Richly savvy: Adobe upgrades suite for creating interactive technical documents

Adobe Systems says an upgrade to its primary solution for creating rich technical information and training content across multiple channels allows communicators to leverage Web-enabled user-assistance resources containing text, 3D designs, and rich media—including Adobe Flash Player compatible video, AVI, MP3 and SWF file support.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff January 27, 2009

Adobe Systems says an upgrade to its primary solution for authoring, reviewing, managing, and publishing rich technical information and training content across multiple channels allows technical communicators to create training materials and Web-enabled user-assistance resources containing text, 3D designs, and rich media—including Adobe Flash Player compatible video, AVI, MP3 and SWF file support.

The enhanced version of the suite, called Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2, released January 20—serves up these new capabilities:

• Adobe FrameMaker 9, the latest version of Adobe’s technical authoring and DITA publishing solution;

• Adobe RoboHelp 8, an upgrade to Adobe’s help system and knowledge base authoring tool;

• Adobe Captivate 4, an enhancement to Adobe’s eLearning authoring tool; and

• Photoshop CS4, Adobe’s widely used digital imaging software.

The new Technical Communication Suite 2 also includes Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and Adobe Presenter 7.

“With the Technical Communication Suite 2, Adobe [serves] the needs of technical communicators with increased productivity and greater integration between FrameMaker, RoboHelp and Captivate,” says Sanjeev Gadre, director of marketing for Print and Publishing at Adobe. “Rich imagery is now expected by technical readers and the inclusion of Photoshop CS4 allows technical writers, help authors, learning professionals, and information specialists to add rich visual content to their work.”

The Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 is immediately available in North America through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store .

Adobe Technical Communication Suite, FrameMaker 9 and RoboHelp 8 are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) and Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1.