Welcome to MadCap Central
NOTE 2: Since I wrote this article, MadCap has released v. 2017 of Flare, which does not change the interaction with Central, and a new version of Central which adds support for Slack. Central's basic concepts and features remain the same however.
Version Control Features
At this point, you’re using MadCap Central like any version control system.
Upload latest local files to MadCap Central – Click to move any changes made on the author’s local PC to the version of the project in MadCap Central. You’d do this to update the version in MadCap Central with the latest local changes.
Open the MadCap Central portal – Click to open MadCap Central in your browser. You’d do this to quickly access MadCap Central’s project management features.
- MadCap Central is in public beta as of the date of writing this article – mid-December 2016. My experience is that everything is working smoothly but, as in any beta, some oddities may emerge.
- MadCap Software plans to provide a gigabyte of storage for each MadCap Central subscription, shared among the users associated with a subscription. That figure may change depending on the result of the beta.
- MadCap Software hosts MadCap Central, handling all server administration for you and effectively acting like a shadow IT department. This saves you the cost and effort of hosting a version control system yourself. Note that if you have a mandate to use a version control system that’s already in place, you can use MadCap Central in conjunction with other tools like Subversion or Git.