RE: Author-It versus Flare

Subject: RE: Author-It versus Flare
From: "Sharon Burton" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "'Ken Stitzel'" <kstitzel -at- symplified -dot- com>, "'Tech Whirl'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:19:38 -0700

I've worked for both companies and I use both with great frequency. They
have pluses and minuses, depending on what's important to you.

I'm not comfortable saying more publically but I do recommend each to
clients, based on what their needs are. Think about: How much content reuse
are you thinking you might need? What's your review process look like? How
many people in your team and where are they located? Will you localize?

Branding and rebranding are equally easy in my opinion.


sharon

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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+sharon=anthrobytes -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Ken Stitzel
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 12:38 PM
To: Tech Whirl
Subject: Author-It versus Flare

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):
http://www.thegosspel.com/2012/03/firefox-vs-chrome-cartoons.html

Your comments and thoughts are welcome.

Ken 8-{)>

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Author-It versus Flare: From: Ken Stitzel

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