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How to get started with Lean Thinking in Techcomm

Do you want to know more about lean ideas, and how you can start implementing them using your favorite authoring tool? Keep reading! Lean principles These are some of the main principles in lean thinking: Define value from your customers’ perspective Map the value stream for each product that provides that value, and challenge all non-value-adding […]

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Free Tool to Create MadCap Build Logs with Time Stamps

To troubleshoot a complex build process I needed time stamps on each line of the Flare build log. It’s not possible today, but MadCap has created a feature request for it… …and in the meanwhile, I’ve created a tool you can use to generate a log file with time stamps. You can use this tool for any […]

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Free Tool: Automatically Synchronize External Resources in MadCap Flare

In my master Flare project, I like to include PDF-versions of the webhelp targets, so that users can either download the PDF, or read the online help. It’s all built from the same TOC. To keep this up-to-date, the PDFs are built and published to a network folder, and then re-imported to the Flare project using […]

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Automated QA: Checking for broken links in your Flare output – now also for HTTP links

The CheckLinks tool now also finds broken http and https links in addition to finding broken local relative links. Download CheckLinks version 2 The syntax for running the tool is, for example: C:\> Checklinks2 “C:\OutputFolder” “C:\LogFolder” For info about the existing tool, see http://techwritingengineer.com/automated-qa-checking-for-broken-links-in-your-flare-output/

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Automated QA: Checking for broken links in your Flare output

Do you use relative hyperlinks (<a href=”../../folder/folder/file.htm”>File</a>) in your Flare projects? Would you like to verify that they work in the output without checking manually? Keep reading! I’ve made a tool that scans all .htm files in the output and tests the relative links. The result is a .txt report that gives you a list of all […]

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Generate 10,000 Flare topic files in 7 minutes

Tired of setting up Flare topic files manually? Got enough work to last until Christmas next year? Keep reading and learn how you can use Excel to create 10,000 topic files in less than 7 minutes. Click here to download an example spreadsheet. Set up or import your data to Excel (e.g. a list of topics). Set […]

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Convert CSV-data to XML-files

Here’s a tool I developed that transforms CSV-data into XML-data based on a template. You can use it to, for example: Create MadCap Flare snippet files Create topic files Create MadCap Flare target files Create MadCap Flare condition sets Create MadCap Flare variable sets You can use it to convert any type of CSV-data into text […]

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Setting up a Kanban Board in MadCap Flare

If you’re a fan of using Kanban boards – the simplest way of implementing one in MadCap Flare is to use a TOC.  Setting up a Kanban TOC in Flare Create a new TOC and add items corresponding to your workflow (e.g. Backlog, In Writing, etc) Add topics to your backlog Work on one topic at a […]

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Generate a MadCap Flare TOC from Excel using VBA

When you are crafting a content specification table of contents, you might want to first  “brainstorm” a TOC using Excel, and then simply export the structure to Flare once you’re done. You can write a short VBA function that does the trick. The animated GIF shows how it works and here’s a spreadsheet for you to […]

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Customer specific documentation with MadCap Flare

Are you documenting a product that consists of a bunch of modules? Do customers buy customized products with a unique set of modules? Would you like to deliver customer-specific documentation using MadCap Flare? Keep reading. The idea is to use an existing product module database to generate the condition tags,  apply them to your content, […]