Archive for February, 2011

Adobe TCS 3.5: Input/Output files supported by FrameMaker 10, RoboHelp 9

Tweet Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3.5 (TCS3.5) is the industry-leading single-source authoring toolkit. With TCS3.5, you have the flexibility to link or import a wide variety of document and graphics formats into your authoring tool—FrameMaker or RoboHelp—and output to multiple channels: on the web, for print, and to mobile devices. In addition to textual and […]



What’s new in RoboHelp Server 9

Tweet RoboHelp Server 9 rolls out a host of much-requested new features. The first change that you’ll notice is the fresh, aesthetically-appealing user interface. There’s plenty more. Reporting enhancements Several reporting improvements that will help you better optimize the value of your Help content: Functionality to filter reports by area New, intuitive names for the […]


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Localize graphics using Adobe Photoshop CS5

When it comes to translating text, we’re not all that slow. Modern memory translation systems can translate huge quantities of text, accurately and efficiently. Translating images? I don’t think so. Translated screenshots are usually taken by the localization vendors, and is typically a manual activity. It is costly in terms of time and money.

In this blog post, I propose a methodology to leverage data-driven graphics capability of Adobe Photoshop to generate translated screenshots. And because a vast majority of us are technical writers and not graphic designers, I’m also including small tutorial so that you can understand the process from a practical perspective.

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Checking Documents in FrameMaker Using SDL AuthorAssistant

Tweet You can opt to check a document, multiple documents, or book either opened or closed. The checking options are: Active document or a selection in the document Multiple documents or book From report Check active document Click SDL AuthorAssistant > Check Text – Active Document. To check only a section of the document, select […]

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Configuring SDL AuthorAssistant for FrameMaker

Tweet SDL AuthorAssistant workflow After you install SDL AuthorAssistant and you see it appearing in the system tray and FrameMaker menu, the first step is to set up SDL AuthorAssistant for your customizations (as shown in the following workflow). SDL AuthorAssistant Configuration dialog box Use the SDL AuthorAssistant Configuration dialog box to set up your […]

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SDL AuthorAssistant for FrameMaker: Documentation and Additional Resources

Tweet SDL AuthorAssistant documentation SDL AuthorAssistant Tutorial: A Flash presentation that helps you get started with SDL AuthorAssistant (Start > All Programs > SDL > SDL AuthorAssistant 2010) FAQs on SDL AuthorAssistant for TCS users: Answers the questions that you might encounter when you work with SDL AuthorAssistant for FrameMaker SDL Author Assistant Installation Guide: […]

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Download and Install SDL AuthorAssistant for FrameMaker

Tweet SDL AuthorAssistant is not a stand-alone application. But since it is a plug-in for FrameMaker, you have to download and install it separately. Go to the following URL to download SDL AuthorAssistant: This page also lists the system requirements, installation instructions, and the licensing agreement. See the SDL Author Assistant Installation Guide available […]


Automating Style Checks in FrameMaker Using SDL AuthorAssistant

Tweet Poornima: Content..god’s plenty we have- white-papers, marketing collaterals, literature for the company Website, and more than all, that gigantic core Help. Do I ensure quality, style, standard for all that stuff; well I’ve a part-time editor, but to be honest, I can’t say all’s well. Dorothy: Writers, I’ve a score of them; also I […]


RoboHelp – Captivate integration in TCS

Tweet Unlike her colleagues, Diana brings out great-looking help systems which are interactive, textual, graphical, and animating. When others always miss the boat, Diana communicates simple, retainable and usable content. A peek into her friends’ work confirmed that while everyone knew the power of multimedia, only Diana took full advantage of the tools in her […]

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Using TCS3 to implement authoring guidelines for search engine optimization (SEO)

SEO methods use authoring best practices to generate content that is highly relevant to search engines. Presenting highly relevant, quality content enables search engines to easily index your web page and display it prominently in searches. This blog post discusses how you can use authoring tools, such as Adobe® Technical Communication Suite 3 (TCS3) to implement content authoring guidelines for SEO.

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