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Authoring, Publishing and Content Management

MadCap Flare

MadCap Flare is the most complete technical authoring and publishing solution for web, desktop, mobile and printed documentation, offering advanced features to maximise authoring efficiency and content reuse.

Create, manage and publish:

  • Frameless search-friendly HTML5 online Help and traditional tripane Help with context sensitivity
  • Knowledge bases and corporate intranets
  • Policy guides, procedure manuals, software user guides and more
  • API documentation
  • Advanced, high-end print documents with CMYK support, vector graphics, OpenType Fonts and more
  • Mobile-based content such as eBooks for eReaders and mobile devices « more »

Authoring and Publishing Using Microsoft Word


Doc-To-Help offers the quickest way to author and publish online help, policy & procedure guides, eBooks and more using Microsoft Word.

Use MS Word to create:

  • Documentation and User Assistance
  • Policies, Procedures, and Regulations
  • Training Manuals
  • Hardware User Guides and Technical Manuals
  • Support and IT Knowledge Bases « more »

Contribution and Review for Anyone in Your Organisation

MadCap Contributor

MadCap Contributor makes it simple and easy for anyone in your organisation to review and contribute content to your documentation.

  • Contribution — Subject matter experts and casual content contributors can add content quickly and easily without the need for any technical knowledge of professional authoring.
  • Review — Subject matter experts and managers can review, edit and annotate content, allowing them to focus on content rather than formatting or project styles.

Powerful Project Analysis and Reporting

MadCap Analyzer

MadCap Analyzer is a powerful project analysis and reporting tool that can help find and fix issues with your Flare projects.

  • Find and Fix Issues — Find broken links, duplicate styles, duplicate TOC and outline items, topics not in selected TOC or outline, and more
  • Identify Used and Unused Items — Snippets, topics, styles, variables, map IDs, and images
  • Get Content Suggestions — Snippets, variables, index keywords, new styles, writing structure, web and PDF accessibility

A Fully-integrated Translation Tool for Translators and Content Developers

MadCap Lingo

MadCap Lingo is the first fully integrated computer-aided translation CAT tool and workflow management solution designed for use as a standalone translation tool or in conjunction with content authoring to streamline the translation process.

  • A translation workflow management solution for authors and document managers
    • Superior workflow and review for documentation teams and translators
  • A powerful computer-aided translation (CAT) tool for translators
    • Multi-language Support
    • Translation Memory Support
    • Terminology Management

Create Fully Interactive Demos, Videos, Tutorials and Software Simulations

MadCap Mimic

MadCap Mimic is an easy-to-use software simulation and multimedia tool that lets you create fully interactive movies, videos, simulations, presentations and tutorials of software or systems.

  • Create Help, eLearning, technical support, and sales & marketing videos and simulations
  • Output to HTML5, MP4, WebM, Microsoft Silverlight, XPS, Adobe Flash, AIR, PDF and Mimic Movie Format
  • PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx) file import
  • Integrates with MadCap Lingo, Flare, and Capture

Screen Capture and Image Editing Made Easy

MadCap Capture

MadCap Capture makes it easy to capture, edit and enhance images.

  • Capture, edit, add text, and add other special effects to any image or screen capture
  • Integrates with MadCap Lingo, Flare, and Mimic

Analytics, Reporting and Social Collaboration for Your Documentation

MadCap Pulse

MadCap Pulse adds analytics & reporting, ratings and social collaboration to your documentation – three components used separately or together – to provide insight into how users use and interact with your content.

  • Gain Insight with Powerful Analytics & Reporting
  • Add Topic Ratings for Feedback on Content Quality and Helpfulness
  • Improve Customer Satisfaction, Foster Communication and Reduce Support Inquiries by Adding a Self-servicing Community Support and Social Collaboration Layer to Your Published Documentation

Take Advantage of the Full Suite – The MadPak Professional Suite

MadPak Professional Suite

A must-have for technical communicators, content developers and documentation specialists — the MadPak Professional Suite includes five fully integrated technical communication and content development tools for authoring & publishing, analysis & reporting and multimedia creation.

MadPak includes:

  • MadCap Flare: Authoring, Publishing and Content Management
  • MadCap Contributor: Contribution and Review for Anyone in Your Organisation
  • MadCap Analyzer: Powerful Project Analysis and Reporting
  • MadCap Mimic: Create Fully Interactive Demos, Videos, Tutorials and Software Simulations
  • MadCap Capture: Makes it Easy to Capture, Edit and Enhance Images



Flare 11

Documentation for Any Audience, Language or Format

Whether you need to create technical documentation for online Help, software documentation, policy & procedure manuals, knowledge bases or user guides, MadCap Flare allows you to create, manage and publish content to a variety of formats, including print, online, desktop and mobile.

Use MadCap Flare to Create:

  • Policy and procedure manuals
  • Knowledge bases
  • Software documentation
  • Online Help with context sensitivity
  • Reference books and illustrated guides
  • Hardware and maintenance manuals
  • Employee handbooks
  • User Manuals



How It Works

Flare v11 features include:

  • Absolute Positioning
    You can use absolute positioning for elements in a topic for PDF or XPS output, as well as for online outputs. When you position an element absolutely, it is removed from the normal flow of text and positioned relative to its first parent that is not static; if it does not have a non-static parent, it is positioned relative to the tag in the document. In other words, when an element has an absolute setting in Flare, it is freed from the main text so you can click and drag it anywhere in the topic to reposition it. Absolute positioning can be accomplished via styles or locally by selecting text wrap options in a context (right-click) menu of the XML Editor.

    You can set absolute positioning on just about any kind of element, including images, div tags, paragraphs, lists, QR codes, and more. When doing this, you can also specify the element's location and resize it. In addition, you can determine if text should flow around it, and how.
    • Common Properties and Options for Absolute Positioning
    • How to Create Absolute Positioning
    • Example
    • Online Versus Print-based Output
  • Build Targets in Background
    In previous versions, you could build output (1) in the foreground via the user interface or (2) in the background via Madbuild (Flare's compilation engine) in the command line. The command line option is still available, but the first option has been replaced. Now when you generate a target in the interface, it builds the output in the background via Madbuild. The most noticeable aspect of this change is that, when you generate a target, the Build Progress dialog no longer opens. Instead, the Builds window pane opens at the bottom of the workspace. One of the greatest benefits of this change is that you can continue working in your project while you generate one or more targets behind the scenes. Following are some of the important aspects of this feature:
    • Maximum Concurrent Builds
    • Builds Window Pane
  • Doc-To-Help Import
  • HTML5 Top Navigation and Skin Enhancements
    If you generate an HTML5 target, you can create output with top navigation like a modern website. This is possible thanks to a new Top Navigation skin type and other related features. You can even set your target not to use any skin at all, relying on smaller skin components to provide menus, search, and toolbar features. This is in contrast to the more traditional Tripane output, which includes a toolbar pane at the top, navigation panels on the left, and a main content pane.
    • HTML5 Top Navigation Skin
    • Skin Components and Proxies
    • Skin Set to None for Target
    • Home Topic
    • Stylesheets
    • Responsive Output—Device Width Media Queries
    • Producing Top Navigation Output
    • Simple Conversion to Top Navigation Output
    • Advanced Conversion to Top Navigation Output
  • Multimedia—3D, YouTube, Vimeo
    A few important multimedia enhancements have been made in this version of Flare:
    • U3d Object Support
    • YouTube and Vimeo Support
  • PDF Stitching
    You can stitch existing PDFs into your output by adding links to them in a table of contents (TOC). This is supported in PDF output and all of the online targets.
    • How to Stitch PDFS Into Flare Output
    • PDF Targets
    • Online Targets
  • Additional New Features
    This section provides detailed descriptions of additional new features in this version.
  • Accept Contribution Wizard Enhancements
  • Augmented Reality
  • Batch Target Editor Enhancements
  • Cross-Reference Enhancements
  • Dictionaries (Global) and Spell Check Enhancements
  • EPUB Enhancements
  • File List Window Pane—Drag Files
  • Float Tabs by Dragging Them Down
  • Font Properties Enhancements
  • Global Project Linking—Delete Unreferenced Files
  • Glossary Term Duplicates Identified
  • Image Enhancements
  • Macros
  • Print-based Enhancements
  • Publishing Destinations—FTP Active and Passive Modes
  • Quick Launch Bar
  • Search Enhancements
  • Shortcuts—Customisable Keys
  • Slideshow Enhancements
  • Snippets—Insert Snippet Link Dialog Modified
  • Source Control—Git Integration and More
  • Start Page—Pinning Project Files
  • Styles Enhancements
  • Tables—Cell Content Style Default
  • TOC and Mini-TOC Enhancements
  • Variables—Date/Time Enhancements
  • Word Import Enhancements
  • XML Editor Enhancements


Single-sourcing Single-sourcing - to produce multiple results from one source - allows you to enjoy greater consistency, accuracy and delivery of your documentation by managing content from a single source. In Flare, you can make use of single-sourcing in many different ways:

  • Global Project Linking: You can import content and project files contained in another Flare project, thus allowing you to maintain the information in one location but reuse it in any other project.
  • Multiple outputs from one project: Flare allows you to generate output in a variety of online and print-based formats, creating as many different targets as you want from the same project.
  • Single-source images: MadCap Capture, the screen capture and graphics editing application, contains many unique features that are especially useful for online documentation authors, including the ability to single-source images in Flare projects. For a single image, you can provide one group of settings for online output, and another group of settings for printed output.
  • Variables: Variables are pre-set terms that you can use in your project over and over. They are stored in "variable sets," which can hold multiple variables. Flare provides you with an initial variable set, but you can add as many additional variable sets as you like. Variables are used for brief, non-formatted pieces of content (such as the name of your company's product or your company's phone number).
  • Style sheets: Cascading style sheets (CSS files) can be used to control the look of your output. Style sheets can be applied to individual topics, or you can use a "master" style sheet, applying it to all files at the target level or project level.
  • Snippets: Snippets are pre-set chunks of content that you can use in your project over and over. Snippets are used for longer pieces of content that you can format just as you would any other content in a topic. Insert tables, pictures, and whatever else can be included in a normal topic.
  • Snippet conditions: Snippet conditions are condition tags that you can apply to content within snippets. Separate certain snippet content so that it displays in some topics or master pages but not in others. Whereas regular conditions are included or excluded at the target level, snippet conditions are included or excluded at the topic or master page level.
  • Mediums for topic styles: Let's say you want one style setting (e.g., underline font) to be used for online output and another setting (e.g., do not underline font) to be used for printed output. You can use a medium in your style sheet to create different settings for the same style. When you apply a particular medium to a target, it will be used for that output.
  • Table print styles: A table style sheet allows you to single-source your formatting by setting the properties in one place and reusing them wherever you insert tables in your project. But what if you want the tables in online output to look one way and the tables in your printed output to look another way? One solution is to insert two different tables (one for online output and another for print) throughout your project and then use condition tags on them. A better solution is to insert a single table at each location, using a special version of the table style for print-based output.
  • Condition tags: You can apply condition tags at all levels in Flare - character, paragraph, file, and more.

Multi-channel Publishing

Flare allows for one-click publishing to multiple outputs by simply selecting your desired output or target. Publish content to a variety of formats including cross-browser, cross-platform online Help, printed documents such as PDF and Word, and online Help optimised for mobile devices.

You can use batch targets to generate and/or publish one or multiple targets in a batch from the user interface, perhaps scheduled to run at a specific time.

  • Print - Flare offers all of the advanced features you expect in a high-end, XML-based print publishing application such as:
    • Complex auto-numbering for volumes, sections, paragraphs, and pages
    • Complex page layouts including graphics, headers, footers, and multiple columns
    • Full CSS support
    • Multiple page layouts
    • Multiple document outlines in one project provide as many outputs as you need
    • Variables and snippets
    • Dynamically adjust page numbers to next or previous, above or below, using smart crossreferences
    • Enhanced JPEG compression and PDF Support
    • Support for import and export of FrameMaker, Microsoft Word, DITA, Plain HTML, XHTML and more
    • Global Project Linking - share and update common elements across multiple projects
    • PDF: Native PDF support and built-in PDF Engine allows for direct to PDF publishing from Flare. Short for "Portable Document Format," PDF is an open file format created by Adobe. PDF files represent two-dimensional documents in a device-independent and resolution-independent fixed-layout document format.
    • XPS: Microsoft's XML Paper Specification (XPS) is a document format with a markup language that is a subset of XAML for Windows Presentation Foundation. XPS is an alternative to Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).
    • Adobe FrameMaker: Madcap Flare is the only authoring tool that allows for direct output to Adobe FrameMaker. This allows for full rouondtripping capabilities for those authors that want to use Flare as there authoring environment while still using FrameMaker as a publishing engine.
      For example, import FrameMaker documents into Flare, edit the content in Flare and then output back to FrameMaker for publishing. Flare can output content to FrameMaker in any of the following formats:
      * .BOOK This is FrameMaker's native book (or "document collection") file.
      * .FM This is FrameMaker's native single document file.
      * .PDF In addition to sending output directly to PDF (as described above), you can generate a PDF file automatically when building FrameMaker output.
    • Microsoft Word: Flare output can be exported to Microsoft Word in one of the following file formats.
      * XML, DOC, DOCX
      * XPS: In addition to sending output directly to XPS (as described above), you can generate an XPS file automatically when building Word output. (You can do this by installing a free add-in download from Microsoft.)
      * PDF: In addition to sending output directly to PDF (as described above), you can generate a PDF file automatically when building Word output. Because Flare supports Microsoft Word 2003, 2007 and 2010, you can send Word output to PDF format, even if you do not have the Adobe Distiller installed.
    • XHTML book: XHTML is a browser-based output type that consolidates project content in an XML file. It can be viewed online or printed. The output appears as one long book, even if the project consists of hundreds of topics. You can view and print the XHTML output.
  • Online
    • WebHelp: This is a Web-based Help format that can run on almost any browser or platform. Use WebHelp to create Help for the Internet or an intranet, as well as for desktop applications.
    • WebHelp Plus: Identical to the regular WebHelp output, however, WebHelp Plus is designed to work on a Web server running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, as well as Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), ASP.NET, and Microsoft Indexing Service. The benefit of publishing WebHelp Plus output is that you and your users can take advantage of some advanced features, including searching of non-XHTML content, faster server-side search, and automatic runtime merging. With WebHelp Plus content from legacy documents such as Microsoft and PDF in your search results.
  • Desktop
    • HTML Help: This is an HTML-based Help format that runs on Windows 32-bit platforms and requires Internet Explorer on the end users' systems. Use HTML Help to create Help for Windows desktop applications.
    • DotNet Help: Developed by MadCap Software, DotNet Help was designed to include the best attributes of Microsoft HTML Help and WebHelp, while filling the holes left behind by those formats. DotNet Help is designed specifically to support Visual Studio 2005 developers. It includes a freely redistributable viewer (MadCap Help Viewer), as well as components for the Visual Studio 2005 developer. These components can be dropped into your Flare project to facilitate context-sensitive Help, embedded Help, and features such as automated search string communication between the application and the DotNet Help documentation.
    • DITA: Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) file content is supported in Flare. DITA is an XML-based markup language with its own schema for authoring, producing, and delivering technical information. It is a standard of the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and it consists of a set of design principles for creating "information-typed" modules at a topic level and for using that content in various delivery modes. In Flare, you can generate output that produces DITA files.
    • WebHelp AIR: WebHelp AIR uses direct integration with Adobe AIR, which is designed to bring Web-related content to a desktop environment by taking Web files and incorporating them into a single file to be opened locally, rather than from a server.
  • Mobile
    • Flare’s mobile output supports multiple platforms, including the iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android, Palm Web OS, and BlackBerry. The new mobile output has been created to optimise both the use of a small screen and potential performance issues as a result of low bandwidth connections. Also included is a generic mobile simulator so authors can test on PCs if a physical mobile test device is not present.
    • WebHelp Mobile: This is an output type that lets you deploy Web-based, XHTML output to mobile devices. WebHelp Mobile maintains an easy and intuitive interface that fits on a very small screen. The Home page in WebHelp Mobile output contains navigation links to access the various panes that you can include: TOC, Index, Glossary, Search, Favourites.



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