Processes linked to content management and the life cycle of documents have become increasingly complex over the last few years. Requirements relating to content, version management, and translation as well as new output formats have rapidly increased the demands on content management. At the same time, the value and significance of content has risen for all company departments, so much so that technical editors have become knowledge managers for the entire company. Traditionally, files have always been stored on a network drive and copied using copy and paste. However, this process is no longer sustainable for handling today’s requirements and those to come in the future. SCHEMA ST4 is a piece of standard software that enables you to centrally create, optimize, manage, translate and version manage content for all departments. Content can also be published efficiently and securely in many different output formats using this tool.
All content, including text, graphics, screenshots, tables, safety notices and supplier documentation in PDF or multimedia format, is stored in a central information pool. From this shared pool you can compile projects in SCHEMA ST4 in which you reuse content. Projects form the basis of output documents. The integrated variant management feature makes it possible to filter out specific content from master documents, show and hide optional modules, or to conveniently produce product series with different characteristics.
The advantages at a glance:
- Full control over the use of content
- Changes can be rolled out to all projects/documents in a targeted and controlled manner
- No redundant content is created, translated, or approved
- Precise and targeted compilation of content, from documents for different output formats, applications, or target groups through to automated production of customer-specific documentation based on parts lists
- Extensive savings potential when translating content: Modules are only submitted for translation if the target language is not yet available or is out of date
Media and Structure-Neutral Storage
The text content is stored in universally standard XML (Extensible Markup Language) format. This ensures the content is stored with no reference to its structure or media and means you do not have to depend on proprietary file formats, predetermined formatting such as “Heading 2”, or special software. When publishing content, all standard output formats can be used. In the standard version of SCHEMA ST4 you can choose from a variety of output formats, including Word, InDesign, FrameMaker, PDF, online help and compiled help files, all current versions of HTML and PowerPoint. The document structure is made up of assembled modules. Numbering and cross references are updated automatically, ensuring they are always correct. The information model used in the standard version of SCHEMA ST4 is based on many years of practical experience and application, and covers the standard requirements of most content management systems. It guarantees that content is created consistently and in a structured manner even for projects with a large scope. In SCHEMA ST4 texts are created using well-known editor programs, such as MS Word, Adobe FrameMaker, or Just Systems XMetal. This reduces the amount of training required as well as license costs, while increasing acceptance and enabling authors that only write content occasionally to be involved in the process. The integrated authoring validation feature makes working in SCHEMA ST4 even more intelligent and efficient. While you are writing, SCHEMA ST4 searches the entire database of text for existing, similar content and suggests this is reused. Permitted and forbidden terminology is also stored and shown to the author.
The advantages at a glance:
- Media-neutral storage of content, not reliant on proprietary file formats
- Structure-neutral storage ensures flexibility in structuring sections as well as correct numbering and cross references
- All standard formats can be output; the most prominent formats are included in the standard version (including HTML5 with responsive design)
- Information model with proven success over many years ensures consistent, structured creation of content
Individual information modules that are as easy as possible to manage form the basis of modern editing. These modules need to be easy to find, capable of being combined dynamically, and made “intelligent” using metadata. Separating layout, structure, and content simplifies matters by a large degree and increases efficiency. However, this requires precise planning and consistent implementation.
SCHEMA has been setting standards in editing systems for over 20 years. Their ST4 DocuManager meets the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and is based on SCHEMA ST4, the market-leading professional and scalable editing system in German-speaking countries. The SCHEMA product range covers all eventualities in day-to-day editing and content management work for companies of all sizes.
The fundamental difference between working with and without an editing system is the principle of single source publishing. This method breaks documents and publications down into information modules, which may then be used time and again in different locations, but are only ever managed centrally. Prolific copying and pasting is replaced by a neatly structured data base.
SCHEMA ST4 DocuManager sets new standards, and is yet a standard system with technical support and upgradeability. SCHEMA consistently “standardizes” recurring requirements from numerous projects. “DocuManager” is a standard configuration of the powerful ST4 system; a turnkey solution for simple projects and the perfect basis for complex enhancements.
Technical content management systems should not simply be regarded as new software; they also enable you to reassess processes, writing methods, and documentation structures. While they are relatively quick and easy to introduce, a major benefit lies in how they will modernize your entire workflow. Here we have compiled some of the key benefits to justify your investment.
Separating content, structure, and layout in a CMS is the key to first-class dynamic publishing: Create different layouts from or customer-specific versions from the same source – cleverly controlled by metadata, with documents automatically produced from the data available in the ERP system. With all this and much more besides, the possibilities of SCHEMA ST4 are endless!
The trend towards electronic media could not be stronger, with benefits such as faster updates, interactive presentations, and context-sensitive help being harnessed for applications such as website assembly and catalog production. SCHEMA ST4 offers an extensive range of publication options for both print but also electronic media, separating content from structure and layout.
Your colleagues, partners, and customers need the latest information at their fingertips. How do you manage that in times of increasingly faster product cycles? How do you ensure these documents can only be used with proper authorization? SCHEMA´s Content Delivery Suite (CDS) intelligently supplies the different target systems – online and offline – via browser, tablet, or smartphone.
Do you want to speed up working in SDL Trados Studio and SDL MultiTerm even further and customize it even more precisely to your needs? Then you should take a closer look at our little digital helpers: expertTools enable elegant processes and solutions that would otherwise be highly complex and time-consuming. Many of our expertTools are available both as a freelance and as a professional version.
While you can simply download and try out some of our products for yourself, larger-scale solutions such as SCHEMA DocuManager or SDL WorldServer have extensive configuration options. To enable us to tailor these systems to your individual requirements, we can offer you specialist guidance and workshops. This will give you a clear picture of the desired and perfect solution for you.
Do you want tailored guidance and prompt support response times? Then you can rely on us! We provide support both for the SDL Trados products we market and for the software solutions we develop in-house, such as quickTerm, smartQuery, globalReview, and expertTools. In order to support the products from our other partners, we negotiate direct support and maintenance contracts on your behalf.