Adobe Spark -Tools-crop

Welcome to the Tools section of the Tech Comm Tools website. Here is where you'll find a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for creating content and running a small online business. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my business (or were crucial to developing Tech Comm Tools to where it is today).

Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, here's an important disclosure:

Most links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you.
I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the commissions I make if you decide to buy something. 

If I've helped you discover or use these products, please use my links to purchase, but do not spend money on products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.


Adobe Software

I use Adobe CC apps and Adobe TCS apps just about every day.
My favorite Adobe TCS apps: FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Captivate, and Acrobat
(Acrobat is in both CC and TCS).

Technical Communication Suite

Download trial of Adobe Technical Communication Suite


Adobe CC applications

My favorite Adobe CC apps: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat
(Acrobat is in both CC and TCS)
View the full catalog of Adobe CC trials


Adobe Spark

I use Adobe Spark to produce blog and social images.
There is a free version of Spark, and Spark Premium is included with a full Adobe CC subscription. Spark has integration with Adobe Stock, Lightroom, and Creative Cloud accounts you may already have. You can also search Creative Commons sites from within Spark.

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock has both pay-per-use and paid subscription plans. I have a monthly plan.


FrameMaker add-ons

My pal Rick Quatro, of Carmen Publishing, has some amazing plugins for FrameMaker that will knock down repetitive tasks like template maintenance and table imports to just a few clicks. I cannot more strongly recommend his products!

Here are my favorites:

FindChangeFormatsBatch My #1 recommended Template Designer tool. Read my review and watch how I did a 10-minute document conversion with FindChangeFormatsBatch

TableCleaner

ImportFormatsSpecial


Video

Webcam

DSLR

ScreenFlow -  Video Editor

ScreenFlow is my favorite editor for video. It's easy without being amateurish, and powerful enough to use for paid projects.
Fully functional trial, no time limit


Wirecast - Live streaming production software

Wirecast lets you set up live shoots with multiple cameras and preloaded video images.
I'll soon be producing a regular TV show using this product.
Fully functional trial, no time limit



Audio

Heil Sound PR40 - Microphone

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - Audio interface


Lights, miscellaneous

LED lights (battery powered)

LED light power supply

Radio-controlled outlets (for LED panels)

Light stands

Green screen


Internet marketing

ConvertKit - Email list

ConvertKit
ConvertKit

SamCart - Shopping cart

SamCart
get a free samcart trial

LIMITED OFFER: 60-day free trial of SamCart

SamCart's 1-page funnel online course (I highly recommend this)


Conferences

Social Media Marketing World

Attend Social Media Marketing World (primary for internet marketing)

Society for Technical Communication (STC)

Society for Technical Communication Annual Summit (primary for tech comm)

LavaCon

WritersUA


Educational Resources

Jeanine Blackwell (Create Six Figure Courses)

Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income)

Jeff Walker (Product Launch Formula)

John Lee Dumas (Podcasting Paradise)


Website/Misc.

WordPress

  • AdRotate
  • BeaverBuilder
  • ConvertKit (allows form insertion)
  • Header Footer Code Manager
  • Image Elevator

Dropbox

Get an extra 500 megabytes (total of 2.5 gigabytes) of storage space when you sign up for a new, free Dropbox account using my affiliate link
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Share files with a free Dropbox account