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.
By Nils Bier
on Feb 19, 2014
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").
By Nils Bier
on Feb 05, 2014
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 – 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 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.
By Nils Bier
on Nov 19, 2013
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 were greeted with enthusiam. Scroll Translations and integration with the Across Language Server attracted particular interest.