Project Management

There are several features in Flare that can help you better manage your projects, especially if you have a team of content developers. This includes ways to analyze your projects to improve them, working with reviews and contributions, connecting your project to a source control provider, and more.

  • Analysis and Reports ClosedRead more… Flare lets you scan your project to find and fix issues, as well as create reports that display the information captured on the scan. See About Analysis and Reports.
  • Exporting Projects ClosedRead more… You can export an entire Flare project, or parts of one, to another location. One reason you might want to use this feature is to quickly and easily archive projects, especially if you have an extremely large Flare project and need to archive only parts of it. Another use for this feature is translation. If you only need a portion of a master project to be translated, you don't want to send the translator all of the files, but rather a smaller version of the project containing only the files requiring translation. See Exporting Projects.
  • External Resources ClosedRead more… The External Resources window pane lets you select and maintain groups of external files that you want to share among Flare projects. The paths of these files are written to the registry so they will be available for all your Flare projects. See About External Resources.
  • File Tagging ClosedRead more… You can assign tags to files in Flare, even folders. File tags can be assigned to new files when you create them (i.e., in the Add File dialog) or to existing files. You can use file tags for many different purposes, such as assigning authors or milestones to topics. Flare lets you generate reports based on the tags that are assigned. This makes project development easier to track, manage, and schedule. See About File Tagging.
  • Global Project Linking ClosedRead more… You can import content and project files contained in another Flare project, thus allowing you to maintain the information in one location but reuse it in any other project. When you use this feature to import files, you can include or exclude particular types of files (e.g., topics, snippets, stylesheets, glossaries, targets), specific individual files, or files that have certain condition tags applied. Simply use the include/exclude methods that work best for you. See About Global Project Linking.
  • Language Support ClosedRead more… Flare supports authoring and output for left-to-right (LTR) as well as right-to-left (RTL) languages. This includes English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, multi-byte languages, and more. Flare supports bi-directional languages not only at the topic level, but all the way down to the paragraph and sentence level. There are multiple ways to produce output in different languages. For example, you might translate content directly in a Flare project, perhaps creating a different topic for each language. Alternatively, you can send the Flare files to a translator, who can use a CAT (computer-assisted translation) tool in order to translate the text strings. MadCap Lingo can be used as a CAT tool or for project management, packaging your Flare files to be sent to a translator, who uses a third-party CAT tool for the translation. See About Language Support.
  • MadCap Central ClosedRead more… MadCap Central is a cloud-based platform that lets you plan, track, and manage the processes, content, and teams that are at the heart of your organization. MadCap Central's integration with MadCap Flare lets you store copies of your projects in Central, continue to work on them locally in Flare, and keep both sets of copies in sync. You can use Central to quickly build and publish output (and roll back when necessary) without the need to involve an IT department. You can also send topics and snippets for review on Central, as well as use custom checklists to track your progress in Flare projects. The MadCap Central window pane in Flare lets you upload (bind) and import projects, as well as push project changes to Central. Additionally, you can see project properties, log in and out of your Central account, and launch the Central portal in your browser. See About MadCap Central and Flare.
  • MadCap Pulse ClosedRead more… Pulse is a documentation-centric social collaboration platform that enables you to connect, collaborate, and share knowledge with fellow authors, employees, and your end users. It functions much like many of the social media websites on the Internet, except it revolves specifically around your online output. It also gives you the ability to view several types of reports about your project, including which topics are being seen the most and which search terms are not yielding any results. See About MadCap Pulse.
  • Merging Projects ClosedRead more… To merge output means to connect multiple projects in such a way that the source files are combined into a single online output. The merging is based on the table of contents (or browse sequence) in one master project, where links point to one or more child projects. See Merging Projects.
  • Topic Reviews and Collaboration
    • Central Reviews (Recommended) ClosedRead more… The Central review process lets you send Flare topics and snippets to be reviewed by subject matter experts (SMEs) or other Flare authors on MadCap Central. After making edits and adding annotations (comments) to the files in a lightweight editor on Central, the reviewers submit the finished files, sending them back to your inbox in Flare. You can then accept or reject their changes and accept the file, replacing the original source file. Because this system uses the cloud, SMEs do not need to download any software to review your files. Also, multiple reviewers can edit the same file at the same time. See About the Central Review Process.
    • Review Packages ClosedRead more… The review package process lets you send Flare files for review, as well as receive file contributions from, SMEs and other Flare authors. Non-Flare users can download a separate application called MadCap Contributor when collaborating with you and your Flare project. You can also use the same features to send files for review to other Flare authors using Flare only. See About the Review Package Process.
  • SharePoint ClosedRead more… Flare supports integration with Microsoft SharePoint (software that allows organizations to collaborate, share files, and publish information to the Web). After connecting to a SharePoint server, you can access and edit the SharePoint files from Flare. You can even copy SharePoint files to your project with mappings that let you keep them synchronized with the source files. In addition, you can publish Flare output to a SharePoint server. Finally, you can use the SharePoint server to store any kind of template files supported in Flare so that they can be used by any Flare users in your company. See About SharePoint Integration.
  • Source Control ClosedRead more… In addition to this integrated support, Flare includes support for every source control tool on the market by virtue of the fact that Flare uses a wide open architecture. Instead of using proprietary files and databases, all content and project files in Flare are stored as independent XML files. This means that Flare projects are compatible with all source control systems. In addition to this native support for all source control applications, Flare provides integrated support for several source control applications as well.Flare provides integrated support for several popular source control applications. Additionally, because Flare uses a wide open architecture and stores files as independent XML files (such as XLF), you can manually manage your files in an external source control system. See About Source Control.
  • Templates ClosedRead more… When you create a project and add content (e.g., topics, snippets, stylesheets) or project-related elements (e.g., tables of contents, targets, skins) to it, you can use templates. A template is simply an existing file or element of the same type that you are creating. By basing your addition on a template, you are giving yourself a head start because the template already contains some settings or formatting for you. In most cases, Flare provides you with one or more templates (called "factory templates"), so you do not need to worry about coming up with your own. However, if you want, you can create your own templates and use them when you create new projects or add new elements to a project. Templates can be especially useful when you are working on a team. See About Templates.