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Sept 18 - Neil Perlin webinar recording

STCCWC kicked off the new year with What’s Next in TechComm, a presentation by Neil Perlin, consultant and trainer extraordinaire! Neil, who runs Hyper/Word Services (http://www.hyperword.com/), specializes in consulting/training for applications such as MadCap Flare and RoboHelp. The presentation was broadcast live from Massachusetts, at 7 p.m. on September 18 at the downtown YWCA, and many people watched it from home by webinar.

What’s Up, eDoc?

The once-stable world of tech comm continues to charge ahead, and occasionally sideways. So far this year alone, the 2012 Summit saw sessions on adaptive content and media queries. MadCap released Flare 8 with support for HTML5. Adobe released RoboHelp 10 with an expanded mobile output feature set. And more, including:

- The continuing move from document-focused to topic-focused and structured authoring and what it means for project planning, good development practices, and tool selection.
- The spread of mobile. And there are four definitions of “mobile,” so there’s the potential for a lot of confusion.
- The first signs of extending single sourcing to mobile in order to create outputs that can work on anything from smartphones to standard PCs and laptops.
- The new emphasis on “content” and what that means.
- The first code-free mobile app authoring tools.
- Increasingly complex technical ecosystems that ask us to decide about the Mark of the Web and quirks vs. strict browser modes.
- The growth of social media and the need to integrate it into tech comm.
- And more…

How do we deal with all this, and more? In this presentation by a long-time tech comm veteran and consultant, we’ll first look at trends in technologies, tools, and methodologies. Then some specific predictions. Finally, how to function in this environment, including:

- Viewing ourselves as independent consultants rather than employees.
- Taking charge of our own careers, rather than waiting for someone else to do so.
- Accepting the need for lifelong learning.
- Accepting the need to go beyond technology and writing and into the business side of our world.
- And more…

These are turbulent times. But they’re interesting times too, promising new and challenging work if we keep up.

All attendees are welcome to download a recording of Neil’s presentation
Due to a technical error, the actual webinar was not recorded. However, Neil has narrated the presentation and made this recording available to us for download.

Link: (not active as of 9/21/2012)
An email will be sent to all registered guests when the link is available.

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