London calling: Congility conference 2013

July 1, 2013 @ 7:10 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In yet another guest blog, Adobe partner Jang Graat gives excellent coverage of last week’s Congility conference on the outskirts of London. Variety of themes and issues at Congility conference After the 2-week tekom roadshow I had one week off and then packed my bags again to hit the road for Adobe. This time it read more…

#writeright 11) FrameMaker & Word: Advanced indexing, Lists and prefixes

June 28, 2013 @ 10:34 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In this collection of recent videos from our “Do You Write Right” campaign we tackle four common challenges that FrameMaker handles quite easily. Each video is 3-4 minutes long, so you can view these bite-sized tutorials at your leisure. FrameMaker for Word: Index entry with page range Index entries are easy in FrameMaker 11: there read more…

Towards an Agile authoring methodology: learning from the Lean methodology

June 26, 2013 @ 9:27 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Agile development is a way of managing IT development teams and projects that was introduced around 2001. It is a set of principles that aims to result in more successful projects by breaking a project down into a series of incremental and iterative stages. As Agile has become increasingly popular, technical communicators have needed to read more…

Adobe STC Summit Interviews 2: voice recognition, survey results and for whom do you write?

June 24, 2013 @ 8:49 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

This is the secondin our series of video interviews with key thought leaders and bright attendees at the STC Annual Summit in Atlanta. Adobe installed cameras, lights and had the “Content Wrangler” himself to help gather some of the most interesting thought leaders present. We have 40 interviews to share, and will continue to roll read more…

TCWorld Roadshow wrapup: Changing the venue without stopping the show

June 18, 2013 @ 4:02 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In the first 2 weeks of June, a small but devoted team travelled from Helsinki to Paris to spread the word about modern methods in technical communication. The tcworld roadshow took us from countries on the Arctic sea to a country that has beaches on the Mediterranean, from “vodka in the rocks” in a bar read more…

Report from Paris: TCWorld Roadshow with FrameMaker

June 17, 2013 @ 2:25 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

The last event in the tcworld roadshow: Paris. Of course this city is famous for its Eiffel tower – a remarkable feat of engineering, built for the World Exposition in 1889 and expected to last only a couple of years but still standing today. And of course this is supposed to be the city of read more…

Report from Antwerp: TCWorld Roadshow with FrameMaker

June 14, 2013 @ 12:32 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Traveling to Antwerp is best done by train, as traffic jams can get really crazy on the ring road and the center of town is maze of tiny streets with lots of traffic lights, trams, buses and zebra crossings with slow pedestrians dragging suitcases or holding up their cameras, oblivious of the stress that is read more…

Report from Eindhoven: TCWorld Roadshow with FrameMaker

June 13, 2013 @ 4:44 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Another week, another part of Europe. Today the tcworld roadshow landed in Eindhoven. This city was a tiny town when the Philips family started a light bulb factory in 1891. The city is still known as the ‘city of lights’ in the Netherlands. Thanks to the enormous amount of educated workforce that was needed by read more…

“Classic” 7-Part Aldous series on “Unstructured to XML” webinar series republished

June 7, 2013 @ 1:43 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In 2011, then Product Evangelist Tom Aldous produced a “deep dive”, 7-part series of webinars that covered all steps required in converting unstructured content to XML in FrameMaker. Although this series was done with FrameMaker 10, the basic steps largely remain the same, and many users frequently consulted this series as a useful references. We read more…

Report from Copenhagen: TCWorld Roadshow with FrameMaker

June 7, 2013 @ 12:43 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

The end of the first week in the tcworld roadshow found us in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The hotel was conveniently close to the airport but a little further away from the center of this beautiful town. I was staying in a small apartment in the North and on my way to the bus that read more…

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