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Acronyms Master

Acronyms Master is a free utility for MS Word that automatically creates acronyms table in the document.

Becker, Alex. Acronyms Master (2007). Resources>Software>Word Processing>Microsoft Word



A resource with links to Actions and Extensions for Adobe GoLive.

ActionExt. Resources>Web Design>Software>Adobe GoLive



A collection of resources for writing ActionScript programs within your Macromedia Flash projects.

ActionScript.org. Resources>Web Design>Software>Flash


Adobe InDesign Basics Class

This InDesign class will give you the basics on which you can then develop further skills and become proficient at using this powerful layout program. Further articles will be written to develop some subjects that might need to be taken more in-depth.

Bruno, Elisabetta. About.com. Resources>Document Design>Software>Adobe InDesign


Animations Combination: Exploding Effect

In this presentation, you will learn how to create an explode effect on pictures.

Tohlz, Shawn. PowerPoint Heaven (2005). Resources>Presentations>Software>Microsoft PowerPoint


Animations Combination: Leaf Motion Effect

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make the motion of a leaf moving in the wind. It can be easily done with the combinations of Motion Path, Spin and Swivel Effects.

Tohlz, Shawn. PowerPoint Heaven (2005). Resources>Presentations>Software>Microsoft PowerPoint


The Art of PowerPoint-ing

This blog will share with you guys about The Art of PowerPoint-ing, creating advanced and amazing animations, and many more!

PowerPoint Heaven (2005). Resources>Presentations>Software>Blogs


Author-it User Wiki

Welcome to the Author-it Wiki. This is an unofficial wiki for Author-it (external link) maintained by the Author-it Users community.

Blunck, Hamish. Author-it User Wiki. Resources>Documentation>Software>Author It


AuthorIT: Resizing Graphics using JavaScript Code

My client wanted screen shots in their CHM, but the screens were very large thus creating problems when printing a topic. With some help from Dave Gash, I got the large screen shots to open at 50% size, with a function for the user to resize them to 100% either all at once or one at a time. The function also toggled back to 50% at the user's discretion. This solved the problem of large screen shots in the online help, while allowing error-free printing to occur.

Bracey, Rhonda. CyberText Consulting (2003). Resources>Documentation>Software>DHTML


AuthorIT: Tips, Articles, Presentations, etc.

Various articles, presentations, tips and hints on using AuthorIT.

Bracey, Rhonda. CyberText Consulting (2004). Resources>Documentation>Software


AuthorIT: What's it All About?   (PDF)

As other Help authoring tools (HATs) fall by the wayside or the scuttlebutt about their demise gets stronger, one HAT that continually gets favourable mention is AuthorIT. Maybe you've heard about it, but don't know what it is or how it is different from traditional HATs. In this article, I cover some of the main features of AuthorIT so you'll have enough information to investigate further.

Bracey, Rhonda. CyberText Consulting (2004). Resources>Documentation>Software


Automatic Slideshow, Delay before Slide Advances

You are making a slide show which runs automatically throughout your presentation without the needs of mouse clicking or entering of keyboard. The automatic slideshow can be photographs presentations and etc. In every slide, you realize that the slide advances to another slide immediately after the last animation ends. The result? Audience does not have the chance to read your slides because it moves too quickly. You will need to make some delay so that all your slides will pause for a while before going to the next one. There are few ways to achieve this. This tutorial will cover two simple methods.

Tohlz, Shawn. PowerPoint Heaven (2005). Resources>Presentations>Software>Microsoft PowerPoint


Autonumbering with RoboHelp and Microsoft Word

Because of a bug in Microsoft Word (both Word 97 and Word 2000), it's difficult to number lists automatically. The Numbering Numbering toolbar button toolbar button doesn't work reliably, and neither does RoboHelp's Topic Text Numbered style. Even if you install Microsoft's SR-1 or SR-2 patch to Word 97 or upgrade to Word 2000, you are still likely to encounter problems with any complex numbered list formatting. As a result of these problems, many RoboHelp users have reverted to “manual” list numbering, which is both time-consuming and error-prone. Using the procedure described here, you can automate the process of creating numbered lists in Word and completely insulate yourself from the Word bug that has plagued so many Help authors. To accomplish this, you'll need to take steps detailed on this page.

Knopf Online. Resources>Writing>Software>Microsoft Word



CamStudio is a free and open-source software package for Microsoft Windows that is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).

CamStudio. Resources>Software>Video>Screencasting


CMS Matrix

This site is provided as a community service to everyone interested in looking for a means to manage web site content. Here you can discuss, rate, and compare the various systems available on the market today.

CMS Matrix. Resources>Content Management>Software>Assessment


Collaborative Virtual Workspace

CVW is a collaboration software environment that provides a 'virtual building' where teams can communicate, collaborate, and share information, regardless of their geographic location. CVW takes virtual meetings one step further and enables virtual co-location through persistent virtual rooms, each incorporating people, information, and tools appropriate to a task, operation, or service.

SourceForge (2001). Resources>Software>Collaboration>Open Source



A USENET newsgroup for discussion among users of Adobe FrameMaker.

Google. Resources>Mailing Lists>Software>Adobe FrameMaker


Compendium of Translation Software

A directory of commercial machine translation systems and computer-aided translation support tools.

John Hutchins (2007). Resources>Software>Localization>Machine Translation



Conditional-CSS allows you to write maintainable CSS with conditional logic to target specific CSS statements at both individual browsers and groups of browsers.

Conditional-CSS. Resources>Web Design>Software>CSS


CorelDRAW Tutorials, Tips, Etc.

This page contains a listing of twenty-four links to technical illustration tutorials and how-to articles for illustrators using draw software, especially CorelDraw.

Broz, Donald. Broz and Dian. Resources>Graphic Design>Software


Creating Captions Using MAGpie 2.0

MAGpie allows the captioning of Web audio and video content for use in QuickTime, RealPlayer, and Windows Media Player.

WebAIM (2004). Resources>Software>Accessibility>Video


CSS Layout Generator

This generator will create a fluid or fixed width floated column layout, with up to 3 columns and with header and footer. Values can be specified in either pixels, ems or percentages.

CSS Creator (2007). Resources>Web Design>CSS>Software


Designorati: Photoshop

D:Photoshop strives to be a well-written source of news, information and techniques for intermediate and advanced users of Photoshop. Users who have a few years of Photoshop experience and a good grasp of its basic tools and tactics will benefit from this ongoing source of production techniques, step-by-step tutorials, reviews of upcoming Photoshop-related products and industry news. There are four sections to D:Photoshop: Techniques, which includes articles on specific Photoshop tools and techniques and how they affect an image. Tutorials, which include step-by-step applications of Photoshop tools and techniques that can unlock your productivity and capabilities in real-world production situations. Reviews, thorough commentary on the Photoshop products hitting the market this moment, including books, videos and other media, hardware and software. News on current events in the Photoshop industry.

Schultz, Jeremy. Designorati (2005). Resources>Software>Graphic Design>Adobe Photoshop


DITA Open Toolkit

The DITA Open Toolkit is an implementation of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee's specification for Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) DTDs and Schemas. The Toolkit transforms DITA content (maps and topics) into deliverable formats.

Sourceforge (2007). Resources>Software>XML>DITA



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