Definitely interested! I can do good beta testing for you, since I'm a former software engineer.
I will warn you in advance that you might have to wait a while before my company invested actual money in anything. Our motto is definitely "free is better". You can understand that a small startup relies on more hours from each employee than on any productivity enhancement that is "an expense." Joe Joe Malin Technical Writer (408)625-1623 jmalin at tuvox.com www.tuvox.com The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: Bernard Aschwanden [mailto:bern...@publishingsmarter.com] Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 6:32 PM To: HATT at yahoogroups.com; framers at lists.frameusers.com; techwr-l at lists.techwr-l.com Subject: RE: DITA possible for start-up/lone writer? Hi all: I've just finished the first solid draft of our FrameDITA-lite application for use with FrameMaker and DITA. It is built to work with Frame 7.2, but the bulk of it should also work with 7.0 and 7.1. It's not the most stunning tool ever, but it is a pretty solid XML and FrameMaker utility that has about 40 pages of documentation that walks you through installation, tutorials, testing and more. It may be something that a single writer can consider as a solid starting point for single sourcing. The price on it is perfect for the lone writer (or the mega corporation) as it's free. I'm giving it away. With this application and some very cool (and affordable) tools by West Street Consulting (http://www.weststreetconsulting.com) a lot of the ideas for single sourcing are addressed that can help the smaller company as well as the largest. It allows for granular reuse of paragraphs, sections, topics, tasks and so on. It also provides the ability to export to DITA compliant XML. The formatting and layout can be tweaked with relative ease if you know FrameMaker and the EDD environment. If not, I also provide some online support and consulting on it. I've sent the file to a few people on the various lists already and will continue to do so over the weekend, but if you are interested in being a part of the beta team to test it, please let me know. My goal is to have this ready for general use before the big DITA conference this month (http://conf.travelthepath.com if you are interested in more info) so that I can show it to anyone who asks while we are there. Again, if you are interested in beta testing, please email me off list and let me know. I'd love to have input on this and get it solid enough that everyone can take advantage of a working file set for use with FrameMaker and DITA. Thanks, Bernard Bernard Aschwanden Publishing Technologies Expert Publishing Smarter bernard at publishingsmarter.com www.publishingsmarter.com -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+bernard=publishingsmarter....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+bernard=publishingsmarter.com at lists.frameusers.c om] On Behalf Of Joe Malin Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 3:58 PM To: HATT at yahoogroups.com; framers at lists.frameusers.com; techwr-l at lists.techwr-l.com Subject: DITA possible for start-up/lone writer? Hi! I am looking for experiences and advice about using DITA from tech writers who are familiar with real success stories. I'm the only tech writer here at TuVox, a 70-person startup. I am seriously considering using DITA as the basis of a single-source structured documentation environment. The reasons I want single-source and structure are * re-use, to avoid duplication * multi-channel delivery: ability to re-structure help systems into documents * localization/customization: ability to tailor documentation to individual customers * quick, iterative delivery: respond quickly to emerging needs