FrameMaker 12: Squeezed to the last drop

August 05, 2014

Out of the box, FrameMaker is a hefty, and capable authoring tool. But with structure e.g. XML and customization, it can become a powerhouse with endless possibilities.

This session will focus on one lone writer's successful efforts to stretch FrameMaker to its limits, to help get large production jobs done in the absence of additional staff.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How customization and structured authoring can serve real needs, significantly improve efficiency, and make it look like you work twice the number of hours.

  • Why FM is unique in its class with regard to extensibility.

  • Basic tips on how to get started with structure and customization.

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.

Editing HTML5 layouts in RoboHelp 11

August 19, 2014

In this session Willam van Weelden will show you how to remove the Glossary and Index from Responsive HTML5 layouts. This is something that cannot be done from the default editor and it requires you to dive into the HTML code of the layout. With this way can publish for mobile using only the panes that you need.

In this session you will learn:

  • The different places in a Responsive layout where links to the Glossary and Index are used.
  •  Which actions are required to remove the Glossary and the Index.

About the presenter:  Willam van Weelden lives and works near Amsterdam and is expert in CSS3 design and the new HTML5 standards.

2x series: Strategies for Success with RoboHelp 11 Projects

August 21, 2014

 RoboHelp 11 is a terrific, feature-rich and easy to use product that gives you considerable freedom in how to approach your online publishing projects. Because of this, there are often more than one way to achieve the same goal. In this series, Tanner and Associates will share their rich industry-experience in how to approach solutions with RoboHelp 11 strategically.

Sess 1 I Didn’t Know RoboHelp Could Do That!

In this presentation, Tanner will demonstrate how we used merged features, DUCC, and synced assets in the Resource Manager to build two successful complex projects. Shelley Bates is the presenter.

Sess 2 Using RoboHelp to Promote Clear Thinkingl

In this panel discussion, two Tanner staff members will compare and contrast how we use technology in various business situations to highlight an organization's need to improve content. We will show how RoboHelp helps us untangle client content. Shelley Bates and Beth Tanner will co-present. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Beth Tanner is Owner and President of Tanner Corporate Services, a 30+ business and technical communications firm specializing in knowledge management for mid-sized and emerging companies. We create and implement structured approaches to documenting, verifying, and presenting the knowledge critical to our clients’ profitability. Over the years Beth has consulted with companies in retail, health care, financial services, and manufacturing. She especially enjoys her work with entrepreneurs. She is an STC Associate Fellow and has served on the STC Board of Directors. In addition to STC, she has been recognized by NAWBO, ASTD, and various community organizations. When not working, she enjoys gardening and hiking in her native state of Tennessee.

4X Sullivan Series: Ingredients for TechComm Success

August 22, 2014 - November 06, 2014
Friday, August 22,2014
Thursday, September 25,2014
Thursday, October 09,2014
Thursday, November 06,2014

Sess 1: Top Five Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Tech Comm Toolkit

Ask any general contractor or construction worker: Does it make sense to use the best tools? Most will tell you that while skill is important, having reliable tools is a big part of getting the job done right. Join Matt Sullivan for a one-hour discussion on how Tech Comm Suite 5 gives you:

  • user-friendly authoring XML or non-XML – the choice is yours
  • any-time any-where publishing with a single click

Sess 2: Making Technical Documentation More Interactive

Good tech comm is about engagement. Whether it’s an interactive training scenario, a video, or embedded 3D, TCS5 handles rich media quickly and easily. Join Matt Sullivan for a one-hour discussion of rich media creation and placement using TCS5 applications.

  • Captivate output linked in FrameMaker and RoboHelp projects
  • Creation and placement of Adobe Presenter Video Express output and other video formats you won’t want to miss this one!
  • Placement of U3D for working 3D models in output

Sess 3: Publishing Your Technical Content on Mobile was Never This Easy

FrameMaker 12 now natively creates the most popular electronic formats! Join Matt Sullivan for a one-hour discussion on how easy it is to create the formats directly from FrameMaker:

  • output to 5 common online formats
  • the basics for setting up output, including customizing responsive HTML5 skins

Sess 4: Next-Generation Review & Collaboration Work-flows in Tech Comm

As tech comm professionals are asked to do more with less, workgroup collaboration and shared reviews can help even out the load. Join Matt Sullivan for a one-hour discussion on both new and existing review and collaboration options in TCS5:

  • The freedom to edit content during shared reviews
  • Approving/rejecting comments from reviews
  • Review on the go with mobile PDF review options

About our Presenter: Matt Sullivan is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Certified Expert in ten different Adobe publishing and e-learning applications, including everything in Technical Communication Suite 5. He teaches online and in-person classes as well as helping companies improve their publishing work flow. Follow Matt on his social media id, mattrsullivan

4x series: Aschwanden on 21st Century, multi-channel publishing

August 29, 2014 - November 07, 2014
Friday, August 29,2014
Tuesday, September 30,2014
Tuesday, October 28,2014
Friday, November 07,2014

Sess 1: Easy Steps to Convert Your Content to Structure

Using sample content that is shared with all attendees, Bernard converts documents that contain character, paragraph, and table content marked up with tags, as well as other standard FrameMaker content and creates structured files. This prez guides you through best practices when converting any legacy content.

Sess 2: Best Practices when Creating Interactive Video Tutorial

During this presentation, Bernard guides you through reviewing a support topic and developing a storyboard. These ideas are used to created a related video to help users visualize how to perform the task.  Rather than delivering just text, you can provide users with detailed video showcasing specifically how to perform key functions.

Sess 3: Multi-channel Publishing of DITA Content with the RIGHT Appearance

DITA. -- Then you have to deal with the hassle of trying to publish to PDF and online formats through the Open Tool-kit. The BIG problem is in customizing that content to have the look and feel you want for content delivered to any device, and in any major format. See FrameMaker 12 deliver content to Help, eBooks, HTML5 and PDF.

Sess 4: XML Authoring Made Easy, OR XML Authoring is Not Just For Geeks Anymore

Create, edit, or publish XML and DITA with ease is the promise. How? Adobe FrameMaker Author 12 provides a rich and visual interface for creating and publishing content. This presentation explores how the SW works and provides you a quick start to developing your own content, or even modifying content created by others. Adobe FrameMaker reconfigured for the XML geek in all of us. In all 4 sessions, watch, learn, then do it yourself with provided sample files.

About our Presenter: Bernard Aschwanden solves documentation based problems and helps companies generate more revenue. He guides clients through the best processes to create, manage, and deliver content. Once content is delivered, he helps socialize the message, understand and act on feedback, and improve the process and workflow. He is the founder of Publishing Smarter, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication STC, and the Vice President of STC. Bernard has helped hundreds of companies implement successful solutions. He is focused on publishing better, publishing faster, and publishing smarter.

Foolproof Automated, Collaborative Publishing via PADS & FM Publishing Server

September 10, 2014

The PatternStream Automated Document System PADS is an enterprise application that enables users across the virtual campus to author/edit content and publish application sections of data-driven documents in a browser based environment. Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server is used as the publishing engine and is tightly integrated as part of the system. Source information can reside databases, BI systems, image files, markup files e.g., XML, HTML, etc., Excel files, word processing files, and other types of information bases. Information can be controlled and published in a distributed manner using desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.

This session will present:

  • A web-based authoring/editing system for creating and maintaining content as an information source for data-driven publishing
  • FrameMaker Publishing Server working as a publishing engine to create PDF documents in an enterprise environment on demand
  • How multiple sources of information can be aggregated, transformed, and published into active PDF files for web and print distribution
  • The data-driven publishing concept

About our Presenters: Brad is the Vice President Operations of Finite Matters Ltd. FML. Beginning in 2004, he has specialized in data-driven publishing using the FML PatternStream application. He has provided PatternStream and FrameScript implementation services to a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors. These customers include state, local, and federal government entities, and distribution, manufacturer, financial, and other companies. In addition to his work at FML, Brad owns, monitors, and maintains the Framers email discussion group and originated and conducted the FrameMaker User Conferences.

Ben is the co-founder, President, and CEO of FML. Since 1991 he has focused on development of applications and services to provide data-driven publishing solutions for customers. Both Brad and Ben have worked with Adobe since 1995 and with FrameMaker since 1992.

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

September 10, 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. 

4x Series: Tech Challenges: Surfing and Diving Deep

September 24, 2014 - December 04, 2014
Wednesday, September 24,2014
Friday, October 31,2014
Thursday, 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?

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.



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