FREE Technical Communication eSeminars on Adobe Technical Communication Suite by Neil Perlin

In our continuous endeavor to bring premium learning content to the global technical communication fraternity, we are very excited to bring to you a series of FREE technical communication eSeminars on Adobe Technical Communication Suite by Neil Perlin (Adobe Partner and an internationally acclaimed Subject Matter Expert in online help and documentation) in August – September 2011.

Please find below the details of the upcoming eSeminars. Please feel free to share this announcement with your friends and colleagues who might be interested.

We hope you find these eSeminars useful and informative.

eSeminar 1: 

TITLEGetting it Right From the Start: Setting Up Online Help and Documentation Projects Correctly

SHORT DESCRIPTION – Adobe RoboHelp is a powerful, versatile tool that’s often used to create large, complex online Help and documentation projects. Yet tools like RoboHelp also make it easy to simply start a project without any front-end planning – with a philosophy of “we don’t have time to define the project up-front; we’ll work out the details once the project gets rolling….“ But working like this – defining the project’s specifications and settings during development and under a tight schedule and full to-do list – can spell trouble. It’s hard to remember when to use certain styles or conditional build tags, and just hard to stay controlled and consistent.

We can avoid most of these problems by defining as many settings as possible when the project starts, while we have time to think. And it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, often just a day or two to define a small number of crucial control files and settings.

Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist, and Neil Perlin, an Adobe Partner and an internationally acclaimed Subject Matter Expert in online help and documentation, for an interactive eSeminar that looks at these files and settings, with a focus on topic templates, CSSes, table styles, skins, Resource Manager, and a written project description and quick-reference. You’ll see how, with just a day or two of planning, you’ll wind up with greater consistency and maintainability within and across your projects.

DATE – 9th August, Tuesday

TIME – 10.00 am PST to 11.00 am PST

REGISTRATION PAGE URLhttp://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1833802&loc=en_us

eSeminar 2:

TITLEYikes! My Online Help and Documentation Project’s Gone Off the Rails! Now What?

SHORT DESCRIPTION – Even with the best of planning, large and complex online Help and documentation projects can go off the rails. Conditional build tags may not return the results you expect. Links may break. Bulleted lists in legacy projects may suddenly seem to break when you import the projects into RoboHelp 8 or 9. And so on. What’s going on and what can you do about it?

Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist, and Neil Perlin, an Adobe Partner and an internationally acclaimed Subject Matter Expert in online help and documentation, for an interactive eSeminar that discusses what to look for when projects go bad and how to fix some major problems in two categories – technical and design. We’ll look at things like how to unfreeze ‘frozen’ projects by deleting the XPJ and CPD files, how to fix broken links, how to use the report generator to isolate different types of problems, what to look for when a project just never seems to finish loading, how to fix misbehaving bullets from pre-RoboHelp 8 projects, getting conditions under control in heavily conditionalized projects, and more as time permits. This webinar perhaps won’t fix all the problems you might be having, but it should help fix a lot of them!

DATE – 13th September, Tuesday

TIME – 10.00 am PST to 11.00 am PST

REGISTRATION PAGE URLhttp://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1833805&loc=en_us 

eSeminar 3:

TITLEPublishing to Mobile Using Adobe RoboHelp 9

SHORT DESCRIPTION – Thinking about putting your online help and documentation on mobile devices to support readers in the field, but not sure how to go about it? Don’t know what format to use? Nervous about buying and learning expensive new software, only to find out that it wasn’t what you wanted?

There’s an easier way! Use Adobe RoboHelp 9 (or 8) to convert your online documentation to a mobile format, specifically an eBook using an industry standard format called ePub. The resulting “book” will run on almost any eBook reader or a mobile device with ePub viewer software. The result can be read anywhere – at your desk, in a car, or at the top of a telephone pole while splicing a line. Help documentation truly where and when you need it!

Creating eBooks with RoboHelp is quite straightforward. Where things can get tricky is in the design and control of the content, such as selecting what content to hide or show in mobile form, controlling the formatting by making full use of CSS features, and more.

Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist, and Neil Perlin, an Adobe Partner and an internationally acclaimed Subject Matter Expert in online help and documentation, for an interactive eSeminar that summarizes the types of mobile formats and how RoboHelp can create two of them – eBooks and web sites. We’ll then look at the specific features in RoboHelp that support eBook creation and some tools that let us view them.

DATE – 27th September, Tuesday

TIME – 10.00 am PST to 11.00 am PST

REGISTRATION PAGE URLhttp://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1833808&loc=en_us

About Neil Perlin, Hyper/Word Services, Inc.

Neil Perlin is an internationally known consultant, strategist, trainer, and developer for online help and documentation. He has been working on Hypertext since 1986, RoboHelp since 1991, and mobile since 1998. His consulting services now focus on helping companies with strategic planning for online content, authoring tool selection and implementation of authoring tools, development of standards, and the rescuing of old or corrupted online help projects. Neil operates as Hyper/Word Services, Inc. in Massachusetts, USA.

New Technical Communication Suite 3, FrameMaker 10 and RoboHelp 9 Videos Posted To AdobeTV

We have been busy creating, encoding and posting new “How To” Technical Communication Suite 3, RoboHelp 9 and FrameMaker 10 videos on AdobeTV.

They are being posted to the following shows:

We plan on posted one new RoboHelp 9, FrameMaker 10 and Technical Comminucation Suite 3 video every weekday until someone puts a stop to us or we just run out of film …

Free E-Seminar. Dynamic User-Centric Content in Adobe RoboHelp 9 and Powerful Analytics in Adobe RoboHelp Server 9

Link To Recorded Session – https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?loc=en_us&id=1825892&event=register_no_session

Dynamic User-Centric Content in Adobe RoboHelp 9 and Powerful Analytics in Adobe RoboHelp Server 9

Recorded On Wednesday, June 8, 2011
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Eastern

Description - Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Product Evangelist, for an interactive and engaging eSeminar where he will be showing you how to build an Adobe AIR Application that leverages the conditional text in Adobe FrameMaker 10 to create Dynamic User-Centric Content (DUCC) output filtering in Adobe RoboHelp 9. Tom will also walk you through the powerful analytical capabilities of Adobe RoboHelp Server 9.

What Do You Need to Participate?
Online live seminars are scheduled events simulcast over the web via Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. You’ll need a computer with a browser, Adobe Flash player, and Internet connection. Audio is broadcast through Voice-Over IP via your computer speakers. Access details will be provided once you register.