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We're going to start Arbortext TC Dojo sessions again. In the TC Dojo, you tell us what you want to learn and we go find experts to teach it.

 

This survey is primarily aimed at the needs of Arbortext users, an important segment of the larger technical communications community we serve.

 

We change the survey questions regularly in response to suggestions we receive from survey takers. You can take it more than once. We want it to reflect your needs as they change over time. Answer it as many times as you want. Let us know what products are most important and what topics you most want to learn.

 

What do you want to learn?

 

Take the survey: http://survey.arbortextuser.org

 

Episode Guide and where to find past sessions

 

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You can win a copy of one of my books and 30-minutes consultation time with me!

 

To enter the raffle, drop off a business card at booth 301 in the STC Summit Exhibit Hall

 

Read more about Arbortext 101: http://amzn.to/2daPX9u

 

Read more about Arbortext 102: http://amzn.to/2dg5xSN

 

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In Arbortext, you can use the Change Tracking feature to track changes to text and markup. Change tracking facilitates collaboration with other authors and editors by highlighting changes and allowing you to accept or reject them. It's remarkably simple to take advantage of the change tracking feature for authoring; it is just as easy to show those same changes in published output. In this video, we will show you how to turn on the feature, how to use it, how to accept or reject changes, how to view the different configurations of the document under review, and how to publish with changes visible. We've even included a bonus: How to Compare Documents!

 

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Arbortext Editor

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

Announcing the release of
Arbortext 102:
Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets
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The second book in the Arbortext Monster Garage series, Arbortext 102 is the second book about Arbortext and the first book about creating and publishing with Styler. Written in DITA using Arbortext Editor and published with Arbortext Styler, Arbortext 102 gives step-by-step instructions about rapid stylesheet development.

This book has been tested by customers, who have wanted to take control of their stylesheets and have! Today, what was once only available to our customers is now available to everyone.

Help us celebrate the release of Arbortext 102, and get Arbortext 101 for 99¢ today only!  Get your copy at Amazon today.

 

Get your copy of Arbortext 101 at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2daPX9u

 

Read reviews and more about Arbortext 102: http://blog.single-sourcing.com/arbortext-102/

 

Get Arbortext 102 at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dg5xSN

Learn how to build your basic customized page layout set in 30 minutes or less using Arbortext Styler. In addition, you will learn what kinds of pages are in page sets and how to determine how many page sets you will need for your project.

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

This session is intended for Intermediate users of Arbortext Styler.

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

Everyone wants a great cover on their documents. Creating cool covers and nice-looking title pages don’t need to be done in another tool, you can do that right in Styler! In this session, we’ll show you how to break down a page and create the regions you need to create the cover you desire!

 

 

This session is intended for Intermediate users of Arbortext Styler.

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

In July, I released my first book: Arbortext 101. It's an accumulation of 12 years of hard earned experience and a response to customers coming to us Arbortext environments that were configured more to keep the customer dependent on the consultant than the benefit of the customer saddled with their poor implementation.

 

It's a story we've had repeated time and time again. Customers come to us because they know we want them to succeed like birds learning to fly.

It inspired me to finally write the first book that distills 5000+ pages of product documentation. The first book about Arbortext not written by PTC. The first book aimed at empowering new Arbortext customers so they can get up and running in a day.

 

We're offering the first two chapters for free to anyone who subscribes to the TC Dojo mailing list. If you haven't already, sign up here!

 

The book has 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and has been recommended by Arbortext community leaders and Arbortext customers.

 

And I did it all with Styler! Read on to learn how I did it...

 

In this session, we’re going to talk about tables. Want to change the table from a simple block of tabulated data into something pretty and easy to scan? Want alternating colored rows? Want a fancy border around the table? With Arbortext Styler, you have access to the APP Engine for publishing, so you can do all of this and more! Whatever you can dream up to change the look and feel of tables, you can do it in Styler. In this session, we will show you how to get started

 

Key Points:

  • Remember different tables are formatted according to different element rules
    • Just because it looks like a table doesn’t mean it’s a table -- a table is not a properties element, is not a dl element
  • Some things are easy
    • Use boxing properties in the samples directory
  • Some things are hard (alternating row colors)
    • Get help from a mentor
    • Take APP training
    • Submit an Enhancement request to PTC to add the capability in Styler for whatever hard thing it is you’re trying to do!
    • Sample code

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

In this session, we'll show you some tricks for setting up headers and footers and the content contained in them. Add a rule above or below? Simple! Add a compound page number? A breeze! Make your header stand out with a different font or different size? Piece of cake! Want to add a disclaimer to every page? We'll show you how to do it all. With these tricks, and the ones you learned in the previous session, you can do just about anything you want in your margins!

 

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

One of the most powerful mechanisms available to you as a stylesheet developer is the creation and use of property sets. Property sets help you abstract formatting needs into reusable components. Want consistent level 1 headers? Create a property set that you can use every time your stylesheet encounters a level one header, without coding it over and over again or copying and pasting formatting code? Property sets are the keys to the reusable kingdom for a stylesheet. In this session, we’ll talk about the power of property sets and show you how to use them.

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

This session is intended for Intermediate users of Arbortext Styler.

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

In this session, we’re going to talk about the Side-By-Side panel in Styler. We’ll talk about what it means, how best to use it, and how to make it work for you. We’ll show you how to make it look like you’ve got a graphic embedded in a paragraph, with text spilling around it, through the simple side-by-side mechanism. This is but one application of the side-by-side technology, but it’s a good one to get your feet wet with.

 

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

One of the last things that gets localized is your stylesheet. Stylesheets have generated text and that generated text needs to be translated too. (After all it isn't "Table of Contents" in Japanese.) In this session, we'll show you how to set your stylesheet up for localization. We'll do a quick export of the generated text strings and then an import of the 'translated' strings. And we'll publish our translated document! Sound fun? It's super easy to do. 30 minutes is all you need to understand how it works.

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

Using workspaces in Arbortext Content Manager (or Windchill) can be a bit confusing. How do you keep it clean? When should you create one? How long should you keep a workspace? How do you know which one to us (if you have several)? And, hey, while we're at it, why might you have several? What is a workspace for anyway? What does it mean? In this session we're going to talk about workspaces in Arbortext Content Manager and Windchill: How to use them effectively and what the best practices are for managing them.

 

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Windchill and Arbortext.

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

To kick off our TC Dojo Arbortext Edition, we took your requests and decided to jump right in to Styler. In this first session, we will show you how to build your foundation for your first Arbortext Style Sheet using the Single-Sourcing Solutions’ method. This is how we create new projects for our customers and this is how we coach and mentor our customers.

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Styler Stylesheets

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing: Watch this episode of Arbortext TC Dojo Online on our Vimeo On Demand Channel

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can watch it for free on the forums.

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

In Arbortext 7.0, creating, editing, and manipulating DITA maps is easy to do! In this session we show you the basics for how it works.

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Arbortext and DITA

 

 

View the Recording

The video is now available for viewing from our YouTube Channel!

TC Dojo Mastermind group members can also watch it on the forums.

 

 

 

About The TC Dojo

The TC Dojo is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. At the TC Dojo, you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics.

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