How to find the best content management system (or any other tool)

Summary:  In this article, I hope I can convince you to gather requirements before you buy. It’s the only way to guarantee that you find the best content management system for you. Not for someone else. FOR YOU. Whenever you’re looking to buy more than a simple retail product, you need to know what success looks like.  This article includes many strategies to make the search easier, to know what to watch out for and who you can trust. I want you to be wise, savvy, and powerful purchasers. I want you to know how to serve yourselves and your companies well, today and in the future.

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What is the best for DITA authoring and publishing tool?

I see this question posted all the time – in newsgroups, in blog comments, in LinkedIn groups. Posting this kind of question will get you one of three classes of answer. And every time, the answers posted are wrong.

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Interview with Chris Western, tformat and APP World

This week’s podcast features Chris Western from tformat. tformat is a PTC partner focused on the Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher (APP) (formerly known as 3B2).  Chris was hired at Advent, the original developers of 3B2 as a writer to document the product and it’s usage. In his tenure, he not only developed the product documentation but training materials as well. Since then, he has specialized in training on APP (3B2)

APP takes such a different approach, training is critical to develop stylesheets effectively and well.  When done well, APP development can be deployed as a lights out solution for the most difficult automated publishing tasks. APP is the publishing engine you turn to when you can’t achieve what you want to do anywhere else. It’s an extremely powerful product. Continue reading “Interview with Chris Western, tformat and APP World”