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Resizing PDFs into Printable Pages with Acrobat and Paint

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on April 27, 2015 at 8:45am 0 Comments

This may not be the most legitimate way to manipulate a PDF, but if you have non-standard page sizes that you need to resize for printing, it works! The quality after turning a PDF into an image, running it through MS Paint, and turning it back…

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Technical Writer in Training: Back in the Game

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on April 27, 2015 at 8:44am 0 Comments

For anyone keeping track, I’m closing in on four months as a technical writer, although I can really only claim two of those since I spent the last eight…

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Technical Writer in Training: The "Right" Words

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on April 27, 2015 at 8:43am 0 Comments

And here we are at the end of week five already! Time flies…

As expected, I’ve been doing more writing in the past few weeks – I’ve written six release notes now, weighing in at all of 492 words, but they were hard-won and I’m proud of…

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Technical Writer in Training: Trial and Error

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on April 27, 2015 at 8:41am 0 Comments

My third week as a technical writer is coming to a close and I think I’m getting my bearings, slowly but surely.

In the past three weeks I’ve written two minor release notes, one fairly large one, and two newsletter articles. I read…

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An Insider's Guide to Technical Writing: A Review

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on April 27, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I read and reviewed (and did not particularly like) How to Get Started as a…

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Technical Writer in Training: "I get paid to explain things to people"

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 13, 2014 at 4:20pm 0 Comments

Well, my first week as a professional writer is in the books! I did a lot of reading and a little bit of shadowing. I immersed myself in learning…

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Technical Writers in Pop Culture

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 13, 2014 at 4:19pm 0 Comments

As with my technical writer community post, I will continue to update this list as I go…

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The Technical Writing Community, As I Know It

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 3, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, finding a technical writer community is extremely important to me as I make my transition…

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How to Get Started as a Technical Writer: A Review

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on December 2, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

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I just finished reading How to Get Started as a Technical Writer by James Gill. I snagged it on eBook…

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Switching Horses: Thoughts on Career Change

Posted by Kaylin Tristano on November 25, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

I found this graphic one day a few weeks ago while flipping through my RSS feeds:

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I immediately printed it out and tacked it to…

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Hi all!I'm pretty new to TechComm (have been at it about 6 months) and was formerly a librarian. The library community had a great set of humor blogs like librarianproblems.com with reaction gifs, funny/venting anecdotes, etc, and I was wondering if…See More
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Humor/Lighter Side Blog?

Started by Kaylin Tristano in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Arnold Burian May 21. 6 Replies

Hi all!I'm pretty new to TechComm (have been at it about 6 months) and was formerly a librarian. The library community had a great set of humor blogs like librarianproblems.com with reaction gifs, funny/venting anecdotes, etc, and I was wondering if anything like that exists in the TechComm world? I did some searching and didn't find any dedicated blogs, just a few lists.My second question, if it does not exist, is would something like that be welcome, to lighten the old RSS feed mood?I'm…Continue

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Desktop Publishing Software

Started by Mike Marit in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Jeffrey Gantner May 21. 1 Reply

This is my first post. I am a technical writer for a foodservice equipment manufacturing company. Two of us write all manuals, parts lists, and instruction sheets. Our documents are print and PDF for web use. We write in 6 languages other than English. Our translation procedure is to send an English word document to the translator and then copy and paste everything into our desktop publisher QuarkXpress.We are looking into other desktop publishers and I wanted to get opinions from people on…Continue

Tags: FrameMaker, MadCap, Flare, InDesign, QuarkXpress

Information architect?

Started by Tenny Desmond in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Mike Howes May 19. 1 Reply

Hi everyone,I am new to technical writing so I am really not sure what the difference between a writing manager and an information architect is. Do information architects have a recognition in the USA or Europe? Continue

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Hey Everyone!!!

Started by willson john in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by David M Bruce May 19. 1 Reply

Hey Everyone!!! I am new to this forum and also a rookie in technical writing. I have joined the forum so that I can take some valuable suggestions from you and discuss on various topics...Continue

Documentation portals similar to Antidot?

Started by Tomasz Prus in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Tomasz Prus May 12. 2 Replies

Hello, Do you know any documentation portals similar to http://doc.antidot.net/en/ ? I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to produce customized documents from selected topics.All suggestions are welcome!Thanks! Continue

Recommendations for cloud authoring tool?

Started by Stephen McAteer in Software and Stuff May 11. 0 Replies

I've been asked to find a cloud-based technical authoring tool.Does anyone have any exeprience using one?I've looked at Atlassian Confluence; Clickhelp & Google Docs. Not sure which of these is best in the real world...ThanksContinue

Job Opening

Started by Asha Kamath in Careers Apr 29. 0 Replies

 Hello all,I am  looking for a technical writer job opening outside India.I am a  currently working in a networking company, with over 4.5 years of experience. I have authored and edited complex technical documents in a variety of areas, including networking and telecom domain, and ERP products and associated hardware and software. I am at ease with working within specific client requirements regarding style and layout under tight deadlines for work and revisions.Please inform me if you have…Continue

Is a CS background necessary?

Started by Rania Hanna in Software and Stuff Apr 28. 0 Replies

I've applied to jobs in the past (my degree is in neuroscience, however), and gotten interviews. However, it never went past that, once they asked if I had any technical experience and I had to honestly say no.What kind of tech/computer science experience do I need?Also, besides opensource volunteer, what else can I do?I am currently enrolled in an online CS bachelor's program, but what else can I do? I live in the DC metro area, so there are jobs, but also competition.Continue

Volunteer Job Wanted

Started by DanaMoran in Careers. Last reply by Rania Hanna Apr 28. 4 Replies

Hello!I was wondering if anyone had any leads for volunteer work as a technical writer.I have a MA in Literature from McGill University but my only technical writing experience is writing an instruction guide for a children's math game.I am switching careers from being an editor and proofreader.Thank you!Continue

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Need advice on writing user guides

Started by Holly Perret in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Lauriston Brewster Apr 28. 3 Replies

Hello,I just started a new job and part of my responsibiltites includes writing an extensive user guide and quick reference guides for a software program that is developed by my company. I'm anticipating that the documentation once completed will be close to 100 pages long.  The documentation is primarily meant for internal use for people in a variety of different roles. It will also be used by our sales reps in the field and possibly by some customers they work with. For the sales reps in…Continue

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