RE: PPT training materials, pdf output (with inter pdf/ppt project hyperlinks) --what is the best tool?

Subject: RE: PPT training materials, pdf output (with inter pdf/ppt project hyperlinks) --what is the best tool?
From: "Caruso, Margaret" <Margaret -dot- Caruso -at- nexteraenergy -dot- com>
To: Reid Gray <reach -dot- reid -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:53:19 +0000

Hi,

I am sold on Storyline 2. You can link anything to anything and have a web-based output (html 5)

It might be too much tool for this project, but if you are thinking about presenting on the web/mobile phones, it's a fabulous tool.


Margaret Caruso
NEER Information Management
Sr. Technical Writer/Trainer
(561) 691-7663 - Office
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Hi,

We create internal and partner technical content that is heavy with diagrams and other visuals. After a developmental edit or two, the information architecture has panned out nicely, but the current tools cause limitations.

The content needs to be accessible to users on linux, mac, and windows platforms and must be easily browsed/navigated by business types, architects, and leads. Hence the 'ask' for powerpoint slides...

Currently, we are using pdfs sourced from many ppt files we create. The ppt source files effectively comprise a tree of functional groups where a critical use case is the ability to jump from the middle of one presentation to the middle of another presentation (this is especially useful for creating deeper layers for the more technically focused users).

But...this sort of ppt interlinking does not work once the ppt is published to pdf. So, we need a scalable method to add string IDs to our ppt files that will be treated as "named destinations" in our pdf output --and, the output needs to work with the majority (or all) of the typically used pdf viewers (evince, foxit, adobe...).

There seems to be some acrobat tools and various plugins out there that might help us, but, before we commit to a tool, I'd prefer to hear the experiences of fellow writers, IAs, and others on their current approach.

What do you think?

Reid
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