Using Lean principles to eliminate waste from workflows in MadCap Flare, the Kaizen Plugin makes you a more productive techwriter.
The ultimate goal of the Kaizen Plugin is to help you provide perfect value to your users through a perfect value creation process with zero waste.
Want to learn more about Lean in techcomm? Read my article in ISTC Communicator: http://techwritingengineer.com/keep-it-lean-become-more-productive-and-motivated/
Need help, have a feature idea, or found a bug? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the KaizenPlugin.dll.
The ambition is to release a new version each month, with both new features and updates to existing features.
2016-09-22 Custom file tags and the "Quick review" tool. Tested for MadCap Flare 11 and 12.
2016-08-17 Create topic files from CSV files, and remove all non-breaking spaces from a topic with just one click.
2016-07-22 The first version of the plugin is now available.
With this function, you can create multiple topics from a single topic, by splitting that topic by the heading level. This means that you can write all your topic content in a single file before splitting it into several other files. When you click the Split topic by < h1 > button, one topic file is generated per < h1 > heading, granted that each heading is unique. A corresponding TOC and Target can also be created.
To split a topic by heading 1, follow these steps:
Create a template file, and link it to a CSV file to generate a massive amount of topics based on the data in a spreadsheet.
To set up a template, link it to a CSV-file, and create topics, follow these steps:
To remove all non-breaking spaces from a topic, make sure the file is saved, and then click Remove non-breaking spaces.
To change the CSS in multiple targets at once, click Update CSS in multiple targets, select the new CSS file, and then select all the targets you want to apply the CSS to.
To show all file tags applied to a topic, click Show file tags.
To remove all file tags from a topic, save the topic, and click Remove all file tags.
To create a custom file macro, follow these steps:
To open a new e-mail in Outlook with the current topic attached as a PDF, click Quick review. To modify the conditions applied to the topic, you modify the KaizenTarget.fltar file found in the Targets folder in the Project Explorer.
Whenever the Kaizen plugin modifies a file, a backup is saved. To restore the latest backup, click Restore latest backup. Sometimes you need to close and open the file to see that the backup was actually restored.
Mattias spends his days as a techwriter in the financial services software industry, and holds a M. Sc. in industrial engineering and management from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University
He is a Lean fanatic, and thrives on making continuous improvements, thereby creating simple and pragmatic solutions to big and complex problems.
Often drives the documentation manager nuts with questions like "Can we automate this?" or "Can we make this easier for the writers?"
Blogs about techcomm, Lean, MadCap Flare, and automation at http://www.techwritingengineer.com.
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