TC Camp Gazette #32

TC Camp 2015

Another Great Year! 

by Lori Meyer, TC Camper

Affordable, top-quality workshops…invigorating discussions…exhibits…great prizes…It all added up to another successful TC Camp experience on January 24. Once again, TC Camp combined the best of a formal program and user-driven learning.

This year, we had four well-attended morning workshops. Maxwell Hoffman talked about using the Adobe Technical Communication Suite v5 to produce enriched content for online delivery. Marta Rauch of Oracle discussed jump-starting your mobile projects. Steve Anderson of provided insights about creating documentation portals. And Tom Johnson of 41st Parameter explored API documentation in changing environments and new technologies.

At midday, we had some game-show fun with Camper’s Feud, where two teams — the Dangling Participles and the Serial Commas — challenged each other to give the best answers to four TC-related questions.

The afternoon unconference included 18 facilitated discussion sessions in three slots, covering a wide range of topics that you voted for in the morning. Examples of popular topics included keeping up with industry trends, HTML5, job search techniques, reuse strategies, and search issues. Then, it was on to Camp Minimialist to hear end-of-day summaries on the afternoon sessions. A representative from each session table was challenged to summarize their session in 60 seconds or less to get a reward. We wrapped up the day with drawings for great prizes, including an iPad Air.

Thanks for another great TC Camp, everyone…and we will see you in 2016!

A Great Big Thank You!

We want to thank our sponsors for making it possible for us to put on this event — at no charge to you!

Camp Extras!

Notes, slides, and pictures posted!

Thanks to our invisible transcribing and posting team workshop pages have been updated with slides and notes.

Check out the main TC Camp 2015 page for links to the individual workshop pages as well as to the Session Matrix. The Session Matrix will show you the full TC Camp 2015 Agenda and have links to the notes for all the sessions.

Here’s a short link to the TC Camp 2015 Page:

And Hey! Did you see that the slides from the Mobile workshop by Marta Rauch, Cindy Church, and Gail Chappell were selected as SlideShare Slides of the Day?

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Complete the 2015 TC Camp Survey!

We’re looking ahead to making TC Camp 2016 the best ever! To do that, we need your feedback. If you haven’t completed the TC Camp 2015 survey yet, take a few moments now to do so. Your feedback can help us plan an event that works for YOU!

To take the survey, go to

TC Camp is on YouTube!

by Scott Prentice, TC CEOWe’ve set up a YouTube channel and started uploading videos from the event in January.

So far we have interviews with a few attendees and most of the sponsors, as well as some other fun items. We have many more videos to upload, socheck back in the coming weeks. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified when new videos are posted.

If you attended camp this year, you should enjoy reviewing these videos. You will likely see and hear things that you missed while you were busy elsewhere at the event. If you didn’t make it to camp, perhaps these videos will encourage you to join us next year!

Loved TC Camp?

Volunteer in 2016!

A big part of TC Camp’s success is its hardworking and talented volunteers. If you loved TC Camp this year and plan to come back in 2016, consider volunteering! We lots of opportunities to help, so there’s sure to be something that matches your interests and schedule. Here are some examples:

  • planning workshops and finding presenters
  • writing and editing articles for TC Camp Gazette
  • finding sponsors
  • publicizing TC camp through social media
  • greeting and checking in attendees
  • helping set up and serve food
  • counting votes for unconference sessions
  • serving as scribes and facilitators at unconference sessions
  • cleanup at end of day
  • …and more!

If you’d like to volunteer, email us at and tell us what you’d like to do. Many thanks!

And now for something completely different

Skyliner put together this video about how to get from Narita Airport to Downtown Tokyo super fast. It’s a fantastic example of great documentation – And it’s all in English!