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

Started by Andrew Eccles in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Fran Jun 30. 4 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

Humor/Lighter Side Blog?

Started by Kaylin Tristano in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts. Last reply by lucky ali Jun 24. 7 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

Tags: side, lighter, blog, funny, humor

New Online Help Ideas and Designs

Started by Ginger Shew-Stuckey in Questions, Opinions, and Thoughts Jun 9. 0 Replies

Hi All,I'm a reader and not much of a poster but I do have a question. I'm doing some online help for an internal web application. Many of the fields are familiar like drop-down lists and calendar controls. Some of the information on different screens is required, some information can be changed but it isn't required. For the most part, step-by-step instructions are an overkill plus I'm trying to find new trends in tech writing for online help, user guides, and information delivered in a…Continue

Tags: guides, user, help, online

Desktop Publishing Software

Started by Mike Marit in Software and Stuff. Last reply by Dennis Divine Jun 7. 3 Replies

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

How useful are fillable PDF forms in business?

Started by lucky ali in Software and Stuff Jun 7. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, i have been thinking of contributing to this forum and share knowledge and ideas. I actually love Fillable PDF Forms because am creating and using PDF Forms for lot of my business work.Let me know how many of you are using Fillable PDF Forms? I will be glad if make any contribution to this forum.ThanksContinue

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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

Tags: designation, post, opportunities, migrate, job

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

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