The 2019 Typefi User Conference was held in Baltimore, MD on 2–3 May 2019 with delegates from 30 organisations joining the Typefi team for a jam-packed two days of learning, sharing, and networking.
Day 1 was dedicated to in-depth workshops, including a morning seminar on standards publishing, and afternoon tutorials on Typefi Designer templates and techniques for working with math in Typefi workflows. The Conference Dinner at Phillip’s Seafood in the evening was also a huge hit!
Day 2 featured a range of sessions, including real stories from Typefi users, Typefi product updates, publishing industry insights, and a lightning round of presentations from Typefi’s and Inera’s Solutions Consultants.
This year, Typefi also introduced a Brilliant Bar, offering customers the opportunity to book a short consultation with Professional Services team members throughout the day.
The conference sessions were all recorded—browse the links below to check them out!
It’s beneficial to have a chance to see the Typefi team for face-to-face conversations and to learn what is new and what is coming up. I also like seeing and hearing how others are using Typefi.
Day 1 – Presentations
- Categories: NISO STS, Standards
In this presentation from the 2019 Typefi User Conference, Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO, discusses the history and development of the NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS), an XML standard for publishing standards, and the benefits it offers to the global standards publishing community.
- Category: Standards
Standards Cloud is the fastest and easiest way to create ISO adoptions! This fully web-based platform enables NSBs to produce professional standards adoptions using the same technology and source XML that ISO uses—no technical or typesetting expertise needed.
- Categories: NISO STS, Standards
When and where should you introduce XML to your publishing workflow? During authoring? Before editing? Before composition? Or after publication? Robin Dunford, Senior Solutions Consultant at Inera, discusses the pros and cons of all four approaches, with particular reference to implementing the NISO Standards Tag Suite (STS) for standards publishing.
- Categories: eXtyles, Standards, XML
IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation. In this presentation, Patrick Gibbons, Senior Solutions Manager at IEEE, shares insights into the IEEE Standards Association's experience of implementing an XML workflow with Inera eXtyles and Typefi.
- Categories: Case Study, Standards
ASTM International is a world-leading standards development organisation. In this presentation, Kara Laufer Levesque, Publishing Manager at ASTM International, shares insights into her experiences and the challenges and opportunities of working in standards publishing today.
- Categories: Accessibility, Standards
Creating your content in accessible formats makes it more usable for everyone! In this presentation, Solutions Consultant Damian Gibbs discusses the principles of accessibility. He also explains how Typefi can help customers produce content in accessible formats with minimal additional cost.
Day 2 – Presentations
- Categories: Product Update, Typefi Writer
Typefi’s software is continually evolving to adapt to a changing technological landscape and to meet the needs of Typefi customers. In his annual product update from 2019, Caleb Clauset, VP Product, reveals the new features that Typefi has implemented over the past 12 months and offers a sneak peek of what’s in store in the future.
- Categories: Case Study, DITA, XML
The team at Kaplan Professional Education needed to find a way to make their content more flexible, and XML seemed to be the answer. In this case study, Peyton Bentley (Information Architect, Kaplan Professional Education) talks about how the team implemented DITA, and explains how using XML has not only improved their publishing workflows but has truly made their content more flexible.
- Categories: Case Study, DITA, XML
Typefi enabled The Institutes to increase its publishing output by 1900% over five years and to offer customised content on demand, all with the same staffing resources. Check out this presentation to learn how The Institutes achieved these results with DITA XML and Typefi.
- Category: Support
Anyone who has developed and implemented a Typefi-based publishing project knows that it’s a team effort! In this presentation, Jason Mitchell, Typefi VP of Customer Experience, shares his theory on how publishing teams can set themselves up for success using the training Typefi offers and the knowledge and experience of Typefi's Professional Services team.
- Category: XML
In this presentation, B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, argues that the long-term value of XML is not in the XML itself, but in the nature of the markup. By focusing on “descriptive markup” rather than “XML syntax” we can talk about the real value in the push towards interchange of XML documents.
- Categories: Case Study, Online Authoring
In this presentation, Tim Siers, Technical Director and Co-founder of collaborative online authoring tool MasterDocs, shares how the Australian Government is using MasterDocs combined with digital publishing to develop content for its new Transparency Portal.
- Categories: eXtyles, Microsoft Word, XML
Robin Dunford, Inera Senior Solutions Consultant, introduces eXtyles Arc, an intelligent hands-free solution that performs sophisticated, fully automated analysis of unstructured Word content to identify document elements and accurately convert them to full-text XML.
- Categories: Math, Scripting
Math typesetting can be a drag, but you can make short work of it with movemen MathTools and some tricky InDesign scripts! Typefi Senior Solutions Consultant Eric Damitz demonstrates some of the math typesetting scripts that are available to Typefi customers.
- Category: InDesign
To create a box with a shaded background, Typefi users will generally create a Typefi Element. However, InDesign now offers some native features that allow users to achieve a similar effect using Paragraph Styles. Solutions Consultant Jamie Brinkman demonstrates both methods, highlighting the pros and cons of each.
- Categories: EPUB, InDesign
Typefi's Professional Services team is always looking for ways to help customers DO MORE. Solutions Consultant Marie Gollentz demonstrates a new EPUB workflow that allows users to create both PDF and EPUB from a single InDesign template.
Jason leads Typefi’s global Professional Services team and has over 15 years of experience in managing publishing operations and digital products for both small and large publishing houses. He has successfully led teams to redefine the publishing process to include digital products and improve profitability in the travel and medical publishing sectors.
Damian started out as an apprentice typesetter over 20 years ago at a leading South African educational publisher, and from the start was curious about opportunities that digital technologies bring to publishing. He transitioned to general market publishing and eventually became a service provider to local and offshore publishers covering a diverse range of publishing markets, all requiring varying workflows and output requirements.
Damian has extensive experience working with publishers to use evolving technologies and innovative digital publishing products to improve workflows, and to transition from pure print to digital outputs such as web, e-books, and CMS publishing.
Caleb drives the vision and strategy for Typefi’s products, and cultivates strategic partnerships with developers to extend Typefi’s core capabilities. He is an award-winning designer and Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign with over a decade’s experience designing, developing and implementing publishing technology. He holds a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Guy van der Kolk
Guy first got hooked on publishing while attending an international school in Ivory Coast, where he used Pagemaker, Photoshop and an Apple Quicktake 100 camera to help create the yearbook. After many hours of hard work, while holding the final printed product, he knew this was an industry he wanted to be a part of.
Having spent the first 17 years of his life in West Africa, Guy is fluent in three languages and has a multicultural background that has served him well in his career. As an IT consultant and trainer for an Apple Premium reseller and then as a Senior Solutions Consultant for Typefi, he has trained thousands of people to get the most out of their software.
In 2020, Guy moved into the role of Typefi Product Manager, working with the product and engineering teams to continue to improve on our world-leading publishing software and bring you exciting new features. He continues to apply his deep product knowledge in a Professional Services capacity, working on projects with new and current customers.
As a Senior Solutions Consultant, Eric works with customers to determine the best way to use Typefi for their particular needs, and then implements their solution. He started in publishing over 20 years ago as a TeX typesetter at a small development house, where he learned such valuable skills as opaquing film, making Dylux proofs, and pasting up forms with hot wax. He also learned desktop publishing, which was somewhat more useful. He moved to a large educational publishing company and spent 17 years as a production manager working with his colleagues to re-invent how publishing works—several times.
Eric’s particular skillset focuses on publishing automation, workflow improvement, and single-source publishing for both digital and print. He has a degree in Rhetoric (writing, not arguing) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jamie joined Typefi as a Solutions Consultant in 2014, bringing 10 years of experience as a Senior Content Editor with a multinational mass media and information firm. She is highly skilled in layout and design, and has extensive experience in copy editing utilising AP, Chicago, and company-specific style guidelines.
As a Typefi Senior Solutions Consultant, Jamie works closely with customers to develop and implement automated publishing solutions, as well as providing ongoing training and support.
Working closely with Typefi’s team of experts, Marie manages client projects to ensure they are successfully delivered and meet their specific needs. Marie develops Typefi’s project management process to continuously improve client collaboration. Marie joined Typefi in 2016 as a Solutions Consultant and brings to her current role, a wealth of experience in helping clients adopt the best solution to achieve their goals. In 2022, Marie achieved her Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) qualification. Prior to Typefi, Marie held a number of positions in the publishing industry in London (UK), including for the publisher of Research Fortnight and the London School of Business and Finance. She graduated with a Masters degree in European Political Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Strasbourg (France). She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish.