TC Camp Gazette #26


Joining the list of Sponsors is Antenna House! Let’s give a big welcome to our latest Camp Conservationist.

Adobe offers a FREE workshop at TC Camp

Beyond Paper: Publishing enriched content to online formats via Adobe Tech Comm Suite 5

So, now you’re expected to publish to mobile devices, tablets, and websites, as well as to PDF. Do you have to go to night school to pick up new skills as a videographer? It’s Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5 to the rescue! Discover howFrameMaker empowers you to maintain one set of source files (“traditional” or XML and DITA) and publish content with interactive 3-D diagrams to “intelligent” PDF. Use a single click to publish DITA map or FrameMaker books in up to five online formats simultaneously. (You can do this much with FrameMaker alone.)

Need video? Quizzes? Interactive eLearning modules? Find out how you can master Adobe Captivate in just a few hours to create compelling video. The program benefits summarized in this workshop include how to reduce some of your written content through brief, targeted videos. Hands-on will be optional, and sample files used in the workshop will be available on USB sticks. Come join us and learn how quickly you can become a“video star.”

About the presenter: Maxwell Hoffmann is Adobe’s Global Product Evangelist for Technical Communications and a former product manager for FrameMaker at Frame Technology. Hoffmann spent nearly 15 years in the translation industry, where he managed or published over 1,000,000 pages of multilingual content in thousands of projects. He has managed projects using DITA XML as well as other authoring tools ranging from Word, InDesign, and Quark Express, to structured FrameMaker. Hoffmann is based in a virtual Adobe office near Portland, Oregon, and has presented face-to-face, hands-on training to over 1,200 people in scalable authoring solutions over several years.

Unresolved Topics

By Michael Hahn

Saving the best for last…

One topic has cropped up in all previous TC Camps in a variety of forms. It actually has little to dowith content, content management, collaboration, standards, or any other technical issue…or maybe it has everything to do with it. That topic is technical communications staffing.

How do I get a job in technical communications? What skills do I need? How do I network with the right people? (TC Camp is a good place to start!) How do I find the right people to hire?

We’ve had sessions suggested that have everything to do with connecting the right people and skills with the right employers — both from the perspective of the prospective employee and the prospective employer. Something tells me the topic hasn’t been exhausted yet!

Camp Extras!

Tips and tricks for TC Camp participants

Have you noticed that we think TC Camp is fun?

Yes, we’ve suggested that you bring business card and make an effort to meet people, that you bring your friends and coworkers, that you actively participate in choosing the session topics, and that you volunteer. But you should also come prepared to enjoy yourself in an informal, lighthearted gathering of your peers.

Sure, we’ll talk about hard problems, even complain and commiserate, but all of us will do our best to produce and foster positive energy and have fun with everything.

Help Run TC Camp 2015

Here is your chance to give back to the community! Be a TC Camp Volunteer!!

A lot happens on the day of the event, and we will need plenty of help setting up, organizing, and managing the event. Plan now to help. Let us know that you’ll help run TC Camp 2015 by emailing

Trail Mix

Minimal Architecture for Generic Markup Applications, or MAGMA, is what XML might have been called if the voting had gone differently.

“But an X in the name is cool!”  Sigh.

And now for something completely different!

Here are some ideas for the morning after Thanksgiving! 25 breakfasts made with leftovers.