Re: getting experience with expensive tools

Subject: Re: getting experience with expensive tools
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Becky Edmondson <beckyed -at- rcn -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 13:16:20 -0400

> 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?

Many vendors offer fully-functional demo versions that either garble
output or watermark it. Most of these are 30 day demos.

Look for beta testing opportunities (requires paying attention in the
right places at the right times, or knowing the right people). You
will be given a full version to use, and for the price of your time
and feedback you get to learn a new tool.

Jump into a new tool on the job. You say you've done several
shoestring gigs. You know the point of using the tools and what you
need to do, content-wise, to succeed. Flaunt that to get a gig asking
for specific tools knowledge. If you're a solid tech writer and know
single-sourcing, picking up a tool is a cakewalk.

Bill Swallow
Twitter: @techcommdood

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