Document development

The following tools are used primarily for print-based document development, although most tools can also publish to one or more online formats.

Name Description
Able2Extract Professional The original and only PDF Converter available that converts PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and AutoCad. Get the most user control through advanced PDF selection, granular conversion options and an intuitive user interface. Complete PDF conversion tasks accurately and within minutes. Works with both scanned and native PDF documents.
Adobe Framemaker

Powerful online/paper-based publishing package. Well suited to large, complex documentation projects. Standard and SGML versions available for UNIX, Mac and Windows. More...

Adobe InDesign

Page layout and publication tool. TechCommNZ study: using InDesign as a technical communication tool.

Corel Wordperfect

Corel WordPerfect is the word processing component of WordPerfect Office in the same league as Microsoft Word. It is rich in functionality and features, and powerful enough to handle typical word processing tasks and more besides. It provides good web publishing capabilities. More...

EasyPDF is an all-in-one online tool that offers all types of PDF conversion to other formats and vice-versa. OCR conversion of scanned images is supported as well. Using this tool will make your PDF management easy.

Totally anonymous tool, without registration process - No ads, no limitations, 100% FREE - Fast, secure and reliable - Access via a browser on any device: Windows, Mac, Linux or Mobile - Import files directly from your Google Drive or Dropbox.

HyperSTE HyperSTE is the leading quality assurance software for creating content that is clear, concise and consistent. HyperSTE authoring software is a readability tool that ensures compliance with corporate terminology and style guide rules as an interactive STE checker tool for the writer, and as a quality measurement tool for the editor.
indoition Indoition provides a Technical Writing Tool and Web guide, where you can find useful links for technical writers and anyone else who creates technical documentation, such as online help, user manuals, screencasts, or other forms of user assistance.
Indoition also provides the following:

Convert Any PDF (scanned or regular) to Excel.
This tool is basically 100% free and allows you to instantly convert a PDF file to editable Excel.

Quark XPress

QuarkXPress is widely-used electronic publishing software. It provides the tools required to create, design, and deliver high-impact publications in both print and electronic media. More...

Broadvision Quicksilver

Quicksilver (formerly Interleaf) is an electronic publishing package designed to create long, complex documents in a number of output formats including XML, HTML and PDF. More...

Microsoft Word

Industry-standard word-processing package. More...


If you would like to add new tools to the list, please contact our Website Administrator with details. Please provide the tool name, description and a link to the manufacturer's website.