Useful MadCap Resources
These resources have been collated by members of our MadCap Special Interest Group. This is an online group, open to all.
Flare expertise by other users are freely available on these blogs:
- TecWriter collects links to Flare-related blog posts with tips and tricks and product reviews from around the web.
- Flare for Help by Laura Charles Johnson, Certified Advanced Developer for Flare and a Certified Flare Instructor, covers many of the trickier challenges an experienced tech writer can face.
- Flare for Programmers by Thomas Tregner helps when you seriously want to extend Flare’s capabilities and coding doesn’t scare you…
- ClickStart is the site by Flare trainer and book author Scott DeLoach where he presents all kinds of quick-and-easy tricks that make your Flare life easier.
- On his blog, Paul Pehrson provides tips and tricks about Flare, but also training, webinars and insights from conferences.
- Hyper/Word by Neil Perlin offers a great cross-section of tech comm trends and techniques, not all of them Flare-related.
- The Red Chicken has useful quick tips for managing Flare projects.
- Kai’s Tech Writing Blog has impressions and hints about Flare and topic-based authoring in general.
- MadBlog is MadCap’s official product blog with tips and tricks, but also technology and product news.
CSS (Cascading StyleSheets) are your friend when you want to style Flare’s output online and in print. Or it will be when you’re done with these helpful sites:
- Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started is a great primer, then go on to…
- Cascading Style Sheets (Part 1): Introduction and Overview, a free recording of a MadCap webinar with Mike Hamilton and
- Incorporating DIV Tags into Your WebHelp Design, a free recording of a MadCap webinar with Laura Charles Johnson
Once you’re on your way with CSS, these are great reference resources that let you look up stuff:
- CSS Tutorial by W3Schools
- CSS Tutorials by HTMLDog
- CSS2 Cheat Sheet by Dave Child summarises in a neat printable sheet
Books can give you a more in-depth experience of getting started with Flare than videos and web sites can. Once you’re up and running, they make for great desk references!
- Five Steps to MadCap Flare walks you through setting up your first projects, creating your first topics and publishing your first output with MadCap Flare. It’s especially useful for lone writers who find Flare’s learning curve daunting.
- MadCap Flare Developer’s Guide by Scott DeLoach, see his ClickStart blog above, is by comparison a bit more modular, so it’s easier to dip in, if you need help with individual tasks.
“How would you start learning Flare?” if you had little or no budget? The Flare Users group on LinkedIn provides several answers.