Adobe® Technical Communication Suite 4

Adobe® Technical Communication Suite 4
Adobe® Technical
Communication Suite 4
Extend the frontiers of technical content creation and consumption
Efficiently author, creatively enrich, rapidly review, conveniently manage, effectively reuse, and easily publish technical
documentation to multiple channels, formats, and screens.
Adobe Technical Communication
Suite 4 combines:
•Adobe FrameMaker® 11
•Adobe RoboHelp® 10
•Adobe Captivate® 6
•Adobe Illustrator® CS6
•Adobe Acrobat® X Pro
•Adobe Presenter 8
Additional components:
•Adobe RoboScreenCapture®
•Adobe RoboSource Control™
•Adobe Bridge CS6
Streamline your technical communication workflow
Transform your XML/DITA authoring experience and leverage the multiscreen HTML5 format to make publishing highly
extensible. Use best-in-class products to collaborate and create technical content, integrate with rich interactive media, and
deliver to virtually any device.
Advantages of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 software
• Work faster with cross-product
integration—Leverage tight
FrameMaker—RoboHelp, FrameMaker—
Illustrator, FrameMaker—Photoshop*,
FrameMaker—Acrobat, and RoboHelp—
Adobe Captivate® integration for superior
content creation and delivery. Integrate
content from other suite components
natively in FrameMaker and speed up
time-to-market.
• Easily author and enrich XML/DITA
content—Natively author XML/DITA
content with role-based views, XSLT 2.0
and XPath2.0 support, Smart Paste, Quick
Catalogs, and DITA 1.2 enhancements.
Liven up content with stunning graphics,
product demos in HD, engaging FLV and
SWF videos, and interactive presentations.
• Publish to multiple channels, formats,
and screens using multiscreen HTML5—
Publish contemporary technical content to
virtually any device with multiscreen
HTML5 and other popular formats. Make
your publishing workflow highly
extensible by simply specifying the screen
size and layout. Optimize content display
for a better reading experience, and
preview it while authoring.
• Increase enterprise productivity—Deliver
content faster using productivity boosters
for individual contributors and
collaborating teams. Improve your
throughput with rapid authoring features,
PDF-based reviews, native connectivity
with CMSs, automatic code and content
suggestions, and error-tracking.
Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 workflow
Components
1. Author and manage
•FrameMaker 11
•RoboHelp 10
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2. Enrich and engage
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3. Review and collaborate
4. Publish to multiple devices
•Adobe Captivate 6
•Illustrator CS6
•RoboScreenCapture
(feature of RoboHelp)
•Acrobat X Pro with
Acrobat.com
•FrameMaker 11
•Bridge CS6
•RoboSource Control™
•RoboHelp 10
•Adobe Captivate 6
Add punch to your technical
content with interactive
videos, animations,
graphics, quizzes, and
show-me demos. Create
digital graphics, illustrations,
and typography for all
kinds of media: print, web,
interactive, video, and
mobile.
Use commenting-enabled
PDF files to share reviews,
accept or reject comments,
and aggregate views.
Centrally access all your
creative assets for a
streamlined workflow.
Make your technical content
available to users in the
formats they prefer and
on the devices they like
with versatile single-click
publishing in RoboHelp.
Deliver content to multiple
channels like mobile, web,
desktops, and print; formats
like multiscreen HTML5,
WebHelp, CHM, eBook
(EPUB 3, Kindle Format 8);
native mobile apps (iOS,
Android, Blackberry,
Windows, Symbian), Adobe®
AIR®, and PDF; screens
including tablets and
smartphones.
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Leverage the seamless
integration between
RoboHelp and FrameMaker
to repurpose content
without leaving the native
authoring environment.
Accelerate productivity and
create content for multiple
needs with enhanced
singlesourcing capabilities.
*Adobe Photoshop is not a part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 and must be purchased separately.
Adobe® Technical Communication Suite 4
Extend the frontiers of technical content creation and consumption
Efficiently author, creatively enrich, rapidly review, conveniently manage, effectively reuse, and easily publish technical
documentation to multiple channels, formats, and screens.
Adobe FrameMaker® 11
Adobe RoboHelp® 10
Adobe Captivate® 6
Adobe Illustrator® CS6
Adobe Acrobat® X Pro
Adobe Presenter 8
Additional components:
Adobe RoboScreenCapture®
Adobe RoboSource Control™
Adobe Bridge CS6
The technical communication industry is
rapidly changing. Today, consumers
demand technical content to be easily
consumable, highly interactive, quickly
searchable, immediately actionable, and
always available on-the-move. Hence, the
ways in which the content needs to be
authored, enriched, reviewed, managed,
and delivered are also changing. This
means that today’s technical
communication tools need to support all
the above requirements—while offering
the highest return on investment, the
lowest total cost of ownership, and the
fastest go-to-market. In response to the
increasing demand for cost-effective,
efficient, and versatile tools, Adobe
Technical Communication Suite 4
software contains new versions of the
Adobe FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Captivate,
Illustrator, Acrobat, and Presenter
components, each providing
multifunctional capabilities and flexibility.
Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4
is a powerful, integrated toolkit with
single-source authoring, rich multimedia
integration, and multichannel, multiscreen
HTML5 publishing capabilities. Create
XML/DITA content natively with Adobe
FrameMaker 11. Publish virtually
anywhere using Adobe RoboHelp 10.
Deliver engaging, interactive content with
graphics, demos, and more using Adobe
Illustrator CS6, Adobe Captivate 6, and
Adobe Presenter 8. Rapidly collaborate
with review-capable PDF documents.
With Adobe Technical Communication
Suite 4, author, enrich, and publish compelling
technical content with a powerful, integrated
toolkit. Collaborate and natively create XML/
DITA content. Publish across channels, formats,
and screens with multiscreen HTML5. Deliver
engaging, interactive content with graphics,
demos, presentations, and more
• Invoke the utilities and features of the suite
components from the native FrameMaker
authoring environment. Experience
continuity of features when publishing
FrameMaker content to a range of formats
using RoboHelp. Streamline the content
creation, review, and publishing workflows.
• Completely transform your XML/DITA
authoring experience with a slew of features
for structured content creation. Perform a
comprehensive list of XML-related activities
natively and create content without having
to switch windows.
• Enhance your text with a wide range of static
and dynamic media content for shorter
learning curves and higher adoption rates.
Deliver compelling user experiences by
infusing content with greater interactivity.
• Use the futuristic multiscreen HTML5 format
to enable a wider audience to consume
content on the preferred devices. Deliver
content to multiple channels like mobile,
web, desktops, and print; formats like
multiscreen HTML5, WebHelp, CHM, eBook
(EPUB 3, Kindle Format 8); native mobile
apps (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows,
Symbian), Adobe® AIR®, and PDF; screens
including tablets and smartphones. Publish
in various modes: offline or online, local or
server-based, single file or set of files.
• Enjoy a wide range of automation and
collaboration features to accelerate
authoring, enriching, reviewing,
repurposing, and publishing workflows.
Deliver more impactful content faster with a
higher ROI.
Adobe® FrameMaker ® 11
Author, enrich, manage, and publish XML/DITA and unstructured content
Author, collaborate, and publish best-in-class technical content. Migrate to XML cost effectively. Use the new XML Code View to
natively author structured content. Collaborate with PDF-based roundtrip reviews. Efficiently manage content with out-of-thebox CMS integration.
Simplify your authoring needs with:
Native XML Code View
Dive directly into XML code using the Code
View. Exercise complete control over XML
documents with a host of editing features,
including customized toolbars, inline
attribute editor, automated tracking of errors,
Intelliprompt of attributes and elements,
search using XPath, and advanced XSLT
features.
to XML files. Execute these transformations
using a range of JAXP-compliant processors,
such as Xalan and Saxon. Define the scope of
the transformation—a file, all files of a folder,
DITA map or all children of a book.
Author View
Focus on writing without bothering about
page breaks and text formatting. Use the
Author View to speed up content creation
prior to customizing appearance and output.
XPath 2.0 support
Eliminate the need to browse through
numerous lines of XML code. Use the XPath
Pod to find your elements and automatically
apply functions to them. Customize your
query builder, get suggestions, define the
scope of queries, use the history dropdown
feature, and save search results for greater
productivity.
XSLT 2.0 support
Create a variety of transformation scenarios
by applying pre-defined or customized XSLT
Rapid authoring
Speed up XML authoring with a range of
productivity features such as Intelliprompt
of elements and attributes, template based
structure suggestions, automatic insertion
of end tags, dynamic validation, and pretty
printing. Work faster with large XML/DITA
files and DITA maps in multiauthoring
environments.
Comprehensive DITA support
Meet consistency and authoring needs
as well as specific output requirements.
Create customized information models with
automatic generation of DITA 1.2 elements
(such as titles, tables of content and indexes),
page rounding and numbering. Easily publish
DITA maps to various output formats.∆
Author structured and
unstructured technical content
using FrameMaker 11
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This feature requires Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server 11 or Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4. Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server 11 is a separate product from Adobe FrameMaker 11, and
must be purchased separately. Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 is a separate product from Adobe FrameMaker 11 and includes Adobe FrameMaker 11 as one of the components of the suite.
Adobe® RoboHelp® 10
Create and publish help and policy content for mobile, web, desktop, and print
Easily author and publish multichannel, multiscreen HTML5 help content virtually anywhere using a wide variety of output
formats. Work in multi-author environments with next-generation collaboration and review workflows. Personalize and
optimize content for relevance and search.
Ease your efforts for help and policy content with:
Multichannel, multiscreen HTML5
publishing
Usher in the future of help and policy
publishing by delivering rich, interactive
content virtually anywhere. Publish frameless,
SEO-friendly, cross-browser, cross-platform
multiscreen HTML5 output to a wide range
of channels (such as mobile, web, desktops,
and print) and screens (including tablets and
smartphones).
Multiformat publishing
Make your help content available to users in
the format they prefer. Publish to multiscreen
HTML5, WebHelp, CHM, eBook (EPUB 3,
Kindle Format 8), native mobile apps (iOS,
Android, Blackberry, Windows, Symbian),
Adobe® AIR®, PDF, Microsoft® Word, Adobe
FlashHelp®, JavaHelp, EclipseHelp, and
OracleHelp for Java™.
Device-based screen profiles
Leverage the scalable, extensible multiscreen
HTML5 format to make output look its best
on a range of devices. Create new profiles,
specify a range of dimensions or resolutions
for each of them, provide screen frame
images for better previewing of output
screens, and specify the browser agents to
use to access the content.
Customizable screen layouts
Choose from out-of-the-box layouts for
desktop, iPhone#, iPad#, Kindle Fire, and
more, or define custom layouts and map
them to screen profiles. Edit the topic style,
content, and search features in each layout.
Conveniently change styles using a toolbar.
Preview pages to see how the layouts will
appear.
EPUB 3 and Kindle Format 8 (KF8) support
Deliver content to smartphones, tablets, and
eBook readers in EPUB 3, KF8 and Mobi
formats. Publish to devices (such as iOS and
Android™ smartphones and tablets, Amazon
Kindle, Barnes and Noble NOOK™, Sony
Reader™) and reader apps (such as Adobe
Digital Editions, Calibre, Aldiko, and iBooks)^.
Automatic screen-based content
optimization
Allow users to optimize each screen profile
based on the size of the output screen by
converting auto-size or text-only pop-ups
to hyperlinks, changing absolute image and
table sizes to relative sizes. Enable the pinchto-zoom feature, and replace SWF content
with Adobe Captivate® HTML5 files on iOS
devices.
Define content profiles and layouts
for your multiscreen HTML5 output
using RoboHelp 10
Subject to Apple’s current requirements and approval.
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Adobe® Captivate® 6
Create a wide range of eLearning content without programming
Rapidly author interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mLearning content. Easily create product demos in HD, application
simulations, and soft skill and compliance training. Add quizzes, publish to leading LMSs, and deliver courses to the web,
desktops, and mobile devices, including iPads#.
Enrich your technical content with features like:
Roundtrip with Microsoft® PowerPoint
Import your PowerPoint 2010 slides
in eLearning projects. Bring in objects,
animations and multimedia, easily update
the content, and keep your PowerPoint and
Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the
dynamically linked import option.
High-definition screencast
Easily create high-quality product demos
with the new capture-as-a-video workflow.
Edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes,
audio, and captions. Insert a talking head or
another video in a picture-in-picture format.
Publish it to YouTube with a single click.
HTML5 publishing
Deliver eLearning on the go. Now publish
eLearning content as HTML5, and take your
Create interactive eLearning
content without programming
using Captivate 6
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Subject to Apple’s current requirements and approval.
courses to mobile devices. Send scoring data
to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant
LMSs and track learner progress.
iPad publishing
Take your eLearning to mobile iDevices.
Create interactive eLearning content in a jiffy
using the iPad# and iPhone presets. Publish
content as HTML5, for access using browsers
on iPads and iPhones.
Pause and resume
Allow learners to pause and resume linear
courses across devices. By publishing
eLearning content as both SWF and HTML5,
learners can begin the course on either their
desktop or mobile device, pause it, and then
resume it on the same or another device.
Smart learning interactions
Insert aesthetically designed interactive
elements to eLearning content with just a
click. Simply select from a wide range of
stunning out-of-the-box interactions like
Process Cycle, Glossary, Accordion, Pyramid,
Animated Rollover, and more, customize the
content and appearance, and you’re done.
Adobe® Illustrator® CS6
Explore new paths with the essential vector tool
Adobe Illustrator CS6 software is the industry’s premier vector-drawing environment for designing across media. Express your
vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography—driven by the new Mercury Performance System so you can make fast work
of your most complex creations.
Move easily and work efficiently with creative applications using:
Sophisticated vector drawing tools
Design with speed and precision. Create
compelling vector graphics for virtually any
medium. With precise shape-building tools,
fluid and painterly brushes, and advanced
path controls, you can experiment freely
and capture your vision with intricate shapes,
color, complex effects, and rich typography—
all driven by a powerful performance system.
Integration with other Adobe solutions
Move projects smoothly from design to print
or digital output, thanks to tight integration
with industry-leading Adobe Photoshop® *,
InDesign®, After Effects®, Acrobat®, and more.
Adobe Mercury Performance System
Work with precision, speed, and rock-solid
stability on large, complex files due to native
64-bit support on Mac OS and Windows®,
with RAM and overall performance
optimization.
Multiple artboards
Organize and view up to 100 artboards
of varying sizes overlapping or on a grid.
Quickly add, delete, reorder, and name. Save,
export, and print independently or together.
Gradients and transparency
Interact with gradients directly on your
Streamline daily image editing tasks
with the newly modern interface of
Illustrator 6
*Adobe Photoshop is not a part of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 and must be purchased separately.
object—defining the dimension of elliptical
gradients, editing colors, and adjusting
opacity. Even create gradients on strokes and
meshes.
Crisp graphics and text for web and mobile
Create and align vector objects precisely
on the file’s pixel grid for clean, sharp raster
graphics. Use text anti-aliasing options for
individual text frames.
Adobe® Acrobat ® X Pro
Deliver rich, engaging PDF communications anytime, anywhere Adobe Acrobat X Pro software lets you deliver highly professional PDF communications. Create and edit PDF files with rich
media included, share information more securely, and gather team feedback more efficiently.
Stride through PDF documents and simplify your communication by:
Converting from Word or Excel with just
one click
Convert PDF files with one-button ease in
Windows® from Microsoft Office applications,
including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint,
Publisher, and Outlook—without ever
leaving your authoring application.
Reusing content with a powerful PDF to
Word or Excel converter
Spend less time retyping and reformatting
information—and more time getting your
job done. Adobe Acrobat X Pro software lets
you reuse content by converting PDF files to
editable Microsoft Word or Excel documents.
Acrobat X Pro preserves relative positioning
Combine and organize related
materials in a single PDF portfolio
using Acrobat X Pro
of tables, images, and even multicolumn text,
as well as page and paragraph attributes.
Creation of PDF portfolios
Assemble a wide range of materials—
including spreadsheets, web pages, videos,
and more—into a single, polished PDF
Portfolio for high impact. Easily customize
PDF Portfolios to reflect your branding and
style.
Adding rich media
Quickly bring ideas to life through rich,
interactive documents. Insert audio,
Adobe Flash Player compatible video, and
interactive media into PDF files for seamless
playback in Adobe Reader 9 or X.
Streamlining PDF tasks
Automate routine, multistep tasks as a
guided Action with the Acrobat Action
Wizard. Create, manage, execute, and share
a sequence of frequently used steps that can
be applied to a single PDF or batches of files.
Online document reviews
Gain the feedback you need more quickly
through easy-to-manage, shared document
reviews that allow participants to see and
build on one another’s comments. Easily
track progress and participation, add
reviewers, and email updates or reminders.
Adobe® Presenter 8
Personify your presentations
Communicate more effectively with engaging videos and interactive presentations created in PowerPoint. Minimize the time,
effort, and cost of producing and editing videos by doing it at your desktop. Add quizzes, deliver virtually anywhere, and track
using integration with LMSs.
Let your presentations do all the talking with:
PowerPoint 2010 support
Convert PowerPoint 2010 slides, including
objects, animations, and multimedia, into
rich, interactive video presentations using an
improved conversion library.
and webcam video. Edit your video with
crop, trim, pan, and zoom, and automatically
adjust the brightness and sharpness. Enhance
audio quality by reducing background noise.
out-of-the-box interactions like Process Cycle,
Glossary, Accordion, Pyramid, Animated
Rollover, and more, customize the content
and appearance, and you’re done.
Desktop-based video production
Minimize the time, effort, and cost associated
with producing videos by doing it yourself
right at your desktop without specialized
equipment or training. Simultaneously
capture slide presentations, webcam
video, and audio to create engaging video
presentations with just a few clicks.
Video add-ons
Focus viewer attention on specific content
by highlighting it while recording. Make
annotations by simply moving your pointing
device. Work with attractive themes, add
text overlays to introduce topics or speakers,
and select from a range of introductory
and concluding clips. Include your logo for
project-wide branding.
Actors
Tell your story more effectively using human
characters. Select from a wide range of outof-the-box actors making various gestures to
give your content a more personal touch. Set
actors against relevant backgrounds to make
your scenarios look more realistic.
Simplified video post-production
Speed up post-production with an intuitive
interface that makes video editing a cinch.
Dynamically mix your slide presentation
Smart Learning interactions
Insert aesthetically designed interactive
elements to your content with just a click.
Simply select from a wide range of stunning
Personify your presentations with
Adobe Presenter 8
Testimonials
Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 provides just what technical communication pros need in a
global, mobile, always-on world. What do I like the most? In addition to its traditional strengths—singlesource, multi-channel XML and DITA publishing—TCS 4 cranks it up a notch by providing support for
multiscreen HTML5 output. Now you can preview mobile-optimized technical documentation content
destined for smartphones, eReaders, tablet computers and other mobile devices from within familiar
authoring interfaces. Kudos, Adobe!
- Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, Inc.
A real bonus is the Adobe FrameMaker 11 to Adobe RoboHelp 10 seamless workflow within the Adobe
Technical Communication Suite 4. Here, you have a toolbox of the best-of-breed apps for technical writers.
- John Daigle, President & owner, Evergreen Online Learning, LLC
The powerful mix of tools in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 helps our clients create the right
content, for the right audience, in the right format, and deliver it at the right time. This is the way that
software should work. Adobe Technical Communication Suite enables content creation and distribution
and reduces manual overhead.
- Bernard Aschwanden, President and owner,Publishing Smarter
The new HTML5 publishing and EPUB/Mobi format output capabilities in Adobe Technical Communication
Suite 4 put the software at the cutting edge of the technical writing industry. We will take advantage of the
multiscreen output capabilities to bring our online Help and large manuals to mobile devices to reach a
larger audience.
- Alexandra Duffy, Lead Technical Writer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.
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With Adobe’s commitment to multiscreen publishing, my Adobe RoboHelp 10 content will finally be able
to be consumed by learners using any kind of device (including desktop computers, laptops, the Kindle,
and the Apple mobile devices). As far as I’m concerned, Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 continues
to be synonymous with the true meaning of single-sourcing. The suite has been, and will continue to be,
the most indispensable collection of tools in my toolbox.
-Kevin Siegel, President, Iconlogic, Inc.
I have clients requiring both PDF and online Help output. Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 allows
them to single source the content and automatically update all necessary rolebased outputs from one
place. Now that Adobe Technical Communication Suite creates HTML5 output, my clients can expand their
reach to push content to all mobile devices. The Help content queries the device, and adjusts the delivery
based on screen size!
- Matt Sullivan, Independent Adobe certified instructor
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The new Adobe Captivate 6 workflow in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4 makes it much easier to
embed Captivate content. Now, I can easily create HTML5-based mLearning content.
- Willam van Weelden, Technical Writer, Centric IT Solutions
This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services (“Online Services”). Online Services are available only to users 13
and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and Adobe’s online privacy policy (www.adobe.com/go/terms). Online Services are not available in all
countries or languages, may require user registration, and may be discontinued or modified in whole or in part without notice. Additional fees or subscription charges
may apply.
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