Publishing XML from FrameMaker 12 to a “state-of-the-art” HTML5 eReader

December 02, 2014

Multi-channel publishing using XML is not a new concept. Industries like aerospace, automotive, legal, medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, reference, government and education know the benefits of XML and its flexibility to adapt and change with new technologies.

HTML5 is a relatively new technology and has quickly gained momentum for developing enterprise applications, just ask the Financial Times. HTML5 is not holistic, but a group of technologies that relies on JavaScript and CSS to make it work. Offline storage usually hogs the limelight but it really is so much more.

eGloo Technologies has developed a “state-of-the-art” HTML5 eReader tekReader that consumes and displays content derived from custom XML and common vocabularies like DITA and S1000D. tekReader allows the user to read and interact with their data rich documents on popular mobile devices equipped with modern web browsers.

Built in responsive and adaptive design caters for document reading on any screen size … imagine opening up and viewing large wiring diagrams on a smartphone!  The XML content foundation also allows for MathML rendering and multiple language support. FrameMaker 12 is the perfect tool to create, edit and publish custom XML, DITA and S1000D directly to tekReader. 

This session will look at:

  • A deep dive into HTML5
  • An overview of tekReader
  • Creating and editing FrameMaker 12 documents for tekReader
  • Publishing FrameMaker 12 documents to tekReader

About our Presenter: Don is the founder and CEO of eGloo Technologies. Since 2002 he has been responsible for formulating and managing eGloo's strategic direction while identifying and capitalising on business opportunities that leverage off the company's experience and skills. Since 1988 Don has been involved with document and information management systems based on structured languages. He has been extensively involved with planning, coordinating and delivering complex data conversion and application development projects within aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, military, legal, government, pharmaceutical and reference.

Don has a close association with Adobe and has been developing Structured FrameMaker applications since the early 90’s. 

Alternate video channels for RoboHelp

December 03, 2014

In recent years, Video has become a staple of information delivery. YouTube videos have dominated the "show me how it's done" type of delivery. But coaxing this type of video content to work reliably in RoboHelp can sometimes pose challenges.

In this webinar, Certified RoboHelp Expert and Certified RoboHelp Instructor Rick Stone will demonstrate the steps needed to include video from the YouTube and Vimeo web sites in RoboHelp topics as well as using Adobe Captivate as a vehicle to include and facilitate playback of off-line video clips that are stored within the RoboHelp project.

Come, Watch, Learn!

About the Presenter: Rick Stone is based in Kansas City, MO, where he provides training and consulting on RoboHelp 11, Captivate87 and other Adobe products. Rick is a frequent presenter and featured speaker at regional and national conferences.


4x Series: Tech Challenges: Surfing and Diving Deep

December 04, 2014

Sess 1 Internet of Things:  Luxury for the Rich or Sustainable Equity for All?

The multiplication of communicative objects that take decisions without human intervention is not a simple technological phenomenon, but a complex reorganization of social interaction. Will this development enable greater equity throughout the world, or will it widen the digital gap?

Sess 2 Digital Reality: Escape to a Virtual World or Explore an Augmented Culture?

The combination of virtual reality, game theory and gamification techniques has given impulse to the development of new approaches to many aspects of life, including learning, medicine, and economics. Is this combination leading us to a closed “playground” where fantasy dominates, or can we develop an enriched contextualized culture?

Sess 3 Human Bionics: More Freedom or Electronic Slavery?

Note: to prepare for this session, be sure to read the blog at: -- Engineered extensions of the body, such as intelligent prostheses, implants for enhanced perception and automated medical treatments are going to be the norm. They may be seen as part of a desirable future of greater autonomy and freedom, or as instruments of greater dependency and surveillance of citizens.

Sess 4 Digital Learning : Individual Adaptive Construction or Connected Social Interaction?

Education technology is developing to include multiple media combinations, in order to deal with complexity of codes, content, interactions, and cognitive processes. Some solutions favour individual adaptive learning as a personal cognitive structure, while others provide learning environments for collaborative cognitive development. How can they be merged?

About the Presenters: Ray Gallon is owner of Culturecom, a consultantancy specialized in Business Process Improvement through Communication, and co-founder of The Transformation Society. He has over 20 years' experience in the technical content industries. 

Neus Lorenzo PhD is Inspector of Education in Catalonia Spain and cofounder of The Transformation Society. She is the former head of the Foreign Language Service in the Departament d’Ensenyament, the local Ministry of Education. She has worked as a training adviser at the Council of Europe for Pestalozzi courses, and at the Inspectorate of Education in the Generalitat de Catalunya Catalan government.

Mini-webinar: Shared assets and Collaborative Review in RoboHelp

December 05, 2014

This 35 minute session focuses on shared resources write once, publish many times and collaborative review in RoboHelp. Discover how to use an efficient PDF review process with your Subject Matter Experts, without additional SW licenses. This highly focused session is aimed at RoboHelp users, old and new, who want to maximize team coordination in RoboHelp projects.

About the presenter:  Maxwell Hoffmann is Adobe's Product Evangelist for Tech Comm. With over 20 years experience in tech comm production and 15 concurrent years in translation/localization, Maxwell has trained over 1,200 people in hands-on sessions covering scalable, multi-channel publishing resources. He has focused on publishing solutions "beyond paper" for the past 18 years.

Conquering Globalized Content with Acrolinx and FrameMaker 12

December 09, 2014

In today's market, globalized content that is translation/localization ready is more important than ever.

Join Tom Aldous in this session to see a revolutionary new way to help automate the creation of "world-ready" source content that will eliminate dozens of translation/globalization headaches, and reduce project time and costs.

As an added benefit, you’ll also be shown how this unison of tools can make your content more findable, readable, and engaging – increasing the growth and retention of your customer base.

About the Presenter: Thomas Aldous is Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Acrolinx. A former director of Sales and Evangelism for Tech Comm Suite with Adobe, Tom has well over 20 years experience in high level consulting implimenting publishing solutions built around XML, DITA, FrameMaker and other products.

Comprehensive DITA Pubs & CMS Solution w. Adobe FrameMaker & DITAToo

December 11, 2014

At this webinar you'll learn how the tight integration between Adobe FrameMaker and DITAToo DITA CMS can help you get the best of both worlds. Use FrameMaker as a powerful DITA authoring and multi-channel publishing tool while keeping your content under control with DITAToo.

DITAToo is a DITA Content Management System DITA CMS that lets you easily and cost-effectively automate and facilitate many DITA-related tasks. Features that DITAToo provides include full text and metadata-based search, automatic conversion from MS Word to DITA, link management, topic reuse tracking, maps assembly, publishing, translation management, version control, and much more. Now DITAToo DITA CMS is tightly integrated with Adobe FrameMaker 11. You can access the DITAToo content repository and work with files from within the FrameMaker user interface. This gives you an out-of-the-box integrated solution where you use FrameMaker for DITA authoring and publishing and DITAToo for managing DITA.

In this webinar, among other things, you'll see how to:

  • Automatically convert an MS Word document to DITA and upload the converted content to the DITAToo content repository
  • Access the DITAToo content repository from within Adobe FrameMaker
  • Move and rename files and folders in the DITAToo content repository and let DITAToo automatically update cross-references
  • Create new DITA topics and update existing topics in the DITAToo content repository using FrameMaker
  • Publish and manage conditional content variations

About the Presenter: Alex Masycheff is a co-founder and CEO of Intuillion Ltd., the developer of DITAToo DITA CMS. Before founding Intuillion Ltd , Alex worked in the technical communication and content management industry for over 17 years as information architect, content management consultant, CMS implementation manager, and product manager. He was leading the implementation of XML-based solutions at many companies, including Kodak, General Electric, Siemens, and RADVision.

Customizing UI for FrameMaker with ExtendScript (A Beginner's Guide!)

December 16, 2014

Earlier this year, Russ Ward enlightened us on the power of ExtendScript for FrameMaker with a session called "FrameMaker: Squeezed to the last Drop." Ward returns in this sesssion to reveal how you can virtually create your own UI User Interface for FrameMaker via ExtendScript.

In this session you will witness:

  • how to create menus
  • how to create commands
  • how to create dialog boxes

Russ Ward will prove that is really quite easy to accomplish with ExtendScript, and it can be much more fun tha regular old processing code.

About the presenter: Russ Ward is a senior technical writer for Spirent Communications in Frederick, MD, a structured technologies developer, and an avid developer of plugins for Adobe FrameMaker. He is also an experienced trainer and speaks periodically at conferences and other peer events.

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