TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for June 22, 2012

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for June 22, 2012
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:50:33 -0400

*This week’s update on technical communication and the TechWhirl community
is supported by Platinum sponsor Madcap & their Ultimate Communications
Suite, MadPak <> |*

Entrepreneurs like your friendly managers of TechWhirl don’t often get to
enjoy the luxury of vacations (“Holidays” for the many non-US whirlers out
there), so we find ourselves envying those that heading for beaches or
mountains or various exotic climes, and hope that you seriously get a
chance to disconnect and recharge.

Several of our SWU writers are off for their holidays, or are planning them
in the next few weeks, and they’ve apologized for being out-of-pocket while
on vacation! No need to apologize from where we sit. Vacation is there
for a reason, and we want people to take them and enjoy them.

It seems that ability to get away from the work is getting harder and
harder for many workers, at least in the US. We know of plenty of folks
who have to answer emails, take conference calls, and do various sorts of
work-related activities that are not remotely related to relaxation. Seems
pretty counter-productive to us, since professionals in technical
communication, like most other businesses, need the opportunities to
de-stress and come back with fresh perspectives and new enthusiasm for the
tasks ahead.

Of course there’s not a thing wrong with catching up on your professional
reading, so if you’re looking for a good laugh check out Lisa Higgins’
classic humor piece on Marketing Writing: Not Just Cheesy Ads Full of Lies
and Starbursts<>.
And if you really must interact while on vacation, vote in this week’s poll
on what technical communicators are really expected to
If you’re not on vacation, then no excuses--you really need to vote and
comment. Either way, the discussion around what kind of technical
communication content we want to deliver versus what we’re allowed to
deliver is one that impacts us all.

So drop us a note via a comment on this post, or a direct email, or start a
new thread on the email discussion
And if you’re already on vacation, have one of those cool drinks with an
umbrella in our honor.

Enjoy your weekend!

-The gang at TechWhirl
In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

*New features and articles on <>**

- Tech Writer This Week for June 21, by Craig Cardimon |
- Technical Communication Poll: Reality Check on Technical Content
Delivery |
- Technical Writing Humor: From the Sidelines on Marketing Writing,
classic from Lisa Higgins|

*Tech Comm News on <>*

- Nexidia Announces Interaction Analytics Release |
- TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio 8 Offers Professional Video Creation |
- Neudesic and MadCap Deliver Social Collaboration to Technical
Communication |
- ACD Systems Releases Canvas 14 for Transforming Technical
Illustrations |
- SoftChalk Launches Cloud-based eLearning Authoring Platform |
- Adobe Captivate 6 with HTML5 Support Now Available |

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*Gold: *ComponentOne Software <>,* *Madcap

*Silver*: Society for Technical Communication (STC)
<>, Vancouver
Island University <>

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