My everyday life as a working student at DOCUFY or: Is it a bug or a feature?

This is a question I often ask myself when testing. During my mandatory internship I was able to get a good impression of the company and of course I did not hesitate to accept the offer of the working student position.

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“Complicated layouts with right-to-left fonts and book spines are ready in no time and information will soon be available on mobile devices via TopicPilot”.

So far:

  • Operating manuals in 30 languages – including right-to-left fonts
  • Cover pages and spines were created manually in a complex process
  • Three-column design in DIN A5 landscape format sets high demands on the layout tool

Now:

  • User manuals are now created with COSIMA enterprise and DOCUFY Layouter
  • DOCUFY Layouter automatically calculates the thickness of the covers spine based on the paper thickness that is used
  • Mobile garage documentation via TopicPilot in planning
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MAN Truck & Bus launches COSIMA and DOCUFY Layouter – A success story

MAN Truck & Bus (MAN) is one of the leading european commercial vehicle manufacturers and providers of transport solutions with annual sales of around eleven billion euros (2019). The product portfolio includes vans, trucks, buses, diesel and gas engines as well as services for passenger and freight transport. MAN Truck & Bus is a company of TRATON SE.

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TopicPilot 4.0 – More usability, better design, faster search function

With the software release 4.0 DOCUFY extends the functional range of the mobile publication platform TopicPilot. New functions are now available in the web interface and mobile applications.  Numerous improvements and requirements have been implemented.

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COSIMA 8.0 – New features, better usability

Do you want “clean”, error-free content in your editorial system? With the new Schematron feature, XML content can now be validated even more precisely in COSIMA 8.0, and the gradation “Info / Warning / Error” helps to correctly categorize your check results. Included rules check in COSIMA go! for layout errors and: you can even add your own rules. But that’s not everything – the new COSIMA 8.0 offers numerous new features and usability improvements.  

IGEL – Translatable texts, CD-compliant lines and numbers

Thanks to IGEL, you can add position lines and numbers to pictures and illustrations quickly, easily and without any additional graphics program. In addition, the administrator can specify all the display options for lines, areas and frames in advance in accordance with corporate design.

Thanks to the intelligent text/image reference, IGEL automatically generates the appropriate image legend from your assigned position numbers. Where editors have previously dispensed with text in images in order to avoid the difficult translation process that would have been required, IGEL now makes it easy to localize text in images. In this way, multilingual display texts, legend texts and part numbers in pictures can be easily converted.

DOCUFY Layouter: Extensions

Not only the content of a documentation is important – its visual appearance also indicates the quality & professionalism of the document. With DOCUFY Layouter 2.0 you can now customize layouts even more individually: There are new parameters for lists and warnings/safety instructions and different text contents can be flexibly combined and placed in the layout. Another new feature is printing company information, which the DOCUFY Layouter uses to provide the information required for professional printing, such as bleed, registration marks or color wedges. Companies with a high export share can look forward to the new right-to-left fonts such as Arabic and Hebrew: For right-to-left fonts, DOCUFY Layouter not only rotates the text direction, but automatically also all other parts of the designed layout that need to be adjusted.

Into the digital future with COSIMA

It is our goal to constantly simplify your work in technical documentation (the most important department in the company) with our software solutions and to automate processes in a meaningful way. At the same time, we would like to pave the way for companies into the age of digitalization and Industry 4.0. Because technical documentation is facing new challenges: Standardized products produced in large quantities are being replaced by individually configured products. This makes the document-oriented editing process increasingly laborious. With our software solutions, you define an information space that allows you to precisely address individual information units and their variants. Product-specific information can be created ad hoc and automatically and then published in various media with TopicPilot. In this way, you can be sure that with COSIMA you continue to work efficiently and in conformity with the law even with a high number of variants and that you are equipped for the challenges of digitization and Industry 4.0.

The Rise of AI – A Conference on Artificial Intelligence

My great interest in artificial intelligence led me to Berlin on the evening of 15 May – thanks to the new ICE line already within a few hours.  On the next day the conference “The Rise of AI” took place with more than 800 guests and 75 speakers from 21 different nations. I was very excited to see what would happen there.

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A look behind the scenes of the 10th DOCUFY User Meeting 2019

175 participants, 10 intensive trainings and a theatrical journey through the 1000-year history of the city of Bamberg – all this has to be organized. The preparations for the 10th DOCUFY User Meeting from 04 to 06 June 2019 were already in full swing when I started as a working student at DOCUFY in April.

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The Information Space – container or living room?

Stefan Kreckwitz, CEO of our partner Congree, describes in his guest blog article the tools that are best used to create an information space.

Solutions such as COSIMA and TopicPilot from DOCUFY are revolutionizing technical documentation. They lay the foundation for an Information Space that spans the entire product cycle. Information from development to marketing and sales, installation, operation, maintenance and finally disposal can be anchored in this space.

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XML Prague 2019 – A Review

What comes to your mind first when you think of Prague? Karlsbridge? Karel Gott? Goulash and beer? First of all we think of the meeting of XML disciples at XML-Prague. There are three days of concentrated input in the form of lectures and Meetups: On the Pre-Conference Day (7 February), various meetings of companies and organisations took place. Among others our partner AntennaHouse was present: there were news about the status of PDF generation with CSS, as well as general insights into the further development of AntennaHouse, e.g. containerization and cloud solutions.

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