getting experience with expensive tools

Subject: getting experience with expensive tools
From: "Becky Edmondson" <beckyed -at- rcn -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:00:34 -0400

Hi guys,

Anyone have any creative ideas on how to get experience with expensive tools
like Flare and Robohelp, when you can't afford to just buy them and don't
ever work at places that can afford them or have the bandwidth to deal with
changing to a dedicated doc tool?

All my clients are startups, and all they ever have is Word and occasionally
Frame. I now have tons of experience setting up shoestring singlesourcing
systems, but I can't figure out how to expand into other tools. I'd prefer
to stay a contractor now, so the obvious answer of searching out a job where
they use the tool is out, and anyway, in this economic client it's hard to
find a company willing to train you.

Maybe I should be looking at opensource HATs? I can't find anything other
than industrial-strength stuff like DITA. My clients are way too small for


Becky Edmondson


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