Speaker: Nicky Bleiel, ComponentOne. Technical Writers write, yes —but producing information requires a number of other tools that aren’t specifically publishing tools. We need to create and edit graphics, create wikis, manage knowledge – as well as perform more non-traditional functions, such as creating audio files and icons. We can also be required (or desire) to set up systems for backing up our machines, managing source control of our documents, and bug tracking.
Tonight we will discuss and demonstrate a number of low cost (or free) tools that technical communicators can use to perform a variety of tasks, including: graphic/screen capture creation and editing, icon creation and editing, building a wiki/knowledge management system, create special font characters, creating text-to-speech audio files for use in demonstration files, automated file backup, podcasting, source control, and bug tracking.
Nicky is a Senior Information Developer at ComponentOne. She has been a technical communicator for more than twelve years. Nicky started her career writing books and producing them in hardcopy format, but she has since embraced online help and user assistance, Web design, single-sourcing, usability, e-learning, and knowledge management. Nicky has presented to the STC at all levels, as well as numerous industry conferences. Her STC involvement includes a current stint as an At-Large Director of STC, along with taking a leadership role with the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter. During her term as President, the chapter was recognized as a chapter of excellence; during her vice presidency, as a chapter of distinction.