Category Archives: Recordings

Thought Leader Thursday Season Finale! “Making the Difficult Choices” with Hoa Aldous

Here is a short promo video about our guest speaker Hoa Aldous

Join us this Thursday at 1 PM EST for our TLT Season Finale! “Making the Difficult Choices”

Our guest Hoa Aldous has led a very interesting life. Take a look at our promo video and for a preview of what host Thomas Aldous and guest Hoa Aldous will be discussing.

Register at http://bit.ly/TLT_HoaAldous

“Thought Leader Thursday’s” Webinar June Schedule

This month we will be covering a wide range of topics which affect your business in many ways. Our goal is to keep you questioning the assumptions. We want to hear your feedback. Do you have a suggestion?  Are there any topics you want to hear more about? Do you have a concept you’d like to share with our audience?

Send us your comments or your proposals. Email me at info@thecontentera.com

June 2016 Schedule

June 2nd @1pm EDT - Dustin Vaughn, Solutions Consulting Manager, Adobe

 Topic: Modernizing Documentation Through Rich Media: Is It Too Late?

 Recording:http://bit.ly/TLT_Rec_DustinV

June 9th @1pm EDT - Jang Graat, Chief Technologist, The Content Era LLC.

 Topic: “Content is Dead – Long Live Content!”

 Registration: http://bit.ly/TLT_JangG

June 16th @1pm EDT - Neil Perlin, President, Hyper/Word Services

Topic: “How Mobile Will Affect Tech Comm”

Registration:http://bit.ly/TLTNeil_Perlin

June 23rd @1pm EDT - Scott Abel,  Content Strategist and Intelligent Content Evangelist, The Content Wrangler

 Topic: “Cognitive Computing”

 Registration: http://bit.ly/TLT_ScottA

June 30th @1pm EDT - Noz Urbina, Founder, Urbina Consulting

 Topic: “Journey-Mapping for Personalization Across Multiple Channels”

 Registration: http://bit.ly/TLT_NozU

Find a full list of The Content Era’s events including all TLT recordings atwww.TheContentEra.com.

Reminder: All of our Thought Leader Thursday sessions and recording are free. Let your friends and co-workers know.

The Content Era Is Here. This Is Why You Are Needed.

New video posted

Link To Video - iPhone / iPad ready

TechComm 2020: Get Ready to be Part of the Content Era

We’re facing fundamental change in tech comm: not just how we do what we do, but also why we do what we do.

Tech comm is not just about customer support anymore; it’s also driving revenue. Buyers look for technical content before they buy. And they don’t want to just passively consume it, they also want to interact with it—and with us.

There’s something even larger at work here: we’ve entered a new era where companies build relationships with buyers through content—both marketing and technical content. On the marketing side, this new era has led to the explosive rise of content marketing. But technical content can play a role in content marketing too—perhaps even a more important role than marketing content.

This role won’t just be handed to you; you’ll have to fight for it. This session will discuss how to win that fight.

By Tom Aldous

Free Webinar Hosted By Adobe Presented By Tom Aldous – What Is Acrolinx Exactly? Acrolinx Demo Using FrameMaker As The Editor.

eSeminar Hosted By Adobe and presented by Tom Aldous of Acrolinx

Link To Recorded Video

Date / Time – April 10, 2013 at NOON EST

I am looking forward to presenting this webinar sponsored by Adobe. So many people have asked me, “What is Acrolinx?”, “Can Content Optimization Be Automated”, “How Can I Get Reports On The Shape Of Our Content In Our Repository” and “Can I See a Demo Of The Technology?”.

On Wednesday April 10, 2013 I will be providing answers to all those questions in this fast paced webinar. Register now at http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=2184057&loc=en_us

Tom Aldous

Free Elearning Classes (Recorded) – XSLT Is Easier Than You Heard To Create And Very Powerful For XML To XML Transforms

Find Out How to Write XSLT Statements for XML to XML Transformations in a 5-part eSeminars Series

 

June 28, 2012 – July 19, 2012 – Recorded

Part 1 ›

Part 2 ›

Part 3 ›

Part 4 › Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – Link to recording

Part 5 ›

 


 

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One of the advantages of using XML as a source file format is that it’s application-independent. Some of the other advantages include easy reusability and language translation cost reductions.

Did you know that the biggest advantage of XML is that you can transform your source content with very quick and easy-to-write XSLT statements? FrameMaker can apply an XSLT transform on ‘Open’ and ‘Save’. The possibilities are endless if you know the basics of “how to” write XSLT for XML to XML transforms. You can use attributes to automatically apply Conditional Tag processing instructions. You can build TOC’s at the top of each chapter without having to do it manually with cross references. And there are several other uses.

The problem earlier used to be that you either had to have an XSLT developer on staff or outsource the requirement. With your imagination, creativity and the knowledge gathered through this webinar series – the possibilities are endless.

 

Video On Indirect Addressing with DITA 1.2 Keys

I did an eSeminar with Nancy Harrison, Founder of Infobridge-Solutions, Inc yesterday. The topic was “Expand your Content Reuse Potential through Indirect Addressing: Using @keys-based addressing in DITA 1.2″. Here is the link to the recording.

Nancy came to the eSeminar armed with decades of extensive experience.

  • Secretary and charter member of OASIS DITA Technical Committee
  • Former member IBM DITA Architect’s Team
  • Member of OASIS DocBook Technical Committee
  • One of original DocBook DTD developers
  • Frequent speaker at industry conferences
  • Working with SGML/XML since 1992
  • Technical consultant specializing in: Information architecture, XSL / XSL-FO style sheet design, Translation/globalization issues, Migration of unstructured data to structured formats
Needless to say my expectations were high. Nancy did not disappoint. She explained why DITA 1.2 vs. DITA 1.1 so clearly, I was given a new perspective why the changes were implemented. Some of the reasons that hit home were:

 

  • DITA 1.2 makes implementing DITA without a Content Management System practical due to mapping reusable content with keys
  • In Pre-DITA 1.2, if you were to move the source of a targeted reusable object, you would have to modify every piece of content that pointed to it. Now with keys you only have to modify the one ditamap the contents the link location.
  • Conditional content changes are as easy as loading a new ditamap with the same keys defined to different locations. No more ditaval file or reltables …

 

This just high lights a few benefits. Watch the recorded eSeminar by clicking of the following link:

 

 

I did a demo on how seamless and easy it is to create and modify DITA 1.2 content with FrameMaker 10. I highlighted how to:

 

  • Upgrade your DITA 1.1 content to DITA 1.2 with a file / open / save
  • How to create and manage keys
  • How to use a key for both DITAMAPs and Topics
  • Talked about “how to conref a range of sibling” and “topicsets” using DITA 1.2 / FrameMaker 10

 

Bottom line – I recommend you watch this recording. DITA 1.2 keys make implementing DITA easily manageable . FrameMaker makes creating, editing and publishing DITA 1.2 content a breeze.

 

Tom Aldous

5-part eSeminars Recorded Series: Find Out How to Write XSLT Statements for XML to XML Transformations

June 28 to July 19, 2012  – Recorded Sessions

Part 1 ›

Part 2 ›

Part 3 ›

Part 4 › Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – Link to recording

Part 5 ›

One of the advantages of using XML as a source file format is that it’s application-independent. Some of the other advantages include easy reusability and language translation cost reductions. Very little has been written about XML to XML Transformations, although there are some books that outline how to do XML to HTML transformations. This series of eSeminars is intended to fill that gap.

Did you know that the one of the biggest advantages of XML is that you can transform your source content with very quick and easy-to-write XSLT statements? FrameMaker can apply an XSLT transform on ‘Open’ and ‘Save’. The possibilities are endless if you know the basics of “how to” write XSLT for XML to XML transforms. You can use attributes to automatically apply Conditional Tag processing instructions. You can build TOC’s at the top of each chapter without having to do it manually with cross references. And there are several other creative uses as well.

The problem used to be that you either had to have an XSLT developer on staff or outsource the requirement. With your imagination, creativity and the knowledge gathered through this webinar series – your possibilities are nearly endless, with staff who don’t have highly developed programming skills.

Join Tom Aldous, Director of Business Development and Evangelism for Adobe’s Tech Comm business, for an interactive and engaging webinar – the 1st / 2nd/ 3rd / 4th /5th webinar in a 5-part series . Tom will start off with the basics as a foundation. And soon enough, Tom will be having you building your own XSL transforms to resolve complex and time-consuming issues, automate processes and multiply productivity.

Free 5 part eSeminar series on “How To XSLT” for XML to XML transformations

I am working on pulling together a Free 5 part eSeminar series on “How To XSLT” for XML to XML transformations.

This is what I use to make FrameMaker / XML automagical. FrameMaker 10 allows you to apply an XSLT stylesheet on open and save. This is a very unique feature. Writing XSLT stylesheets is not hard for XML to XML processing. In fact, these XSLT stylesheets can be small in length, but very powerful.

Last year I did a 7 part eSeminar series on “Unstructured to XML”, this is the next step in the process. What do you think? What type of problems would you like to solve with XSLT? I am pulling together an outline now. My twitter handle is tmaldous. I also have a LinkedIn and Facebook profile. Let’s connect. Tell me what you would find useful.

Spread the news!

Tom

What’s the differences Between FrameMaker 7.X and FrameMaker 10?

Our Adobe TechComm Product Evangelist, Max Hoffmann has pulled together a series of blogs and videos explaining the differences between FrameMaker 7.X and FrameMaker 10.

I highly recommend that you give them  a read / watch, if you currently use FrameMaker 7.X

YouTube videos:

1: FM10 vs FM7: Pods for Index Markers

http://www.youtube.com/v/2dOEpm6owII?version=3&hl=en_U

http://bit.ly/L7j0nj

 

2: FM10 vs FM7: UI and Custom Workspaces

http://www.youtube.com/v/7z7RdBJ5v_I?version=3&hl=en_US

http://bit.ly/L7jr0H

 

3 and 4: FM10 vs FM7: Table Catalogs and Find/Remove Format Overrides

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r98aSknl-Ro&list=UUE3l-ZlFjC8EHe1sOuHwn-A&index=2&feature=plcp

http://bit.ly/L7meqH

 

5: FM10 vs FM7: PDF review insert annotations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcnNcDwdlZM&list=UUE3l-ZlFjC8EHe1sOuHwn-A&index=4&feature=plcp

 

http://bit.ly/L7m9DD

 

BLOGS:

 

(New )  — Videos: 5 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade from FrameMaker 7.x to FrameMaker 10
http://adobe.ly/L7qfvg

 

Part 1 of blog series on reasons to upgrade from FrameMaker 7.x to FrameMaker 10
http://adobe.ly/HgMwGZ

 

Part 2 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Workspaces and a Friendlier UI
http://adobe.ly/HgXTl0

Part 3 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Track changes and Import PDF comments
http://adobe.ly/HWpofv

Part 4 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Catalogs and Format Overrides
http://adobe.ly/HiygPX  ß yellow highlight blog have video

Part 5 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Where were you in 2002?
http://adobe.ly/Ik80kI

(Part 6) Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Summary of 10-part blog series
http://adobe.ly/IDoaYj

Part 7 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Bookbuilding
http://adobe.ly/I5iHso

Part 8 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: XML and Structured Editing
http://adobe.ly/I1mpot

Part 9 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: Real support for DITA
http://adobe.ly/JceCoc

Part 10 Reasons to upgrade from FM7.x to FM10: The world has changed in 10 years and so should your content

http://adobe.ly/JceNzW

Using Technical Communication Suite 3.5 Apps Through A Web Browser

Have you heard of TESTDRIVE?

If you go to http://www.adobe.com/products/technicalcommunicationsuite/try.html you can try all of the Technical Communication Suite 3.5′s Point Products through a web browser on the internet.

Did you want to try FrameMaker 10, RoboHelp 9, Acrobat X, PhotoShop CS 5.5 or Captivate 5.5 but did not want to install the application on to your system? You can now, right through your web browser.

I uploaded a “how to” video to YouTube at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6E-pS-Z7rM

Enjoy and spread the word.