Friday, June 17, 2011

Presenting Two Webinars On Mobile for MadCap Software

Mobile has become a hot topic in the last few years, and you may be thinking about using it for your online help and documentation. But what benefits does it offer? For what kind of applications? What’s the difference between web apps, regular web sites, native apps, and ebooks, and how might those differences affect your mobile strategy?

You could buy and learn brand new types of software for creating mobile, with the effort and expense that entails. But if you have Flare 6 or 7, you’ve got an alternative – you can convert existing projects to mobile form with minimal expense and effort by simply using a few new Flare features and using some familiar Flare features in new ways.

This two-part webinar explores both issues – the general mobile “ecology” to provide a framework for your mobile strategy, and the specifics of creating mobile output using Flare.

Part 1 – “Native Apps?” “Web Apps?” What IS This Stuff? – An Overview of the Mobile Ecology

Part 1 looks at the general mobile ecology. We’ll review the rationales for and benefits of using mobile, some basic terms (feature phones vs. smartphones), delivery “mechanisms” (apps vs. sites vs. ebooks, etc.), major platforms (Android, Apple, etc.), the effect of device differences (such as how differences between smartphones and tablets may affect your choice of delivery mechanism), and suggestions on developing content strategy and standards, and market research to determine your direction.

Part 2 – “So How Do I Use Flare To Go Mobile?

Part 2 looks at the specifics of creating mobile output with Flare. We’ll review the overall process of converting a Flare project to the WebHelp Mobile output and look at typical results – what features convert well, poorly, or not at all, and the effect on workflows and project planning. Finally, we’ll do a live demo to see the process in action.

Part 1 - Jul 22, 10:00-11:00 am (Pacific Time)

Part 2 - Jul 27, 10:00-11:00 am (Pacific Time

To sign up, go to