Integrated Style Manager

The Style Manager, formerly called Font Manager, is no longer a separate application but is fully integrated in the FS Pro 2013 ribbon. It has become more flexible, allowing you to adjust more properties for your styles. Further, the user can switch between multiple style sets very easily using a dropdown list in the FS Pro ribbon.

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Live Document Validation in FS Pro 2013

When you start FS Pro 2013, you will see an outline pane on the left hand side of Microsoft Word. The outline pane serves multiple functions:

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Exploiting Content Overlap

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“You’re a unique individual, just like everyone else.” I’m not sure who said this first, but it neatly summarizes why you need to think about developing an enterprise-wide strategy for content management. When different areas within organizations ignore the commonalities they share, the result is inconsistent content, unnecessary duplication of effort, and impaired efficiency.

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New user interface for FS Pro 2013

Over the next 8 weeks, we will be providing you with a weekly update on the new features of FS Pro 2013. This new version of FS Pro will be released in November 2012.

#1 - New User Interface

The user interface of FS Pro 2013 has been redesigned to meet the needs of specific target audiences. We now offer 2 modes: Expert Mode and Assisted Mode

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Taco Salad, the Information Mapping Way

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The Information Mapping method is best known for its success as a business communications methodology, but it can make life easier for you outside the office, too. Right now we’re in the middle of the summer vacation season, so here’s an application for the Method that’s definitely not work-related, and all about summer fun.

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Style Manuals 101

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The world as I see it can be broken up into two kinds of people. People who follow the rules and people who break them. When it comes to corporate rules and policies there are people who love them and live by them and there are those who just plain ignore them. Generally, in life I tend to be more of a rule breaker. But when it comes to corporate standards…well, I am the branding police.

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Catching the Content Standard Wave

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There aren’t many people who discuss content standards while body surfing at the Jersey Shore. But I am one of them. Sad but true, my sister and I spent one beautiful afternoon in the ocean debating the proper punctuation of the bulleted list. I guess that puts me into the category of the grammatical-standards nutcase.

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Plain Language: Getting to the Meat of the Message

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When it comes to propagating gobbledygook, lawyers are some of the worst offenders. In an earlier entry we mentioned that the legal profession’s love of confusing, convoluted language is hindering federal agencies in their attempts to implement the Plain Writing Act. When a reader sent us this impressive example of one agency’s “fog of legalese” we couldn’t resist the idea of rewriting it in plain language and then comparing it with the original.

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Reasons Why We Don't Need Plain Language

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With this entry we offer the last of three good reasons why the government and business organizations should continue to use gobbledygook instead of plain language in their communications with the public.

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Begin your journey to better compliance documentation: getting started with the 6 Steps

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Last week we completed our series of 6 Steps to Better Compliance Documentation with the final step, Create Reusable Information. Each step in the series featured tips and ideas you can use to create documents that support employee performance while meeting the requirements of regulators. The 6 Steps are more than just good advice—they’re proven strategies distilled from the principles of the Information Mapping® methodology. Our professional services consultants use the 6 Steps on a daily basis to help clients across a wide range of industries improve the quality and effectiveness of their compliance documentation.

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