either copy and paste a piece of text directly into the checking field or upload a file to perform the check on.

Recent updates of PlagiarismDetect's plagiarism checker include:

  • Improved search algorithm
  • Spanish language availability for checking
  • PlagiarismDetect API
  • Flexible system for discounts and bonuses

Learn more at

Madcap Software

Upcoming Webinar: July 24, 10:00-11:00 am (Pacific)

Converting From FrameMaker® to Flare? We've Got Your Back.

Feel like your brain is about to explode? This session will focus on planning and implementing a FrameMaker®-to-Flare migration project, particularly on a large-scale. John Welle, a certified Flare instructor, will present some basic strategies and approaches to consider before you start, demo some third-party tools to tame your Frame documents, and show a bit of text editor magic to help with the cleanup after you import.

Presented by John Welle, Certified Flare Instructor


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Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)

Message by Laura Palmer, a professor at SPSU

What's a Graduate Certificate and Why Would You Want One?

I'm the first to admit that the term "certificate" always made me think about non-credit, continuing education. At one time, I'd taught in a certificate program offered by a major university. The courses were challenging, to say the least, and the program had a great reputation; however, no academic credit was available.

Until I came to SPSU as a faculty member, it had been ages since I thought about certificates. In my first week, I learned that the graduate program in Information Design and Communication offered five (FIVE!) different graduate certificate options. That number would—by way of demand and interest—grow to the six we have today.

What's a grad certificate?

That was my initial question, too! A graduate certificate is a credit-based program of study designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree. The idea behind a grad certificate is really quite ingenious. Instead of taking a full master's degree with up to 36 credits including a thesis or qualifying exam, a graduate certificate uses a small core of existing grad courses to form a specialized area of study.

If a master's degree is the full 26.2-mile marathon, the graduate certificate is the 13.1-mile version.

In the Information Design and Communication program, our certificates are all 6-course offerings. However, the number of courses in a certificate varies between universities. As an example, the University of North Texas has a Certificate in Teaching Technical Writing offered through the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication. Their certificate is a 4-course offering.

What's the benefit?

Time. Money. Those are the big benefits. It's much faster and more economical to go for a specialized certificate instead of a master's degree. But, let's not forget about personal needs and wants: a master's degree isn't for everybody. For lots of people, a graduate certificate can meet their career ambitions, including advancing in a current position or opening the door to one that's completely different.

Another benefit of a graduate certificate is when and how the courses are offered. Most certificates offer their courses at night for working adults. Some programs, like ours, offer courses fully online. With distance learning technologies, the commute is gone and the need to live near the institution leaves the equation.

Here's another benefit of a graduate certificate: recognition. Tackling four, five, or even six graduate level courses is no small feat; people understand you've taken on a comprehensive program. You also have the opportunity to be part of a community of scholars when you take classes. Yes, you'll learn about theory, but you'll also see where theory intersects with application.

I'm new to Tech Comm. Is there an introductory graduate certificate?

There most certainly is! We offer an introductory Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication—it's a great choice for people who don't have the disciplinary background or experience.

An advanced graduate certificate?

Yes, we have those! We offer certificates specifically for people who already have a master's degree. Recently, we've broadened our admission criteria to include applicants with a master's degree from any accredited institution. This option is an excellent way to gain a value-added credential without taking on a doctoral program. Our advanced certificates include: User Experience, Visual Communication, Project Management, Content Strategy, and Instructional Design.

So, if you're thinking about more education, consider a graduate certificate. For information, please visit our SPSU graduate program options page.

Dr. Explain

Dr.Explain 4.9 creates “viral” user manuals

Indigo Byte announces the release of Dr.Explain 4.9, an application used by software developers and technical authors to automate the creation of software help systems and user manuals.

What's new in Dr.Explain 4.9

  • New interactive design of online user manuals.
  • Social media optimization (SMO) of user manuals for promoting software product through social networks.
  • Enabling user comments in online help.
  • Adding videos to user manuals.
  • Publishing online manuals via FTP.
  • Instant PDF preview.

For more details, explanatory videos, and a trial version of the product, please visit

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NOTE TO EDITORS AND BLOGGERS: Indigo Byte Systems, LLC will happily provide any information and the full version of Dr.Explain to help you prepare a review.

About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

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