When planning to create new user manuals or online help files, or when reviewing existing technical documentation, you may find the following checklists useful:
▪Documentation Quality Checklist
Helps you to identify potential weaknesses of existing user manuals and online help files. You can also use the listed criteria to evaluate your own work while writing.
▪Choosing a Help Authoring Tool
Describes what to consider when looking for a suitable authoring tool to create technical documentation, especially software user assistance such as printed user manuals and online help files.
▪Choosing a Screen Capture Tool
Describes what to pay attention to when looking for special software to take and edit screen captures (screen dumps, screenshots).
▪Choosing a Screencasting Tool
Lists the key criteria that are important when selecting a tool to create interactive software demos (screencasts).
To help you find suitable authoring tools, I’ve compiled a number of market overviews of useful software. The lists include tools to create and edit user manuals, online help files, and screencasts, as well as a number of other working aids for technical writers and translators.
Additionally, I’ve included a number of lists of useful web sites and recommended books. This is a collection of the resources that I use myself in my daily work as a technical writer.
You can find the links within the navigation area on the left.
I’ll also be happy to provide individual advice and to design, write, or improve user manuals, online help files, and screencasts for you.