Re: CMS recommendation?

Subject: Re: CMS recommendation?
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:47:23 -0600

Another possibility (and I don't know much about it) is SmartDocs from ThirtySix Software (http://thirtysix.net/).

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On 12/22/2014 6:29 PM, Chris Morton wrote:

I see this at StackOverflow:

SVN is one repo and lots of clients. GIT is a repo with lots of client
repos, each with a user. It's decentralised to a point where people can
track their own edits locally without having to push things to an external
server.

SVN is designed to be more central where GIT is based on each user having
their own GIT repo and those repos push changes back up into a central one.
For that reason, GIT gives individuals better local version control.

Meanwhile you have the choice between TortoiseGit
<http://code.google.com/p/tortoisegit/>, GitExtensions
<http://code.google.com/p/gitextensions/> (and if you host your "central"
git-repository on github, their own client â GitHub for Windows
<http://windows.github.com/>).

If you're looking on getting out of SVN, you might want to evaluate Bazaar
<http://bazaar-vcs.org/> for a bit. It's one of the next generation of
version control systems that have this distributed element. It isn't POSIX
dependant like git so *there are native Windows builds* and it has some
powerful open source brands backing it.

But you might not even need these sorts of features yet. Have a look at the
features, advantages and disadvantages of the distributed VCSes
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_revision_control>. If you need
more than SVN offers, consider one. If you don't, you might want to stick
with SVN's (currently) superior desktop integration.


On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

Thanks, Robert.

Many products and descriptions overlap at the company from what I gather
(I'm not onboard yet). I am suggesting that they farm out localization to a
company like WeLocalize that specializes in that (I want nothing to do what
other than oversight).

So it sounds like Git or Subversion. Isn't Git open source? Subversion
I've not heard of before.

Chris

On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

Flare allows sophisticated topic and snippet reuse without a CMS.

Git or Subversion are source control. They'd let the ten people or
whoever share documents. Lighter weight solution than a CMS.

Whether a high-end CMS might be required depends I think on how many
overlapping products the company has and how many languages the docs are
translated into. People who use them generally use DITA.

MadCap Contributor is a tool for SME reviews of Flare docs.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 4:11 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
wrote:

I don't know what I don't know. This is why I'm asking the community
here.

I want something that's current and that has a future. (I do not
consider Doc-To-Help to be the tool I'm seeking, nor do I consider it to
have much a future, although I know they've been around since at least the
early '90s.)

I've heard of Flare and Git, but not much else about them. I do not know
how I'd use them to repurpose chunks of text. I need an education. I'm also
interested in useful aides that'll give me an instant base knowledge, e.g.,
an O'Reilly book or some such. I'll need to hit the floor running if I get
the nod.

What is Madcap Contributor? I was thinking of Madcap because of all of
their support, free trials and whatnot.

The company in question, although consisting of ~130 people, is owned by
a Fortune 500 outfit. My reputation will be on the line.

Chris


On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

Which MadCap product would you consider a CMS? Or are you saying,
forget about a CMS, just use Flare and Subversion / Git?

On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
wrote:
Madcap is what I have in mind.

Any reason why I *shouldn't* recommend this tool?

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