Adobe TechCommSuite 2015 release

TCS-ProductsResponsive HTML5 output and Right-to-Left (RtL) language support! Two significant updates to the latest release of Adobe’s Technical Communication Suite. Targeted as a “publishing toolkit for technical writers, help and policy authors, and instructional designers”, Adobe’s TCS includes:

  • Acrobat Pro DC – “The complete PDF solution for working anywhere
  • Captivate 8 – “Everything you need to create eLearning courseware
  • FrameMaker 2015 – “Easily author bidirectional technical content and publish across mobile devices
  • RoboHelp 2015 – “Deliver personalized content across platforms and mobile devices
  • Presenter 10 – “Video creation was never this easy

While those versions of Captivate and Presenter have been out for a while, the updates to Framemaker and RoboHelp allow the entire TCS to finally hit a new release (release notes). A couple RH updates seem well overdue – a revamp of the UI to finally move to the newer Office UI style (yay for the Ribbon?!) and improved Search capabilities. However, more significant is a suite-wide support for responsive HTML5 publishing.

And while perhaps targeted to the ‘technical writer’, this suite of products allows quite a range of flexibility in development on online learning and reference materials. Record a lecture with a webcam and Presenter, create a post-lecture review and  interactive assessment with Captivate, and use FrameMaker and RoboHelp to create just-in-time reference materials – all available on platforms from the traditional desktop to you preferred mobile device.
AND with RtL support, those materials can be provided almost any language, now including Arabic, Urdu, and Hebrew (RtL support in Captivate).

Pricing
Unfortunately (or maybe, Fortunately, depending on your perspective), the only tool in TCS that is available in Adobe’s Creative Cloud is Acrobat. All the other products remain outside the cloud. At least the TechComm Suite allows access to the group with a substantial savings (more than 50%) over individual licensing.

  • Subscribe to the suite for $49.99/month
  • Upgrade to the latest license for $699
  • Purchase a new license for $1,6999

See the pricing image (?!) pulled from Adobe’s site…

tcs-pricingAdditional reviews:
Adobe Technical Communication Suite (2015 Release) Meets Current and Future Needs Right Now

Enthused, Early End-user Review of Tech-Comm Suite 2015

Individual Product Reviews for 2015 Release, Adobe TechComm Suite

June 18 webinar, “What’s new in RoboHelp (2015 Release) and Tech Comm Suite (2015 Release)

(note, TCS 2015 was released in June, I think it was, it just took a while to get around to posting about it…but it’s still a pretty new release :))

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