STC's recorded webinars are recordings of all STC live webinars. A recording of each webinar is posted 30 days after the original presentation date. They are available for download for $39 for all STC members and $79 for nonmembers. Included below are description, presenter, and original presentation date. The listing below is in reverse chronological order, by presentation date, so the newest recordings are at the top.

To access your purchased recording:

Once your payment is processed, go to the Member Home page on STC.org. From there, click on My Account History, and you will be able to access the link to the recording under the My Downloadables header. That product eventually expires, so we recommend bookmarking the Adobe Connect link itself (which never expires) or saving it somewhere.

For questions about webinar recordings, please contact Kimberly Kelly.

Note: All information provided in the descriptions is accurate as of the date of the original webinar. Recordings are not refundable.

FREE STC Member-Only Webinar: Discovering the Unexpected in NEW FrameMaker 2015

Maxwell Hoffmann, Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems, originally presented 30 July 2015

This webinar is available only to STC members.

Learn about NEW functionality in FrameMaker 2015 to survive and thrive into the next decade: Discover how to extend XML authoring to all of your staff, even people who can’t stand looking at codes and have no time for training! Discover published output to more devices than ever, including native mobile apps. Extend your global reach with RTL support for Arabic.

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Creating Illustrations from Scratch

Tricia Spayer, Technical Writer/Illustrator, Pressco Technology Inc., originally presented 29 July 2015

Wondering where to begin creating graphics for your technical documentation? How do you illustrate an abstract or nebulous idea, or perhaps a new icon? As the saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words. If you can show your audience a simple picture rather than paragraphs to explain a topic, your audience will appreciate all the time you save them.

Attend this webinar to spark your creativity.

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Information Architecture Bottom Up

Mark Baker, President, Analecta Communications Inc., originally presented 22 July 2015

You can’t fix your findability problems by creating a better index or TOC. People don’t use manuals and help systems the way they used to – from the top down. In fact, they don’t use individual information products at all. Instead, they search as widely as they can and select individual pages returned by the search. The only way to fix your findability problems is to focus on the way users actually navigate content today: from the bottom up. You need to build your information architecture bottom-up.

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Part 2 in Video Series: Audio for Video: Scripts and Voiceover

Robert Hershenow, Principal, RDH Communications, originally presented 15 July 2015

With the right equipment (you don’t need much!) and a little bit of knowledge, producing quality audio for video doesn’t have to be difficult or scary. In this informative webinar, Robert Hershenow will provide a lively discussion and demonstrations of effective scriptwriting, voiceover technique, engineering best practices, and tips for editing and mastering your recordings. A handout of references and sources of software and hardware will be provided.

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Visual Persuasion in the Digital Age

Edward Schiappa, John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities, MIT, originally presented 8 July 2015

In today's digital era, visual communication is king. We are constantly bombarded by visual stimuli that we decode rapidly and often without conscious thought. Did you know that words and images are actually processed in different parts of your brain? Are you the master of the visual messages that you are sending personally, professionally, and on behalf of your organization? This webinar will introduce you to key concepts that you need to know to present yourself effectively through visual media.

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Part 1 in Video Series: Getting Started with Video Tutorials: How, When, and Why

Matt Pierce, Integrated Marketing Manager, TechSmith Corporation, originally presented 1 July 2015

So your organization wants you to add video to the palette of things you do? Not exactly sure where to start, or want to level-up your skills? Start with an introduction to video and the impact it can have on your organization.

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It's Time to Spruce Up Your Writing!

Sylvia Miller, Sr. Communications Analyst, Elsevier, originally presented 10 June 2015

When you read an ambiguous sentence or one that sounds like the writer was being paid by the word, do you feel like giving the author a piece of your mind? Are you ever embarrassed for a writer who has published a cool, edgy multimedia piece that’s full of problem sentences, misspellings, and word clutter? Come and hear what Albert Einstein, William Zinsser, our own Ginny Redish, and other professionals have said about great writing. Along the way you’ll be entertained by some convoluted sentences that will make you the life of your next party—or at least your tech comm staff meeting!

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REST API Overview and Documentation Best Practices

Gururaj BS, Director Cloud User Assistance, Oracle; Marta Rauch, Sr. Principal Information Developer, Oracle, originally presented 3 June 2015

REST APIs are growing quickly, with enterprise and finance the fastest growing categories. The job market for REST API writers is hot, and technical communicators can increase their marketability and value to their company by learning about REST APIs. Join this webinar to get a REST API overview, see a demo, and hear about emerging REST API documentation best practices. You’ll also gain resources that can help you gain skills and prepare to deliver your own docs for REST API.

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Get Noticed and Get Promoted

Shelley Row, P.E., Speaker and Executive Coach, Author of "Think Less, Live More. Lessons from a Recovering Over-Thinker", originally presented 20 May 2015

Are you doing great work but someone else gets all the attention? It’s time to take control! Learn five practical skills that will help you stand out from the crowd now. Come ready to participate in this highly interactive webinar because you deserve to get noticed!

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How Do I Pick the Right Tool for Me?

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions, originally presented 13 May 2015

So many tools to choose from! So many messages from so many vendors. How do you find the right one for you? In this session, Liz Fraley will share strategies, benchmarks, and questions that she’s used (and seen used) over the years, so you will have something in your back pocket to help you choose the tool that’s best for you, your company, and your situation.

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A Primer on Findability

Cheryl Landes, Owner, Tabby Cat Communications, originally presented 6 May 2015

As user documents have moved from print to digital formats, and from static to dynamic content, our thinking about findability has struggled to keep up. The older tools of findability—index, table of contents, logical organization, good typography, and good page design—still have important roles to play. But are there new tools and techniques that can help us do a better job? In this webinar, Cheryl Landes will talk about new and revised approaches to navigation, indexing, and searching that will help us help our end users. These techniques apply to a wide variety of document types and platforms and work successfully despite varying interface limitations.

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FREE STC Member-Only Webinar: Learning New Tricks: Transitioning from Unstructured to Structured Authoring Environments

Rachel Houghton, Information Developer, Rockwell Automation, originally presented 29 April 2015

This webinar is available only to STC members.

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks! Coming from an unstructured background, surviving the transition to structured authoring is a work in progress. Join Rachel Houghton of Rockwell Automation as she goes over the gotchas, the heartache, and the rewards of moving to a new style of authoring.

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