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Email Etiquette Around The World

Posted by Amy Cowen on August 19, 2015 at 8:24am 0 Comments

Sending a message whether it is for personal or business purpose is very easy nowadays. With the use of your mobile device or computer, you can just type any…

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7 Powerful Words of Wisdom from Famous Authors

Posted by Gemma Gaten on June 17, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Writing is easy. All you have to do is…

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Marked Part

Posted by Sachin C Choukimath on June 11, 2015 at 7:33am 0 Comments

What exactly is marked part in SAP Module?.

Anyone one help me out.

KB software - What Is Out There?

Posted by Sameer Bhatia on June 9, 2015 at 11:19pm 0 Comments

So we know we need a system to help us create knowledge bases, and we know we need a system or software to help us manage all the knowledge that we have in our knowledge bases. So now let’s take a look at some popular software available today…

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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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Applying for technical writing jobs with no writing samples

Started by Ned Samuels in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Chris Heath 3 hours ago. 3 Replies

 I have worked for some eight years as a technical writer.  In much of the work I've done, I was working for a federal government contractor and I was not allowed to keep any of my writing. So I now find myself with no writing samples.   (I do have strong abilities, however.) Does anyone have any ideas about how I can apply for job without having any writing samples?  Thanks for any ideas. Continue

Too many tasks - I need support but I do not get any

Started by Rebecca Koch in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Chris Heath 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hello community,I have a huge problem and I hope that someone can help me.I will start from the beginning and I hope that the text is not too complicated.One year ago I finished university and got a job at a software company. In this company I am the only TW and I am responsible for every documentation and also for the translations.My predecessor left the company one and half years ago which means that I had to train myself. I quickly learned that the Technical Documentation was unstructured…Continue

Best Help Authoring Tool (HAT) for Mac OS X?

Started by Andrew Eccles in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Chris Heath 4 hours ago. 9 Replies

I've authored primarily using RoboHelp in the past, for security concerns my current company uses Mac OS X only. I'm currently using Word to create our user documentation. Up to now it's been a reasonable compromise, however our company and product range is expanding rapidly and I'm in need of a single source solution, such as RoboHelp. Along with this, we’re entering the international markets, which means localization and skinning. It's no longer practical editing these documents using Word.…Continue

Tags: x, wiki, DITA, os, mac

Looking for a growth in technical writing

Started by sonali Kar in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Anastasija Datsun on Friday. 1 Reply

Hi,I  am working as a technical writer with a well-known software company for the past 1 year. I have heard about certification in Madcap flare. Will it help me? I have a masters degree in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering and 4 years experience of teaching. Please guide me in this regard. further I am also interested to know about DITA certification.RegardsSonaliContinue

What documents have to be prepared for a new product launch

Started by Jhansi Chitralekha Rameshkumar in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Aug 18. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone, Am a new member of technical writing world, with 4+ years of experience in technical writing mostly into technical publications of energy articles am quite unaware of how technical writing for a software product is done. If you guys who work for a software industry could guide me on the list of documents that have to be prepared for a new product launch, that could be very helpful.As in1. user manual2. operational manual3. product guide4. knowledge transfer documentsAm new to the…Continue

Tags: #technicalwriter, #Productdocumentation, #usermanual, #help, #Questions

Remote Technical Writing?

Started by Sabina Bakula in Careers Aug 18. 0 Replies

Hi, I work as a technical writer for about 8 years (in IT/telco sector), the first two years as a full-time position and then as a freelancer. I have sent many collaboration offers internationally but it seems to be very difficult to obtain an outsource position - I have received full-time collaboration offers but it seems that companies are not interested in freelance positions. I wonder why? Is it because of confidentiality issues or they are afraid of additional workload / poor quality of…Continue

Remote Technical Writing

Started by Sabina Bakula in Careers Aug 18. 0 Replies

Hi, I work as a technical writer for about 8 years (in IT/telco sector), the first two years as a full-time position and then as a freelancer. I have sent many collaboration offers internationally but it seems to be very difficult to obtain an outsource position - I have received full-time collaboration offers but it seems that companies are not interested in freelance positions. I wonder why? Is it because of confidentiality issues or they are afraid of additional workload / poor quality of…Continue

Technical Communication in the Aerospace Industry

Started by Adam Fout in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Elaine Avila Aug 14. 3 Replies

Hello All,I am writing a research paper on technical communication in the aerospace industry, and I was hoping to get some comments on the subject from everyone. Here are my questions:What is the most important technical communication issue in the aerospace industry today?What are the most common problems that technical communicators run into in the aerospace industry?What research, if any, needs to be done in technical communication in the aerospace industry?How is technical communication in…Continue

Tags: aviation, communication, technical, aerospace

Need advice on writing user guides

Started by Holly Perret in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by Elaine Avila Jul 30. 4 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

places to intern/ learn the trade for free

Started by scott mcelwee in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Jul 30. 0 Replies

Hi there, I was searching for internships and jobs post graduation and read quite a bit on technical writing.I don't have a bachelor's in technical writing, however. The truth is- I don't have experience at all, but would like to try and build a portfolio for myself.I was wondering if anyone knew of good sources for volunteer documentation, user manuals, or reference guides. Or just had advice about how to go about finding a good internship.I can't seem to find any "internships" for technical…Continue

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