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Additional Features

In addition to the key features in Flare, the following are also available:

  • Accessibility Accessibility has to do with making sure that your documentation can be accessed by people with disabilities (i.e., individuals who have visual, hearing, and mobility impairments). Documentation is considered accessible when it is easier for those with disabilities to use and easier to read using assistive technologies such as Microsoft Windows Narrator, Connect Outloud, and Job Access With Speech (JAWS). See About Accessibility.
  • Backups You can manually create temporary backups of your files. In addition, Flare sometimes creates automatic backups of your files as you work on them. See About Backups.
  • Context-sensitive Help Context-sensitive Help (CSH) is a way to tie your existing topics with specific dialogs or windows in a software application, or with simple web links created somewhere (e.g., on a website). When users open a particular dialog or window in a software application, or click a web link, they can quickly open a topic pertaining to it. See About Context-sensitive Help.
  • Feedback Feedback is a live documentation reporting service that works in conjunction with Flare to provide Web 2.0 community benefits for your online output—including integrated user comments and statistics such as search keywords used and topics visited. Most of these benefits are available not only for Web-based Help (e.g., WebHelp, HTML5, and WebHelp Plus), but also for desktop Help (e.g., Microsoft HTML Help and DotNet Help). See About MadCap Feedback.
  • Instant Messaging Flare has an instant messaging system built into its user interface. This is especially useful for source control tasks when you are working with a team of writers. However, you do not need to be working with source control in order to take advantage of this feature. You can send an instant message on any subject to any individual on your network who also has Flare installed. See About Instant Messaging.
  • Plug-In API A plug-in API lets you integrate Flare with DLLs that you produce. For example, you might want to add customized ribbons, menus, or toolbar buttons to Flare. See Plug-In API.
  • Printing Topics You can print a topic shown in the Flare interface, whether it is a topic you are writing for your own project or a topic you are viewing in the online Help. See Printing Topics.
  • Scripts If you are experienced with using JavaScript, VBScript, or JScript, you can insert such scripts into your topics. If you can create a script that can be used in a website, you can create it in Flare as well. See About Scripts.
  • SQL Server Microsoft SQL is required in order to take advantage certain features in Flare. However, SQLite is automatically installed when you install Flare, so there isn't anything you need to do. For Pulse or Feedback Server integration, you need to install full versions of SQL Server. See SQL.