Gary Schnabl is an electrical and computer engineer--turned technical editor. He has a keen mastery of technical, layout, and copy editing, in addition to technical writing, line editing, proofreading, and indexing.
Gary Schnabl is an electrical engineer with exceptionally keen eyes and "ears" for editing and rewriting so that your documents or Web sites will contain proper, standard idiomatic English. Furthermore, he will clean up any documents written by authors using English as a second language and have them looking and "sounding" as if they were written by a native-speaking American.
One completed project involved a six-month full-time contract at Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor as a technical writer and as a technical and copy editor--updating timely engineering manuals (often originally written in Germany, Switzerland, or the Czech Republic) and writing procedural user guides and tutorials with illustrative screen captures for Motorola/Freescale assemblers and compilers.
Software engineers and developers of firmware use those documents for programming firmware that controls the 8-bit and 16-bit embedded microcontrollers manufactured by Freescale. This firm (spun off from Motorola in December 2005 and taken private a year later) in Austin TX has over $6 billion in annual revenues and provides the embedded-microprocessor chips used in over 60% of all trucks and automobiles made in the US, in addition to vehicles manufactured elsewhere.
Another project is serving as an ongoing lead technical editor for the OOoAuthors documentation project of OpenOffice.org (OOo). OOo (in conjunction with its sponsor, Sun Microsystems) develops a free multiplatform office software suite, comparable in many ways to the proprietary Microsoft Office Professional 2007.
Check my Linked-In profile in the More Contact Options section for more detailed information. Two references can be contacted through the Linked-In profile. The cell-phone number of the third (a Linked-In connection who prefers not to recommend his connections on Linked-In) is available upon request.
Member: American and Southeast Michigan Mensa
In addition to technical writing and editing, my services include layout and copy editing, proofreading, indexing, and rewriting manuscripts of general and technical documentation--both printed or online. Also, I edit master theses and doctoral dissertations, mostly for Asians studying in the US.
Possess routine experience with the following DTP software suites (among others):
Adobe FrameMaker (conventional or structured)
Adobe Acrobat Professional
Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
Microsoft Visio Professional 2007
OOo--OpenOffice.org (Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress)
XML-structured authoring and template design (structured FrameMaker), including DocBook.
Edit PDFs without their source files
Federal Aviation Administration
Airframe and powerplant (A & P) mechanic
Federal Aviation Administration
Blackhawk Technical College
FAA-approved Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics
1985 - 1987
University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS Electrical engineering
1970 - 1975
OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice
Technical editor, copyeditor, and writer
2006 - Present
Lead technical editor on the OOoAuthors documentation project for developing detailed, procedural user guides of the OpenOffice.org software suite (similar to Microsoft Office Professional 2007). Currently, there are seven separate manuals, totaling several hundred pages.
Ditto for LibreOffice...
Freescale Semiconductor (Motorola spin-off)
Technical editor and writer
2005 - 2005
Contract with the Metrowerks subsidiary at Austin administered by TAC Worldwide.
OpenOffice.org, Managing editor / Publisher / Technical editor
Managing editor of all documentation at OpenOffice.org
Freescale Semiconductor (Motorola spin-off), Application Engineering Manager
John was the manager who authorized my six-month contract as a telecommuting technical editor/writer for Freescale Semiconductor in Austin TX. This involved updating and copyediting the assembler and compiler documents for Freescale's 8-bit and 16-bit embedded microcontrollers.
Freescale Semiconductor (Motorola spin-off), Manager--Nokia forums
Ron was a technical writer for Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor. Afterwards, he set up forums and served as the manager and forum-based ombudsman at Motorla, Freescale Semiconductor, and currently at Nokia. I had supplied to Ron, during his time as an ombudsman at Motorola, technical corrections for Motorola/Freescale engineering documents over a five-year period.