MindTouch Review

Customer support is terrific. The team is personable, informed, and responsive.

What is our primary use case?

Technical writing in the software industry. Writing includes developer guides and API guides.

How has it helped my organization?

MindTouch (MT) is the only real HTML authoring tool that has the sophistication technical writers need. MT is also a CMS to handle version control.

What is most valuable?

  • Simple editing features
  • Single sourcing
  • Intelligent link searching
  • The ability to edit the HTML, as well as the WYSIWYG.

What needs improvement?

The doc status is non-functional. MT would greatly benefit by providing a GitHub pull request functionality to foster draft mode and open contribution writing.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes, but MT communicates support issues if you subscribe.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes. If you have hundreds of books, the initial download is slow.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer support is terrific. The team is personable, informed, and responsive. Asking for new features is not quite that way, but every other kind of support question is handled beautifully.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we had to create all the functionality, which was already in MT.

How was the initial setup?

We had a custom setup that cost us some money.

What about the implementation team?

Initial setup with by MT. We have handled it in-house from there.

What was our ROI?

Tech writers will enjoy MT. Developers less so. For some reason, they prefer the Stone Age writing tools, like text editors and writing Markdown, or Confluence wiki.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

MT has the network effect that comes from being a CMS. Your docs go on their servers and getting them out is difficult, especially if you want to switch to another authoring format, e.g., Markdown. There are no converters and an automated extraction of the docs from the CMS is not available.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, but MT was the only HTML authoring tool of any value.

What other advice do I have?

One of the biggest missing pieces is a link checker.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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