Re: getting experience with expensive tools

Subject: Re: getting experience with expensive tools
From: Tom Johnson <tomjohnson1492 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 13:46:59 -0600

Would it be feasible to buy a relatively inexpensive desktop computer for
$400 that you just reformat every time your trial version expires (and then
reinstall)? That would work as long as you kept the executable files for the
trial versions on a separate USB drive or something. One problem is that
some trial versions are limited. For example, Flare scrambles the text. Wish
it didn't do that.

Tom


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On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM, Dan <dangarza1 -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:

> http://apex.vtc.com/robohelp-6.php
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> 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
> that.
>
>
>
> Thanks!
>
>
>
> Becky Edmondson
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getting experience with expensive tools: From: Becky Edmondson
RE: getting experience with expensive tools: From: Dan

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