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Subject:Re: Tools for producing a Tutorial From:Craig Haiss <craighaiss -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Wed, 9 Jun 2010 07:01:50 -0700 (PDT)
--- On Wed, 6/9/10, Chris Gooch <chris -dot- gooch -at- rocketmail -dot- com> wrote:
> From: Chris Gooch <chris -dot- gooch -at- rocketmail -dot- com>
> Subject: Tools for producing a Tutorial
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 5:11 AM
> I'm currently working on a short technical writing contract
> for a
> start-up company. We've already got some very brief 'quick
> pages done just in Word, plus some context help, and
> done as XML as part of the software itself. The client
> thinks that
> some tutorials on using certain aspects of the software
> would be
> a useful thing to provide next, but wer're not sure exactly
> how to
> produce these. Options range from a simple document, or a
> presentation style, to a video showing a task being done
> with the
> software (with or without voice over).
> My question is, do people have any recommendations for
> to use to produce such a thing?
> We have a free tool called CamStudio to record the software
> in action
> which allows you to add a voice over but we're not sure we
> want to go
> down the route of just providing videos on the web site. We
> also have
> SnagIt for annotated screen captures to add to a more
> traditional type
> document, but we thought something more dynamic than that
> be best.
> Adobe Captivate (which used to be called RoboDemo back in
> the day
> I think) looks like it might be useful, but it's not cheap.
> So we thought
> another option might be to use Powerpoint to produce an
> presentation, but perhaps this would be second best and I
> recommend them to invest in Captivate (although I have no
> of it myself).
> Any suggestions? As I say the client is a start up and they
> don't want
> to spend a lot of money on software if it's not going to be
> used much;
> on the other hand my contract is pretty short so it will be
> worth them
> paying for tools that enable a good job to be done in a
> short time (they
> will need to be able to update whatever I produce
> themselves after my
> contract finishes too).
> Christopher Gooch
> Technical Author and Software Developer
> Sheffield, UK.
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