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Like any piece of software, Author-it has a learning curve. When compared to other Help authoring tools, it seems that the learning curve is longer because the underlying paradigms are so different.

Reduce the time it takes you to get up-to-speed by taking one of Char James-Tanny's comprehensive training courses. Learn at your pace with her self-paced training materials, or bring her onsite for more interaction. Both courses cover administering and using Author-it.

WOW! What a great book! ...You have a great facility for explaining AIT as [an] end user needs to understand it. From the great exercises, I can see the why behind the AIT templates, objects, styles, etc. You really understand what needs to be explained/taught. Thank you for an outstanding job!

Mary Coffee, Lead Technical Writer, TerraMedica Healthcare Technology

Char's materials reflect her twenty-five years of experience as a technical writer, fifteen years of providing training, and five years of using Author-it. Comprehensive guides explain the concepts, and exercises reinforce those concepts. Her goal is to give you the information you need to succeed.

During the Administrator's portion of the training, you will learn how to:

  • Create and maintain a JET library
  • Create groups, and assign users to those groups
  • Create and modify folders
  • Define release states to track development progress
  • Assign permissions to users by folder and release state
  • Add and maintain variables
  • Set history options
  • Create and modify templates
  • Create, duplicate, and modify styles
  • Use media objects to customize the different outputs

During the Using portion of the training, you will learn how to:

  • Open and log into a library
  • Move objects between folders for organizational purposes
  • Use multiple windows effectively
  • Set user and library options
  • Customize the Styles toolbar
  • Assign keystrokes to styles
  • Preview objects
  • View the object history
  • Use the various templates
  • Use conditional content
  • Publish different outputs
  • Create books and use the Book Editor
  • Customize the title page for printed output
  • Use the Author-it Importer
  • Add topics and use the Topic Editor
  • Add text, graphics, hyperlinks, and variables to topics
  • Apply styles to content
  • Use tables and lists
  • Search the library and locate objects
  • Use Find and Replace
  • View object relationships
  • Assign release states
  • Reuse content
  • Create and maintain hyperlinks
  • Add and reuse graphics
  • Create an index
  • Add a glossary
  • Implement version control

See also...

Author-it Self-paced Training Materials

AuthorIT Onsite Training

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