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Rapidly prototyping a MadCap Flare project (Part 1)

Rapidly prototyping a MadCap Flare project (Part 1)

Getting from a glint in your (or your company’s or client’s) eye to a finished MadCap Flare project—especially in the absence of legacy or other source content—can take a lot of planning and effort. And when time is money, getting the Flare project set up as quickly as possible is an important business goal. In this article, I describe one of my two favorite techniques for rapidly prototyping a from-scratch Flare project. That technique is mind-mapping. The […]

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How to show an image cropped in one Flare output but not in another

How to show an image cropped in one Flare output but not in another

I visit the MadCap Software forums practically daily, and recently I ran across this intriguing question: How can one show an image cropped in PDF output but have the whole image appear in online output, without resorting to two images? The forum poster described how, back in his FrameMaker days, he could achieve this result by putting the image in a table anchor, which he would resize as a sort of pseudo-crop. In his PDF output, the image appeared “cropped,” but in […]

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Creating faded edges and spotlights on screen captures with MadCap Capture

Creating faded edges and spotlights on screen captures with MadCap Capture

Like some technical writers, I habitually reach for an image-editing tool other than MadCap Capture. But having attended Paul Pehrson’s terrific session at MadWorld 2013 on Capture, I started rethinking my habit. As a MadCap Flare author, I already use Capture for callouts and for harnessing the power of variables and conditions from my Flare projects. But could I use Capture to make my screen captures more visually engaging? As I was reading up on Capture […]

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