Author-It versus Flare

Subject: Author-It versus Flare
From: Ken Stitzel <kstitzel -at- symplified -dot- com>
To: Tech Whirl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:37:42 -0600

I'm curious and perhaps others are, too: Is there anyone out there who has
used both Author-It and Flare? How do you think they compare? What do you
think are the strengths/weaknesses of each? Have you ever migrated an
Author-It project into Flare? How do you handle multiple users? Do you have
projects that involve "branding", i.e., changing your help graphics and
contents so it looks like another company is selling it?

I currently use Author-It. It has some very impressive capabilities, but
some things are kind of clunky. I recently attended a Flare seminar, and it
looks quite impressive also--with some extra features that could make my
life easier (and that Author-It doesn't seem to have).

My background:
* Work for a really cool startup
* Currently the only writer, but may be others eventually
* I inherited Author-It from the previous tech writer and have learned it
on the job--i.e., I'm definitely not a power user.

I know there must be lovers of each product--but I hope not to start a
"religious" war with this inquiry (substitute various HAT names in the
linked cartoon):

Your comments and thoughts are welcome.

Ken 8-{)>

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