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Top 5 Ways to Better Whiteboard Collaboration on Remote Conference Calls

Solving the Whiteboard Problem – Working Remote Like a Pro One of the things that’s hardest for remote teams to adapt to is no longer having access to the collaborative “draw it on the whiteboard” meeting. Drawing something out is a great way to force someone to think. It can…

Using Confluence for External Facing Product Documentation

As a Technical Communicator, we all get this question: What tool do you use to write your technical documentation? Romy has found that her answer surprises most people, who then immediately want to know how they use it and if it is working out well for her company. She will…

These are a few of our favorite things

Liz Fraley shares the top features they use and the their best methods for teaching #XML authoring and single-source #publishing (via the #Arbortext tool suite) When: Wednesday, 11 AM ET/US, 17 June 2020 Dojo Master Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions, is a serial entrepreneur. She’s founded two companies, sits on the…

Arbortext Author and Print

Top 5 Ways to Better Whiteboard Collaboration on Remote Conference Calls With the Arbortext Author and Print package, you get the full capability of Arbortext Editor plus the ability to create PDF output.  Tens of thousands of authors worldwide use Arbortext Editor to generate product information such as operator and…

The Best USB Headsets for Audio and Web Conferencing

Updated: August 2019 If you work remotely, chances are you spend a lot of time on the phone, on web conferences, and virtual meetings. For you to be productive, the other end of the call has to be able to hear you clearly. There can’t be much in the way…

DITA Output Doesn’t Have to be Ugly

Traditionally, stylized DITA output has been clunky and code-editor driven. But it doesn’t have to be that way. See how one tool is taking features from other user experiences and bringing them in to a world that has been neglected. You can create styling libraries like you create content libraries….

Expanding Horizons: Open Source, Social Coding, and Your Career

Technical Writing is a profession with a bright outlook, and the sun is burning hottest in the open source arena. Remote source control sites like GitHub and BitBucket are new landscapes for technical writers. These sites provide places where you can learn and exercise new skills. They also present a…

Is Arbortext DITA Pure DITA? YES!

Is Arbortext pure DITA?  Yes. Arbortext is pure DITA, pure XML. We are always surprised when we get this question because: Arbortext was the software IBM was using when they developed DITA. What does it mean to be “pure DITA”? DITA is an architecture and a method for writing, not a…