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Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- only available until 10/15/17

Postby LKupka on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:03 pm

Greetings!

I thought you might like to know that the current edition of “Five Steps to MadCap Flare” will not be available for purchase after October 15, 2017 (and I'm not planning to release any new editions). So if you want to purchase the current edition, or need another copy, this is a good time to buy one because it is available for purchase until that date. To order, see http://www.northcoastwriters.com/fiddleheadpubs/.

Note: the current (Fourth Edition) book is still a very useful learning tool and resource for new Flare users.

Thank you for all your compliments and support of this book since its first edition in 2009!

Lorraine Kupka



The Fourth Edition of Five Steps to MadCap Flare ” for Flare Version 10 includes a supplement for Flare V11.

The V11 Supplement contains detailed information about these V11 features and how they affect topics covered in "Five Steps to MadCap Flare":
    - New Build window for building targets concurrently and in the background.
    - Re-designed Spell Check window and new workflow for checking spelling, plus global dictionaries.
    - Global Project Linking: new Delete un-referenced files option.
    - Stylesheet Editor: buttons for viewing Simplified and Advanced views reversed.
    - Cross-reference enhancements: create cross-reference by dragging, default cross-reference formats changed.
    - Enhancements to Word import: import first rows in tables as Flare table header, import linked images, videos, image alt text and descriptions, naming of imported image files.
    - Image enhancements: insert PDF files into output.
    - EPUB enhancements: include dynamic content, new option to enable or disable dynamic content
    Plus more ...

The Fourth Edition contains many new topics from Flare V9 and V10, including the following:
    - Creating eBooks in MOBI format
    - Responsive output
    - Filtering topic content in the XML Editor by condition tags
    - How undefined condition tags occur and how to fix them
    - New procedures for inserting symbols and special characters and for setting the default quick character
    - XML Editor and Text Editor tabs
    - Previewing topics with a specific page layout
    - Support for right-to-left languages in outputs and in the XML Editor
    - Enhancements to FrameMaker import
    - Dragging and dropping condition tags
    - Dragging and dropping variables
    - Updated images of screens
    - Updated procedures
    - Minor additions and changes based on feedback from readers. Thank you!
    - Plus more ...

To order, see http://www.northcoastwriters.com/fiddleheadpubs/. Available until October 15, 2017.
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Re: Five Steps to MadCap Flare book - updated for Flare V8

Postby ccardimon on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:35 pm

Thank you! I had no idea.
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Re: Five Steps to MadCap Flare V8 book with V9 Supplement

Postby sdcinvan on Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:58 pm

LKupka wrote:I am pleased to announce that the Third Edition of Five Steps to MadCap Flare — for Flare Version 8 now includes a Supplement for Flare V9.

The Third Edition contains many additions and changes, including the following:
    - the new Flare ribbon interface
    - creating eBooks in EPUB format
    - HTML5
    - global project linking
    - information about accessibility checks and tagged PDF files
    - file tag feature (including how to create your own file tag sets and file tags)
    - creating project reports from data collected by the Internal Analyzer
    - importing CHM files
    - more procedures for working with tables (converting text to tables and vice versa, sorting and merging tables, cutting and pasting table content, and repeating table captions)
    - additional planning worksheets
    - suggestions and best practices for managing and sharing content in a team environment
    - more keyboard shortcuts for working with Flare
    - updated images of screens

Flare V9 has a very minor impact on the content in Five Steps to MadCap Flare. The V9 Supplement contains information about these V9 features:
    - XML Editor and Text Editor enhancements (Split View; synchronized text edits, content selection, and navigation; syntax coding; and viewing a topic with a specific layout)
    - Page Layout Editor enhancements (new page types, new options in the TOC properties dialog, padding chapters with empty pages, print medium use in Frame Contents window)
    - Enhancements to inserting characters and symbols (new Character dialog, changes to the Character drop-down list, new procedures for inserting symbols and special characters and for setting the default quick character)
    - Changes to the Target Editor’s Conditional Text tab and advanced conditional expressions
    - Right-to-left language support
    - Enhancements for EPUB3
    - Creating MOBI output
    - Enhancements to FrameMaker import
    - plus more …


To order, see http://www.northcoastwriters.com/fiddleheadpubs/.
This book and V9 Supplement are available now.



Hello Lorraine,

Thank you for writing this book. I ordered it about a month ago but I am finally getting around to reviewing the content. It is exceptionally well written and well organized - kudos!

One question, where is the v9 supplement?
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Re: Five Steps to MadCap Flare V8 book with V9 Supplement

Postby LKupka on Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:33 pm

Hi Shawn.

The V9 Supplement was attached to the email I sent you when the book shipped, but I don't mind resending it. Just email me about it and I'll attach the supplement to my reply. (You can email me directly from my website--shown below in my email signature.) Thank you for the compliments. I'm delighted that you like Five Steps!

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Re: Five Steps to MadCap Flare V8 book with V9 Supplement

Postby sdcinvan on Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:18 am

Good morning Lorraine,

I found the email attachment, thank you.

Best regards,
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Re: Five Steps to MadCap Flare V8 book with V9 Supplement

Postby LKupka on Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:55 am

You're welcome Shawn.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby Kat se gat on Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:53 am

Lorraine,

I remember buying the v8 book a good while ago and how you had to gently berate me like a school mistress looking down her pince-nez for asking too many questions. :D

Is your book for v10 available as download only, say in PDF format?

The v8 paper book arrived quickly enough so I don't mind ordering the v10 book.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby ChoccieMuffin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:47 am

I second the request for an electronic version -- $24 just for shipping does seem a bit steep, and I'd find electronic more easily searchable too. Yeah, so I won't be able to read it in the bath unless I risk my e-reader, but I can live with that! :-)
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby Msquared on Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:23 am

Yep, those of us in the UK would very much like an electronic version if possible.

Also, I work part at home and part in the office, and I get fed up carting books backward and forward between locations, and never having the right book in the right place. My Microsoft Manual of Style and CSS, The Definitive Guide come with me at all times. Everything else has to stay in one place or the other as my rucksack isn't big enough and my body isn't strong enough to carry any more.

You are in good company though, as the Microsoft Manual of Style used to be available electronically, and isn't any more, Did you intend to take your lead from Microsoft? ;-)
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby LKupka on Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:16 pm

Hi folks.

I completely understand your points and the benefits of having a book in electronic format. I’ve considered a PDF or e-book version of "Five Steps to MadCap Flare" but haven’t done it for various reasons, primarily because of the risk of significant sales losses due to illegal copying of the electronic formats. You may think there isn’t much risk of that for a book published in such small numbers, but I have already found one company on the web advertising an electronic version of "Five Steps to MadCap Flare." It’s actually just a copy of the Look Inside PDF from my website, but I have no doubt that once I published an electronic version of the entire book, it would soon be available on many such unscrupulous sites.

I’m also a one-person business doing technical writing full-time. I maintain the book and handle book orders outside of my technical writing business, and it takes a fair amount of time and effort. Because this book serves a niche market, sales volumes aren’t high. If my sales dropped even a small amount it wouldn’t be economically viable for me to keep the book updated or even available at all.

I know that shipping costs can be expensive, especially to customers outside the U.S. But please keep in mind that I’m only shipping a very small number of books (one or two at a time), so I don’t qualify for any shipping discounts. And I charge only the shipping cost; I don’t add on a handling fee. I know the shipping cost is an impediment to overseas sales and I wish I could reduce it, but unfortunately, I can’t.

Thank you for your interest in this book. I’m glad to know that readers find it so useful.

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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby Nita Beck on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:37 pm

I personally know Lorraine, and I can attest to Five Steps being her labor of love. She has put in thousands of hours on the book, and I hope that we can all do our part to help keep it a viable enterprise for her by which the Flare community continues to benefit.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby atomdocs on Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:59 pm

Just ordered the book, looking forward to reading it :)
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby Kat se gat on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:53 am

Lorraine,

I agree with your point about the possibility of your book being "stolen" through t'internet. I really didn't mind paying the shipping costs when I bought the v8 manual. In fact, it's sitting next to me now that I'm picking up Flare again. Like a circus chimp I have to retrain myself!

Once I've been through the v8 book again I'll ask my Minister of Finance (Wife Division) for permission to buy the upgrade manual. :D
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby ChoccieMuffin on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:29 am

Lorraine, I wasn't complaining about you, just about how expensive it is to ship things from the US into the UK. I could really do with something like this, so when I've paid the bills I'll see what I can find in the bottom of the purse to buy it, as I'm a contractor so can't get "the boss" to cough up for it.

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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby LKupka on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:35 pm

ChoccieMuffin wrote:Lorraine, I wasn't complaining about you, ...

Not a problem, I didn't take it that way at all. I just thought it might be helpful if I explained the situation.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby atomdocs on Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:31 pm

Book received today, it looks great, thanks Lorraine. I have already started reading.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby LKupka on Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:00 am

atomdocs wrote:Book received today, it looks great, thanks Lorraine. I have already started reading.

Great! Glad you got it so quickly. Yours was my first book shipment to Thailand.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby atomdocs on Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:57 pm

Very fast delivery, thanks Lorraine. If I meet any other Flare users here I'll pass on the info about your great book. I'd like to start a user group here.
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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby LKupka on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:35 am

atomdocs wrote:I'd like to start a user group here.

The person to talk to about starting a user group is Nita Beck. She started the very first Flare User Group (in my area) and she has lots of good advice about it. We've found it to be a really fun and engaging exchange of tips, tricks, and knowledge gleaned from working in the trenches.

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Re: NEW EDITION of Five Steps to MadCap Flare -- for V10

Postby Nita Beck on Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:35 pm

Hey Lorraine! Thanks for the shout-out, dear friend.

For those interested in starting a Flare user group, I gave a webinar in July 2013 outlining how I started and continue to manage the group in my and Lorraine's town (not that everyone has to do so my way, but rather just to offer ideas). MadCap's recorded webinars are here: https://www.madcapsoftware.com/resources/recordedwebinars.aspx. Scroll down until you find "Calling All Propeller-Heads" and then click the View Recording button. And I'm always happy to talk to anyone interested in launching a group. For anyone thinking of starting one, be sure to tell MadCap so that they will post your contact information on their Community page here: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/community/. There is a button at the bottom of that page with which one can contact MadCap with your details.
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Re: Five Steps to MadCap Flare now includes V11 Supplement

Postby docgirlpgh on Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:08 am

Hi, I'm trying to learn Flare on my own (not sure the company will pay for training for me). My background is about 18 yrs experience with FrameMaker, experience with WebWorks ePub and RoboHelp...so I think I sort of understand the general concepts of Flare..but wow, Flare has MANY layers that my head is spinning. At work, I have Flare 12 installed and I'm using FrameMaker 12 and WebWorks ePub 2016. I'd like to import the FrameMaker content into Flare and use Flare for all PDF and online / HTML 5 output. My question is the 5 Steps book is a few years old and includes a V11 supplement, but will that help me with Flare 12? Also, does the book provide baby steps to getting to my goal of importing FrameMaker files into Flare and producing the output that I need? Thank you for any help that you can provide. ....
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