My day-to-day work here at K15t Software involves regular contact with users of our Scroll Content Management add-ons. I provide troubleshooting tips and workarounds tailored to their use cases. However, sometimes the tables are turned – and it’s the customers who give me great ideas. A while back, in fact, a Scroll Versions user came up with an innovative way to use variant management functionality for workflows. Let's take a closer look at how this can be achieved.
Here's K15t Software http://www.k15t.com/'s weekly social web round-up for technical writers, information architects, content strategists, and software developers. This week's top story from Tobias Anstett: "Build Amazing Add-ons for Atlassian JIRA and Confluence"
When we launched K15t Software back in 2009, our vision was to become a kick-ass software company developing great add-ons for content management – and from what we hear from our customers and partners, we've succeeded. As Atlassian Experts, we also help enterprises to get the most out of Confluence, JIRA, and all of Atlassian's other products. So today I'm delighted to announce that K15t Software is now an officially recognized Atlassian Platinum Expert.
Did you know that K15t's Scroll Exporters for Confluence are not only convenient for human users, but also for machines and for continuous integration? This blogpost explains how to automatically obtain the latest PDF export files, Word documents, or any other supported export format using the Scroll Exporters' REST interface.
Here's K15t Software http://www.k15t.com/'s weekly social web round-up for technical writers, information architects, and content strategists. This week's top story from Stefan Kleineikenscheidt: "Publishing kick-ass webpages using Confluence and Scroll Viewport at CatWorkX Midsummer Day 2014"
Today we are proud to announce another Scroll content management add-on that helps you improve the quality and consistency of your Confluence content: Scroll Acrolinx Connector.
If you’d like to see our Scroll Content Management add-ons in action, join us at the catWorkX Midsummer Day 2014 http://www.catworkx.de/aktuelles/events/catworkx-midsummer-day-2014-eng in Hamburg on Friday, June 27. At this event, K15t founder Stefan Kleineikenscheidt will give a live tool presentation to showcase our Scroll Content Management add-ons. And he’ll be back later in the day to explain how you can use Confluence and Scroll Viewport to publish kick-ass webpages. The event is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about our Scroll Content Management add-ons and meet us face-to-face.
Here's K15t Software http://www.k15t.com/'s weekly social web round-up for technical writers, information architects, and content strategists. This week's top story from Mark Baker (Every Page is Page One): "Content as Furniture"
The new (German) Content Management System study of tekom http://www.technical-communication.org compares wiki-based documentation using Confluence combined with Scroll content management add-ons https://marketplace.atlassian.com/vendors/7016 with 17 traditional content management systems for technical documentation.
Here's the K15t Software http://www.k15t.com's weekly social web round-up for technical writers, information architects, and content strategists. This week's top story: "What makes the best infographics so convincing".
Have you ever wondered whether you can display additional content (such as Atlassian's Confluence support docs) in the navigation sidebar and on each page? Well, I was wondering about this myself. And when I came upon the solution, I was quite surprised about where it was: in K15t Software’s support docs for the Scroll Versions http://www.k15t.com/display/VSN/Documentation theme. A prime example of RTFM (read the fantastic manuals)!
We are delighted to announce the release of Scroll Versions 2.3 https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.k15t.scroll.scroll-versions and Scroll Translations 1.2 https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.k15t.scroll.scroll-translations. This release enables you to delete pages and their children in just a few clicks. We are also introducing a new Content by Label macro https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Content+by+Label+Macro that's fully compatible with translated and versioned content. And we've made a raft of UI improvements to enhance usability. Let's check out what's included in the new release.
We at K15t Software use Confluence for everything: to share news and knowledge in-house, for external communications and our website, to collaborate with customers, to manage our documentation, to create quotations for our services, and even for employee contracts. All these different kinds of documents need to have their own individual appearance when exported to PDF and printed. With Scroll Exporters versions 2.x, entering the correct export settings used to take a great many clicks. And so we sat down and thought about how we could make this easier for users. The result: the Scroll Export Schemes. With these, you can export Confluence content just the way you want it: defined once and exported in about two clicks. See the screencast at the bottom to see how it works in detail, and how you benefit.
Software developers and technical writers have different roles and no doubt work in different ways. But they have one thing in common: they hate doing anything more than once. So both groups are naturally very interested in the concept of reusability, also known as the DRY principle ("don't repeat yourself").
"With Scroll Office and Scroll Versions, we can manage the whole documentation process within the Confluence infrastructure – and create our final documents from the repository. Norbert Bittner, CEO, up to data professional services
Some years ago, Canonical launched an initiative called One Hundred Papercuts to improve user experience with its Ubuntu operating system. A papercut is "a small, easily fixed bug or annoyance that a user will experience frequently". The name comes from the saying, "Death by a thousand papercuts". We at K15t Software were aware that there were some papercuts in our own software, so we concentrated on eliminating as many of them as possible in today's release of Scroll Versions 2.2.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the term dogfooding http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_your_own_dog_food – using your own products in-house. We at K15t really do eat our own dog food: We employ Scroll Versions to manage the documentation of our Scroll add-ons http://www.k15t.com/software in Confluence. As a technical writer, I use Scroll Versions in my everyday work because it's a great tool. But at the same time, I leverage the dual benefits of dogfooding: It provides an opportunity both to improve the software and to develop best practices based on my own experience with the tool. In this blog post, I would like to share my experience with you and describe our best practices.
The question sometimes comes up "why should we use the Scroll PDF Exporter, when Confluence already has a built-in PDF exporter? That's a perfectly fair question, and I've been asked it enough, that I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post. To be honest, it also made me think hard exactly what I wanted to say. So, here's what I came up with. The built-in export function in Confluence works fine - it's just basic. But... if you want some control over the look and feel of your exported documents if you want your documentation to reflect the effort you put into writing it if you prefer writing to spending your time looking for workarounds, then, that's why you need Scroll PDF Exporter.
The tekom annual conference is a must for all businesses that provide software and/or services for the technical communications sector. The latest releases of our Scroll add-ons https://marketplace.atlassian.com/vendors/7016 were greeted with enthusiam. Scroll Translations https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.k15t.scroll.scroll-translations and integration with the Across Language Server attracted particular interest.
Meet the K15t Software team at the tekom / tcworld annual conference 2013, get the latest news about the Scroll Add-ons for Confluence, and attend a talk of the K15t team and/or Susan Griffin of Atlassian.