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Daniel Archer's Discussions

Tech Writer's First Day

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milan Davidović Jan 5, 2012. 24 Replies

Hiring Advice: Evaluating Captivate & RoboHelp knowledge

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colum McAndrew Jul 25, 2011. 13 Replies

Here's Help

Started this discussion. Last reply by Milan Davidović Aug 24, 2011. 3 Replies

EpicEditor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Majeske May 25, 2012. 1 Reply

Microsoft Help Viewer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Bister Nov 16, 2011. 1 Reply

 

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Daniel Archer posted a status
"So I'm no longer in #techcomm, but that didn't stop me from blogging a fabulous, possibly inspiring infographic. wp.me/p3isoW-bVpDd"
Jul 13, 2013
Daniel Archer posted a status
"Freelance #techcomm gig. Native English speaker to assist with translation, localization of #API documentation. ow.ly/lk3Re"
May 23, 2013
Daniel Archer posted a status
"Looks like I'll be leaving #techcomm soon. My company wants me to work full time in business development."
Dec 9, 2012
Daniel Archer commented on Daniel Archer's blog post The Skill of the Century
"Thanks, Kathleen. I'm glad you liked it."
Nov 29, 2012
Kathleen McNiff commented on Daniel Archer's blog post The Skill of the Century
"This is a GREAT post and very timely for me. Editing is not easy though. Focusing on the things that matter is hard too. I'm not sure what matters until I've engaged with it. If I just follow the A-listers of tech comm the world becomes…"
Nov 28, 2012
Kathleen McNiff liked Daniel Archer's blog post The Skill of the Century
Nov 28, 2012
Daniel Archer replied to Sanjay G's discussion FrameMaker vs Robohelp
"So many variables here, but in most cases FrameMaker - it's a more conventional interface (though very powerful). But the real reason I say FrameMaker is that your primary output is a PDF. Universally understood, easy to share, etc. RoboHelp…"
Nov 16, 2012
Lisa Stewart and Daniel Archer are now friends
Nov 15, 2012
Daniel Archer replied to Dan Boylan's discussion Advice for a Lone Technical Writer
"Anything in particular you need to know? Lots of war stories here to go around."
Nov 15, 2012
Daniel Archer commented on Lisa Stewart's blog post Any Government Tech Writers Out There?
"Or rather, I'll friend you and you can DM me once you accept the request."
Nov 15, 2012
Daniel Archer commented on Lisa Stewart's blog post Any Government Tech Writers Out There?
"Me. I'll DM you."
Nov 15, 2012
Daniel Archer liked Lisa Stewart's blog post Any Government Tech Writers Out There?
Nov 15, 2012
Daniel Archer replied to Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan's discussion Leading a team of technical writers
"Paging Steve Schwarzman. He's written a book on this. I've only officially been team lead for about two months now, so anything I say on the subject would be a bit presumptuous."
Oct 26, 2012
Daniel Archer replied to Erika Jackson's discussion Market Research for Emerging into Technical Writing
"Hi Erika, I have in-laws in SAT, so it's my duty to at least be conversant in the technical writing job market down there. I don't have any advice beyond what Bill and Richard gave; however, I tried to find you on LinkedIn and came up…"
Oct 25, 2012
Daniel Archer replied to Robin Senor's discussion TCS 4?
"Matt, that sounds like a great tool for release notes, feature updates, and other content that is more from the product marketing domain. I can also see it working for support fixes, KBAs, and how-to procedures."
Oct 19, 2012
Daniel Archer replied to Robin Senor's discussion TCS 4?
"Hey Robin - I got my org approved to upgrade to TCS4 recently. I just finished my install yesterday. I haven't had time to play with it yet, but when we tested our basic workflows in the trial version we were very impressed with the mobile and…"
Oct 13, 2012

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Daniel Archer's Blog

Do you have a transition plan?

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 8:15pm 0 Comments

I spent about three hours today making one. It's not as easy as you'd think.

I was unexpectedly (to me, anyway) assigned to a new project in another division. That means turning about half my work to a junior tech writer in my division. And all those little things you take for granted when things are running smoothly? It takes a long time to capture them. Even when you have good processes in place.

It took me three hours to write down all the basics of the project for her…

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A (better) approach to writing user manuals

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:23am 1 Comment

I just shared Tom Johnson's latest blog post (via our own Mark Baker) with my team at the office, and decided it's worth sharing here as well. Here's what I wrote (rapid reaction):

http://idratherbewriting.com/2012/07/31/misconceptions-about-topic-based-authoring/

He’s arguing that users “adapt” to unhelpful user manuals by skimming, but what if we make them more…

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Rethinking Rules for Acronyms

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 12:22pm 7 Comments

One of my first rules of writing is that rules are useless if you can't break them when you have a compelling reason. I'm hardly a revolutionary (my wife says I'm a square), but I also refuse to participate in a tautology of rules.

The rule goes like this: "Spell acronyms out on first use; abbreviate thereafter." Not a bad rule, but if you press in hard on the why of it, it starts to smell an awful lot like cover-your-arse (that's CYA). We get so busy avoiding the gotcha…

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Thoughts on Adobe Captivate 6 (as reviewed by R.J. Jacquez)

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 10:43pm 0 Comments

For those of you who don't know R.J., he used to be a product evangelist for Adobe before he got caught up in downsizing or restructuring or whatever they're calling it. His webinars and blog posts helped me out a lot as I was learning Adobe TCS2 and trying to figure out new ways to use it (here's looking at you, FrameMaker to RoboHelp conversion process). He's still a great follow on Twitter (@rjacquez) or anywhere else, including…

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Comment Wall (1 comment)

At 10:18pm on July 13, 2011, Sarah Maddox said…

Hallo Daniel :)

Thanks so much for the offer. A few people have sent me invitations, but nothing has arrived in my inbox. I also applied myself a while ago. So I'll just be patient, if vocal about it. ;)

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