La Jolla, CA – January 7, 2015: MadCap Software, the leader in multi-channel content authoring and a showcase company for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Visual Studio and Microsoft XPS, today announced the acquisition of Doc-To-Help from GrapeCity.
Doc-To-Help, which comes from the ComponentOne Division of GrapeCity, is the market’s leading Microsoft Word-based authoring tool for multi-channel publishing. It represents a strategic complement to the award-winning MadCap Suite of XML tools for creating, analyzing, translating, and publishing multimedia content across multiple channels. Together, the offerings enable MadCap to provide the industry a full spectrum of content authoring solutions, regardless of the user’s skillset, industry or requirements. Additionally, Doc-To-Help customers now will be able to take advantage of the best-in-class support delivered by MadCap’s US-based team of technical communications experts.
Under terms of the agreement, MadCap Software now owns all Doc-To-Help assets, including the Doc-To-Help product, related intellectual property, and customer contracts. As a strategic addition to the company, Doc-To-Help is moving to the MadCap Software headquarters in La Jolla, CA.
In conjunction with the acquisition, MadCap also announced today a new release of the Doc-To-Help product, which adds an Office 2013 ribbon interface look and feel, a new “Theme” wizard, a number of bug fixes, and inclusion of MadCap licensing and trial behavior.
“In the wake of our continued rapid growth and gains in market share, bringing on Doc-To-Help enables us to offer an innovative Word–based authoring solution that complements our existing offerings and allows us to reach a new community of users,” said Anthony Olivier, MadCap Software founder and CEO. “We are excited to have Doc-To-Help customers join the MadCap family and extend to them our passion for providing first-class software and support.”
“As a rapidly emerging leader in the market, MadCap has earned a reputation for delivering innovative, high quality products that complement Doc-To-Help, supported by a team of technical communications experts,” said John Ayers, general manager of developer tools, GrapeCity USA. “We are confident our customers are in the hands of industry experts who truly care about the community and will continue a path of product innovation and world-class support.”
Solutions for a Spectrum of Content Professionals
With the addition of Doc-To-Help, MadCap extends its product family to address a broader spectrum of content professionals seeking multi-channel solutions for print, the Web, desktops, and mobile devices.
Doc-To-Help, the leading Microsoft Word-based authoring solution, is ideal for users who prefer to create content in Word, have a more book- or chapter-like approach to content development, and need to publish their content to multiple outputs.
MadCap Flare is the industry’s leading native-XML multi-channel technical authoring software. It provides a powerful, feature-rich, built-in patented XML-based editor for topic-based authoring. This functionality supports the demands of technical communication professionals who may have larger document sets and require more advanced features and functionality for supporting maximum content re-use, content management, advanced print, and enhanced customization using Cascading Style Sheets, among others.
MadCap Flare also is seamlessly integrated with several other MadCap products to support additional functionality. These include MadCap Lingo for facilitating and streamlining the translation process; MadCap Contributor for editing, reviewing and contributing to Flare content; MadCap Analyzer for analyzing and optimizing Flare-based content; MadCap Capture for image capture and graphics editing; MadCap Mimic for publishing software simulation movies, video and audio; and MadCap Pulse for socially-enabled online content.