Press articles

Media reports on ZINDEL AG. To provide you with information, we have prepared a few press articles for you to download in the following.

Dreaming of the green button
ZINDEL produces instructions with variant management

Modularisation is a tried-and-tested process in technical documentation – and not just there. Industry also makes use of modular design, e.g. the manufacturers of domestic appliance. For example, the current range offered by one supplier alone contains more than 2,000 different models in the cooker appliance group – sold around the world under more than 30 different brands. Around 500 new models are launched onto the market each year, and a specific set of instructions should, of course, be included with each model.

Despite modularisation, this remains a never-ending task for technical documentation and a cost driver for the producers. As Volker Wodaege, head of quality management at ZINDEL AG, puts it in his article; both desire a simple green button. The manufacturer wants one labelled "cost brake", the technical editor one labelled "publish".

Modern variant management comes relatively close to this green button. It uses special XML techniques to mark selected texts and graphics as specific variants. If a set of instructions is to be published, only the desired variants now have to be defined – the system then filters the applicable variants out of the total available.

But that's not all. You can find out more about the possible applications of intelligent variant management in Volker Wodaege's article "Der Traum vom grünen Knopf" (dreaming of the green button) in the specialist journal "Texte für Technik".

Programmes/systems/suppliers mentioned in the text:
TCToolbox from OVIDIUS,
ERP systems (e.g. from SAP)

Source: Texte für Technik, autumn 2010

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Astronomers reach for the sky with ZINDEL's support
Technical documentation for SOFIA

A new type of observatory, the 'Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy', abbreviated to SOFIA, will be used from 2009 onwards to observe the formation of new stars and planetary systems. As infrared radiation is extensively absorbed by the water vapour in the earth's atmosphere, however, this observatory is to conduct its measurements at a height of 13 kilometres – on board a Boeing 747 SP.

In this joint project, the German SOFIA Institute at the University of Stuttgart is responsible for the construction and proper operation of the telescope. The overall project is headed by the German Aerospace Center and NASA, and is intended to remain in operation for around 20 years. A challenge for the technical documentation. The SOFIA team has decided to use ZINDEL AG's services to accomplish this.

ZINDEL customers mentioned by name:
German Aerospace Center, NASA, German SOFIA Institute at the University of Stuttgart

Source: Texte für Technik, autumn 2008

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Interview
He who understands machines

Technical editor, Stefan Zindel

Stefan Zindel on the way he views himself as a technical editor, the special aspects and appeal of this profession. Here he cites examples from his working day in technical documentation. He talks about the "Hamburg comprehensibility model", the requirements that newcomers to the profession have to meet, and provides information on training options.

Source: TextArt – Magazin für Kreatives Schreiben 1-2008

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Modularisation in technical documentation

Modularisation, the subdivision of a whole into standardised component parts, is also becoming increasingly important in technical documentation – for concrete products as well as the conception of abstract processes.

To be able to use a module under different criteria within a set of documentation, it has to 'fit' at many points – also for different products where possible. This is where the 'fuzzy' aspect comes into play. Hence, editors at ZINDEL author texts so that these fit as often as possible.

ZINDEL customers mentioned by name:
Metabo-Elektra-Beckum

Programmes/systems/suppliers mentioned in the text:
zinfoMod from ZINDEL, TCToolbox from Ovidius

Source: Texte für Technik, autumn 2007

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Technical documentation with Isodraw
An image says more than 1000 words

ZINDEL's chief illustrator, Sandra Jansen, on tips and tricks for successfully designing technical documentation using the example of operating instructions for Metabo-Elektra-Beckum.

ZINDEL customers mentioned by name:
Metabo-Elektra-Beckum

Programmes/systems/suppliers mentioned in the text:
CADprocess from ITEDO Software GmbH, SolidDesigner CAD system, IGES format

Source: CAD CAM 2/2004

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ZINDEL AG, Germany, user report
CADprocess ISODRAW 6

Report on ZINDEL AG's experience regarding the options also offered by IsoDraw 6 in interaction with other programmes and systems in technical documentation.

ZINDEL customers mentioned by name:
Wohlenberg Schneidesysteme GmbH, Metabo-Elektra-Beckum, Otto Versand

Programmes/systems/suppliers mentioned in the text:
3D CAD systems, ITEDO Software GmbH, IsoDraw CADprocess, Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, ProEngineer, SolidDesigner, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, Inventor, IGES format, FrameMaker, InDesign, QuarkXPress

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Illustration showcase, User and assembly instructions
Sandra Jansen, chief illustrator at ZINDEL – Technische Dokumentation und Multimedia, shares her experiences and gives practical examples.

ZINDEL's chief illustrator, Sandra Jansen, reports on her experience in creating technical documentation, particularly with IsoDraw, and the legal boundary conditions to be observed when doing so.

ZINDEL customers mentioned by name:
Metabo-Elektra-Beckum

Programmes/systems/suppliers mentioned in the text:
IsoDraw CADprocess, IGES format, ITEDO Software GmbH

Source: Communicator, winter 2003

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