STC Summit 2017 | May 7-10, Washington, DC

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the Society for Technical Communication’s annual summit, the premier technical communication event. Stop by our booth in the expo hall and ask us for a demo of Migrate, our cloud XML conversion service which enables technical authoring teams to convert content from source formats including FrameMaker and Word to XML DITA or AuthorBridge, our web-based XML editor which provides subject matter experts with a Guided & Fluid authoring experience without requiring any knowledge of XML or DITA.

The 2017 STC Summit takes place May 7-10 in Washington, DC and officially begins Sunday evening with an opening keynote speaker and the Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall.

Find out more and register via the conference website.



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JATS-Con 2017 | April 25-26, Bethesda, MD

JATS-Con 2017 | April 25-26, 2017

Stilo will be attending JATS-Con 2017, April 25 & 26, in the Lister Hill Auditorium at the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

JATS-Con is a conference for anyone interested in learning more about the Journal Article TAG Suite (JATS), an XML format for marking up and exchanging journal content. Conference presentations are peer-reviewed and result in a final paper that is archived.

The conference is free to attend, although pre-registration is required. Check out the Program or visit the conference website for further information.

If you would like to meet with one of our technical team at JATS-Con 2017, and learn more about Migrate, our cloud service that enables Journal Publishers to automate the conversion of MS Word documents to JATS, or AuthorBridge, our web-based JATS editor that enables journal publishers and their authors to easily create structured content with no knowledge of XML, please contact us to schedule a time.

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CMS/DITA North America 2017 | April 24-26, San Diego, CA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the premier sponsors of the Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in San Diego, California on April 24-26 2017.

The conference serves a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future. Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations. Hear from key tool developers who are actively supporting the standards-based community.

Find out more about the conference and register to attend.

Add our presentation and technology test kitchen sessions to your schedule.

Monday, April 24 | 10.00 – 10.40 am
Making sense of an authoring free-for-all
Patrick Baker, VP Development & Professional Services

Full DITA, Lightweight DITA, MarkDown, HTML5 … is it all getting a little confusing? Can these alternative authoring approaches form part of a unified structured content strategy, bringing together technical writing teams and SMEs with no knowledge of XML or DITA?

During the course of this presentation we will consider the relative merits of the alternative approaches, reflect upon some use case examples and show how collaboration between the different groups might be possible.

Tuesday, April 25 | 11.20 – 12.00 noon
Technology Test Kitchen | Low-cost, web-based DITA authoring for SMEs
Patrick Baker, VP Development & Professional Services

This session will provide participants with a hands-on introduction to AuthorBridge. AuthorBridge is a low-cost, web-based XML authoring tool developed for use by SMEs with no knowledge of DITA or its complexities. It has been developed in close co-operation with IBM to complement existing XML editing tools and provide a ‘Word-like’ authoring experience for non-ID professionals.

In addition to providing an attractive user interface, AuthorBridge provides a Guided + Fluid authoring experience for SMEs, free from the frustrating constraints generally associated with XML authoring tools.

Participants will be shown how to edit and review existing DITA topics, and to quickly create new ones. No knowledge of DITA or XML is required. All participants will receive a free 30-day trial of AuthorBridge, which they may continue to use following the conference.

What you’ll need to bring
All you need is your laptop. We will provide sample content. If you wish, you can provide us with your own Word or FrameMaker files, say 20-30 pages, ahead of the session (email to our Conversion Services Manager). We will use Migrate, our cloud XML conversion service, to convert it to DITA for use during the Test Kitchen. And you can take away the DITA generated for your own evaluation purposes. Alternatively, you can also bring along your own DITA content to work with.



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Typefi User Conference | April 6-7, Chicago, IL

We are pleased to be invited to join our partner Typefi at their annual user conference to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, on 6–7 April 2017. The conference offers Typefi users, partners and staff an opportunity to network, share best practices, and learn from each other.

We will be providing a presentation/demonstration of AuthorBridge a new web-based XML editor for creating JATS/STS compliant content. AuthorBridge provides high levels of user guidance for authors with no knowledge of XML, and through its unique architecture, it delivers a free-flowing ‘Word-like’ authoring experience, not constrained by the structures of conventional XML editors.

We will also be showing Migrate, our cloud service that enables Journal Publishers to automate the conversion of MS Word documents to JATS/STS.



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Stilo announces availability of AuthorBridge v2.0 with free 30-day trial

Stilo is pleased to announce a major new release of AuthorBridge, a web authoring tool for subject matter experts that has been developed in close co-operation with the central ID tools team at IBM – providing a Guided & Fluid DITA web authoring experience for SMEs from just US$100 per user, per annum.

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AuthorBridge Live Product Demo – October 6, 2016

Migrate Live DemonstrationThursday, October 6, 2016
9:00 AM PDT | 12:00 noon EDT | 5:00 PM BST

Join Stilo’s VP of Development & Professional Services, Patrick Baker, for a live 30-minute demonstration of AuthorBridge. AuthorBridge is a simple web-based, walk-up and use DITA authoring tool, designed for SMEs and occasional content contributors who have no knowledge of DITA or its complexities. It is targeted at enterprises that are looking to extend the use of DITA across different business units and potentially support thousands of users.

Discover how, with AuthorBridge, you can benefit from:

  • Guidance text in the user interface for creating a new topic
  • User interface controls that provide hover help and/or tool tips
  • Non-intrusive, in-line textual guidance for the high-level parts of the topic body
  • A visual guidance panel, specially adapted for each document type
  • A totally customizable authoring environment

Depending on registration numbers, we plan to open up phone lines for questions, allowing for a more interactive/collaborative session. To participate you will need to join the audio conference via telephone rather than VOIP.

Register here

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Stilo partner InfoParse to show AuthorBridge at the JTCA Symposium in Kyoto, Japan | October 5-7, 2016

Stilo is pleased to announce that our local partner in Japan, InfoParse, Inc, will exhibit and present AuthorBridge—Stilo’s simple web-based, walk-up and use DITA authoring tool, designed for SMEs and occasional content contributors who have no knowledge of DITA or its complexities—at the Japan Technical Communicators Association (JTCA) Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, which takes place October 5 to 7, 2016.

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Migrate Live Product Demo – September 15, 2016

Migrate Live Demonstration

Thurs, September 15, 2016
9:00 AM PDT | 12:00 noon EDT | 5:00 PM BST

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a live 30-minute demonstration of the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service. Migrate enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of their content from various source formats including XML/SGML/HTML, FrameMaker, Word, Author-it, InDesign, RoboHelp and DocBook, to DITA and custom XML.

See why Migrate is the conversion service of choice for organizations including Altera, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Extreme Networks, IBM, Qualcomm, Teradata, Varian Medical Systems, Webtrends and many more.

Register here

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Best Practices 2016 | September 12-14, Santa Fe, NM

Join us at the CIDM Best Practices 2016 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In its 18th year, the conference will be held at the La Fonda On the Plaza hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Best Practices conference is the premier annual conference for managers of information development whether it be for user and product support, or training. Learn about best ideas and innovations in the industry. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.

The theme for this year’s conference is Maximizing Value – Reducing Waste; Moving to Leaner Practices, Processes, and Information Products.

  • Consider how process improvements in your area are reducing the number of steps to complete a task.
  • Consider how reusing content among deliverables reduces content redundancy and multiple revisions.
  • Consider that reducing the total amount of content may make the most useful content easier to find.
  • Consider writing less by understanding users needs more.

The conference will also continue to focus on communication and collaboration: internal communication among global team members and communication with our content consumers, including those in emerging markets.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

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WEBINAR | A Tale of Two Formats; Creating content with Word and DITA XML simultaneously | Varian Medical Systems

Presented by Catherine Long & Rich Perry | Varian Medical Systems

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
9am PDT | 12noon EDT | 5pm BST

Varian Medical Systems
You decide to move to publishing with DITA XML. It all appears wonderful. You purchase a CMS, select an editor, create your information model, and share the plan with your authors. This is great! You begin to analyze documents, get a style sheet designed, prepare and schedule author training, but then problems and issues of resistance start adding up. There are so many different document types (60) and so many global authors (100) who are not tech writers. You begin to realize that unless the company can stop needing to provide service and installation for 3 to 6 months, you are not going to be able to flip the switch and move to DITA all at once.

What can you do?
Make the move at your own pace, and publish documents with Word and DITA simultaneously. Doing so provides many benefits, such as bringing the different document types into the project a few at a time and training authors with their own content already in the system.

Catherine Long and Rich Perry show you how this dual publishing helps you move through the process of moving to DITA so that the experience is easier, and perhaps cheaper, for everyone involved.

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Catherine Long
Catherine Long has been with Varian Medical Systems for five years. She was brought in to assist the service documentation department with authoring standards and the publishing process, as well as to lead the move to DITA XML. Her challenge is to design a system architecture and provide training for 100 SMEs who write documents as one part of their busy schedules. Her relaxation is to immerse herself in the worlds of Shakespeare, Wodehouse, Wilde, and others.

Rich Perry
Rich Perry manages a publication team responsible for processing technical servicing content at Varian Medical Systems. Over the course of his career work life, he has held various technical positions supporting military and medical devices. These experiences as an end-user of servicing procedures lit a fire in him that led to his avocation as a technical trainer, curriculum developer, and product support specialist.

Rich’s team is in the process of transitioning from an unstructured Word authoring environment to DITA. While he and his team have not fully implemented DITA, Rich is ready to share his experiences as the struggle continues!

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