In November last year, we were treated to Flare 2016 r2. With this release came an end to the tradition of releasing major versions in March. Now new product features will no longer be saved until the release date, but they are released when ready. That is why we now – not more than three months after 2016 r2 – can get acquainted with Flare 2017.
What’s new in MadCap Flare 2017?
For me, the two improvements that stand out are the Clean XHTML output and the integration with the new MadCap Central product. In the new XHTML output, all MadCap specific tags are stripped and the output is no longer dependent on other MadCap generated files. This helps enormously when you want to repurpose your content in other systems.
With MadCap Central there is finally a content-management-in-the-cloud offering available from MadCap. Although Flare is still required to create and edit your content, Central has some interesting options available. And although I’m still not convinced to what Central has to offer I am very enthusiastic about the ability to move the build process from my laptop to the server in the cloud. I’ll come back to Central in a future post.
Do you want to know more about MadCap Flare 2017? The video below will provide you with a complete overview of everything that is new. Below the video, you’ll find some links with even more information.
- MadCap Flare 2017 Release Notes
- MadCap Flare 2016-r2 Release Notes
- MadBlog: New Release Now Available: MadCap Flare 2017