In 2016 a great deal has happened once again in the world of technical documentation since the last ST4 release. With ST4 2017, we want to fulfil the increasing demands on efficient content management. Alongside some substantial changes, we have of course made many small changes that we briefly want to introduce to you in this post.
ST4 2017 is once again filled with a plethora of new features, taking another significant step in the direction of automation. Translation managers can look forward in particular to the COTI standard, which has been fully implemented in the new version and which will make transfers between ST4 and TMS a great deal easier in the future. Continue reading
Technical documentation without up-to-date product data is no good whatsoever. Incorrect technical data, dimensions, serial numbers and terminology: not only are all these confusing for the reader, they can also have legal consequences. Naturally, conscientious editors can be employed to keep information in ST4 constantly up to date, which may be feasible for a certain amount of data. But what else can be done with large quantities of product data that are constantly changing?
As software manufacturers, we can do as many beta tests as we want: You, our users, are our real testers. You’re the ones who create 10 to 1000 nodes a day, reuse fragments, and filter productions. You’ve made your very own experiences with ST4 and have developed solution strategies. So, we thought: Too bad this expert knowledge only spills over in special cases such as our annual SCHEMA Conference. This is why the SCHEMA User Round Tables have taken place for some time now: This is a chance to exchange thoughts and experiences, regionally and casually, in a small circle.
Content management and layout – until a short while ago, these were two quite separate disciplines at Miele. With the XML revolution and the successive move of content to SCHEMA ST4, day-to-day work changed. The resulting performance improvement in content management made one thing very clear, however: The classic external DTP process had to change, too. Quickly the question arose whether ST4 could take over this process without loss and automate it. All this taking into account the high quality requirements of customer documentation. Continue reading
On June 14 and 15, it was that time again: The SCHEMA Conference 2016 opened its doors, and hosted one of the industry’s largest meetings in the Messe Nürnberg. Not only the numbers confirm that the yearly SCHEMA Conference now counts as one of the real highlights in the TechDoc industry: after two densely-packed conference days, with lectures on two levels in the Convention Center West of the Nürnberg Messe, with more than 500 international participants from 21 countries, and 44 talks by high-quality lecturers, we not only had a new visitor record, but also received confirmation of the increased importance of this event. Continue reading