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.
We are proud to announce the next add-on in the Scroll product family: Introducing Scroll Viewport, our new theme add-on and framework for Confluence to create beautiful and simple themes - for websites, intranets, or to publish your documentation.
Scroll Translations helps you internationalizing your content: Manage multiple languages in the same Atlassian Confluence space and translate within or outside Atlassian Confluence.
Managing content in Confluence with the Scroll Versions add-on allows authors to schedule new pages, modifications or removals for a specific version. This is quite handy when documenting product features that appear (or disappear) in certain versions. However, in some cases it is also required to remove a page and all its versions.
After 9 months and up to 23 bugfix releases, we are proud to announce the release of the greatest and latest, new major version of our exporters: Scroll Exporters 3.0.
We're pleased to announce that the we have just released a point versions of our Scroll Exporters https://marketplace.atlassian.com/search?application=&category=&cost=&hosting=&marketingLabel=&q=k15t+scroll+exporter that are compatible with the upcoming Atlassian Confluence 5.2.
Since K15t Software was founded, a lot of talented individuals joined our team. Soon the initial office space became too small and we had to move into a new office. Last week we did it again - the new office is only a few steps away from the last one, but it's a giant leap forward for the K15t Software team.
We have just released the public beta of a new add-on from the "little, useful and free helpers" category: The Expando Macro. The Expando Macro makes headings clickable and expands or collapses the content that belongs to that heading, and it expands content based on a macro parameter or on the linked HTML anchor.
Bamboo ist der Continuous Integration Server von Atlassian, wie er insbesondere in agilen Softwareentwicklungs-Projekten und für Software-Deployments eingesetzt wird. In dem Morning Talk gibt Christoffer Bromberg eine Einführung in Bamboo aus Benutzersicht.
Last week we had Information Developer and long term wiki-user Kelly McDaniel visiting us at our office in Stuttgart http://blog.k15t.com/2013/07/kelly-mcdaniel---pushing-back-the-frontier-of-wiki-based-documentation. Kelly was giving an inspiring talk about his story of migrating technical documentation from Adobe Framemaker to the Atlassian Confluence wiki. We have recorded Kelly's talk so everybody who was not able to join, can watch it online.
In this post you can learn how easy it is to create a user macro in Confluence that will show a Twitter-user's timeline. You're literally only a few clicks away from letting your colleagues know about your Tweets directly in your Confluence wiki.
We are looking forward to welcome technical writer and wiki-user Kelly M. McDaniel this week in our Stuttgart office at K15t Software. Kelly is a Senior Information Developer and long term user of the Atlassian Confluence wiki and the Scroll Add-ons https://marketplace.atlassian.com/vendors/7016 for Confluence. On Thursday, July 4th at 5:30pm he will give a talk at K15t Software about migrating documentation to Confluence and pushing back the frontiers of wiki-based documentation.
The K15t Software team will attend the AtlasCamp 2013 in Amsterdam. Most of the team will arrive Tuesday night and stay the whole week. We are looking forward to meet you there and discuss all things wiki-based documentation and more...
As we love to celebrate with friends, partners, and our adored customers, we invited a bunch of people to join our Scroll Versions 2.0 release party. As is right and proper, we had beer and pretzels and a couple of short talks about K15t Software and the latest add-ons for Confluence.
Nine months after the release of Scroll Versions 1.0, we are proud to release a new major release - Scroll Versions 2.0. Managing multiple variants in a single space in Confluence 5 - Scroll Versions 2.0 makes it possible and brings you to the next step in managing your documentation collaboratively in Confluence. The new Scroll Versions 2.0 offers you the ability to handle multiple versions and multiple variants in the same space. Also, the Page Info Panel gives enhanced information and the overall usability got improved. Another great feature is the SEO enhancement, to improve the searchability of your documentation.
Die neue Seitenleiste ist die wohl augenfälligste Neuerung in Confluence 5. Sie ersetzt das alte Standard-Design (Theme). Mit der neuen Seitenleiste wird Confluence 5 „out-of-the-box“ deutlich besser navigierbar und sie ermöglicht einen verbesserten Überblick über die wichtigsten Inhalte eines Bereichs.