TC Camp Gazette #4: Maxwell Hoffmann

TC Camp Gazette

TC Camp NewsAn interview with: Maxwell Hoffmann, Adobe

Earlier this year, Adobe announced the release of Tech Comm Suite 4, which integrates the latest versions of Adobe’s content creation tools (FrameMaker 11, RoboHelp 10 and more) to help users author, enrich, review, manage and publish high-impact technical content. Have you had a chance to explore this exciting new software release? If not, now is the perfect opportunity to do so, while being guided by one of Adobe’s expert product evangelists. Maxwell plans on taking you on a journey out into the cloud to get your hands on the much talked about Adobe Tech Comm Suite 4. This workshop promises to be action-packed and fun-filled. Plus, you will discover dramatic new features and radically reduced workflows. Bring your laptop if you want to engage in some hands-on experience.

Why the TC Camp Un-Conference? Maxwell has never had the chance to attend an UnConference before, but he feels that the TC Camp is going to be very exciting for everyone. “Major sources of news come from those on the ground; people who create and massage content on a daily basis. The so called experts, like myself, have much to share, but we don’t always know what is relevant for a particular group without extensive feedback. So many times we run into what I call the Pith Helmet Syndrome: ‘I have just traveled through the jungle of XML and I have discovered the secret path to the hidden treasure!’ At the TC Camp UnConference, we have all ditched our pith helmets – we are all learners and discoverers.”

What can attendees expect to gain from attending your class? This is your chance to have hands-on experience with FrameMaker and RoboHelp with Tech Com Suite 4; all while being guided by an expert. Need I say more?

In addition to the fun-filled 2-hour session, Maxwell promises to deliver “some of the wildest and wackiest anecdotes you have ever heard.” After my brief talk with Maxwell, I believe those who attend his session will be thoroughly entertained!

Be sure to join his class in January, “Author and Review Cycle with Adobe Tech Comm Suite 4 and HTML5 output“!

Maxwell HoffmanMaxwell Hoffmann is a California native who found himself transplanted to Portland, Oregon about 5 years ago. As he has become acquainted with the culture, one of the things that has amazed him most is the level of visual and user experience talent centered in the area. According to Maxwell, you can even detect this through one-of-a-kind commercial window displays and advertisements. Maxwell is also a connoisseur of Mid-Century antiques. Due to Portland’s surprisingly low prices, he has extended his practice of content re-use into “working antique appliance” re-use. “Hardly anything on my kitchen counter is under 45 years old,” he confesses.

Improve your survival skillsSurvival Skills: Improve your skills through a workshop

#1 recommendation from the camp counselors? Socialize your workshop choice

Tell your friends, co-workers, and colleagues about your registration in a workshop. Encourage one of them to take the class with you, so you can collaborate and learn together; or, get them to sign up for a different class so you can trade notes later!

Bring your gearPrep Steps: What are you bringing with you?

This week’s #1 recommendation from the camp counselors is to join the camp network.

Tell people you’re coming. The unconference is run by the attendees; the more attendees the better the event is for everyone. An unconference is special: it’s the kind of event where different points of view and different experiences come together to share knowledge and provide for crowd-sourced learning opportunities. Take four steps to help make the conference even better:

  1. Join the camp Facebook page
  2. Join the camp LinkedIn page
  3. Follow @tccamp411 on Twitter
  4. Tell a friend to sign up for this newsletter.

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From the Cat HoleFrom the cat hole: Brain teasers, oddities, and fun stuff

This week’s question:

Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”

Last week’s answer: Meat.

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