RoboHelp 9 and RoboHelp Server 9 are now out!

RoboHelp 9 and RoboHelp Server 9 are now out! Excerpt from the introductory blog post by Ankur Jain, Product Manager – RoboHelp:

With version 9, we are taking RoboHelp and RoboHelp Server to the next level by helping our customers incorporate important industry trends taking place today into their TechComm workflows. Trends such as user-generated content, community-based user assistance, Rich Internet Applications, content personalization, single-sourcing, multidevice publishing, rich media, the Cloud and many others.

Read the complete blog post here.

And yes, if you aren’t already aware, Technical Communication Suite 3, comprising five of Adobe’s industry-leading technical communication products, is now available as well.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Sneak peeks: FrameMaker 10 and RoboHelp 9

Sneak peeks into Adobe FrameMaker 10 and Adobe RoboHelp 9 are now out, courtesy RJ Jacquez, Adobe’s senior product evangelist.

  • First Adobe RoboHelp 9 Sneak Peek: SharePoint & Cloud-based Reviews – visit this URL
  • First Adobe FrameMaker 10 Sneak Peek: Rich Media – visit this URL
  • [Edit: December 2, 2010] Second Adobe RoboHelp 9 Sneak Peek: How RoboHelp lets you publish directly to a Microsoft SharePoint workspace – visit this URL and scroll to the bottom (same URL as the first RoboHelp 9 sneak peek)

Hope you enjoy watching these videos. I’ll share more information about these exciting releases in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

Quick Tweets, Big Prizes!

An opportunity for you to win the full license copy of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.5!

Here’s how:

  1. Log on to your Twitter account (if you don’t have one, create one in a jiffy, and it’s free).
  2. Send prize-worthy tweets with hashtags #tcscontest #stcindia:
  • Best practices for FrameMaker 9, RoboHelp 8, and TCS 2.x
  • Top reasons to buy or upgrade to FrameMaker 9, RoboHelp 8, and TCS 2.x

The contest closes at 4 PM on November 12, 2010. Keep tweeting till then!

What/who is prize-worthy?

  • The best tweet – Decided by judges at Adobe
  • Most popular tweet – The most retweeted best practice or buy/upgrade reason
  • Most prolific tweeter – The person with the maximum number of valid tweets

The results will be announced at the STC India Conference in New Delhi on 13 November, 2010, and the prizes will be awarded to the winner(s) by Naresh Gupta, MD, Adobe India.

Questions? Tweet them to me at @samarthav.

Tutorial article on designing interactive PDF forms

In 2010, I contributed a tutorial article on designing interactive PDF forms using Adobe Acrobat/LiveCycle Designer to the IEEE Professional Communication Society Newsletter. Later, STC’s Intercom published a version of this article revised for Acrobat X.

Read the Intercom version of the article at this link.

As always, your feedback is welcome.

LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 2 available for download!

We recently released LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 2 (SP2), a significant update to the LiveCycle server components. You can access the download page here. To download the service pack, you’ll need to log in using your Adobe ID and agree with the EULA.

The updated LiveCycle ES2 documentation is now live at the LiveCycle Developer Center. The Service Pack 2 ReadMe (PDF) describes how you can install the service pack. The ReadMe also lists the many customer-reported issues that were addressed in this service pack.

To review the Service Pack 2 release notes for LiveCycle components, see this page. A related announcement on the LiveCycle Product Blog is here.

Follow this blog to catch more updates and announcements from the LiveCycle documentation team.

Up for a design challenge?

Win $2000 + a copy of Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Design Premium software (MSRP US$1899) if your design is chosen the winner in the Threadless t-shirt design competition. Just use your design talents to create a tee inspired by the MAXtopia theme for Adobe MAX 2010. Contest ends August 29th, so don’t delay. Check out the rules at http://www.threadless.com/loves/maxtopia!

MAXtopia is the theme of Adobe MAX 2010: a unique opportunity to connect with thousands of designers, developers, and business leaders as we shape the future of digital media together. See max.adobe.com.

RoboHelp tips article in Indus

RH-icon.jpgNandini Gupta and I recently contributed an article on our favorite RoboHelp tips to Indus, the newsletter of the India chapter of STC. Check out the article here!

The May issue of Indus carried an article on my favorite FrameMaker tips. Check that one out here!

FrameMaker, CMS, XML, and DITA eSeminars

Exciting news! Adobe is teaming up with partners to organize eSeminars on FrameMaker, CMS, XML, and DITA.

There are two eSeminars coming up in June:
  • Integrating Adobe FrameMaker 9 with Documentum to maximize content reuse with Linked2 on June 22
  • Sense out of Confusion: Streamline your Authoring by transitioning from unstructured to DITA XML on June 24
Stay tuned with RJ Jacquez’s blog for information about the contents of the eSeminars and to register.

Updated RoboSource Control documentation is now live!

Over the past few months, we have been in active touch with the community and power-users to understand the areas of improvement in the RoboSource Control documentation and address them.

The updated Help is now live at this URL. Please feel free to spread the word!

Here are a few major changes in this update that you will find useful:

  • Additions to the introductory topics in the Help to make it easier for new users to adopt RoboSource Control as their source control system
  • New topics on setting up a database for use with RoboSource Control. This was the number one area of improvement that the community and users suggested.
  • Pointers to resources that will help you add your RoboHelp HTML projects to RoboSource Control and get started with using the version control features in RoboHelp
Do take a look at the updated Help. As always, your feedback is more than welcome!

LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 1 available!

We recently released LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a significant update to the LiveCycle server components, LiveCycle Workbench ES2, and LiveCycle Designer ES2. You can access the download page here. To download the service pack, you’ll need to log in using your Adobe ID and agree with the EULA.

The updated LiveCycle ES2 SP1 documentation is now live at the LiveCycle Developer Center. The SP1 ReadMe (PDF) describes how you can install the service pack for LiveCycle ES2 server, Workbench ES2, and Designer ES2. The ReadMe also lists the 80+ customer-reported issues that were addressed in this service pack.

To review the SP1 release notes for LiveCycle components, see this page. A related announcement on the LiveCycle Product Blog is here.

Follow this blog to catch more updates and announcements from the LiveCycle doc team.