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

October 28, 2014 - November 07, 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.

Regular FrameMaker 12: Recent Enhancements

October 29, 2014

An update was recently released for FrameMaker 12 with some impressive enhancements. This 40 minute session will cover some key improvements for working with regular, unstructured FrameMaker 12 projects:

  • We have also released a brand new Responsive HTML5 layout for publishing to online formats
  • FrameMaker 12 can now publish the content in the reference pages as well for all non-PDF outputs.
  • The non-PDF publishing for large files with many images is now faster with 50% reduction in publishing time.
  • You can now right-click on a table to insert a table continuation variable.
  • You can add a new row at the end by pressing the TAB key in the last cell of the table.
  • You can also drag-and-drop the rows and columns of a table within the table.
  • You can easily navigate in the table cells using right, left, up, and down arrow keys

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.

Structured FrameMaker 12: Recent Enhancements for DITA/XML

October 30, 2014

An update was recently released for FrameMaker 12 with some impressive enhancements. This 40 minute session will cover some key improvements for working with STRUCTURED FrameMaker 12 projects for DITA and XML:

  • In the structure view, now you can drag and drop within an empty element as well
  • If the user drags and drop an element to a collapsed element, it is automatically expanded
  • A visual indication is provided when performing an element drop to highlight whether the drop is valid, invalid, or not allowed.
  • The structure view now comes with a compact mode in which the text within the elements are displayed alongside the elements instead of being right aligned. The mode can be switched on or off using a flag in maker.ini
  • You can now expand or collapse all child elements or attributes of an element, including nested elements.
  • You can now navigate the element hierarchy in the Structure View while working in the document. Each time the user selects an element in the document, the Structure View is expanded to the corresponding element in the hierarchy.
  • Visually get an indication of your position in Structured View corresponding to your position in document view, even when some nodes in the Structured View are collapsed.

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.

4x Series: Tech Challenges: Surfing and Diving Deep

October 31, 2014 - December 04, 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.



Transition from MS Word to DITA and FrameMaker XML Author 12, using Stilo Migrate

November 04, 2014

This webinar is being held in collaboration with Stilo International, leaders in automated content conversion, and is the second in a two-part series of webinars focused on converting legacy content to DITA. The first webinar October 2, 2014 looked at converting unstructured FrameMaker.

In this second webinar, we will illustrate how the Migrate cloud XML conversion service can be used by technical authors and subject matter experts to automate the conversion of MS Word documents to DITA for publishing via FrameMaker, enabling them to:

  • Cut down on manual pre-conversion prep and clean-up tasks
  • Be in complete control of the conversion process
  • Work at their own pace
  • Reduce overall conversion costs

The webinar will feature a live demonstration of Migrate—taking a sample MS Word document, and converting it to DITA – all in real-time, and under the direct control of the technical documentation team. We will demonstrate just how easy, quick and affordable it is to make the move to structured authoring and FrameMaker XML Author 12 using Migrate.

Maxwell Hoffmann, Product Evangelist at Adobe will then use the converted DITA to demonstrate some of the potent features of the all-new Adobe FrameMaker XML Author 12.

About our Presenters: Les Burnham, CEO -- As the CEO and joint-founder of Stilo International, Les has overseen the development and marketing of SGML/XML content processing technologies and solutions for many years, across industry sectors including publishing, aerospace and defence, high-tech, engineering and government. He initiated the development of the Migrate cloud content conversion service to address the conversion requirements of small and medium enterprises through to large corporations including IBM, Cisco, TIBCO and Varian Medical Systems.

Helen St Denis, Conversion Services Manager -- Helen originally joined Stilo as a technical editor in the documentation team, and now works closely with our Migrate customers, helping to analyze their legacy content, configure dedicated conversion portals and provide training and support on an ongoing basis. Over a period of several years she has helped to convert many thousands of pages from FrameMaker, Word, RoboHelp and InDesign files to DITA and other XML formats.

4X Sullivan Series: Ingredients for TechComm Success

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

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. 

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