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A Primer on Findability

Cheryl Landes, Owner, Tabby Cat Communications

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

As user documents have moved from print to digital formats, and from static to dynamic content, our thinking about findability has struggled to keep up. The older tools of findability—index, table of contents, logical organization, good typography, and good page designstill have important roles to play. But are there new tools and techniques that can help us do a better job? In this webinar, Cheryl Landes will talk about new and revised approaches to navigation, indexing, and searching that will help us help our end users. These techniques apply to a wide variety of document types and platforms and work successfully despite varying interface limitations.

How Do I Pick the Right Tool for Me?

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

So many tools to choose from! So many messages from so many vendors. How do you find the right one for you? In this session, Liz Fraley will share strategies, benchmarks, and questions that she’s used (and seen used) over the years, so you will have something in your back pocket to help you choose the tool that’s best for you, your company, and your situation.

Get Noticed and Get Promoted

Shelley Row, P.E., Speaker and Executive Coach, Author of "Think Less, Live More. Lessons from a Recovering Over-Thinker"

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Are you doing great work but someone else gets all the attention? It’s time to take control! Learn five practical skills that will help you stand out from the crowd now. Come ready to participate in this highly interactive webinar because you deserve to get noticed!

Learn an Open Source Text Editor for Fun and Profit

Rich Loveland, Sr. Technical Writer, AppNexus, Inc.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

As a technical writer, you spend your entire day working with large bodies of text, most of which contain repetitive patterns and idioms. A software engineer spends her entire day doing the same thing: working with large bodies of text, most of which contain repetitive patterns and idioms. Over the last 50 years, programmers have developed powerful text editors that allow them to work with large bodies of text with great efficiency and power. This power can be yours too! All that is required is an investment of your time.

REST API Overview and Documentation Best Practices

Gururaj BS, Director Cloud User Assistance, Oracle; Marta Rauch, Sr. Principal Information Developer, Oracle

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

REST APIs are growing quickly, with enterprise and finance the fastest growing categories. The job market for REST API writers is hot, and technical communicators can increase their marketability and value to their company by learning about REST APIs. Join this webinar to get a REST API overview, see a demo, and hear about emerging REST API documentation best practices. You’ll also gain resources that can help you gain skills and prepare to deliver your own docs for REST API.

It's Time to Spruce Up Your Writing!

Sylvia Miller, Sr. Communications Analyst, Elsevier

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

When you read an ambiguous sentence or one that sounds like the writer was being paid by the word, do you feel like giving the author a piece of your mind? Are you ever embarrassed for a writer who has published a cool, edgy multimedia piece that’s full of problem sentences, misspellings, and word clutter? Come and hear what Albert Einsten, William Zinsser, our own Ginny Redish, and other professionals have said about great writing. Along the way you’ll be entertained by some convoluted sentences that will make you the life of your next party—or at least your tech comm staff meeting!

Part 1 in Video Series: Getting Started with Video Tutorials: How, When, and Why

Matt Pierce, Integrated Marketing Manager, TechSmith Corporation

Wednesday, 1 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

So your organization wants you to add video to the palette of things you do? Not exactly sure where to start, or want to level-up your skills? Start with an introduction to video and the impact it can have on your organization.

Part 2 in Video Series: Audio for Video: Scripts and Voiceover

Robert Hershenow, Principal, RDH Communications

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

With the right equipment (you don’t need much!) and a little bit of knowledge, producing quality audio for video doesn’t have to be difficult or scary. In this informative webinar, Robert Hershenow will provide a lively discussion and demonstrations of effective scriptwriting, voiceover technique, engineering best practices, and tips for editing and mastering your recordings. A handout of references and sources of software and hardware will be provided.

Part 3 in Video Series: Screen Capture Tools: Choosing the Best Solution for Your Needs

Andrew McQuinn, Technical Documentation Specialist II, MiTek, U.S.A, Inc.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

As video demonstrations have become increasingly common in recent years, a great number of screen capture applications have come to market. In this demonstration, we will examine two of the most popular screen capture applications—Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia—and evaluate the factors that determine which best suits your needs.

Part 4 in Video Series: Distributing Training and Help Videos: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Mark Kleinsmith, Technical Communications Manager, MiTek, U.S.A, Inc.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Finally, you have your mind wrapped around training and help video production and you’re convinced that they will complement your technical communications arsenal. You’ve done your research on authoring tools, you know how to write a script, you can add voiceovers, but how are you going to distribute the end product to customers? Join us in this webinar for information on this key piece in the video production puzzle.