Interview with Chris Makler, Aplia, customization master

This week’s podcast features Chris Makler from Aplia. Aplia is part of Cengage Learning.  Chris works on a team that has built an interesting application on top of Arbortext Editor. They’re using a lot of different technology to create an educational application for teaching economics.

Customization is a tricky subject. Used intelligently, and with prudence, it can be extremely effective. Arbortext Editor has hooks available to developers to touch every part of the document and Arbortext application. Aplia is one of those cases where they’re doing it well and in pursuit of an industry application where it works. Continue reading “Interview with Chris Makler, Aplia, customization master”

Poll: Have you built custom Arbortext tools?

Arbortext is a very open platform. Have you built something using the Arbortext programming hooks?

Arbortext is a very open platform. There are hooks via AOM and ACL to nearly every component and part of the publishing pipeline. The Arbortext Monster Garage from Single-Sourcing Solutions is all about the enormous number of ways that you can wrench, mold, and repaint your Arbortext world.

We want to know: Have you built something using the Arbortext programming hooks?

Tell your story in the comments or send us an email. We’re always looking for shop coaches!

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Common Questions: Customization

The API for Arbortext is open. The possibilities are enormous for anyone with an energetic tools team or IT group.

This week’s topic: Customization

Last year we discovered that something we think everyone knows about Arbortext is almost totally unknown. It was a weird thing to discover because, for most of us, this “thing” was a major influencer in our decision to become Arbortext customers in the first place.

I’m talking about the power of the Arbortext platform, the open nature of the fully-documented API that gives an Arbortext developer nearly complete access to every part of the application (editor, rendering tools, and component content management system).

Now, there’s a lot of reasons it’s become less well-known. Arbortext is a complete system. All the pieces required for content creation and delivery exist in the Arbortext system. It’s the only end-to-end, fully integrated system of it’s kind. Because all the pieces are there and because they all know how to talk to each other, there’s no work you have to do to make the tools work together out of the box. All you have to do is learn to use the tools.

We always talk about the ease of use and 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. The API for Arbortext is open. The possibilities are enormous for anyone with an energetic tools team or IT group.

Here’s a good example. In October last year, the Arbortext User Group had a presentation from a long-time customer who created “An ACL Tool to Find and Replace XML Attribute Values”. For them, it was a tool that improved the lives of authors every day. For those of us who know Arbortext inside and out, it’s a great example of some of the “Uber Geeky” things a tools team can do in Arbortext.

How about another example? Did you know that you can change the GUI and script any of the Arbortext products, from Arbortext Editor to Arbortext Content Manager and through every step of the composition pipeline?

For us this knowledge comes as second nature, but for those out there who are new to the eco-system, it may not be apparent. This is why we started the Arbortext Monster Garage web series. We want everyone to know all the things you can do if you’re an Arbortext customer.

Arbortext provides a lot out of the box. But it’s a pretty big box. If you’re really interested in the power of the Arbortext platform, you might want to don a shop coat and step into the Arbortext “Monster Garage”.

If you’re not sure you’re ready for the garage, or if you just want a peek at what’s possible, take a look at the recording of the webinar we did in November. Read our earlier “common question” posts about Arbortext Editor or Arbortext Publishing. Still want more? Take a look at one of the related links attached to this post.

You won’t be disappointed.