RE: Single Sourcing: Word to Training PPT and Online Help

Subject: RE: Single Sourcing: Word to Training PPT and Online Help
From: "Michael Herman \(Parallelspace\)" <mwherman -at- parallelspace -dot- net>
To: "'Wolfgang Schapat'" <wolfgang -dot- schapat -at- t-online -dot- de>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:02:24 -0500

Thank you Wolfgang. I actually have a copy of MindManager and it never
occurred to me to try it for this.

Thank you again,
Michael

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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+mwherman=parallelspace -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Wolfgang Schapat
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:31 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Single Sourcing: Word to Training PPT and Online Help

Hello from Gernany,

I've done this task in the past by the help of "Mindjets MindManger".
Import the original "well defined" (important)
word content into MindManager. This will
reconstruct a mindmap with all content text and pictures.

First step:
If necessary, rearrange the topics and delete
content you do not need in the training material.
Before deleting content save the rearranged mindmap in an other file.
Second step:
Then export the mindmap from MindManager directly
into PPT (you need a template for PPT which meets
your company requirement) to avoid additional formatting the slides.
Third step:
Use the additional saved file and export the
whole content into html-based files. MindMap has
a lot of html templates you can use and adapt to
your needs. Run index.htm in your browser and see the result.
Finished.

The main topic is: you need a well formed
word-file, the template for PPT and MindJet.
MindJet you can download from Mindjets web-site
free of charge 21-day try-and-buy version without limitations.


At 18:51 18.02.2010, you wrote:
>Well, let's start the ball rolling: )
>
>Seems to me OP, with this subject line, begs the question that a
>training presentation **should** be single-sourced from Word to
>PowerPoint. Setting aside for the moment the thought that this may only
>be feasible in a very loose sense, I suspect this could be the fast
>track to "Death by PowerPoint."
>
>A presentation and a manual, as we all know, are two very different
>beasts, and each should be designed with that reality in mind. In the
>best case, Michael's audience will NOT get the manual reproduced in a
>truckload of slides that are interminable, hard to read, or both.
>Rather, the trainer will extract several of the most salient points from
>the manual for a few slides and develop those points in the course of
>his or her presentation, with PowerPoint as a springboard -- not a
>substitute -- for an effectively planned and delivered teaching
>opportunity.
>
>That said, if the Word document is well designed and formatted (yes, I
>know, big IF) perhaps the major points are just waiting to be seen from
>a click of the Document Map button. Next step, with or without that
>running start, is to create a basic outline of the major points in Word,
>going down no more than two or three levels. Then choose Word's Send to
>PowerPoint option, apply a template, and just maybe you've got a
>framework into which you can craft the meat of the presentation.
>
>Sorry for the bit of soapbox there, but I suspect most of us have at
>least one bored-to-oblivion experience from PowerPoint being misused.
>Try googling for "Death by PowerPoint" and you'll soon be in the right
>neighborhood for some curative resources. One good place to start, IMO,
>is the white paper available here: http://www.tellnshow.com/.
>
>Jim
>
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>From: techwr-l-bounces+jim -dot- pinkham=voith -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+jim -dot- pinkham=voith -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
>Behalf Of Suzette Leeming
>Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:04 AM
>To: Pro TechWriter
>Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>Subject: Re: Single Sourcing: Word to Training PPT and Online Help
>
>I'll be watching this as well, to see if there's anything I can use.
>
>I sure hope there are "experts" on the list (I'm confident there are),
>and not just a bunch of people "watching".
>
>Suzette Leeming
>Stouffville, Ontario
>
>
>
>
>On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM, Pro TechWriter
><pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
>
> > Hey Whirlers:
> >
> > I am also looking at the same development path for training materials
> > as well, so I am watching this conversation with interest!
> >
> > PT
> >
> > On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM, Michael Herman (Parallelspace) <
> > mwherman -at- parallelspace -dot- net> wrote:
> >
> > > I've been given a reference manual for a software product authored
> > > in
> > Word
> > > and now need to create a 2nd and 3rd output: a) training course
> > > material (PPT + course notes) and b) Windows online help file.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I don't want to go the generic HTML route. What products/add-ons
> > > are
> > there
> > > that can help with this? I don't mind using more than one product
> > > if that's what it takes.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Thank you,
> > >
> > > Michael Herman
> > >
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