20 years DOCUFY, 12 years cooperation with kothes

It has been more than twelve years since I walked over the tekom annual conference and looked around for a new component content management system. In 2006, the editorial staff at kothes consisted of about 20 employees. We wanted to make ourselves more professional and the use of XML was a very important criterion. So I took a close look at all the systems available on the market.

I didn’t even have DOCUFY on my screen. At that time Uwe Reißenweber was the only representative of his company at the booth of his partner OCE. I let him show me his editorial system COSIMA. At that time DOCUFY was clearly an outsider on the market. The company had only a few (but quite representative) customers and the system was not yet a ready-to-use standard system. It was rather a “project kit”, which was strongly customized.

A shared passion turns into a long-term partnership

I liked the technical approaches in the software and had the impression that we could work efficiently with it in the editorial department. I also liked the passion and depth with which Uwe explained his software. We soon realized that we were on the same page in many respects. Uwe’s readiness to develop the software into a standard system together with us made me all the more happy, and so the first approach of COSIMA go! was born.

Meanwhile a lot of time has passed and both companies have developed strongly. The business cooperation has become a friendship in many places. We have survived many turbulent times. Even though the business horizon of both companies has expanded considerably, we still work together constructively and amicably.

I would like to congratulate you on 20 years of successful business development and look forward to another 20 years of DOCUFY. Finally, a big thank you to all DOCUFY employees.

Chiron and DOCUFY

DOCUFY has been around for 20 years. We have been a customer for almost half that time. This brief article is intended to show how we have fared.

When mechanical engineers make documentation…

We first made contact with the company from Bamberg in late 2008 when we were looking for a replacement for our existing content management system. At that time, XML-based systems were still in the development phase.
DOCUFY’s first presentations won us over to the point that we included COSIMA on our shortlist. However, we were not able to accept the bid for a while as the mechanical engineering crisis got in our way.

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New in COSIMA: IGEL – the integrated callout editor

Explaining complex issues in a simple way – often a very difficult task. Images can help illustrate what you want to say. Because you know: A picture says more than a thousand words! Especially in technical documentation graphics are used to put things in a nutshell. The reference of the graphics to the descriptive text is important. These references are created using item lines and/or item numbers, the so-called callouts. With COSIMA Release 7.0 you now have an integrated callout editor at your disposal with which you can easily add position numbers to your images yourself.

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DOCUFY Layouter: create your own layouts

Imagine there is a change in corporate design at your company. Maybe the change is only a general attempt to optimize existing layouts. Maybe it entails a completely new corporate identity with a new logo and different colors. Or maybe your company has a new division that makes new products. Any change, no matter what kind, will have a direct impact on your technical documentation. The cover page needs to be redesigned, and the way headers and footers look will change – as will headlines, safety notices and warnings. It is practical when technical writers can make these layout changes themselves, without any programming skills or troublesome extra work.

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The Seventh DOCUFY User Meeting in Bamberg

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