Re: Tools statistics

Subject: Re: Tools statistics
From: Shawn C <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io>
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:38:56 -0700

Hello Robert,

You have to remember that VMware is pretty large and they use a whole lot
of different tool in different departments. But I was curious, as well...
before buying. I didn't get my own answer fast enough and discovered that
if you search for MadCap, using VMware's website search function, it will
list about 68 documents authored in MadCap Flare.

What I observed in looking over different VMware documentation was:

- MadCap Flare (v6) produces good results (except the VMware authors would
have produced much better documentation if they had inserted .svg images
instead of bitmap)
- Apache FOP produces terrible results (e.g. "VMware - Getting Started
- Antenna house, Adobe Distiller, etc. could come from just about any
documentation tool (including Flare... but more likely Adobe FrameMaker or
some MAC tool).

Some VMware document examples published MadCap Flare:

Just a few examples.

Take care,

On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>wrote:

> Which VMware documentation? The VSphere PDFs' properties indicate they
> were created using Antenna House PDF.
> On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM, Shawn C <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io> wrote:
> > BTW, examples of Flare documentation are plentiful. My favorite examples,
> > that really show off Flare are found in recent VMware documentation.

Shawn Connelly
technical writer
<> <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io>

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