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").
As the influence of the internet continues to grow, Search Engine Optimization and Content Marketing have become two of the hottest buzzwords of the moment. Having a kick-ass website, an informative blog, and a presence on leading social media channels are essential for success.
If you're passionate about developing top-quality software, that passion could well take up most of your time. As a father of two, a basketball enthusiast and a hobby guitarist, I often found myself working on code when I would have liked to spend time on my other interests. Luckily, I discovered SonarQube, a tool that makes it easier for me to trust the code I’m developing or maintaining. SonarQube gives me insights that were previously hard to obtain. And that helps me to enjoy more leisure time. Maybe it can do the same for you.
Some bugs can be fixed in a matter of minutes. But correctly incorporating your fix into the VCS can take much longer – especially if you have multiple related projects and the bugfix requires minor changes to all of them. Here at K15t, this applies to our Scroll Exporters, for example. This blogpost will explain how you can speed up the process of merging your fixes with the master branch(es) of your projects.
"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.
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.