Re: Alternatives to MadCap Flare

Subject: Re: Alternatives to MadCap Flare
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:53:29 -0700

Hmm. The only HTML format that Flare can round-trip is HTML Help, and
then again we have the problem with the designer being on the Mac.

Craig could generate HTML Help, give the designer the HTML Help
Workshop source (which might require decompiling the CHM), the
designer could modify it, give it back to Craig, and Craig could
compile it and import it to Flare.

That might work, but figuring out whether it does would take so much
time that it doesn't make sense to try. Just buy Flare and Parallels
or Fusion.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM, Kathleen MacDowell
<kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Robert, can you import a document with styles and then use those styles for
> a new template?
>
> On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 12:34 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Flare templates are CSS with proprietary extensions. Nothing but Flare
>> can use them.
>>
>> He needs a copy of Flare to do what he wants to do. Flare's integrated
>> stylesheet editor will properly display the inheritance and stop him
>> from screwing things up. Any web designer should have no trouble using
>> that editor. The only other thing you'd have to show him is how to
>> generate output for the relevant targets to check the results.
>>
>> help.madcapsoftware.com/flare12/Content/Styles/Editing_Styles.htm
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 7:49 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I am researching inexpensive alternatives to MadCap Flare.
>> >
>> > I have a new collaborator in the office: our web designer. He wants to
>> > be able to able to edit the stylesheet/template and then hand it back to me.
>> >
>> > He wants a potential authoring system to run on Mac. He doesn't bother
>> > with Windows. He doesn't want to bother with MadCap Contributor. He doesn't
>> > understand Flare, and I can't explain it to him as I learned how to use it
>> > on the forums.
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Alternatives to MadCap Flare: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Alternatives to MadCap Flare: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Alternatives to MadCap Flare: From: Kathleen MacDowell

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