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Check if or check that? Or: Have you tried turning if off and on again?

How often do we read or write that we should check something? Example: "Check if the computer is connected to power." Clear message, no misunderstanding. But what if it says: "Check that the computer is connected to power." more ...

Ten questions for Ines Lasch, intern at parson

Ines Lasch just finished her vocational training as a technical writer and is doing an eight-week internship at parson. We asked her ten questions. more ...

Vocational Training for Technical Communicators. How Does it Work?

Anja Schiel, trainee, and Ulrike Parson, CEO of parson AG, offer their insights into the vocational training for technical communicators. more ...

Make Technical Documentation Intelligent - From Content Management to Content Delivery

In this article, Martin Kreutzer and Ulrike Parson describe how you fill content-delivery portals with intelligent information so that users quickly get the right answers to their questions. more ...

parson's mentoring program

You sent the job application and the interview went well. Now comes your first day at work. Everything is strange: colleagues whose names you immediately forget, business processes, the ERP system. Even the coffee machine doesn't work right away. And where was that meeting room again? more ...

FrameMaker Tips & Tricks 2: From FrameMaker into Word

In some projects it is useful to generate Word documents for subject matter experts – to collect input and to review comments.

Not only is tracking changes in Word very well suited for visualizing changes and comments, is it also widely accepted. Unfortunately, FrameMaker crashes sometimes if the document to be exported to Word is too large or if it contains images. So I searched the Internet and got inspired by a side note in one of the Adobe blogs, suggesting a "detour": FrameMaker->PDF->Word. I tried – and was surprised how well it worked. The Word export from Adobe Acrobat Professional is excellent; it even converts the images properly.

Of course, this way is only suitable if you convert single chapters on demand and if you edit the input/feedback before integrating it into your documents. But it is a useful workaround when FrameMaker refuses to export the contents to RTF.

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