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Is anyone using Flare and Contributor without Central?

Postby LorenaB on Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:51 am

I'm trying to figure out my approach to integrate Flare into an environment that's relied heavily on Word for a number of years.

I'm currently, and for the foreseeable future, the only author, using Flare. I'll be working with a rotating cast of SMEs (usually up to 5 at a time out of a pool of 100, so floating Contributor license should do for a couple of power users) who will need to make limited edits or (free) annotations using Contributor.

Our options for source control are on-premise TFS or cloud-based SharePoint. But if we start using Flare, the teams are certain that we do not want to use MadCap Central.

Is anyone successfully doing this (Contributor without Central)? I've read all of the information provided by MadCap but I'm not seeing if there are specific differences between using it with and without Central, aside from the obvious difference of "connecting to Central" vs "installing Contributor locally."
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Re: Is anyone using Flare and Contributor without Central?

Postby agracer on Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:56 am

We are using Contributor without Central.

Haven't developer a complex flow now, but I created a template for other authors to create new documents that they can share.
I also create review packages and post on a shared drive where SMEs can open in Contributor, edit, and save. I then reopen in Flare to accept the changes.

Very bare boned approach, but it's all we need right now and it works.
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Re: Is anyone using Flare and Contributor without Central?

Postby LorenaB on Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:13 am

Thanks, agracer. I'm always worried I'd miss something when companies say offline installs and online installs are "identical enough" ... not looking for anything fancy, so it sounds like the basic functionality you've got going will cover my needs as well.

Thanks!
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Re: Is anyone using Flare and Contributor without Central?

Postby mattf on Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:16 pm

@agracer,
I'm curious about your workflow for review packages. You say you're saving them to a shared directory and then... what next?...emailing the SME that they need to go and open it?
I'm trying to send the review packages direct-to-SME via email, and I've got that working but it's not clear to me how to import or review feedback once my devs send the package back to me in email. I'm really hoping it's simpler than I am imagining it to be right now.
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