Adobe has a lot going on this year with, seemingly, many of their major product lines. First, they upped the ante with the Creative Suite package by not only upgrading it, but putting it in the cloud and creating the Creative Cloud service, allowing users access to many more products for a fairly reasonable monthly fee (especially with the starter fee for students and those upgrading from ancient editions like myself). I love having access to more products this way.
Then, some other major productivity tools also got updated in a major way as well, namely the Technical Communications Suite 4, which included the latest updates of Framemaker, Robohelp, Captivate, and now included the latest update to Presenter as well as several other programs. This is a big deal! I’m so thrilled that all these technical communications tools that I can use for both general tech comm and e-learning uses are the latest and greatest versions now.
Ever since my Adobe webinar in June, I’ve had a very nice relationship with Adobe’s Technical Communications Suite group. They invited me to the preview of TCS4 several weeks ago, and they are nice enough to keep me informed of new things going on, and now and then ask if I can pass along information to my readers as well, knowing how much I do like Adobe products in general. So, it was great to see that the TCS4 marketing department is pulling out all stops to make sure that technical communicators everywhere–whether they use Adobe’s Tech Comm Suite or another product–know what’s going on with the Tech Comm Suite products. Saibal Bhattacharjee, who is a Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, let me know that Adobe is making August their “What’s New?” month within the TechComm Suite products, and they have several Adobe experts (seen as some superheroes to some) lined up to do informational webinars to introduce the new Tech Comm line-up of products in Technical Communications Suite 4.
Having been part of Adobe’s “thought leadership” webinar series back in June, as well as having attended several Adobe webinars myself in the past few months, I can tell you that Adobe seems to go to great lengths to provide quality information in a way that is not only easily accessible (they are done through Adobe Connect), but also accessible in that there’s no fancy talk–it’s real people who actually know and have made an effort to know the products and how users are using them. So I can only guess that this new “What’s New?” series is going to be just as top notch.
So far, for the month of August, there are three webinars–all free of charge–set up to get technical communicators up to speed on the new Technical Communications Suite 4. They are the following:
- August 7th, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST,
What’s new in FrameMaker 11 with Kapil Verma.
Register here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=2052417&loc=en_us
- August 14th (hey, that’s my birthday!), 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST,
What’s new in RoboHelp 10 with Ankur Jain.
Register here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=2052406&loc=en_us (Tell Ankur the birthday girl sent you! LOL)
- August 21st, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST,
What’s new in Technical Communication Suite 4 with Ankur Jain.
Register here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=2051812&loc=en_us
I predict that a lot of great information will be coming out of these webinars that will help technical communicators with these great new products, and understanding how Technical Communications Suite will help them become more productive workers producing state-of-the-art documentation and output, especially when it comes to single-sourcing and mobile projects.
For more information about the webinar series, check out the Tech Comm Central by Adobe blog.