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Adobe has unveiled Technical Communication Suite 3, the latest version of what it calls a complete single-source authoring and multi-device publishing toolkit for the creation and publication of rich, standards-compliant technical information and training material. The new suite enables technical writers, help authors and instructional designers to efficiently author, enrich, manage and seamlessly publish content, according to Adobe.

It has also introduced new versions of the suite’s core components: Adobe FrameMaker 10, a powerful template-based authoring and publishing solution for technical content; and RoboHelp 9, an HTML and XML help, policy and knowledgebase authoring and publishing solution. Adobe Photoshop CS5, Captivate 5 and Acrobat X Pro complete the suite, integrating image editing, e-learning and demo creation, as well as PDF functionalities.

Adobe reports new features in Technical Communications Suite 3 include:

Enhanced single-sourcing. Users can import FrameMaker content into RoboHelp with support for FrameMaker books, directly link Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) maps, automatically convert table and list styles and publish multiple RoboHelp outputs from within the native authoring environment.

Dynamic “single-click” publishing. The new version allows creation of standards-compliant XML and DITA (1.2) content and output to multiple formats, including print, PDF, Adobe AIR, WebHelp, EPUB, XML and HTML, and deliver it to a wide range of mobile devices, such as e-readers, smartphones and tablets.

Expanded multimedia capabilities. Users can utilize more than 45 video and audio formats and engage audiences by adding 3D models, training demos and simulations.


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