During a recent technical communications competition, two Mindjet entries were honored for the quality of their work. Mindjet MindManager 6 Online Help received a Distinguished Technical Communication Award, while the MindManager Pro 6 Large-Scale Deployment Guide received an award of Merit.
The competition is sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Willamette Valley Chapter (Portland) and is the first step in an international competition sponsored by the STC. Because of its award, MindManager 6 Online Help will advance to the final round of competition. Hats off to Jeanne Daniele, its author, for outstanding work!
The Praise for the MindManager 6 Online Help is impressive. One judge comments, “For years I have relied on aftermarket guides from Microsoft Press, Sybex, and Peachpit Press for help of this quality.” Another comments, “Overall, great work!! Having designed help systems, I could see a lot of thought had been put into issues that might” affect the user.Receiving a Distinguished Technical Communication Award is not easy. Willamette Valley winners included submissions from Apple, Borland, Intel, IBM, Xerox, and Network Associates. The criteria for judging are quite strict, “The entry is superior in all areas. It contains no major flaws, and few, if any minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly in the way it fulfills the needs of its audience.”
The Large-Scale Deployment Guide has evolved into a key document for corporate customers wanting to install MindManager on large numbers of machines. It is the product of three subject matter experts. Tim Bombosch serves as the technical writer, Hasan Funk as the release engineer, and Johannes Modersohn (we call him Jomo) as the product support specialist and quality assurance engineer. Because this document serves largely as a reference for configuring MindManager from the command line or registry, the information is extremely complex and requires a great deal of attention to get it right. All three contributors have gone through every comma in the document to assure its accuracy.