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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.

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area (or within a short flight), TC Camp is coming up in 23 January 2016.


If you haven't been to an unconference, you should know these aren't like regular conferences. There are no juried presentations. No powerpoint. No waiting through the next session so you can attend the one you're really interested in.

 

You know how it is at a regular conference, the best conversations happen in the hallways. Well, TC Camp is all hallway.

 

Session topics are chosen by you! They're chosen by the attendees on the day of the event. Attendees vote on the session topics. Topics with enough votes get scheduled into the agenda. Because you vote on the session topics, you're guaranteed to find sessions you're interested in! This is one conference where everything is relevant to Y-O-U. And at the end of the day, in the summary session you can hear about what everyone else learned in all the other sessions.

 

Because this is not an Arbortext conference specifically, there's absolutely no guarantee that any Arbortext-specific topic will get into the agenda. If we had enough Arbortext people descending on the event, there would definitely be enough of a critical mass to decide 1-2 topics.


Still, there are plenty of other topics to vote on. TC Camp attendees are made up of content creators, publishers, and the tools people who support them. We get close to 200 people attending, talking, and wrapping their arms around tricky subjects.


Just an event to keep in mind when you're planning your 2016 and 2017 travel. Keep an eye on TC Camp. And, seriously, someone should plan an Arbortext invasion!

We go to XML publishing for a lot of reasons. One of which is to achieve reusability of our information: Write it Once, Use it Anywhere. Often, beginning stylesheet developers will do a lot of repeated style coding to achieve desired output results. This style duplication, like information duplication, makes stylesheets difficult to maintain. Styler makes it easy to avoid this costly maintenance mistake by adding property sets and user formatting elements to your styling toolbox. In this session, we'll talk about how to use property sets to make your styling more uniform and easy to maintain.

 

 

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 webinar, we demonstrate the DITA feature keyrefs and conkeyrefs in Arbortext. The keyref and conkeyref mechanisms allow you to easily switch variable content. We will demonstrate how to create keys and key references; how to combine keys with maps for easier manageability; and how to use conkey references instead of conref to simplify reuse and manage your content.

 

 

This session is intended for Intermediate users of DITA 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.

Unhappy Customers are Just the Beginning.

 

A perennial question in the technical communication community is how to justify our work in financial terms that management will understand. One partial answer is to consider potential consequences of putting insufficient resources into technical documentation. What happens if the material is poorly written, or not written at all? Consequences can range from unhappy customers to wasted employee time to debilitating lawsuits—and worse. Joseph Devney uses statistics and real-life examples to illustrate some of the risks of having inadequate documentation.

 

This two-part session is accessible to All technical writers

 

 

About the Visiting Dojo Master

Joseph Devney, M.A., of Linguistic Consulting, is an STC Fellow and president of the Berkeley chapter. He has seen his share of bad documentation, and done his best to improve it. Joe has been a guest speaker at several STC chapters and for other organizations, and taught document design at San Francisco State University

 

 

View the Recordings - This session happened in two parts.

 

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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.

The advent of electronic media and particularly the Web has profoundly changed how people seek and use information. Information seeking today is dominated by search, and not by search of individual works, but search of the whole: whole sites, whole doc sets, and, in particular, the whole Web. With search, and with hypertext systems, you don’t start at the top and work down, you dive to the bottom and work your way up or sideways. Despite these changes, much tech comm content is still organized top down and written to be read top down. But content organized top down does not work well for readers navigating from the bottom up. To serve them well, we need a bottom-up information architecture.

 

We have thousands of years of civilization based on organizing information top-down. It is ingrained in our education and our culture, and in our processes and the way we create and manage content. Moving to a bottom-up information architecture is no trivial task, therefore. This first session in the Information Architecture Bottom-up series will look at how top-down organization fails for modern information seekers, and what bottom up information architecture is and how it works. It will also consider when a mix of top-down and bottom-up organization is appropriate.


About The Visiting Dojo Master

Mark Baker, the author of Every Page Is Page One, is a twenty-five-year veteran of the technical communication industry, with particular experience in developing task-oriented, topic-based content, and technical communication on the Web. He has worked as a technical writer, a publications manager, a structured authoring consultant and trainer, and as a designer, architect, and builder of structured authoring systems. It is his firm belief that the future of Technical Communications lies on the Web, and that to be successful on the Web, we cannot simply publish traditional books or help systems on the Web, we must create content that is native to the Web.



This session is accessible to Beginners.

 

 

View the Recordings - Watch All Three Parts!

The videos are on our YouTube Channel:

 

 

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.

Do you have content in both DocBook and DITA? Are you worried that it has to be one or the other? Two doctypes means two stylesheets, right? It's not as bad as you think! If you've been following the teachings at the Dojo and using best practices, you're already using modular stylesheets. Come to this session to find out how you can toss up a new stylesheet for a new doctype in a matter of minutes!

 

 

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.

Today's exercises in video conversion remind me of the browser wars in the 1990s. There is no end to the pain of figuring out formats that will play well in everyone's browser on everyone's OS. Especially if you want to host the videos yourself. When you do as many videos as we do, here at Single-Sourcing Solutions, it starts to become impossible.

 

In order to make it simpler, we decided to post all our old videos to YouTube, which means that we recently launched several YouTube Channels:

  1. Arbortext Monster Garage - all the videos from our famed web series about how to trick out your Arbortext environment, software, and publishing deliverables
  2. Single-Sourcing Solutions - these videos may not be Arbortext-specific, but depict related content to the work of authors, publishers, managers, and support personnel.
  3. TC Dojo - this is a mix of Arbortext Monster Garage and TC Camp. Videos are recordings of sessions where the topics were voted on by the community. The TC Dojo YouTube channel has copies of all the TC Dojo open session recordings. Again, not Arbortext-specific, but all related content.
  4. Arbortext PTC/User Group - These videos are moving to YouTube as well, so we don't have to manage the AUG website. The group was hard to maintain, but the dedicated volunteers are still out there and the content from the meetings we did have is incredible. YouTube will preserve the content for us.

 

What about TC Dojo: Arbortext Edition?

TC Dojo has been such a popular series, we added TC Dojo Arbortext Edition. The Arbortext TC Dojo videos are not on YouTube. They are only available to TC Dojo Master Series members and our customers. The live Arbortext Dojo sessions are free to attend in person. If you attend, learn, and enjoy, but if you want access to the recordings, join the Mastermind Group.

Windchill PartsLink enables the construction of a hierarchy of classification nodes but applies this to WTParts.  This functionality would be very powerful if applied to Dynamic Documents to support reuse of information... helping users find what already exists and is available for use.

 

http://communities.ptc.com/ideas/1744

You get it. You understand the value for having your content in XML. Perhaps you are already there or on your way. Now you have all of your content tagged and structured for optimal reuse. You breathe a sigh of relief.  Then you get the request to produce high quality designed outputs for things such as catalogs, product brochures, data sheets, or even advertisements, etc….  Can your rendering engine handle it?  If you have Arbortext the answer is definitely YES!  In this recording of the one hour webinar, we will show you how you can automate the creation of high volume, high quality output using the Arbortext Suite of products. 

 

About The Presenter

Simon Taylor is the Product Manager for XML Publishing and Layout Applications at PTC. Simon spends his time “thinking about putting content on pages”. He has defined the requirements for several full product releases, presented at numerous conferences, represented PTC and product during sales processes and otherwise successfully managed these complex products. Before becoming a Product Manager, he was Application Engineer for Arbortext and PTC, he was a Technical Consultant delivering APP-based publishing solutions to customers, and has spent much of his time managing, paginating, editing, and developing STM books and journals, and he has recruited, managed and trained a number of new starters.

 

This session is accessible to Beginners just getting started with Arbortext

 

View the Recording

The video is on our YouTube Channel!

 

 

 

The webinar and recording are brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. Our current project is the TC Dojo where you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to check it out and vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics. The TC Dojo is all about you!

Read Simon Taylor's column (it's really the "Styler" tag, but he's the main contributor so far).

 

He's just getting started, but he's got a lot of good information going in there about what's coming down the road for Arbortext Styler. So far it's just a peek, but the promise is there. I know I've been glued to the posts.

 

We, here at Single-Sourcing Solutions, are thrilled to see the PMs starting to write up stuff -- and I know Simon's been itching to get started. I've known Simon for a long time. He's an amazing PM. Interested in solving real problems. Interested in talking to customers and finding out what they really need. He spends his days thinking about putting words on "pages" and he's damn good at it.

 

Here's my advice:

 

  1. Read the posts.
  2. Give him your feedback and comments, if you've got 'em.

 

It'll make the product better for all of us!

Liz Fraley

Community Badges

Posted by Liz Fraley Aug 31, 2011

It seems as though I've earned the "Bill Shakespeare" badge for...as I was told...

 

For starting your own blog and writing 10 blogs posts related to CAD, PLM or PTC products in general, here is your “Bill Shakespeare” badge. Feel free to display it proudly on your PlanetPTC Community badge.

 

That's 10 posts here on communites.ptc.com.

 

That doesn't include the nearly EIGHT years of blog posts about Arbortext and Dynamic Publishing on the Single-Sourcing Blog here:

http://blog.single-sourcing.com

 

That's a lot of blog posts. The Single-Sourcing Blog is where you can find:

 

There's a whole series of Arbortext audio podcasts available on the blog too! The PubWright Podcast is a series of audio podcasts — interviews with people all across the Arbortext community, and experts in the dynamic publishing field.

 

Communities can't be contained and there are lots of folks in your community. Say hi!

 

Here's the Badge!

 

Cheers!

 

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We get a lot of questions about whether you can use Arbortext with the Open Toolkit.  The answer is, "Yes, of course," but any further details are difficult unless you know what the questioner means by that: "Arbortext" is a portfolio of products that includes an editor, multiple publishing engines (for both typical and magazine-quality publishing), a content management system, a styling tool (so non-programmers can create stylesheets), a DTD/configuration tool, a dynamic link manager, and an illustration tool. Which part of Arbortext do you want to use with the DITA OT?

 

For example, if you want index processing, you've got to swap out FOP. There's one place you can use Arbortext. You can use Arbortext editor as your DITA editor, that's another place. Want to create multi-channel stylesheets without having to learn XSL and XSL-FO, well, that's a third place. Want to kick off the DITA OT from inside the CMS? That's four.

 

Our shop coach  Mark Giffin, Mark Giffin Consulting, is going to explain the basics of how Arbortext works with the DITA Open Toolkit.

 

View the Recording

The video is on our YouTube Channel!

 

 

 

Like I said, you can do it, but if you've got Arbortext you don't have to. You've got better tools already.

 

 

This session is aimed at Advanced users, because that's the OT demands skill, experience, and a metric ton of patience.

 

 

About The Arbortext Monster Garage

There are a million Uber Geeky things you can do in Arbortext. Arbortext is a mature platform: The entire set of tools works together. Arbortext is open: The entire UI and publishing pipeline is 100% available through a well-tested API. The possibilities are enormous for anyone who wants to do new, interesting, over-the-top things with their product information. In this web series, we feature the Open API and the geeky things you can do with Arbortext. You?ll find knowledgeable mechanics, here. Put on your shop coat, because here we go!

 

The Arbortext Monster Garage is brought to you by Single-Sourcing Solutions. Our current project is the TC Dojo where you pick the topics and we find the experts. Be sure to check it out and vote on future TC Dojo webinar topics. The TC Dojo is all about you!

Here at Single-Sourcing Solutions, we always talk about the ease of use and the out-of-the box advantages to Arbortext suite of products. We don’t always talk about the sizable API that opens the entire application to developers. Yet, for many of us, this was one of the primary advantages that drew us to the Arbortext platform.  This last year, we discovered that this ability to tweak every aspect of the product and the content that comes out as a result is no longer so obvious to people who are new to the eco-system.

 

Want to see "Why Arbortext'?

 

Come to the  Arbortext Monster Garage

 

Inspired by the popular “Monster Garage” television show on the Discovery Channel, today we’re launching a new webinar series: “Arbortext Monster Garage.” On the TV show, a team of people with mechanical, fabricating, or modifying expertise gathers together to modify a vehicle into a “monster machine.”  In our new webinar series, we’re gathering people from the Arbortext community who have modified, streamlined, co-opted, and wrenched their applications to achieve outstanding, interactive, and impressive content and highly effective content creation-publication workflows.

 

The series will showcase users from the community demonstrating techniques, tips and tricks that they have used in the past, discoveries they have made, and showcasing new features.

 

Twice a month, on the second and fourth Fridays, each session lasts only 30 minutes. The calendar has been published in advance, so that you can see what’s coming and sign up for the sessions you’re most interested in.  There are sessions for beginners as well as for expert users.

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