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Firstly, thanks to everyone who replied to my question about Tech courses -
greatly appreciated. Secondly - good luck to England in the World Cup!!!
Please don't ban me for that Lisa!
Ok - now on to my real question. As a tech writer I find that there are more
and more software programs that clients/employers require. I am wondering if
anyone knows of freeware/cheap shareware progs that I can use to familiarise
up-and-coming tech writers with before they commit to buy the big boys. The
three areas that I am looking at are: DTP (eg. Quark), Help(eg. Robohelp or
Flare), Diagrams (eg. Visio). I have found a few on Tucows and Download.com,
but any that other that fellow tech writers would say were worth a look then
please let me know. I want my students to be able to evaluate software that
gives them a good idea of what the more costly programs will involve so that
they can assess where they want to specialize before forking out lots of