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Deadline to preregister for STC Summit is Friday
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The deadline to preregister for the STC Summit is Friday, 11 May. After that date, all registrations must take place onsite and at the higher Onsite Rate. The STC Summit takes place 20-23 May in the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., and includes over 80 sessions in 10 different educational tracks, plus networking, vendors, and more. Already registered? Don't forget to bring your camera! STC is holding a Summit Video Contest, with the winners getting a free registration to the 2013 Summit. See the Summit website for all the details and to register. More

Mobile is changing the face of application development
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As mobile computing continues its rapid growth path in both the consumer and enterprise environments, software developers are being faced with a new challenge. Not only do developers need to cater for new platforms for their applications, but also a new concept in design. Users today demand an engaging consumer user interface when utilizing their mobile devices, one that meets their needs and expectations, not what the engineers decide to provide. It is this requirement that is forcing the development industry to tackle an element of design it has never had to explicitly deal with before. More

7 deadly mobile myths
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Mobile designer and developer Josh Clark likens his profession to anthropology. Instead of a simple, monolithic idea of what a mobile user is, we face a "range of mobile cultures." The problem is, "that we too often have a simple, even condescending view of mobile. That every mobile user or every mobile platform is the same as the next. We have some really stubborn myths about mobile users that are really screwing up the way we provide mobile services." More

Introducing the STC Imprint
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STC is partnering with publishers to highlight works that advance the theory and practice of technical communication globally. The Imprint is an STC-branded collection of publications vetted by an editorial review board. Click the link below to find out how to participate in the program as either a publishing partner or editorial reviewer. More

Coding the future: HTML5 takes the Internet by storm
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It's hard to imagine now, but original sites on the world wide web, written in HTML code or hypertext mark-up language, were made up of little more than text. Corporate Web designers were well aware that most of their customers had slow connections and would not tolerate much of a wait. But since its invention in the early 1990s HTML has not supported video natively. That is why HTML5 is being received so enthusiastically by businesses in particular. The latest version can perform all kinds of dynamic tasks and visual tricks. The Web is progressing faster now than it has in a long time. More

Free Vendor Tools Sessions in Rosemont, Ill., on 20 May
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Adobe and MadCap Software are both hosting free Vendor Tools Sessions on Sunday morning, 20 May, prior to the STC Summit in Rosemont, Ill. These sessions are open to the public and are not restricted to Summit attendees. The two companies are offering these free sessions for technical communicators to learn more about their products and plans. Click the link for more for full details and schedule for each session as well as how to register. While the sessions are free, you must register with either Adobe or MadCap to participate in the sessions. More

Developers excited over BlackBerry 10 platform
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Developers and top brands are already beginning to commit to the BlackBerry 10 platform for their mobile application development. BlackBerry World, Research In Motion, recently revealed endorsements from a number of key partners who have already confirmed their excitement for the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform. More

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Picking the right CMS tool may require IT, marketing unity
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When it comes time to pick a new enterprise Web content management system, many organizations leave the shopping project up to the IT department. But this can become a problem when a marketing department is expected to take over the new CMS tool and fly with it, according to experts. More

HTML5 is great but browsers must catch up
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We're starting to see more and more applications come out that take advantage of the HTML5 standard now supported by all the major browsers, but more work must be done to get all browsers in sync with its features. For any corporation that distributes software to its employees or customers, HTML5 offers several benefits. More

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SpringCM announces enhanced file sharing
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Cloud content management vendor SpringCM announced some enhancements including new workflow tools and better file sharing. The idea is to create workflows that automate many tasks, so instead of having to track where a particular document is in the work process the system notifies you automatically. More

The optimal website user experience
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best-known as the architect of the notion of "flow," as well as being one of the leading researchers on "positive psychology." His theory is that people are at their happiest when they are in "flow" mode. In other words the condition where motivation, attention and the current situation meet resulting in a kind of productive harmony or feedback. The challenging part for marketers though is to create the right conditions for individuals to achieve this state. More

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'Cloud first' giving way to 'mobile first'
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The "Cloud First" mantra for government is so 2011 These days you may hear a different phrase — a call for "Mobile First." It's fair to say that Mobile First development is an idea whose time has come. That doesn't necessary mean that the Cloud First ideal will take a back seat to mobile. In fact, the two edicts can play nicely together. More

Adobe ships CS6 software; Creative Cloud imminent
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Adobe Systems began selling Creative Suite 6, its mammoth but expensive collection of software for designers, artists, photographers, videographers, publishers, and others in the "content creation" business. With CS6, Adobe tried to mix in performance improvements such as a cache-related speedup to After Effects for video effects, interface improvements such as Premiere Pro's simplified layout for video editing, splashy new features such as Photoshop's content-aware move tool and accelerated video, and hundreds of niggling "just do it" fixes. More


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