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Seven Reasons to Use Confluence for Technical Documentation
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on May 7, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on May 7, 2014

Seven Reasons to Use Confluence for Technical Documentation

When technical writers meet at conferences, one of the very first questions is usually: “Which help authoring tool do you use to produce help content?” And that question is swiftly followed by “And which tool would you like to use instead?” At this point, most people within the techcomm community expect an answer like “FrameMaker”, “Flare” or a CMS. But when they ask Nils Bier, technical writer at K15t Software, he baffles them with his response. “We use Confluence, the enterprise wiki, combined with our latest Scroll add-ons. And as for the second question – Confluence is also my favorite tool for managing help content.” Let's find out why.

Customizing the Confluence sidebar and page navigation with Scroll Versions
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on April 15, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on April 15, 2014

Customizing the Confluence sidebar and page navigation with Scroll Versions

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)!

Confluence as DMS - Part 2: Attachment check-in/check-out with Arsenale Lockpoint
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on April 8, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on April 8, 2014

Confluence as DMS - Part 2: Attachment check-in/check-out with Arsenale Lockpoint

In my previous blogpost https://www.k15t.com/blog/2014/03/confluence-as-dms-editing-attachments-directly-with-goedit, I explained how GoEdit can be used to turn Atlassian Confluence from a premium collaboration tool into an easy-to-use document management system. But there was still one issue to resolve: How can you prevent users from editing attachments concurrently? In this blog post, we will look at another useful add-on that solves this dilemma and integrates seamlessly with GoEdit.

Six reasons why I use JIRA in my role as a technical writer
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on April 1, 2014

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on April 1, 2014

Six reasons why I use JIRA in my role as a technical writer

"JIRA? A bug-tracking tool? Why should I care?" That was my first reaction when I started working as a tech writer at K15t Software back in 2011. Now, over two years later, it is hard to imagine doing my job without it. Like me, increasing numbers of technical writers are happily using Atlassian Confluence to manage their technical documentation. That’s a very good thing – and it encourages us to keep improving our Scroll add-ons. In addition to Confluence, Atlassian has another product that’s highly popular among software developers: the issue-tracking tool JIRA that was its very first product. In this blog post, I'll show you how JIRA helps me in my day-to-day work as a technical writer.

Confluence as DMS: Editing attachments directly with GoEdit
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on March 21, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on March 21, 2014

Confluence as DMS: Editing attachments directly with GoEdit

Confluence is not a document management system (DMS). But many organizations use it for a huge range of purposes – even for sharing images, documents and other files. As Confluence is an extensible platform, let’s see how we can add missing DMS features to our favorite wiki. In this blog post, we will look at a nice attachment handling add-on for Confluence that allows us to edit attachments of any file type.

Scroll Versions 2.3 - Delete parent pages and their children with one click
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on March 18, 2014

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on March 18, 2014

Scroll Versions 2.3 - Delete parent pages and their children with one click

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.

How to use Export Schemes - blueprints for your exports
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on March 5, 2014

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on March 5, 2014

How to use Export Schemes - blueprints for your exports

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.

Staying ahead of your bugs - quality metrics for developing Atlassian plugins with SonarQube
Christoffer Bromberg

Christoffer Bromberg on January 28, 2014

Christoffer Bromberg

Christoffer Bromberg on January 28, 2014

Staying ahead of your bugs - quality metrics for developing Atlassian plugins with SonarQube

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.

Git tip: A quicker, smarter way to merge fixes with the master
Jens Rutschmann

Jens Rutschmann on January 22, 2014

Jens Rutschmann

Jens Rutschmann on January 22, 2014

Git tip: A quicker, smarter way to merge fixes with the master

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.

Scroll Versions 2.2: Improved usability of version and variant management in Confluence
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on December 18, 2013

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on December 18, 2013

Scroll Versions 2.2: Improved usability of version and variant management in Confluence

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.

Best Practice: Managing versioned documentation in Confluence
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on December 12, 2013

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on December 12, 2013

Best Practice: Managing versioned documentation in Confluence

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.

5 Reasons to Use the Scroll PDF Exporter
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on December 10, 2013

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on December 10, 2013

5 Reasons to Use the Scroll PDF Exporter

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.

Our booth at the 2013 tekom annual conference: a resounding success
Nils Bier

Nils Bier on November 19, 2013

Nils Bier

Nils Bier on November 19, 2013

Our booth at the 2013 tekom annual conference: a resounding success

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.

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