Mobile has been an increasingly hot topic for the last few years and is now starting to penetrate tech comm. But what is “mobile”? Do you need to be a programmer to create it? Is there a place for new mobile apps in an apparently saturated market? For new apps created by technical communicators? And what is an “app” anyway?Neil Perlin will start by reviewing the types of mobile outputs, including the main differences between web, native, and hybrid apps, and discuss how to create some types using help authoring tools like Flare and RoboHelp. We’ll then turn to the core of the session, how to create native apps using GUI authoring tools – think RoboHelp for mobile – starting with the broad category of GUI native app tools, then looking in more detail at one of the more powerful such tools, Viziapps. Neil will demo the interface and show the development and modification of an app, in this case a app for the 2012 STC conference in Rosemont. If you have a smartphone, an iPhone 4+ in this case, you’ll be able to download and run the app on the spot. If mobile follows the code-to-GUI path of previous technologies, tools like Viziapps will change native app authoring from an esoteric task done by a few specialists to a general technical communication skill. Come to this session to see how.
About the Presenter:
Neil Perlin has 33 years of experience in technical communication, with 27 in training, consulting, and development for online documentation and tools including WinHelp, HTML Help, CE Help, JavaHelp, RoboHelp, Flare, XML, XHTML, Viziapps, and others. Neil is a columnist and frequent speaker for STC and other professional groups, a member of the New England STC chapter, creator and manager of the Beyond the Bleeding Edge stem at the STC’s annual conference from 1999 to date, and a 2010 STC Fellow. Neil provides training, consulting, and development for online help and documentation, XML, structured authoring, single-sourcing, and mobile through Hyper/Word Services of Tewksbury, MA, and is certified in Flare, RoboHelp, Mimic, and Viziapps. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, andwww.hyperword.com.
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