Moving from FrameMaker to Flare

A few months ago I did a webniar for MadCap on my company’s move from Adobe FrameMaker to Flare. We made the move for a number reasons – lack of support for FrameMaker from Adobe, FrameMaker was starting to look and feel “old fashion – but our primary reason for the move was we needed the granular control offered in a topic-based authoring environment, and FrameMaker did not offer that.

The webinar focuses on the following:

  1. Overview of the migration process
  2. How we prepared our FrameMaker content
  3. The import process in Flare
  4. Cleanup required in Flare after the migration
  5. How implementing MadCap Flare increased Blackbaud’s content reuse/single sourcing and allowed us granular-level control of output at the paragraph, topic, TOC, and target levels

If you take the time to watch it, let me know what you think or if you have any questions. We are in the middle of moving another large chunk for FrameMaker content into Flare, so the process remains fresh in my mind.

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Welcome to my blog

My goal here is to share what I know/what I learn about working in the world of technical communication. A good deal of my blog posts will be focused on the authoring/help-generating tool Madcap Flare, but that will not be the entire purpose of the blog. I will share information on the broader topic of the tech com field as well.

In this post, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Denise Kadilak, and I have worked in tech com for over 16 years. My responsibilities over this time have varied, from creating and maintaining 1000s of pages of user-end documentation; to something of a technical-project lead investigating new tools, best practices, and workflows for a 22-member documentation team; to my current position of Information Architect/Team Manager. Also, about four years ago, I led my team’s move from Adobe FrameMaker to MadCap Flare – a fun and intense time for everyone.

I also present with some regularity at industry conferences, such as WritersUA, STC, and Content Management Strategy and DITA, North American Conference. In January of 2014 I did a Webinar for MadCap on making the move from FrameMaker to Flare. You can watch the recorded version of the webinar here.
Finally, in addition to my full-time job, I am a part-time college instructor at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. I teach the Technical Writing course included in the school’s Professional Writing program.
I hope you find my topic and my credentials interesting enough to regularly visit this blog – maybe even to consider subscribing to it!

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