The Third Edition (for Flare Version 8) includes a supplement for Flare V9. To order, click Add to Cart.
by Eddie VanArsdall, MadCap Flare Certified Instructor and owner of VanArsdall InfoDesign.
New in the Third Edition:
This edition of Five Steps to MadCap Flare includes these additional topics:
- Global project linking
- File tagging to track project development
- Creating reports
- Flare ribbon
- Importing CHM files
- More procedures for working with tables
- Auto Suggestion
- Worksheets for documenting project
structure and conventions
- Additional onine output type -- HTML5
Third Edition, for Flare V8 (Plus V9 Supplement)
Harness the power of MadCap Flare™
MadCap Flare™ is an incredibly powerful tool for developing documentation that’s easy to re-use, maintain, and publish in various print and online formats. It also has a steep learning curve for new users.
Five Steps to MadCap Flare gives you the basics and the insider tips for success with your Flare projects. No wading through lengthy online help topics to get answers. You’ll learn how to create both online and print documents using simple step-by-step procedures. The book includes tutorials for more complex operations and provides reference material for functions such as
importing documents into Flare.
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Paperback: 430 pages
Publisher: Fiddlehead Publications (March 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 9 x 1 inches
What They're Saying:
"... a great resource, especially if you're new to Flare."
— Anthony Olivier, CEO, MadCap Software
"Five Steps to MadCap Flare is an excellent guide for the first-time Flare user to start and finish that initial project successfully and painlessly. For those who have more experience, it’s an essential resource that you’ll refer to again and again." Read complete book review
— Cheryl Landes, STC Associate Fellow, Senior Member, STC-Boston and Puget Sound Chapters
"Five Steps to MadCap Flare . . . covers a lot of ground for new Flare users. We believe this book is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to get up and running with MadCap Flare." Read complete book review
— Nita Beck, Nita Beck Communications, Pittsford, NY
Ginny Reynolds, Bridge-Tek Services, Rochester, NY
“Five Steps to MadCap Flare is a must-have for any serious Flare user. If you’re just starting out, Five Steps will give you the confidence and direction you need to get going. Even expert users will find useful tips and tricks in these pages. Whether used as a reference or training book, Five Steps has the essential information you need to make using Flare easier.”
— Paul Pehrson, MadCap Flare Certified Instructor, DocGuy Training
“This book provides a guided, controlled introduction that will help new authors get out of the starting blocks and quickly become productive. An excellent addition to an online developer’s library.”
— Neil Perlin, Madcap Flare Certified Instructor, Hyper/Word Services
“This book focuses more deeply than any other resource on the importance of understanding a project as the foundation of success with Flare. Written in plain, conversational language, the book helps readers determine project needs by asking questions—plus it supports Flare’s own increased emphasis on templates and how you can use them at many levels.”
— Eddie VanArsdall, MadCap Flare Certified Instructor, VanArsdall InfoDesign
“Your book has become my travel companion on my daily commute to and from work. Thank you for writing with so much clarity and for keeping it fun. You're making my transition to Flare a lot easier!”
— Marco Spinello, Spil Games, The Netherlands
"Typically, I’ve only focused on one type of output from Flare—help systems. Using this book, however, I would be well equipped to try other output formats since the detail given in the book leaves no room for guesswork or error. When you are under pressure of deadlines, this book is the helping hand you need!"
— Brian Laing, Documentation and Training Analyst, Xerox Corporation
“The ‘learn and do’ approach significantly cuts the learning curve. The roadmap and project forms alone are worth the cost of the book!”
— Susan Huckle, Freelance Technical Writer, Irving, Texas
"I wish I could have tapped into the advice on multi-level numbered lists when I began using Flare—plus the appendix on building context-sensitive help is terrific. This information would have saved me hours."
— Doug Eaton, Technical Publications Lead, Sensis Corporation
“This book is exactly what I need to get jump-started using Flare!”
— Jeff O’Gorman, Specifications Writer, InterSpec
"This book is incredible! It’s designed for new users in a way to help them get a handle on how to use Flare and does so quickly with just enough detail. If you’re new to Flare, you'll want to read this book. If you've used Flare for a long time, keep this book on your bookshelf as a quick reference."
— Deb McNally, Technical Communications Specialist, Dover, NH
"The authors wisely decided to approach the method of creating non-linear topic-based content by using a decidedly linear tutorial approach based on typical workflow. Kudos to them for that!"
— Colin Walters, Principal Technical Writer, Nashua, NH
“This book is ideal for new Flare users because it gradually introduces the concepts needed to create and produce good content. Even if you're experienced using Flare, it's a great resource when trying something new. I especially like the section on developing print output because it's not one of our primary deliverables. Plus we can really use the Target Settings tracking form, since we sometimes forget why we created our targets!”
— Kathy Henry, Lead Technical Writer, Edifecs
“Newbies will find this book a tremendous help in getting started. It provides planning insights, processes and resources that I desperately sought without success in my first project. I’m certain that the book’s value will become even greater with time as I refer back to it again and again for skill refreshers and troubleshooting ideas.”
— Debbie Stellrecht, Technical Communications Specialist, Spokane, WA
"This book is packed with useful information! The Tips and Best Practices offer great advice for both new and experienced users. It not only provides a logical and easy-to-understand approach to using Flare but also includes useful advice for structuring and developing online help in general."
— Liz Lukaszewski, Sr. Technical Communications Specialist
"I have been using MadCap Flare for two years and although I taught myself to use it by jumping right in, I would have loved to have a how-to book like this one to get started. The application is so robust and full of powerful features, it’s a daunting task to get started without additional explanations and best practice recommendations, both of which are available in this book."
— Melissa Hatanaka, Technical Writer
"I consider this book to be really useful for those who are creating their first projects, particularly for those who are new to developing help content and have never used a topic-based authoring tool like Flare."
— Anna Kuleshova, Technical Writer, Edifecs, Inc.