The Adepters email list is ending – here’s where to go…

In 1995 Arbortext started the adepters mailing list for users and staff to handle issues and questions about the (then named) Adept (Arbortext) editor. When PTC acquired Arbortext, that mailing list and all of its archives, migrated to the PTC/User community. In the next few days, PTC/User will be shutting down the community forums and moving the archives to PTC Communities.

For everyone who’s been a member of the long-running adepters mailing list, you want to make sure you join the PTC Communities as well as the LinkedIn and Facebook Groups. Continue reading “The Adepters email list is ending – here’s where to go…”

Learning: The never ending path of inspiration

Conferences provide a forum for ideas that have worked in a variety of industries for diverse problems that I would never have gotten the chance to discover.

I love talking to people, finding out what they’ve done, and why they made the choices they did. For me it comes as second nature to always inquire. When I was first starting out in the field of information architecture I attended lots of conferences. I always find them to be great ways to learn enough to pique the interest as well as the perfect opportunity to network with others in the same field.

If there was a case study on the schedule, you could bet money I was in the audience. I learn about technology all the time. It’s a daily habit. At last count, I follow something like 500+ RSS feeds, mailing lists, discussion groups, etc. So, when I come to a conference, I want to hear about you. I want to come away inspired with ideas, suggestions, features, and paths that I wouldn’t have come up with. Why, because I wasn’t in your shoes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m always coming up with new, off-the-wall, out-of-the-box ideas. Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you the same. But it’s the case studies, the stories of practical application, of trials and tribulations, that’s given me a wealth of ideas to draw upon. That is probably why I am a natural born networker and socializer and how I have always found a great deal of value in attending industry conferences. I discover such assorted ideas that have worked in a variety of industries for diverse problems that I would never have gotten the chance to discover. The information that people share provides inspiration for me every single day. The old adage is true: everything old is new again.

I suppose that is how we all feel at Single-Sourcing Solutions and why we tend to place such a high value on community voices and giving them a platform to speak up and share what they know. With all of the podcasts, websessions, and user meetings, we are always on the lookout for more ways to get information to the global community. I am excited about a new program we will be announcing shortly that will launch in the New Year. I can’t spill the beans yet as we are still finalizing the details so stay tuned!

Requirements for Advanced Layout from XML Content (podcast)

Recently we interviewed Simon Taylor, Product Manager for APP and Styler at PTC. Simon told us that he spends his time “thinking about printing content on pages”. In the interview, he talks about real-life requirements for advanced layout and why customers are forced to go to a product like APP from formatting languages like FOSI or XSL-FO.

Here are a few excerpts from the podcast:

“Sometimes style needs to behave differently depending on whether content appears on a left or a right hand page.”

“APP can spill text around a graphic using it’s ‘clipping path’, especially useful in product catalogs.”

“You can flow multiple content streams at the same time and have them interact with each other.”

“People come to APP to leverage it’s robust language formating capabilities.”  Japanese, Arabic, Thai, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, etc. (See the full list of Arbortext-supported languages). “There are different rules about how you break lines, do character spacing based on how you’ve justified the text, punctuation rules…If you want to do good Japanese typesetting, then things like Ruby, Warichu, Yakumono, Kinsoku Shori are required, and APP has handled all of that for a long time.”

And a whole lot more… Continue reading “Requirements for Advanced Layout from XML Content (podcast)”