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New CMS Study is out - with Confluence and Scroll Add-ons
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on May 28, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on May 28, 2014

New CMS Study is out - with Confluence and Scroll Add-ons

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.

AtlasCamp 2014 in Berlin
Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on May 14, 2014

Martin Häberle

Martin Häberle on May 14, 2014

AtlasCamp 2014 in Berlin

Come with us to Berlin and attend the AtlasCamp 2014 https://www.atlassian.com/atlascamp/2014 on June 3rd – 5th! It's the premier conference for Atlassian add-on and plugin developers to learn about the Atlassian developer platform, and hang out with developers from Atlassian and – of course – from K15t Software. Most of the K15t Software team will arrive Tuesday and stay the whole event.

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.

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