Image/screen capture annotations for documentation

Subject: Image/screen capture annotations for documentation
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:38:38 -0700

Hello all,

I am looking for advice on finding the best approach to adding annotations
to screen captures or other images.

In the past, when I was writing with the Adobe products (FM, InDesign),
annotations were easy because they are treated as independent vector
overlays.

Unfortunately, MadCap Flare (and MadCap Capture) seems quite inept with
working with annotated images. The main problem (or question) is how do I
ensure a consistent size of the text (i.e. text bubble), regardless of the
size/magnification of a screen capture?

More details of this problem are described in message #17, posted here:
http://forums.madcapsoftware.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=19404&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=15

Question: Is there anyone else using MadCap Flare or another technical
writing tool that doesn't offer good support for annotated images? Can you
recommend a solution?

I am considering InDesign for handling annotated images, however, there are
two possible caveats:
1) Flare's treatment of vector images is also rather undesirable. :(
2) Precise control of text size may still be difficult, once inserted into
Flare. I will have to work out some rules/best practices.

Thank you,
Shawn




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