Re: Creating new "files" in Blaze

Subject: Re: Creating new "files" in Blaze
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2009 11:54:56 -0500

You know, considering that I'm an experienced tech writer, one who WILL
use the documentation to learn a new tool, doesn't it seem as though
there were several assumptions made by MadCap that "everyone
understands" this? If it's hidden, if I couldn't find that piece of
information clearly spelled out, if it didn't pop up in the search of
the help files, perhaps it isn't well explained?

Sometimes, especially with the conversion of a user -base to a new
paradigm, you have to take baby steps and explain the obtuse and assumed
procedures to newcomers that are used to a different paradigm.

As in "To create a new file..." and explain the differences, and make it
a searchable string in your help.

Scott

Geoff Hart wrote:
> Scott wondered: <<How do you create a new file in Blaze? When I looked
> at it I couldn't create a new file. I had to import a file from some
> other source.>>
>
> Depends what you mean by "file". If you're talking about the
> collection of topics (a project) that will eventually be compiled into
> one or more publications, you can do this right from the opening
> screen, by specifying that you want to create a new project. If you're
> talking about a topic within a project that's already open for
> revision, open the Project menu and select "Add Topic".
>
> As I note in my review, Blaze is large and powerful, and therefore
> complex -- but no more so than RoboX or any of the other big programs
> we use. Part of the complexity is that they do things differently from
> ways you might be more familiar with. Once you figure out where
> everything's hidden, getting proficient with the software is a matter
> of practicing until things become as reflexive as they already are
> with familiar software.
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Geoff Hart (www.geoff-hart.com)
> ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Effective Onscreen Editing:
> http://www.geoff-hart.com/books/eoe/onscreen-book.htm
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>
>
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References:
Review of MadCap Blaze: From: Geoff Hart
Re: Review of MadCap Blaze: From: quills
Creating new "files" in Blaze (was: Review of MadCap Blaze): From: Geoff Hart

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