Subscription Licenses are here to stay

The software companies of world has decided the answer to that question is yes. I first heard about subscription licenses from Adobe back in 2013. Then Microsoft followed. For good or bad, whether we like it or not, it’s here to stay.

I’ve had a crash course in subscription licensing this last year when PTC started offering subscription licenses for Arbortext software. Continue reading “Subscription Licenses are here to stay”

Released: Arbortext 102 Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets

Arbortext 102 (AMG #2)Announcing the release of Arbortext 102: Best Practices for Creating Arbortext Styler Stylesheets.

The second book in the Arbortext Monster Garage series, Arbortext 102 is the second book about Arbortext and the first book about creating and publishing with Styler. Written in DITA using Arbortext Editor and published with Arbortext Styler, Arbortext 102 gives step-by-step instructions about rapid stylesheet development.

This book has been tested by customers, who have wanted to take control of their stylesheets and have! Today, what was once only available to our customers is now available to everyone.

And, to celebrate the release of Arbortext 102, we are offering Arbortext 101 for 99¢ today only!  Get your copy at Amazon today.

High-Quality, Print-Ready DITA book in less than a day

My first book went live this morning: Arbortext 101. It is also the first book about Arbortext that was not published by PTC.* Arbortext is an extremely simple XML authoring and publishing suite of programs. It’s got an editor, a styling tool, a server-based publishing application, and a content management system. It’s 20 years old this year.

In my career, I’ve used nearly all of the XML/SGML tools out there. I like different tools for different purposes. I’m a big fan of the “right tool for the job” as it were. When I approached the project, I decided that I’d distill the 5000+ pages of technical documentation that gets published with the product into a short book that documents the best practices that we’ve developed over the 15 years as users and customers of Arbortext.

A couple of things happened close together…

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