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.

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

An Introduction to HTML5

Elizabeth Fraley, CEO, Single-Sourcing Solutions, originally presented 2 September 2015

HTML5 and its supporting technologies, CSS and JavaScript, change how user interfaces are built. We’re not going to make you an expert in 30 minutes, but we’ll take a look at how the three technologies fit together and take a look at what the current elements are, document structure, semantics, and support in modern browsers.


FREE STC Chapter/SIG Member-Only Webinar: Targeting Content to Your Users’ Goals

Alyssa Fox, Director of Information Development and Program Management, NetIQ Corporation, originally presented 26 August 2015

This webinar is available only to STC members.

In today’s business environment, everyone is doing more with less. How do you provide the content your users need, when they need it, with fewer people and less time to do it? Taking into account these factors, along with our agile environment, our team started shifting toward content targeted to achieving users’ goals. This type of content gives specific information when and where necessary, documents best practices, provides extensive and relevant examples, and does not document the obvious or easily discoverable.


Every Page is Page One

Mark Baker, President, Analecta Communications Inc., originally presented 19 August 2015

Readers don’t enter your content through the front door anymore. They enter via search or by following a link and they can land on any page in your content set. This means that every page in your content is a potential page one for your reader. In the past, we designed content to be read linearly. If we helped readers jump into the middle via an index, this was very much a secondary mechanism. We did not design the content to be entered this way. But today, this is the normal way readers consume technical content. Linear reading is the exception. Every page is page one, and we need to start writing them that way.


Part 4 in Video Series: Distributing Training and Help Videos: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Mark Kleinsmith, Technical Communications Manager, MiTek, U.S.A, Inc., originally presented 12 August 2015

Finally, you have your mind wrapped around training and help video production and you’re convinced that they will complement your technical communications arsenal. You’ve done your research on authoring tools, you know how to write a script, you can add voiceovers, but how are you going to distribute the end product to customers? Join us in this webinar for information on this key piece in the video production puzzle.


Part 3 in Video Series: Screen Capture Tools: Choosing the Best Solution for Your Needs

Andrew McQuinn, Technical Documentation Specialist II, MiTek, U.S.A, Inc., originally presented 5 August 2015

As video demonstrations have become increasingly common in recent years, a great number of screen capture applications have come to market. In this demonstration, we will examine two of the most popular screen capture applications—Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia—and evaluate the factors that determine which best suits your needs.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!