Trends: Levels of Re-use

May 2, 2013 @ 4:39 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In this blog, our guest blogger, Tony Self of Hyperwrite in Melbourne, Australia, shares his thoughts on various levels of Re-use. Tony has done several guest webinars with AdobeTCS. You will find links to recorded webinars and upcoming webinars at the end of this blog. Levels of Re-use, by Tony Self At the heart of read more…

Part (8) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: “Real” support for DITA

March 18, 2013 @ 3:43 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Amongst the many compelling reasons for upgrading from FrameMaker 7.x to FrameMaker 11, real “out-of-the-box” DITA support would surely be near the top of the list. Although FrameMaker 7.x was a competent and potent structured editor in its day, it was developed before most major milestones in DITA development and approval were achieved. A timeline read more…

Making FrameMaker work for you

March 14, 2013 @ 12:03 PM, By Parth Mukherjee

Many jobs are tedious, involving a repetitive sequence of commands that must be executed on a large number of almost identical elements in a document. And because they are tedious and feel like a waste of time on the part of the author, attention may decrease and errors may go unnoticed. This, apart from the increase in read more…

Part (6) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: Book Building

March 11, 2013 @ 12:07 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Book building capabilities for managing multiple project assets (chapters, document content) were one of the prime drivers for many users moving to FrameMaker 7.x ten years ago. Ironically, the powers associated with this feature have increased exponentially with recent releases. For anyone who has to manage multiple chapters in various stages of approval, enhanced hierarchical read more…

Part (4) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: Catalogs and Format Overrides

February 28, 2013 @ 5:23 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Speaking from my over one thousand hours of experience “optimizing” unstructured FrameMaker files for translation and localization, I can vouch for the following fact: FrameMaker 11’s ability to handle catalog styles more efficiently than FrameMaker 7.x and its ability search and locate format overrides can reduce some production preparation tasks by as much as 90%! read more…

Changing the engine without stopping the car (part 2)

February 26, 2013 @ 7:26 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

In the first part of this 2-part article, I explained how mixing structured with unstructured content in the same publication process was vital to the success of several conversion projects I have undertaken in the past years. It is simply not feasible for a company to stop for months while rewriting their legacy documentation or converting all read more…

douwriteright: 1) FrameMaker and Word: Autonumbered paragraphs and prefixes

February 11, 2013 @ 12:59 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

This is the first in a series of several brief blogs that highlight some videos we have created to compliment our #WriteRight compaign. Be sure to visit and register for our new micro site, http://www.douwriteright.com/, for a chance to voice your opinion and also to see a growing collection of “mini-videos.” The first feature comparison read more…

Changing the engine without stopping the car (part 1)

February 11, 2013 @ 12:54 PM, By Parth Mukherjee

Even if it is crystal clear that structured authoring has many advantages, many companies cannot afford to make the jump into the new paradigm. There is too much legacy documentation that cannot be left behind, and there is never time enough to stop all the presses for months while the old content is being converted read more…

Cognitive Design and User Assistance

February 7, 2013 @ 11:27 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

Ray Gallon or The HumanistNerd just completed a fabulous series of webinars for fans of User Assistance. The complexity of today’s technical products means ‘how-to’ information may no longer provide users with all they need. More than procedures, users need to acquire skills and concepts that enable them to be autonomous, make decisions, and work read more…

Do You #WriteRight?

February 6, 2013 @ 10:44 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

“It’s your Word against…my FrameMaker!”  It’s time to write technical content on the leading technical writing tool. There’s so much we could say. But for now, visit: www.DOUWRITERIGHT.com 

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