Adepters – What is it and how do I find it?

Are you an Arbortext user? Have you heard the word Adepters and wonder what it means?

Adepters is the name of the original Arbortext user mailing list which was launched in 1996. At that time there the web was still new, so this mailing list quickly became the go-to resource for Arbortext customers.

Where did the name Adepters come from?

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Adepters Code Archive Expands to Include IsoDraw Macro Code Contributions

Adepters Code Archive expands user-driven contributions to include IsoDraw macro code thanks to Trevor Hendricks at Kohler.

Today, the Adepters Code Archive expanded to include IsoDraw code for the first time. Thanks to Trevor Hendricks from Kohler, last month’s speaker for the Arbortext PTC/User Group.  Trevor Hendricks is the master of all things IsoDraw at Kohler — and everywhere else. Everyone in the IsoDraw community looks to Trevor for advice, suggestions, and guidance. Trevor has always been found at the forums at and now he’s joining the Adepters Code Archive.

His presentation last month was well attended and appreciated by the attendees. He has enormous amounts of advice for handy macros to have on hand and tips for smooth operations that improves adoption by authors and deployment (and subsequent support) by staff.

Today, he sent some macro code for us to post (while he’s getting all set up). Here’s what he sent:

  • Resize to Frame: Resizes a selection to fit the frame
  • Update Preferences: Cleans up a .iso file to fit your preferences (handy when getting files from outside vendors)

Thanks, Trevor and we’re looking forward to benefiting from your experience on Adepters!

Join us in community service

Just before the holidays, I saw the following in Forbes:

Recent research conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National & Community Service reveals that charitable work literally makes the heart grow stronger. Individuals with coronary artery disease who participate in volunteer activities after suffering a heart attack report a reduction in despair and depression, and that, in turn, rives down mortality and adds years to life. It’s also true that those who volunteer have fewer incidents of heart disease in the first place.


Research from the Center for Work-Life Policy shows that high-potential employees–mostly women but also a significant percentage of men–are seriously motivated by a desire to give back to the world and increasingly seek out employers that allow them to participate on company time.

It reminded me of another article I’d seen earlier this year and meant to write a post on:

her answer to why women volunteer was simple and sweet: “We volunteer because we get back more than we give.” And then she added the kicker: “You feel better about everything because you are part of something bigger than yourself.”

When we upgraded the website, I posted on how much Single-Sourcing does for the community. I personally participate in every single one of those efforts. I also volunteer elsewhere: I’ve been an officer of the SF Bay Peninsula chapter of the ACM (founded in 1957) for over a decade and an officer or committee member of two other chapters nationwide.

Things you can do:

  1. Submit a paper for PTC/User conference
  2. Volunteer to present to the Arbortext User Group
  3. Ask a question — or answer one!:
  4. Join the Arbortext Technical Committee
  5. Volunteer to be interviewed for the PubWright Podcast
  6. Submit code to the Adepters Code Archive
  7. Comment on a community blog:
  8. Follow or send a tweet to
  9. Join an online group at LinkedIn or Facebook:
  10. Start something and tell us about it!

Other users really do want to hear from you. We’re a tight community, always have been. If you’d like an introduction, you should follow us on Twitter here and you’ll know everyone soon.