Content Publishing Tools

Some tools overlap functions and may be detailed in one location only. For example, some people may consider a tool to be useful for both creating content (a word processor) and for managing content (a review and tracking tool). Some tools have both functions. Therefore tools will, on occasion, be found in unexpected locations.

Below is a collection of programs or applications used to publish or distribute information created in the context of technical communications. This includes tools used for publishing and distributing in PDF, HTML, XML, online formats, help, and more. While not a comprehensive list of tools and tech vendors, this page provides an overview of major vendors.


Specialized graphics processors, specialized printing equipment.


Desktop publishing software (like Adobe Framemaker), Help authoring software (like RoboHelp and Madcap Flare), web publishing software (like Dreamweaver and ColdFusion), video production software (like Avid products), animation software (like Adobe Flash), and presentation recording software (like TechSmith Camtasia and Adobe Connect).


For marking up content for publication, including Markup languages like eXtensible Markup Language (XML), HyperText Markup Language (HTML),Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), and Standardized General Markup Language (SGML) and programming and scripting languages (like PHP), and file formats: Portable Document Format (PDF), audio and video file formats (like MP3 and MP4).