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Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, Publishing, and Managing Content with Arbortext

Written by an Arbortext expert, the Arbortext Monster Garage books help Arbortext users learn the basics of the Arbortext software.

This easy-to-follow approach offers practical tips and pointers enabling readers to get started quickly developing dynamic and multi-channel content using Arbortext.

Everything You Need

Learn the basics for working with the Arbortext product suite. An easy-to-follow approach that offers practical tips and pointers enabling readers to quickly get started with Arbortext.

Configure Your Environment

Set up Arbortext Editor, Arbortext Styler, and Arbortext Publishing Engine

Get Started Quickly

Easily implement DITA or DocBook publishing in an afternoon

Learn Best Practices

For a very clean, manageable Arbortext configuration that will serve you well year after year

Make the Most of Your Investment

Configure Arbortext in the most effective and most beneficial way possible

Save Yourself Headaches

Navigate the potential pitfalls of setting up Arbortext before you start


Where To Go For Help

Includes a list of the number one resources every Arbortext user should know about

Books, Videos, and More

Easy-to-follow procedures tested and verified by hundreds of customers.

Arbortext 101

Learn how to configure your Arbortext environment (Arbortext Editor, Arbortext Styler, and Arbortext Publishing Engine), easily implement DITA or DocBook in an afternoon, save yourself headaches at upgrade time, get started quickly, and learn where to go for help.

Arbortext 102

Learn how to create stylesheets without having to be a programmer. Step-by-step instructions to create your first stylesheet and how to troubleshoot them when you're stuck. With Arbortext 102, you will learn how to create a stylesheet in a day!

Arbortext for Authoring

A guidebook to help both veteran writers, who only need to learn a new tool, and writers who are new to the field of technical authoring. Designed to give readers hands-on experience right away and raise confidence levels.

Written in DITA with Arbortext Editor then published with Arbortext Styler using a custom stylesheet in less than a day.

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What Readers Are Saying

Great resource for Arbortext Users! This book is very easy to read but even better for me as a reference. The info on custom directory was worth the price of the book for me. I'll be referring to sections on dcf and pcf files as well.

M. McGinnis

Arbortext user, Amazon review of Arbortext 101

Thanks, Liz! I purchased your book and am reading it! Thanks for all you do and responding!


I worked through the book and needed that little extra help to do what we needed. Thanks!


Technical writer, Stylesheet author

Liz's book, Arbortext 102 (and it's predecessor Arbortext 101), has been invaluable. Not only was Arbortext 102 a step-by-step instruction manual, it was also easily understood. DITA concepts can be very intimidating, but Liz's book made understanding DITA concepts user friendly and accommodating.


Arbortext User, Goodreads review of Arbortext 102

At last! A book like this has been needed for many years by the Arbortext community. The writing is clear and concise, not too “tech-y” (but just technical enough), and covers everything an Arbortext configurer needs in order to set up shop with this complex software suite. The best practices shown here will result in a very clean, manageable Arbortext configuration.

Todd Hicks

Long time Arbortext Developer, Amazon review of Arbortext 101

I've long been frustrated by the difficulty in getting good, unbiased information about the Arbortext Editor and related products. Ms. Fraley has created an invaluable resource for consultants, evaluators, and implementors of Arbortext Editor. Beginners can appreciate the book's clear step-by-step instructions, while frequent "Expert tips" provide best practices and advice for more advanced users.

Alan Houser

CEO, Group Wellesley, Amazon review of Arbortext 101

Today’s training session went very well. I’m very pleased with how Liz led me through what I needed to get started. Having the opportunity to do one-on-one training, with a very knowledgeable instructor is great. Training is focused on what I need versus a long training session on things that don’t apply to me or my task. Together we worked on my strengths and weaknesses and I got the exact training I needed. I will definitely use this one-on-one time in the future.


Field Engineer, Engility Corporation

About the Authors

Elizabeth Fraley

For years, Elizabeth Fraley has worked with clients guiding them through the getting started process with Arbortext, enabling them to be efficient content creators. She knows her customers want to do it themselves and that they just don’t want to do it alone. This book builds on her consulting services and training at Single-Sourcing Solutions, a company she started in 2003. She is an active member in the Arbortext community and related XML information development communities.

Janice Summers

Janice Summers is a trainer and mentor at Single-Sourcing Solutions, a PTC Arbortext channel partner known for their dedication to customer learning. Ms. Summers has been teaching and training new Arbortext customers since 2008 and is known for her gentle style, patience, and dedication to addressing the specific individual needs of her students.

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Learn the basics of the Arbortext software with this easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach.

Get started quickly developing dynamic and multi-channel content using Arbortext.

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