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Software Tools

    • technische kommunikation 1/2009

      Working with Help & Manual Version 5

      Instant solution for help and manual

      Marc Achtelig

      Until very recently, the authoring tool Help & Manual was better known among software developers than among technical writers. But with the new Version 5 Help & Manual has turned into a serious alternative to the well-known market leaders among the "Help Authoring Tools" such as RoboHelp or Flare. And it is through its unique efficiency that Help & Manual makes its mark. There is no other authoring system at present that leads you so quickly to results of a professional calibre. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 5/2008

      The DITA Open Toolkit in practice

      The DITA machine

      Ferdinand Soethe

      The DITA Open Toolkit which is a reference implementation of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is regarded by many insiders as an application characterized by its pragmatic approach. Some commercial providers even do without their own DITA implementations and use the liberal Open Source license of the Toolkit so as to offer own DITA applications on this technical platform. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2008

      Overview of the Technical Communication Suite

      Four applications in one package

      Jörg Oyen

      Handbooks, online help, training documents or knowledge databases are some of the areas of use for which the software manufacturer Adobe has put together the program package called Technical Communication Suite. This package includes the applications FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Acrobat 3D and Captivate. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 1/2008

      Some recommended tools for software demos

      Creating software demos the easy way

      Marc Achtelig

      Many technical writers still continue to give a wide berth to multimedia. But in recent years, though, the creation of interactive software-demos has become conceivable easier, thanks to powerful authoring tools. There is no longer any need to have special knowledge of Flash and or talent for graphics. Interactive software demos are making their way increasingly into the technical documentation, be it learning or didactic programs or animated modules within a conventional online help. Which of these authoring tools are worth recommending, and w [...]

    • technische kommunikation 6/2007

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      Business tips for Acrobat

      Mars – new energy for PDF

      Ulrich Thiele

      For almost 15 years PDF has existed as the universal file exchange format. Only a few other formats that are actively used have a longer history. This has led to a few users asking the question, how much longer we can rely on this time-tested exchange format? [...]

    • technische kommunikation 5/2007

      Recommendable tools for Screen Captures

      Create screen-shots easily

      Marc Achtelig

      For creating Screen Captures, many developers offer specialised programs. These are not only capable of taking "a snap shot" of certain sections of the user interface, but they also include a number of functions for processing them. As they are mostly low-priced, the investment soon pays off if the images are used frequently, for example, in manuals or online illustrations. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2007

      Overview of the new editions of Adobe CS 3

      Package for media trailblazers

      Jörg Oyen

      Adobe’s Creative Suite is going into the third round. The software developer has produced six different editions, each focusing on a different aspect. The main innovation is certainly the close interaction of individual programs to overcome media-specific limits and to publish information on all currently possible channels – from comprehensive instructions manual to mobile telephones. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 2/2007

      Results of the tekom software survey 2006

      A peep into the toolbox

      Daniela Straub und Wolfgang Ziegler

      What is the current scenario for applications and systems in the area of technical communication? Who is using which editor? And how many companies are using a Content-Management-System? To answer these and other questions, tekom conducted a survey from July to November 2006, which was conceived as an online questionnaire and made available via the tekom web site. 547 participants took part in the survey. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 5/2006

      Praxistipp Microsof Word:

      Always up-to-date – working with text variables

      Holger Matthes

      Technical documentation contains the most varied kinds of information: some of which we cannot always influence directly: Product names keep changing, display texts have to be incorporated as they are, technical data change faster than we like them to. That is why it becomes imperative to keep one’s documents up to date. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 5/2006

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      Evaluating ergonomic aspects using the GUI-Checker 2.1 by trioCheck

      Customized user interfaces

      Claus Horn

      Technical writers live, so to speak, off the need for explaining technical products, whose operation and range of functions are not self evident to the user. Support is available in the form of a software called GUI-Checker, which can be used to assess the user-friendliness of software. The basis for this is a question catalogue as per DIN EN ISO 9241. [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2006/2006

      Dr. Ulrich Thiele: PDF/A – a small step for mankind

      With every new version of PDF, user wish lists have kept growing. Additional functions keep getting added on and integrated into the format to meet  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2006/2006

      Birgit Wöllbrink: The easy-to-use all-rounder

      The market for translation memory systems continues to be in a state of flux. Thus, at the last annual conference in Wiesbaden, the Canadian firm  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 4/2006/2006

      Uta Hanisch: Using variables

      Heard it already? Your department is going to be assigned to another business segment and it will have a new name. Or, your company is going to be  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2006/2006

      Jörg Oyen: Adobe discovers the 3rd dimension

      Adobe introduced the fourth version of Acrobat in February. After Elements, Standard and Professional, we now have the 3D-Version. This allows the  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 3/2006/2006

      Johann Olasz: In the footsteps of RoboHelp?

      Flare is the name of a new authoring system for creating online help. Flare has been developed and created by MadCap. Several developers who were  [...]

    • tk 206/tk 2006

      Dieter Gust: Practical tips for FrameMaker 7.2 – Is the update worth the trouble?

      Towards the end of 2005, Adobe released the version 7.2 of FrameMaker to the market. Adobe’s official product details on their WebPages [1]  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 2/06/2006

      Von Jörg Oyen: A change of generation in DTP?

      With InDesign Adobe has introduced a new generation of DTP tools to the market and, probably, sounded the warning for PageMaker to move over. Many  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 6/2005

      Birgit Wöllbrink: What Does Version 7 Stand For?

      Trados Version 7 is available in the market since July 2005. This application is often used in the translation of user manuals. This is confirmed by  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 6/2005

      Dieter Gust: Adobe FrameMaker Importing Graphics – Part 2

      <a href="http://www.tekom.de/artikel/artikel_1472.html">Part 1</a> of these practical tips on Adobe FrameMaker dealt with the importing of pixel  [...]

    • technische kommunikation 6/2005

      Ulrich Thiele: True colour

      The old black and white printers seem to have run their race, and have now made way for the new laser colour printers. The first user manuals, created  [...]