TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for January 31, 2014

technical communication recap for July 5Such a newsy couple of weeks in the world of technical communication and content management. New releases, new partnerships and alliances, new ideas for productivity, new jobs (or new titles at least). We try to keep up with it all, and even feature a few of the bigger news items for further perusal.  Then just to keep conversation flowing, we throw in a new poll question to vote on and debate over.

Your thoughts, whether new ideas or upgraded opinions are important to the conversation and the community. Staying on top of where tech comm, content strategy, customer experience management converge can be a fulltime job, and a big part of that is understanding how the tools and the trends affect the content professionals we work and network with on a regular basis. With the Intelligent Content Conference a few weeks away, we’re looking forward to getting that feedback in person.  But in the meantime, we love hearing from you, your opinions about the topics we’re covering, your ideas about the topics we should be covering.

Post a comment via the community forums, start or respond to a thread on the email discussion list.  Or stand up and shout really loud in our direction—we’ll find those tin cans and string somewhere around here and shout back at ya.

Have a great weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

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Tech Writer This Week for January 30, 2014

Keeping a record of the best technical communications, CXM and content management articles on the Internet for the week of January 30, 2014


Intelligent Content Conferences Features Speakers Who Break Down Barriers

The sixth annual Intelligent Content Conference will be held at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel February 26-28 and features a dynamic lineup of 70 presenters who will focus on the skills and tools needed to break down barriers and deliver better content across the organization.

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The Help Files: Getting Stuff Done in the New Year

My latest collection of hints for making your work life more productive focuses on those things you want to, or ought to do, when starting off a new year. So for January 2014, I cover staying productive with your tools, getting along with your boss, and lots of job hunting goodies. From what I’ve seen, things really pick up speed at this time of year. Seems like December and January are a great time for moving up in your company, or for landing a new gig.

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Acrolinx Introduces Version 4.0 to Help Organizations Find Their Voice

Offering companies of all sizes “new ways to fight dull, pompous content,” that alienates users and diminishes the customer experience, Acrolinx announced today that they will release version 4.0 of their content optimization software on February 28, 2014.

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TransPerfect and Vasont Systems Merger: on the Path to a “One-Stop Solution” for Global Clients

When TransPerfect announced its merger with Vasont Systems in December, 2013, some wondered about the reasoning behind a merger with a second Component Content Management System (CCMS) vendor. With both Astoria Software and Vasont now part of its Global Group, co-CEO Phil Shawe says TransPerfect is better positioned to provide a “one stop solution” to its large global customers.


Still Relevant User Support Documentation? (poll)

Whether you’re looking for info on a 2014 version of the 1980′s quick reference card, or ammunition to bolster an argument about placement of revision information, we think there’s a good chance that you haven’t gone completely digital, omnichannel, and responsive in building out your technical content, no matter how much you’d like to.”

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