Instructor-led, web-based courses (3.5-4 hour sessions, including 2 short breaks); scheduled hours adjusted to fit participants' time zones; group size is typically 2-4 participants; dates may be adjusted in case of scheduling conflicts. [registration form]
PDF Document Collections (half-day; US$150), May 21
Do you have numerous documents -- such as guides, help documents, white papers, technical specifications, spreadsheets, drawings, marketing materials and case studies -- each linked to a different application or accessible in different locations in the directory structure? Would your users appreciate easy access to all these different materials through a single main menu, structured like a web site? Learn how to create the navigation structure in PDF, how to link different document types, and how to create searchable PDF CDs/directories
Visually-Oriented Documentation (2 half-days; US$300), May 22-23
(Not authoring-tool specific) Readers do not have the patience for wordy descriptions and often latch onto the graphics as their main reference point. This course discusses various methods for using layout, table and graphics cleverly so that your documentation is leaner, more usable and easier to localize. Topics include: design, pagination-related aspects, minimizing text, organizational devices for text, graphics, interactive graphics/video.
Single Sourcing with FrameMaker (2 half-days; US$300), May 29-30
For experienced FrameMaker users who want to make the most out of FrameMaker's single-sourcing features.
Rich Media in PDFs with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers+Multimedia Assistant (half-day; US$150), June 3
Effectively integrating multimedia -- such as video simulations and demonstrations, audio -- in PDFs. Learn how you can embed/link media files in PDFs authored with FM and control playback properties in Acrobat, and with TimeSavers+Multimedia Assistant (so that you don't need to define media items and properties every time the PDF is updated). Includes one license for Multimedia Assistant ($100 value).
Using FrameMaker (5 half-days; US$650), June 5-6,11-12-13
For newcomers to FrameMaker experienced with word processing or desktop publishing programs, or for technical writers who have been using the software, who want to acquire a full, in-depth knowledge of FrameMaker. Intensive & fast-paced (computer per participant). Topics include: paragraph and character formats -- applying, creating and modifying; variables; cross-references; searching for and changing text, formats and objects; using FrameMaker templates; autonumbering; anchored frames; creating and editing graphics using FrameMaker drawing tools; importing graphic files; tables and table formats; master pages and pagination features; reference pages and referenced graphics; generating a table of contents, index and other lists; FrameMaker books.
FrameMaker Template Design (6 half-days; US$700), June 18-19-20,25-26-27
For experienced FrameMaker users; packed with information, tips & tricks to make template planning, design and maintenance easier.
(A) Built-in FM-to-PDF features (2 half-days) (B) Enhanced interactivity and automation (2 half-days) (C) Testing PDFs (half-day) For experienced users of FrameMaker and Acrobat who want to create/maintain high-quality, interactive Acrobat PDF files.
Parts A, B and C can be taken as a complete course or separately. Price: (A) = US$300; (C) = US$150;
(B) = US$450, includes a single license for FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers ($200 value);
(A)+(B)+(C) = US$900, includes single licenses for FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers + one Assistant ($300 value)
3D-PDFs with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat
TimeSavers+3D Assistant (half-day; US$150), TBA
3D models in your PDFs (so that you don't need to update 3D models
and properties every time the PDF is updated). Includes one license
for 3D Assistant ($100 value).