MadCap Software vs. Web Manuals

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
MadCap Software
Score 6.7 out of 10
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MadCap Software, headquartered in La Jolla, offers MadCap Flare, a help authoring and technical writing tool featuring onboarding and support from MadCap, and a set of modules for designing advanced guides, aids, and web or application help aids.
$167
per month
Web Manuals
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Web Manuals headquartered in Malmo offers their suite of technical documentation authoring tools, specifically to the aviation industry.N/A
Pricing
MadCap SoftwareWeb Manuals
Editions & Modules
MadCap Central
$1,500
per year
MadCap Flare
$1,999
per year
MadCap AMS
$2,999
per year
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Pricing Offerings
MadCap SoftwareWeb Manuals
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsIncludes a 12-month Platinum-level Maintenance Plan.
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Likelihood to Recommend
7.3
(4 ratings)
8.0
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
MadCap Software
MadCap Flare has its problems, but it serves our team well as an authoring software. This would not be the case if we needed to regularly collaborate on articles, as Flare is prone to conflict issues when another person dares to breathe near an open topic. When working individually, though, it's fine. I'd love to see improvements to design, performance, and stability, but Flare remains one of the best softwares on the market for our needs as an authoring team. MadCap Central is well-suited to internal reviewing when every member is comfortable with Flare (the errors it tends to introduce set aside). SMEs, though, tend to find it hard to use. It's cluttered, some styles don't render, and it just seems like a failed attempt to reproduce Google Docs. I'd love to see improvements there, to help get our SMEs to want to use Central.
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Web Manuals
Formating, linking, compliance, and customized distribution. It is easy to navigate and review changes. Hospitality Management, Airlines crews, individual management systems, etc. Standardization of documents; compliance checklists easily available. If you are limited on office/ management staff and/or do not have a single base for your flight crews, Web Manuals would be the tool for you.
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Pros
MadCap Software
  • Snippets, variables, and conditioning are all good
  • Once you set it up, updating Help websites is easy.
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Web Manuals
  • Employee attendance tracking for small unit departments
  • Work place instruction
  • Having controlled documents with links between other such docs
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Cons
MadCap Software
  • The software is often quite buggy, and certain bugs seem to date back nearly a decade and still persist.
  • Customizing shortcuts is often an ordeal.
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Web Manuals
  • Certain automated modules require validation by the user when they update themselves, it would be better if this is automated.
  • Publishing a manual as PDF can take several minutes to process, this processing time could be improved.
  • Possible compatibility issues with new IOS versions
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Usability
MadCap Software
MadCap Flare is in desperate need of an overall redesign. It relies heavily on dozens and dozens of tiny buttons that contain dozens of nested features. Clicking the wrong button can cause your software to freeze and crash. Building targets can be an absolute mystery, as far as all the files involved. It also has a tendency to freeze and crash. There's typically a huge learning curve for new hires who've never used it--nothing is intuitive.
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Alternatives Considered
MadCap Software
I wish Google Docs would work for our purposes, but it doesn't have a lot of the technical writing features we need. Using Google Docs would make reviewing and edits much much quicker, but we need MadCap to house all our documents for our Help website.
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Return on Investment
MadCap Software
  • Saves time by offering a way to sync documents with other teammates.
  • Often requires time to troubleshoot random errors or bugs that pop up with seemingly no cause.
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Web Manuals
  • Saved Time and save cost of using different software to manage individual tasks
  • Documents links are easy to access, no KT sessions every time and productivity increased
  • No particular hiring is required, easy to use and implement
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