Now available: RoboHelp 9 training on now offers RoboHelp 9 Essential Training.

Level: Beginner

RoboHelp 9 HTML Essential Training
In RoboHelp 9 HTML Essential Training, author David Rivers demonstrates the core features of RoboHelp 9, the industry-standard authoring tool for creating help systems for desktop or web-based applications. The course shows how to work with RoboHelp pods, save custom workspaces, create new projects, and leverage existing content in other formats, such as Word and PDF documents. It also includes tutorials on merging projects, topic formatting, using graphics and multimedia, and using forms and frames. Exercise files are included with the course.
Author: David Rivers    Duration: 07h 01m

As always, we offer Instructor Led Training and more through our Certified Adobe Training Partner Program.

ExtendScript and FrameMaker Resources

With Extendscript, one can easily automate time-consuming and repetitive tasks and this tool comes standard as part of FrameMaker10. And the best part about this is that extendscript lets you create scripts which can communicate with several Adobe products and not just FrameMaker. Here are some additional resources for you to look at.

Blog Posts on extendscript

 E-Seminar recording

Overview documentation

Adobe Systems, Inc. Is Looking To Hire 2 New Business Development Managers In the USA – Positions Filled

It’s only been six months since I joined Adobe Systems, Inc., but it has been the most personally rewarding work experience of my life.

Prior to joining Adobe, I was the managing partner of an Adobe Business Partner called Integrated Technologies, Inc. for over 20 years. During that time my brother and I (along with a lot of help from our team) were able to build a thriving consulting group with over 35 employees at its peak. After twenty years, it was time for a change and maybe a little rest. That was the plan anyway.

It was not long before I received an email from my current boss, Pawan Goyal (Product Director, Technical Communication Suite) asking if  I would be interested in taking on the position of Product Evangelist – FrameMaker, RoboHelp and Technical Communication Suite. The answer was easy for me, not so much for my wife. She was expecting some travel time with me. I am a lucky guy. She has always been very supportive of my career and told me I could take the opportunity if I wanted. I jumped on it and never turned back. She does come with me to the nicest places I travel to.

I have some great news. My job responsibilities have changed. I now hold the title of Manager, Product Evangelist and Business Development. We are also creating 3 new United States based positions that will report directly to me.

We are hiring 2 new Business Development Managers to cover the Eastern and the Central Regions of the USA. We are making an internal promotion for the Western Region. Maybe you know him already. His name is Tom Deem.

If you know of anyone that would be qualified for the position of Business Development Manager, please let me know. Here is my contact information:

Tom Aldous
– Twitter

Adobe Systems, Inc. is a great place to work. Come grow with us.

eSeminar – S1000D Publishing with Adobe FrameMaker 10

Thursday, August 11, 2011
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific


Adobe FrameMaker 10 provides top quality S1000D compliance. Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist, and Ian Proudfoot, an Adobe Partner, for an interactive eSeminar where they explain why S1000D is now an unavoidable fact of life for many in the Aerospace and Defence sectors.

S1000D formalises many of the processes that have always been a part of the technical documentation lifecycle. Ian introduces each of the major building blocks of S1000D and demonstrates how FrameMaker 10 provides its innovative support.

Ian Proudfoot is an Adobe Community Champion,  the owner-operator of FrameMaker and XML consultancy iTP-X ( and a member of the S1000D Electronic Publications Working Group. Ian has been in the aerospace technical publications business for over 30 years. He developed the first commercial S1000D publishing package in 1995.

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.

To register you need your membership login and password. If you need to create a membership, or do not remember your login and password, please go to membership page.

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Seats are limited and eSeminars are scheduled to change without advanced notice.

July 30, 2011, See You At The Orange County STC Meeting

Start Time: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 8:30 am
End Time: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 12:30 pm
DoubleTree Club Orange County Airport
7 Hutton Centre Dr., Santa Ana, California
[Note that this is a Saturday morning breakfast meeting]

I will be bringing a valuable door prize that you could win: a full TCS 3 suite–an $1899 value! However, this prize will only be available if we have at least 45 people attend, so be sure to bring a friend!

Click Here For More Information About The Event

5,400 Watt PV Solar Output By Date

Here is the output history of my 5,400 Watt PV Solar Array. It is ground mounted and faces true south.


Production Month Energy Produced (kWh) Maintenance Activities Service Costs Hours of Downtime
August 2008 360.00 0 $0.00 0.0
September 2008 520.00 0 $0.00 0.0
October 2008 524.00 0 $0.00 0.0
November 2008 267.00 0 $0.00 0.0
December 2008 262.00 0 $0.00 0.0
January 2009 362.00 0 $0.00 0.0
February 2009 560.00 0 $0.00 0.0
March 2009 565.00 0 $0.00 0.0
April 2009 648.00 0 $0.00 0.0
May 2009 630.00 0 $0.00 0.0
June 2009 474.00 0 $0.00 0.0
July 2009 580.00 0 $0.00 0.0
August 2009 647.00 0 $0.00 0.0
September 2009 636.00 0 $0.00 0.0
October 2009 415.00 0 $0.00 0.0
November 2009 280.00 0 $0.00 0.0
December 2009 328.00 0 $0.00 0.0
January 2010 376.00 0 $0.00 0.0
February 2010 466.00 0 $0.00 0.0
March 2010 552.00 0 $0.00 0.0
April 2010 658.00 0 $0.00 0.0
May 2010 690.00 0 $0.00 0.0
June 2010 633.00 0 $0.00 0.0
July 2010 713.00 0 $0.00 0.0
August 2010 650.00 0 $0.00 0.0
September 2010 578.00 0 $0.00 0.0
October 2010 492.00 0 $0.00 0.0
November 2010 316.00 0 $0.00 0.0
December 2010 288.00 0 $0.00 0.0
January 2011 309.00 0 $0.00 0.0
February 2011 514.00 0 $0.00 0.0
March 2011 499.00 0 $0.00 0.0
April 2011 537.00 0 $0.00 0.0
May 2011 528.00 0 $0.00 0.0
June 2011 720 0 $0.00 0.0