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Documentation Tools


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This presentation lists some of the important tools that a tech writer should be familiar with

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Documentation Tools

  1. 1. DOCUMENTATION TOOLS -Gautam Soman
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Technical Writing usually involves use of sophisticated tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Each tool has its own strengths and limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>A tech writer needs to choose a tool by taking into consideration the type of the application, the type of the end deliverable, the target audience, and of course, the customer’s preference. </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation discusses major categories of tools, and the major choices in each category. </li></ul><ul><li>You can visit the homepage for each tool by clicking its hyperlink. </li></ul>
  3. 3. CATEGORIES OF TOOLS <ul><li>Word Processing Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Help Authoring Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Capture Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Image Processing Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Video Editing Tools </li></ul><ul><li>HTML Editing Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Code Documentation Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Content Management Tools </li></ul>
  4. 4. WORD PROCESSING TOOLS <ul><li>MS-Office </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul>
  5. 5. HELP AUTHORING TOOLS <ul><li>Adobe RoboHelp </li></ul><ul><li>DocToHelp </li></ul><ul><li>Madcap Flare </li></ul>
  6. 6. SCREEN CAPTURE TOOLS <ul><li>SnagIt </li></ul><ul><li>FastStone </li></ul><ul><li>PrintScreen </li></ul>
  7. 7. IMAGE PROCESSING TOOLS <ul><li>Adobe PhotoShop </li></ul><ul><li>PaintShopPro </li></ul><ul><li>GIMP </li></ul><ul><li>MS-Visio </li></ul>
  8. 8. VIDEO EDITING TOOLS <ul><li>Camtasia Studio </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Captivate </li></ul><ul><li>Wink </li></ul>
  9. 9. HTML EDITING TOOLS <ul><li>Adobe Dreamweaver </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft FrontPage </li></ul>
  10. 10. CODE DOCUMENTATION TOOLS <ul><li>SandCastle </li></ul><ul><li>NDoc </li></ul><ul><li>JavaDoc </li></ul><ul><li>Doxygen </li></ul><ul><li>PHP Documentor </li></ul>
  11. 11. CONTENT MANAGEMENT TOOLS <ul><li>Digite </li></ul><ul><li>Documentum </li></ul><ul><li>Tortoise SVN </li></ul><ul><li>SharePoint Server </li></ul>
  12. 12. THANK YOU! <ul><li>This presentation is based on a blog-post written by Gautam Soman. </li></ul><ul><li>You can read the complete article at ByteSpace </li></ul><ul><li>Gautam Soman </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>