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Online Training Courses

Tech Comm Tools focuses on longer format blended learning courses. This format provides maximum training value, with in-depth content spread out over a number of weeks. You'll get plenty of live interaction, projects and assignments, and (if you want) an opportunity to go deep into specific topics.

Visit the Tech Comm Tools contact page to request information on quick online consults, live online and live in-person classes.

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Basic FrameMaker - Working with Content

Learn to let FrameMaker do all the heavy lifting so you can concentrate on writing!Spend 6 weeks learning to use FrameMaker like a pro. In just a few hours a week, you'll learn the techniques that allow technical communication professionals around the world to use FrameMaker to easily manage libraries of documents, and produce consistent, feature-rich documentation.

This course blends live lecture, recorded material, and real-world projects. The training materials include bonus content that will take you as deep into unstructured FrameMaker as you want to go!

Course material and features are based on the current release of unstructured FrameMaker. However, users of earlier FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

Advanced FrameMaker - Template Design Workshop (Unstructured)

Let us help you develop your own custom top-notch FrameMaker templateSpend 6 weeks creating a polished FrameMaker template that you'll be proud to call your own! In just a few hours a week, you'll create and apply consistent strategies for style names, master pages, and all aspects of a FrameMaker template. See What exactly is a FrameMaker template? for a full definition of a FrameMaker template.

This course blends live lecture, recorded material, and real-world projects. The training materials include bonus content that will take you as deep into FrameMaker as you want to go!

This interactive course combines

  • live instruction
  • a ton of reference material collected from over 20 years of FrameMaker template design for clients
  • Weekly exercises designed to help you develop a polished template of your own at the conclusion of the course

Course material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

Advanced FrameMaker - Digital Publishing

Easily create online and mobile output with the FrameMaker Digital Publishing course

Spend about three weeks learning how to publish FrameMaker content to online and mobile formats, including mobile apps!

This course blends live sessions, recorded material, and real-world projects.

You'll learn to use native tools in FrameMaker to easily deliver content to virtually any screen, including desktops, tablets, phones, and even Kindle.

Specifically, you will:

  • thoroughly understand how each of FrameMaker's publishing formats are created
  • learn to map your content to corresponding web formats
  • learn to customize the output to match your organization's web standards
  • produce actual mobile applications that can be distributed via internal channels or delivered via the Apple and Google app stores

This interactive course combines

  • live review and deep dive sessions
  • lecture material and content updated for the 2017 release of FrameMaker
  • weekly exercises designed to make sure that you're comfortable with each week's lessons

Course material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

Basic Structured FrameMaker - Authoring Structured Content

Learn to confidently work with FrameMaker using a structured content modelSpend 6 weeks learning how to use FrameMaker with a structured content model.

This course blends live sessions, recorded material, and real-world projects.

You'll learn to use the tools in FrameMaker that allow you to rapidly create and maintain huge amounts of content with ease.

Specifically, you will:

  • become familiar with the Structure View
  • learn to use the Element Catalog and Guided Editing to replace nearly every other dialog needed in unstructured FrameMaker
  • learn to validate your content, ensuring accuracy in your work

This interactive course combines

  • live review and deep dive sessions
  • course workbook and exercises updated for the 2017 release of FrameMaker
  • Weekly exercises designed to make sure that you're comfortable with each weeks' lessons

Course material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

Advanced Structured FrameMaker - Structured EDD Development

Spend 6 weeks learning how to define a structured content model for use in FrameMaker.

This course blends live sessions, recorded material, and real-world projects.

You'll learn to define elements and attributes in a FrameMaker Element Definition Document.

You will also learn to format content based on context and attribute values.

Specifically, you will:

  • define the core elements of a structured document
  • create the attributes necessary for formatting and for referencing within your documents
  • convert unstructured content to your new structured model via conversion tables

This interactive course combines

  • live review and deep dive sessions
  • course workbook and exercises updated for the 2017 release of FrameMaker
  • Weekly exercises designed to make sure that you're comfortable with each weeks' lessons

Course material and features are based on the current release of FrameMaker. However, users of previous FrameMaker versions are welcome, and books and class files will be supplied in that format whenever possible.

Learn to use Adobe's award-winning help authoring tool to author topic-based content and create sophisticated online and application-based help for your software products.

This content is the same as my live 2-day RoboHelp training class that I've taught over 100 times, but spread out comfortably over six weeks, rather than crammed into two days. Trust me, you'll be glad you took a little extra time!

Screencasting Master Class (both Mac and Windows)

Learn to create professional, engaging software screencasts with professional quality audioI've spent the past few years creating video for my courses, for Adobe, and for other clients. This course is the natural outcome of that experience, and can help you drive the quality of your video up, while dramatically reducing the necessary time for production.

Now you can see "the man behind the curtain" and what it takes to produce professional audio, intros, and published video for computer documentation.