As many of you are probably already aware, I’ll be presenting again at this year’s MadWorld Conference in San Diego. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a preview of each of my sessions for the conference. This serves two purposes. First, if you are considering going to MadWorld, I highly recommend it, and I hope my session descriptions will encourage you to register. Second, if you are going, I hope my descriptions will help you know if the session will be useful for you.
I’ll discuss my sessions in the order they’re being presented at MadWorld, which means I start with “Top Five Content Reuse Features in MadCap Flare,” which I’m presenting on Monday (April 11) at 11:05am.
First, this session is for the brand new Flare user, who is still working on understanding basic functionality in MadCap Flare. I’m going to talk about the following features in Flare:
Variables. We’ll discuss what variables are (unformatted text that can change definition based on target), how to create them, and how to use them effectively in Flare.
Conditions. We’ll discuss how conditions work in Flare, where you apply the conditions (based on file type), how to create and edit conditions, and I’ll give you some best-practice advice for working with conditions. I’ll show you how to customize your Flare 11 editor to show specific conditions while editing a topic, and cover how you use conditions in your target files.
Snippets. In this section we’ll define snippets and explain what they are and how they can be used. We’ll discuss how you edit snippets, see where snippets are being used, and we’ll show you how to use snippets for boilerplate features like tables.
Snippet Conditions. I’ll introduce the class to an advanced use of snippets where you can use conditions in the snippets themselves, and then you can determine which conditions from the snippets are used at the topic level.
Flare 12 Enhancements (hopefully). I expect that before MadWorld, MadCap will continue their tradition of releasing the latest and greatest version of Flare. I assume it will be called Flare 12, based on past experience with Flare. In this section, we’ll talk about any enhancements to the above features that are released as part of the latest MadCap Flare version. (If a new version isn’t released before the conference, or if there isn’t anything new to talk about here, I’ll talk about using nested TOCs in a multi-author project.)
I’m excited about this presentation. I love helping new Flare users understand how they can apply some of the features that make MadCap Flare the best help authoring tool on the market (IMHO).
If you are on the fence about attending the conference, I recommend you check out the conference website and see all the great presentations that are being given at the conference.