Tips and Hints

Look in this section for tips and hints on how to get your job done using the many technical documentation tools that are now available.

Madcap Flare – Adding New Styles to CSS

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Flare (with its strict adherence to CSS rules) makes me crazy when I import WORD or FRAMEMAKER documents. I want to be able to easily apply a style to a paragraph,  or map a CSS style to my Framemaker or WORD stylesheet when I do an import. However, Flare will not let you: Select from your full portfolio of styles when your paragraph is already formatted as a paragraph <p>, list <li, ol, ul>, or any other format. It will only show the subset of styles under that category. NOT USEFUL when you have a procedural documents with numbered steps, sub-bullets, sub paragraphs, images,...

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MadCap Flare Tips and Shortcuts

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MadCap Flare Tips and Shortcuts

So, this blog page is basically a place where I keep handy shortcuts and tips for MadCap Flare. These are mostly one-liner, handy things to know and use as I develop my projects. Sorry for the current lack of organization, but I promise to add appropriate headers once I have enough here to make it worthwhile. Hope you find it useful, and if you have any special tips yourself, please feel free to submit them! Continuing a Numbered List I often have a nested description under a numbered list. In WORD and FRAMEMAKER, I simply apply a special style to the next paragraph to continue my numbered...

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Flare – Using File Tag Sets to Track Source of Content

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Flare – Using File Tag Sets to Track Source of Content

As you have probably realized by now, I am importing and merging a large amount of content from a broad variety of Word  and Framemaker books that we have written.  For reasons of organization, searchability, single-sourcing,  and future maintenance, I wanted to be able to identify WHICH book each of the Flare generated files and graphics originally came from! Unfortunately, at this time, Flare does NOT allow you to automatically attach prefixes to filenames at the time of import. For example, if I wanted to prefix every imported file and graphic with ‘FL_‘ to indicate that this...

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Word Tips and Shortcuts

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Word Tips and Shortcuts

The following is a collection of quick tips and fixes that I have found useful over the course of my career, when working with MS Word.  Most of these refer to Word 2010, but will often work with older and newer versions. I’ll just keep adding and updating these as I use them. Just click the little icon beside each tip for more information. Hope you find them useful too! Do you need to print or view a list of the current styles used in your document, with a brief summary of the each style’s characteristics? This is the simplest technique I have found. Love to know if there are other...

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Cropping an Illustrator Image to Include Just a Portion of Your Art

Posted in Illustrator, Tips and Hints

Cropping an Illustrator Image to Include Just a Portion of Your Art

Sadly, Illustrator 6.0 no longer lets you crop an image. But sometimes, all you want to do is select a portion of an image, and export it to another format for use on the web or other project. Artboards (Shift + O)  actually lets you do this in a non-destructive manner that maintains the entire artboard, except during export.  Think of it as a non-destructive crop. Here are a few alternative methods that you can use to save some time. I just  love  shortcuts. Even better you can define multiple andoverlapping artboards to create different outputs from the same artwork. Press Shift+O to bring...

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Writing Tips

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Editing Tips

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Documentation Resources

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Stay tuned for our upcoming list of documentation resources and information…  Writing for the Web The following resources provide useful information for the development of web based content. GNU World Jakob Neilsons Website

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