Re: What computer, what software for a lab?

Subject: Re: What computer, what software for a lab?
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "techwr-l List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "David Hailey" <david -dot- hailey -at- usu -dot- edu>, "Geoff Hart" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 08:59:31 -0500



On Sat 08/05/17 09:30 , Geoff Hart sent:
> David Hailey wondered:
> teaching lab (where I teach digital media topics). There is a chance
> the project leaders will want to install Macintosh laptops.>>
>
>>
> techcomm studio package, which I think includes Frame, InDesign,
> Dreamweaver, Flash, Captivate, and possibly Robohelp. I would also
> like to have Maya and 3DsMax for teaching 3D technical animation, but
> that's unlikely to happen. I guess that for now I will teach with
> Flash and Captivate.>>
>
> Except for the 3D software (only rarely used in tech. comm. --
> witness the near-total lack of questions about such software on
> techwr-l over the past 15+ years), that sounds like a good starting
> point, but you'll also want to include MadCap Flare for help
> authoring, and at least consider WebWorks ePublisher (either for Word
> or for Frame). Also consider OpenOffice, which exists for all three
> operating systems (as "NeoOffice" for OS X), and screen capture
> software such as SnagIt. Some kind of screenshot (bitmap) editing
> software is necessary; Photoshop, for instance.
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------
> -- Geoff Hart
> ghart -at- vide
> otron.ca / geoffhart -at- m
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I think Geoff has covered it all. On a personal basis you might fing MadCap Flare to be more or less a problematic
piece of software, especially if you go with Adobe and FrameMaker. Robohelp is now under the Adobe flag and can be
expected to be integrated in a closer fashion than will MadCap, which would be important if you are going to use Frame
to author in.

Scott
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