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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.

Visual Persuasion in the Digital Age

Edward Schiappa, John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities, MIT

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

In today's digital era, visual communication is king. We are constantly bombarded by visual stimuli that we decode rapidly and often without conscious thought. Did you know that words and images are actually processed in different parts of your brain? Are you the master of the visual messages that you are sending personally, professionally, and on behalf of your organization? This webinar will introduce you to key concepts that you need to know to present yourself effectively through visual media.

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.

Information Architecture Bottom Up

Mark Baker, President, Analecta Communications Inc.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

You can’t fix your findability problems by creating a better index or TOC. People don’t use manuals and help systems the way they used to – from the top down. In fact, they don’t use individual information products at all. Instead, they search as widely as they can and select individual pages returned by the search. The only way to fix your findability problems is to focus on the way users actually navigate content today: from the bottom up. You need to build your information architecture bottom-up.

Creating Illustrations from Scratch

Tricia Spayer, Technical Writer/Illustrator, Pressco Technology Inc.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Wondering where to begin creating graphics for your technical documentation? How do you illustrate an abstract or nebulous idea, or perhaps a new icon? As the saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words. If you can show your audience a simple picture rather than paragraphs to explain a topic, your audience will appreciate all the time you save them.

Attend this webinar to spark your creativity.

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.

Every Page is Page One

Mark Baker, President, Analecta Communications Inc.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Readers don’t enter your content through the front door anymore. They enter via search or by following a link and they can land on any page in your content set. This means that every page is your content is a potential page one for your reader. In the past, we designed content to be read linearly. If we helped readers jump into the middle via an index, this was very much a secondary mechanism. We did not design the content to be entered this way. But today, this is the normal way readers consume technical content. Linear reading is the exception. Every page is page one, and we need to start writing them that way.