Paper training manuals on ring binders are fast becoming a thing of the past, especially with Adobe’s (newssite)new Technical Communication Suite 3.

The new version of the software is dubbed a “single-source authoring and multi-device publishing toolkit for the creation and publication of standards-compliant technical information and training material." The software is designed specifically for technical communicators, help authors, instructional designers, and eLearning and training design professionals.

Supporting Effective Content

New features include the ability to gain analytical insights into content usage for effective optimization and the ability to automatically schedule and publish content to multiple channels and screens.

Today’s technical communication end user -- from an average consumer to a design engineer -- expects content experiences that are clear, concise and more engaging,” said Naresh Gupta, senior vice president of the Print and Publishing Business Unit for Adobe, in a press release. “Technical Communication Suite 3 customers can meet this demand by creating documentation that is increasingly interactive, rich and socially enabled -- all with one set of tools, within one user interface.”

The new Technical Communication Suite also features new versions of the suite’s core components including Adobe FrameMaker 10, Adobe RoboHelp 9, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Acrobat X Pro.

Taking on the Entire Product Cycle

As we mentioned in September of 2007, Adobe needed to have a much broader view of how technical documentation teams work. They needed to move beyond the creation perspective of their earlier released Technical Communication Suite, they needed to encompass the entire product cycle that delivered on-demand and optimized media.

It seems as if Adobe has addressed many of these earlier issues with its newest version. New features of the Technical Communication Suite 3 include:

  • Importing FrameMaker content into RoboHelp with support for FrameMaker books
  • Creating standards-compliant XML and DITA (1.2) content and output to multiple formats
  • Directing links to DITA maps
  • Automatically converting table and list styles
  • Publish multiple RoboHelp outputs from within the native authoring environment.

Content can be created in multiple formats including print, PDF, Adobe AIR, WebHelp, EPUB, XML and HTML, and delivered to a wide range of mobile devices including e-Readers, smartphones and tablets. The Suite also has search engine optimization features including enhanced metadata tagging of published content.