Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

In May 2011, I had the opportunity to deliver a session titled Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors at the STC Technical Communication Summit in Sacramento, California. It was a great experience speaking on this topic to a predominantly American audience, since there was cultural exchange happening right from the word Go.

A variation of the session was also accepted on the program for the 2011 STC India Conference. I was looking forward to traveling to Chennai to present the session on December 3. Unfortunately, a middle ear infection played spoilsport and the doctor forbade me from flying for at least a couple of weeks. My colleague, Nandini Gupta, then graciously agreed to present the session on my behalf.

A slide deck for the session is embedded below:

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

You can download an audio recording of my session at the STC Summit from this link (~9 MB). The recording should be used in conjunction with the slide deck.
There’s more! The paper (accompanying this session) published in the Proceedings of the conference is embedded below. Happy reading!

Localizing Images: Cultural Aspects and Visual Metaphors

Join me at STC Summit 2011

I’m excited to share that I’ll be part of STC Summit 2011, presenting the following two sessions:

A session summary for the second session is available from the STC Learning Center. If you want to read it right away, download the PDF from this URL.

I look forward to meeting you at the Summit!

LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 2 available for download!

We recently released LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 2 (SP2), a significant update to the LiveCycle server components. You can access the download page here. To download the service pack, you’ll need to log in using your Adobe ID and agree with the EULA.

The updated LiveCycle ES2 documentation is now live at the LiveCycle Developer Center. The Service Pack 2 ReadMe (PDF) describes how you can install the service pack. The ReadMe also lists the many customer-reported issues that were addressed in this service pack.

To review the Service Pack 2 release notes for LiveCycle components, see this page. A related announcement on the LiveCycle Product Blog is here.

Follow this blog to catch more updates and announcements from the LiveCycle documentation team.

LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 1 available!

We recently released LiveCycle ES2 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a significant update to the LiveCycle server components, LiveCycle Workbench ES2, and LiveCycle Designer ES2. You can access the download page here. To download the service pack, you’ll need to log in using your Adobe ID and agree with the EULA.

The updated LiveCycle ES2 SP1 documentation is now live at the LiveCycle Developer Center. The SP1 ReadMe (PDF) describes how you can install the service pack for LiveCycle ES2 server, Workbench ES2, and Designer ES2. The ReadMe also lists the 80+ customer-reported issues that were addressed in this service pack.

To review the SP1 release notes for LiveCycle components, see this page. A related announcement on the LiveCycle Product Blog is here.

Follow this blog to catch more updates and announcements from the LiveCycle doc team.

Contribute to Adobe Community Help

In case you didn’t already know, you can contribute to the documentation for many Adobe products under the Adobe Community Help model. See this page for FAQ on Adobe Community Help. In short:

Adobe Community Help is a set of web services that provides instruction,
inspiration, and support. Community Help combines content from Adobe
Help, Support, Design Center, Developer Connection, and Forums – along
with great online community content – so that users can easily find the
best and most up-to-date resources. Community Help enables users to
contribute content and add comments to all learning content on
Adobe.com.

Your contributions can be in the form of tips, tricks, sample code, examples, comments, content-improvement suggestions, and more. A free Adobe.com account is all that you need to contribute. What’s more, if the moderators find your contribution helpful, they will reward you with Adobe Community Help points. Isn’t that cool?

Here are some other helpful links that will get you started:

Adobe Community Help Client (CHC)

Adobe has also created the Community Help Client (CHC), a next-generation AIR-based Help system that lets you make the most of Community Help content. See this page for information about downloading and installing CHC.

Mallika Yelandur, my colleague, has done a series of useful blog posts introducing the CHC and its features. Hop over to her blog!

Top ten FrameMaker conversion tips

Simon Bate has posted his top ten FrameMaker conversion tips over at the Scriptorium blog. Pretty interesting stuff! Do take a look.

As for our FrameMaker tips that he refers to in his post, you can download the PDF from this link.

Enjoy!

Download the free PDF production handbook

Creating a final, print-quality PDF from FrameMaker documents can be an involved, multi-step process. We thought it would be useful to capture all relevant considerations and steps in a single handbook that could be immediately put to use in real-world situations.

The following sections are included in this handbook:
  • Relevant scenario
  • Prerequisites
  • Important considerations
  • Equip yourself with relevant details
  • Stage 0: Prepare the content
  • Stage 1: Clean up the source
  • Stage 2: Prepare the book and create PDF
  • Stage 3: Test the PDF
  • Stage 4: Prepare the PDF for publication
  • Stage 5: Optimize the PDF in Acrobat
  • Appendix: Best practices for using conditional text
  • Appendix: Keeping track of content changes across versions in a collaborative environment
Click this link to download the handbook: pdf_handbook.pdf.

And yes, feel free to share it with your colleagues and friends!