Overview

You’ve created your documentation and you thought the hard work was over. You need a printed version. You need a downloadable PDF version for your website and you’d also like to include some of the content on your blog.

Following on from Documenting your Creativity Part 1, tonight’s demonstration looks at how to re-purpose your documentation.

Date and Time

30 September 2010, 20:00 – 21:30 BST

Presenter

Elaine Giles

Review

I often need to convert a single source document into multiple formats so Part 2 of “Documenting your Creativity” hit the mark for me.

Elaine started the evening with a recap of what she covered in Part 1, especially useful for those who had been unable to attend the first part and, for those who came back for Part 2, it served as a useful reminder as to just how good ScreenSteps is for producing documentation quickly and easily, allowing us to get on with the more interesting aspects of the job.

She also demonstrated image blurring, a technique which is often used on faces to protect someone’s identity and to obscure confidential details on an image. Blurring is a brand new feature of ScreenSteps. It was added to the latest beta version which was released the day after Part 1 was delivered.

Part 2 took us to the next level, covering how to take a single ScreenSteps Lesson and repurpose it in a number of different ways so that the same content can be displayed as a blog post, a PDF document and a Word/Pages document.

To export to Word/Pages format you can either use the default template or, if you want all future output to have a certain look, you can create your own template. This is a very straightforward process, you add a single “code” into a new document and create a few styles. However, ScreenSteps templates have to be in DOCX format so you need an application that can save to DOCX format.

As everyone knows, Elaine is an evangelist for the Mac platform and I can probably count on one hand the number of times she’s run Windows in the past few years. I was really looking forward to seeing how she coped with using Windows, however, in the end she managed to dodge that particular fight by using LibreOffice – a free, open-source word processor that is able to save files in DOCX format.

ScreenSteps allows you to upload a lesson as a blog post and supports a number of popular blogging platforms including WordPress, TypePad and Blogger. You can see the result of the export on Elaine’s blog.

Thanks again to all those who attended. There was as usual, plenty of chat before and after and plenty of questions throughout.

Review by Mike Thomas