The latest release of MadCap Flare 2017 r3 has three enhancements that I’ve been waiting to arrive to streamline your writing and make you more efficient.
- Repeat Last Action – While this handy feature has been available in Microsoft Word and Adobe FrameMaker for a while, MadCap has finally added it to Flare. Although you could have created a macro for frequently used operations, I have found that I needed to repeat an operation a few times before committing it to a macro. Sometimes, I just wanted to repeat an operation a few times during the course of a single day, so that’s where it got really annoying without a repeat feature.
- Text Analysis – For those of you who want to analyze readability, MadCap has finally added the “The Flesch Reading Ease” and “Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level” standards to analyze your text. I like to aim for the fifth grade level so that readers can focus on getting the help they need rather than being tested on their grammar knowledge. So, this is one helpful tool!
- Thesaurus – Jennifer Morse, Product Evangelist at MadCap, describes this feature as “very similar to how it works in Microsoft Word.” Honestly, without this feature, writers needed to stop what they were doing, visit Thesaurus.com or something similar, and find a new word. Well, in a time crunch, that just didn’t happen. Readers were stuck with dull repeated words (this is one of those “writing for the tool” over “writing for the audience” features that MadCap was slower to add than I would have liked.
MadCap has added a few other features to 2017 r3, but these three are the most notable to increase the efficiency of our writing.
Take a look at MadCap Flare.