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Vaibhav Gupta

Vaibhav Gupta is a certified Madcap Advanced Developer. He has more than seven years of experience as a Technical Writer. In his career, he has published documents for multiple domains in various formats and provided Technical Writing Tools training to numerous writers. He believes in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.".

Authoring in Flare

Step 2: Authoring in the madcap flare software

After getting familiar with the madcap flare software, it’s time to do some actual writing. In this post, I will walk you through all aspects of authoring in flare. Just to remind you, madcap flare is a topic based authoring tool. We will be editing topics throughout this post. If you want to know how to create, open, and edit a topic, then read our first post of this madcap flare tutorial series on Understanding the madcap flare application. Applying styles in madcap flare software Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find… Read More »Step 2: Authoring in the madcap flare software

What is a Style guide and Why do you need it?

What is a style guide and why is it important

A style guide ensures that your published content is consistent, polished, recognizable, and more enjoyable. When designing a style guide, you should always put your readers or audience first. An accurate and well-written style guide helps you create a recognizable, winning voice and personality with which readers can form a more personal connection. What is a style guide A style guide or manual of style is a collection of rules for the writing, formatting, and layout of documents. One can use these rules for general purposes, or specific to the organization or document type. Sometimes, these rules are called Stylesheet;… Read More »What is a style guide and why is it important

madcap flare interface

Step 1: Understanding the madcap flare application

This is the first step in our madcap flare tutorials for beginners series, how to use madcap flare application. As a new user, it is always best to understand the software, before working with it. It is good to familiarize yourself with: Its interface Know what different options are available How to access them. When I started working with Flare, I was confused with the term project. I was creating an online help file and a user guide for the same product. I looked for all the madcap flare tutorials available online, but for me, it was a bit confusing,… Read More »Step 1: Understanding the madcap flare application

What is technical writing in the modern world

Do you know that according to an article published in The Economic Times, there is almost a 20% year-on-year growth in the number of opportunities in the field of technical communication? According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a technical writer in the United States is $ 57,282/yr, while in India it is ₹624K/yr. In this post, I will walk you through the life of a technical writer, day to day activities, skills, and how the technical writing field is evolving with the advancement of technology. Definition In the words of the Society for Technical Communication, technical communication is a… Read More »What is technical writing in the modern world

How to use madcap Flare in 3 simple steps for a beginner

Are you overwhelmed by looking at Madcap flare features? Do you want to learn madcap flare but not sure where to start? When I started technical writing with madcap Flare in 2016, I was excited after looking at its features. I wanted to use all the features and create an online help with responsive design, reuse the same content and create a user guide, and import my old files. Without holding my nerve and I quickly enrolled for their 30 days trial. But, the first week of my trial went in vain. I couldn’t find a single resource on the… Read More »How to use madcap Flare in 3 simple steps for a beginner

How to create version filters in madcap FLARE

Version filters or filter drop-down list, is used to dynamically change the content as per the users’s selection. Do you have online help that serves multiple types of audiences? Do you want to give your user the freedom to choose the version of the help?If you have these questions in your mind and thinking how to achieve it in madcap FLARE then, this post is for you. In this post, I will provide you a step-by-step guide to create a dropdown filter in madcap FLARE.I am using Condition tags, a little bit of Javascript, and Windows session storage property of… Read More »How to create version filters in madcap FLARE

A complete list of technical writing tools

Every job profile is known for their skills and tools. If I ask you to imagine a plumber, the first picture that would come into your mind, must be of a person holding a wrench. When I think of a writer, the picture that comes into my mind is of a person holding a pen.Yes, a pen does the basic job of writing, but in the modern world, it is not enough.In the modern world, technical writers need to create instructions that are rich in graphics and easily accessible on different devices.As a technical writer, apart from interacting with people,… Read More »A complete list of technical writing tools