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2 Days of Tech Comm Intensity
for Practitioners, Academics, and Students

Join me for this special WritersUA event in Tacoma, Washington. I'll be speaking
at two sessions.

The Tech Comm Conference is being held in partnership with the Writing Studies department at the U. of Washington Tacoma. 

 

One of the biggest challenges for an author is to help the reader find the most relevant content. Users can be overwhelmed as they wade through huge knowledge bases and often give up looking out of frustration. An emerging solution is to let the user filter content according to categories (roles, location, etc.) While some faceted navigation principles are universal, John will use the Dynamic Content Filtering techniques unique to Adobe RoboHelp to demonstrate these tips.

  • How your end users can “self-select” the content they want to locate
  • Creating content categories (such as Roles, Locations, Product Segments, etc.)
  • Delivering personalized content, customized “on the fly”, including the Table of Contents, Index and Search to deliver the most relevant content
  • Deploying these filtering techniques in Responsive HTML5 Design Layouts

A team authoring environment brings challenges. Shared text, tables, screenshots and multimedia assets are often changed or updated. Somehow they must be kept “in synch” among the authors. At the same time, chunks of repetitive content are often reused for different audiences (in-house vs. public facing) and different outputs (print vs. online.) This session will explore solutions to help manage these challenges. While many of these techniques are not tool-specific, John will use Adobe RoboHelp 2017 to demonstrate these tips:

  • User Defined Variables (UDV) – A project-wide technique to manage changes to product names, prices, “boilerplate” snippets. You can manage those contingencies quickly using a UDV placeholder. Use a script to universally retrofit a project and create variables on the fly
  • Snippets – Convert paragraphs, tables, screenshots and even multimedia tutorials to a snippet and make it possible to populate changes throughout a website in one go
  • Conditional Build Tags (CBT) – CBTs help you customize content for multiple audiences, yet maintain a single content source
  • Low tech alternatives to source-control – use “Live Linking” of assets such as CSS, master pages, images, multimedia and PDFs to keep authors on the same page

Adobe RoboHelp (2017 release) ready for download

"In the tradition of innovation, Adobe RoboHelp (2017 release) remains the only help authoring tool that has a way for my end-users to zero in on the content they need with personalized Dynamic Content Filtering. This works according to role, location, product, or any other category the author needs to define. No other tool comes close."
—John Daigle, Adobe Certified RoboHelp and Captivate Instructor, Evergreen Online Learning, LLC
 
Announcement:

I am "archiving" the HyperTexas website and asking my loyal visitors to go to my new sites:

I will be updating more frequently. Since 1993, I'm proud to have participated in the growth of the WWW and will devote more time to creating fresh and relevant content for both Adobe RoboHelp and Adobe Captivate at the new site. I wanted to keep this site up for archival purposes, so it will remain indefinitely.
Thanks!
John

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John Daigle offers onsite and "virtual" instructor-led classes in Adobe RoboHelp and Adobe Captivate

Students rave about our training classes! 
Here are verbatim comments from recent classes

Adobe Certified Training in:

  • Adobe RoboHelp 
  • Adobe Captivate 
  • Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional

For technical writers and instructional designers email John Daigle for special training class dates or arrange for your own onsite custom training.

For more information contact John Daigle for an eSeminar. John is an Adobe Certified RoboHelp and Adobe Captivate instructor (Adobe Community Professional) and has consulted on Adobe RoboHelp Server since its inception.


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Adobe RoboHelp News
With thousands of authors around the world using RoboHelp in different environments, Adobe constantly gathers feedback in order to improve the way it works. Here are some items that will help you make sure your version of RoboHelp is working smoothly with the latest improvements.

RoboHelp tips and techniques are often contributed by my instructor/author colleagues. Here is a list of those resources:

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Featuring Adobe RoboHelp Sample Project

Clownfish School is a sample project that ships with Adobe RoboHelp 7. It is a demonstration of how RoboHelp can be used as an eLearning platform. Click here to view Clownfish School.
 

Check Rick Stone's new Goober Guides. Excellent Adobe RoboHelp tutorials.

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Announcing a  free Flare to RoboHelp converter

A migration path for Flare authors who want to return to RoboHelp
Last year at WritersUA and STC in Minneapolis, several folks asked me if there is such a thing as a converter for taking a MadCap Flare™ project and converting it to an Adobe® RoboHelp®  project. Now there is a Flare replacement for those who want to return their familiar favorite, RoboHelp.  Read more and download the Flare to RoboHelp Converter for free

"With a tight deadline looming, and with other people on the doc team using RoboHelp, I was faced with having to convert my Flare project to RoboHelp as quickly as possible. John Daigle's "Flare to RoboHelp Converter" was a blessing in disguise. I was able to convert the HTML files, TOC, and Index entries into RoboHelp in a matter of minutes. Even the conditional build tags converted (although I did have to apply them to a very complex TOC afterward). John's excellent customer service also made the conversion a pleasure! Highly recommended on all counts."

Denise Tyler
Author and Technical Writer for these publications:
Macmillan Publishing, Pearson Education, Sybex, 
Charles River Media, Thomson Learning, eFrontier, 
DAZ Productions 

 

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Online user assistance info, links and references

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Adobe® RoboHelp® (2015 Release)  is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved
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About HyperTexas | RoboHelp Resources
www.showmethedemo.com | Society for Technical Communication
About HyperTexas | RoboHelp Training Resources  
www.showmethedemo.com | Society for Technical Communication 
John's MayaGlypher Blog