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June 8 Professional Development Seminar: Fundamentally Flare

Fundamentally Flare

A half-day workshop on the principles of building a Madcap Flare project. 

Catherine Girczyc and Beth Haggerty, two experienced Flare users, share their knowledge on the basics of building a project along with some helpful tips that they’ve learned. They address the advantages of topic-based structured authoring and single-source publishing in technical communications. 

Learn the three most important things you need to know about using Flare. Take advantage of an informal question and answer session with an overview of the following:

  • Basics of setting up a project and reasons for setting up a global project
  • Use of templates
  • Understanding cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • Use of condition tags, variables, snippets
  • Page layouts and Master pages
  • Indexes and glossaries
  • Image files and graphics
  • Context sensitive links and alias files
  • Preparing target files for output to webhelp, bookmarked pdf’s, HTML5, .mobi and .epub
  • Import Tips for Word docx, Robohelp, Framemaker files
  • Use of Contributor/Sharepoint source files from SME’s.

One lucky attendee will walk away with the full suite of Madcap Software… generously donated by Madcap Software, makers of Flare.
MadPak includes Flare, Contributor, Analyzer, Lingo, Mimic and Capture!


Workshop Details

Where: SRK Consulting (Canada) Ltd. Boardroom, 2200-1066 West Hasting Street, Vancouver

Registration and coffee: 8:30am (end time 1:00 pm)

Your Presenters:

Beth Haggerty

An artistic bent drove Beth to augment her sales and marketing career with professional writing: the Print Futures diploma program at Douglas College. Building on an earlier foundation of Fine Arts at the University of BC, she added a diploma in Graphic and Web design from Burnaby College and BC’s Institute of Technology where she had also earned a marketing and business development diploma from their Venture Program.

Beth has been in marketing and technical communications management for over 15 years, in a wide variety of industries such as telecommunications, equipment and tool distribution, industrial wireless technologies, RFID/RTLS technologies, financial services and municipal government software. Beth trained in the Madcap Software suite in 2009/10 and has added the advanced developer certification and a Technical Communication Management Certificate from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). In the fall of 2011 she launched her own business (based in Summerland), justSay-IT Technical Communications, as an associate of Growth Strategy Dynamics, a Kamloops business consulting firm. They work with companies to capture sales knowledge, creating a customized sales playbook output to mobile.

Catherine Girczyc

In her own words, Catherine is a writer – with two passions:  technical writing and screenwriting.

She also teaches – as we will see in this presentation. She loves to write - whatever the subject matter! She blogs about the screenwriting life (http://screenwriters2.wordpress.com) and tweets @MCG_Writer; and has a daughter deeply involved in the world of dance.

Currently, Catherine is the Senior Technical Writer for Western Union Business Solutions in Vancouver, and as such has delivered significant software documentation using Flare since May 2010. This includes release notes, API documentation, reference guides, trade bulletins, and user manuals.  Output includes web help, HTML5 Help, EPUB, PDF, mobile, and Word materials. She’s responsible for coordinating the Flare projects for all applications and trains and supervises contract technical writers.

She also regularly teaches a directed studies course in television writing / screenwriting for Kwantlen Polytechnic University at the Richmond campus.  Catherine says, “I’m very happy to combine with Beth Haggerty to offer this brief guide to Flare for the STC West Coast chapter in June 2013.”

Registration is Open

Where: 2200-1066 West Hastings (SRK Engineering (Canada) Ltd.) Boardroom
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time: Come and start chatting and networking at 8:30am – enjoy coffee, tea, muffins and  bagels. We’ll start the presentation at 9:00 and (break at 11:00) end by 1:00pm. Then you can have the rest of the day for your weekend fun.


  • $29 - students
  • $49 - STC members
  • $79 - non-members of STC

Register now! Space is limited.  http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=47&EID=15003

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