Join the Arbortext Monster Garage

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. Arbortext is a mature platform: The entire set of tools works together.

The possibilities are enormous for anyone who wants to do new, interesting, over-the-top things with their product information. Of course, for us this comes as second nature, but for those of you out there who are new to the eco-system, it may not be so apparent.

The Arbortext Monster Garage started as a simple webinar series. Since that time, it’s expanded to include books and other video training series.

The Books

The Arbortext Monster Garage book series is aimed at making new and experienced Arbortext users self-sufficient! You can do anything in Arbortext. It’s easy to get started and easy to meet your production goals. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too complex to do on your own. We know better and the Arbortext Monster Garage is here to show you how.

Arbortext 101: Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, and Publishing with Arbortext

Learn how to configure your Arbortext environment (Arbortext Editor, Arbortext Styler, and Arbortext Publishing Engine), easily implement DITA in an afternoon, save yourself headaches at upgrade time, get started quickly, and learn where to go for help. You can preview the first two chapters for free.

Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets

Learn how to create complicated style without having to be a programmer. You’ll learn how to set up page sets, page types, page regions, and generated text and how to use property sets effectively. You’ll get step-by-step instructions to create your first stylesheet and how to troubleshoot them when you’re stuck. You will learn how to easily implement print or web stylesheets, how to create covers, format tables of contents, and more! Save yourself headaches at upgrade time and get started quickly. With Arbortext 102, you will learn how to create a stylesheet in a day!

More books are planned for this series.

The Original Web Series

In the video series, we focused on the million “Uber Geeky” things you can do in Arbortext.  Arbortext is open: The entire UI and publishing pipeline is 100% available through a well-tested API. The Arbortext Monster Garage videos feature this Open API and the “geeky” things you can do with it.

You’ll find knowledgeable mechanics leading the instruction here. Many of our shop coaches have been working with the product for a decade or more. Put on your shop coat, because here we go….

The topics:

  • Pop the Hood: Get Started with Arbortext Editor in 20 Minutes (A History Lesson)
  • A-Oh-(Tee)-Kay: Using Arbortext with the DITA Open ToolKit (how it works)
  • aQuery: Using jQuery in Arbortext
  • Fuel Injection: Creating Dynamic Documents with Arbortext Data Merge
  • A-Oh-(Tee)-Kay: Using Arbortext with the DITA OTK, Part 2 (Doing it)
  • Power-User’s Toolkit – ACL Preliminaries
  • Rip Your ACL: Basic authoring automation
  • Stupid DCF Tricks for Your Pleasure
  • Custom Conversions: Using XSLT in Arbortext Editor
  • Fine-Tuning: Tricking Out Styler with Advanced Print Publisher Source Edits
  • A Trip to the XUI: Basic XUI Dialogs
  • Cafe con UI: Integrating XUI Dialogs with a Java backend
  • Those Devious Authors! Simplifying the Authoring Process for New Users
  • Where are my keys? Improving Your Search Results in Online Content
  • Parts Store: Lessons Learned in Managing Content in the Windchill Environment
  • Custom Decals: Inline SVG with APP in Arbortext Styler
  • Amping up the Ignition: Customizing your Startup sequence
  • Front Office: Creating Published Documents from Arbortext Content Manager
  • Back Office: Hack Your Interactive Technical Content

Pop the Hood: Get Started with Arbortext Editor in 20 Minutes (A History Lesson)

  • Presenter: Lynn Hales
  • Level: Beginner
  • Date: 14 January 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

A-Oh-(Tee)-Kay: Using Arbortext with the DITA Open ToolKit (how it works)

aQuery: Using jQuery in Arbortext

Fuel Injection: Creating Dynamic Documents with Arbortext Data Merge

  • Presenter: Brandon Ibach & Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Date: Special Date: Monday28 February 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

A-Oh-(Tee)-Kay: Using Arbortext with the DITA OTK, Part 2 (Doing it)

Power-User’s Toolkit – ACL Preliminaries

Rip Your ACL: Basic authoring automation

  • Presenter: Lynn Hales
  • Level: Beginner
  • Date: 13 May 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Stupid DCF Tricks for Your Pleasure

Custom Conversions: Using XSLT in Arbortext Editor

  • Presenter: Jack Kulas
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Date: 10 June 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Fine-Tuning: Tricking Out Styler with Advanced Print Publisher Source Edits

  • Presenter: Simon Taylor, PTC
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Date: 24 June 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

A Trip to the XUI: Basic XUI Dialogs

  • Presenter: Jason Aiken, InfoTrust Group
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Date: 15 July 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Cafe con UI: Integrating XUI Dialogs with a Java backend

  • Presenter: Clay Helberg, TerraXML
  • Level: Advanced
  • Date: 29 July 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Those Devious Authors! Simplifying the Authoring Process for New Users

  • Presenter: Paul Nagai
  • Level: Beginner
  • Date: 12 August 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Where are my keys? Improving Your Search Results in Online Content

  • Presenter: Clay Helberg, TerraXML
  • Level: Advanced
  • Date: 26 August 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Parts Store: Lessons Learned in Managing Content in the Windchill Environment

  • Presenter: Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions
  • Level: Beginner
  • Date: 16 September 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Custom Decals: Inline SVG with APP in Arbortext Styler

  • Presenter: Simon Taylor, PTC
  • Level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Date: 30 September 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Amping up the Ignition: Customizing your Startup sequence

Front Office: Creating Published Documents from Arbortext Content Manager

  • Presenter: Dmitry Tsarev, Irisoft
  • Level: Advanced
  • Date: 11 November 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

Back Office: Hack Your Interactive Technical Content

  • Presenter: Duan Gauche, ProductOne
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Date: 9 December 2011, 10-10:30 AM Pacific/US

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