Arbortext Monster Garage

Inspired by the popular “Monster Garage” television show on the Discovery Channel, the “Arbortext Monster Garage” is designed to teach Arbortext users how to leverage their investment in the Arbortext product line so as to continually grow their ROI. The series adds to the body of knowledge that has been tribal for so long in the user community. This series showcases techniques, tips and tricks that we have used in the past, discoveries we’ve made, and new features that arise over time as Arbortext software develops.

The Books

The Arbortext Monster Garage books are the first ever commercially-available books about Arbortext, In them, you’ll find advice from a long-time Arbortext user, developer, and well-known community members.

Arbortext 101

Arbortext 101: Best Practices for Configuring, Authoring, Styling, and Publishing Content with Arbortext. 2016. Single-Sourcing Solutions, Inc. for Kindle and Print

Arbortext 102

Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets. 2016. Single-Sourcing Solutions, Inc. for Kindle and Print

Arbortext 103

Arbortext 103: Best Practices for Configuring, Managing, and Publishing Arbortext Content with the PTC Server. 2018. Single-Sourcing Solutions, Inc. for Kindle and Print (Coming 2018)

Arbortext 104

Arbortext 104: Omnibus, vol 1. 2018. Single-Sourcing Solutions, Inc. for Kindle and Print (Coming 2018)

The Videos

In this webinar series, we gather 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 includes sessions for beginners as well as for expert users. All sessions are intended to address those areas where the rubber meets the road. The series will draw “shop coach” presenters from the community, including staff from PTC, Single-Sourcing Solutions, customers, and other PTC partners.

Season 1: Introduction to Arbortext

The theme for the first season is a general introduction to the individual components of the Arbortext product suite and their capabilities.

Episode List

Let Your Illustrations Do The Talking

Let Your Illustrations Do The Talking

Episode - 1

Synchronize Product Information with Product Development

Synchronize Product Information with Product Development

Episode - 2

CPR For Your Product Information

CPR For Your Product Information

Episode - 3

Move your training deliverables to a dynamic, single-source solution

Move your training deliverables to a dynamic, single-source solution

Episode - 4

DITA style in Arbortext. It’s easy!

DITA style in Arbortext. It’s easy!

Episode - 5

The ROI of XML

The ROI of XML

Episode - 6

Under-the-hood multimedia publishing

Under-the-hood multimedia publishing

Episode - 7

Automating High-Quality Output

Automating High-Quality Output

Episode - 8

Season 2: Arbortext Monster Garage

There are a million “Uber Geeky” things you can do in Arbortext. 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. What we don’t spend enough time with is talking about the cool things you can do with it.

  • 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.

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.  We decided to start a new web series featuring the Open API and the “geeky” things you can do with Arbortext. You’ll find knowledgeable mechanics, 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….

These videos were released to our Arbortext Monster Garage Channel on YouTube.

Episode List

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

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

Episode - 1

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

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

Episode - 2

aQuery: Using jQuery in Arbortext

aQuery: Using jQuery in Arbortext

Episode - 3

Fuel Injection: Creating Dynamic Documents with Arbortext Data Merge

Fuel Injection: Creating Dynamic Documents with Arbortext Data Merge

Episode - 4

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

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

Episode - 5

Chop Shop: Deployment with Custom Directories in Arbortext

Chop Shop: Deployment with Custom Directories in Arbortext

Episode - 6

Power-User’s Toolkit: ACL Preliminaries

Power-User’s Toolkit: ACL Preliminaries

Episode - 7

Rip Your ACL: Basic authoring automation

Rip Your ACL: Basic authoring automation

Episode - 8

Stupid DCF Tricks for Your Pleasure

Stupid DCF Tricks for Your Pleasure

Episode - 9

Custom Conversions: Using XSLT in Arbortext Editor

Custom Conversions: Using XSLT in Arbortext Editor

Episode - 10

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

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

Episode - 11

A Trip to the XUI: Basic XUI Dialogs

A Trip to the XUI: Basic XUI Dialogs

Episode - 12

Cafe con UI: Integrating XUI Dialogs with a Java backend

Cafe con UI: Integrating XUI Dialogs with a Java backend

Episode - 13

Those Devious Authors! Simplifying the Authoring Process for New Users

Those Devious Authors! Simplifying the Authoring Process for New Users

Episode - 14

Where are My Keys: Improving Your Search Results in Online Content

Where are My Keys: Improving Your Search Results in Online Content

Episode - 15

Parts Store: Arbortext Content Manager in 20 Minutes

Parts Store: Arbortext Content Manager in 20 Minutes

Episode - 16

Custom Decals: Inline SVG with APP in Arbortext Styler

Custom Decals: Inline SVG with APP in Arbortext Styler

Episode - 17

Amping up the Ignition: Customizing your Startup sequence

Amping up the Ignition: Customizing your Startup sequence

Episode - 18

Front Office: Creating Published Documents from Windchill

Front Office: Creating Published Documents from Windchill

Episode - 19

Back Office: Hack Your Interactive Technical Content

Back Office: Hack Your Interactive Technical Content

Episode - 20

Season Three: Arbortext TC Dojo

Due to popular request, this season we created an Arbortext specific TC Dojo to focus on PTC’s Arbortext tool suite only. In here we cover all of the pieces that go into the full solution suite from Editor, to Styler, to Publishing Engine and even Windchill (Arbortext Content Manager).

These videos were released to our Arbortext On Demand Channel on Vimeo

Episode List

Season Four: Arbortext 101

In development

This season will be a complete set of training videos based on Arbortext 101 (book).

Season Five: Arbortext 102

Scheduled

This season will be a complete set of training videos based on Arbortext 102 (book).