Browsing articles tagged with " technical documentation"

Outsourcing Technical Documentation Projects: Documentation Managers Meetup

Oct 15, 2018   //   by Barry Saiff   //   News  //  No Comments

Are you interested in overcoming the challenges of outsourcing? Contribute to the discussion and demystify technical communication outsourcing in a documentation managers meetup.

 

 

Join Barry Saiff, founder and CEO of Saiff Solutions, and Scott Abel, the Content Wrangler, on November 8 at 6 PM, for an insightful discussion about outsourcing content development. Take this opportunity to learn from your colleagues and find answers to your questions about the approach. Register here!

How to Create Motion Infographics Part 2

Sep 27, 2018   //   by Barry Saiff   //   Blog, Content Strategy, How-To  //  No Comments

How to Create Motion Infographics part 2

Tweaking a static infographic to include animated elements can help you stand out. If you’re not sure where to begin, let us help!

Visual content is one of the best ways to keep your reader engaged on your blog or website. In today’s digital age, readers often suffer from text overload. A colorful image or two can sustain readers’ interest. Animating your images keeps readers’ eyes from wandering away from your page.

When it comes to creating infographics, you have lots of great tools at your disposal. Applications like Adobe After Effects or Illustrator can help you design powerful, effective images. 

Our multimedia team uses GIF formatting to create motion infographics. Among a variety of formatting options, GIF is the most effective and cost-efficient. GIFs contain micro-animations – continuously moving images that catch the attention of your audience.

If you want to know more about how our multimedia team creates motion infographics, here is a quick primer:

  1. We use Adobe Illustrator to create images based on a client’s needs.
  2. We use Autodesk Maya to create a 3D model of the image to be animated. The movement is drawn frame-by-frame, and is called an image sequence.
  3. We then import the image sequence into Adobe Media Encoder CC.
  4. In Adobe Media Encoder CC, we render the moving image as an .Mp4 file to reduce the file size without compromising quality.
  5. Lastly, we use Adobe After Effects CC to add text and graphics that support the infographic.

If you want to deepen your knowledge on motion infographics, our multimedia team has shared some useful tips:

  • 4 Must-Have Motion Graphic Design Applications
    From Adorama Learning Center

    This article provides a list of four must-have applications for aspiring video editors, videographers, and motion graphic designers. Read it here.
  • 7 Motion Design Lessons Learned the Hard Way
    From Pond5 Blog

    This article shares seven key lessons that you need to learn to succeed in motion design. Read it here.
  • Layout Cheat Sheet: Making the Best Out of Visual Arrangement
    From Piktochart

    This article teaches the importance of using white space and layout arrangement to take your infographics to the next level. Read it here.
  • Motion Graphics Software You Should Know
    From RocketStock

    This article compiles a list of motion graphics software perfect for bringing your ideas to life. Read it here.

Missed our September 13 webinar? View the recording here, and the slide deck here. Discover the future of microcontent with host Scott Abel of The Content Wrangler, and special guests Rob Hanna of Precision Content Authoring Solutions and Barry Saiff of Saiff Solutions.

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Motion Infographics Part 1: How to Create Effective, Engaging Visual Content

Aug 14, 2018   //   by Barry Saiff   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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How do you turn content into a visual masterpiece that can provide people with an easy, enjoyable, and effective learning experience? Could motion infographics be the answer?

Motion infographics combine the best elements of minimalism, instructional design, and information architecture to produce content that enables people to learn quickly and painlessly. Motion infographics don’t merely make learning fun and easy. They have the potential to revolutionize technical documentation by simplifying complex topics and fully engaging users.

Producing effective, engaging visual content requires technical skills and design knowledge. Don’t worry, our top multimedia artists collected their top links for best practices and how-to guides on creating motion infographics. Take a look at our list of some of the best resources that can help you.

  • Animated Infographics: How Do They Work and What Makes Them Effective?
    From The Content Wrangler
    This article provides a basic tutorial and overview on how to create simple motion infographics. Read it here.
  • The Best Animation and Motion Graphics Software to Learn
    From School of Motion
    This article compiles an extensive list of applications that you need to learn to create motion infographics. Read it here.
  • Animagraffs: Education Animated by Jacob O’Neal
    From Adobe Blogs
    This article contains the fundamentals and best practices for creating motion infographics. Read it here.
  • Pro-Tips for Creating Interactive Infographics
    From Creative Bloq
    This article shares must-know tips to guide you in creating effective visual content applicable to motion infographics. Read it here.

Do you want to know more about motion infographics and other technical communication trends? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you. If you haven’t already, subscribe to our newsletter (form above), and receive updates on our latest blog posts, webinars, and other educational events.

Happy New Year!

Jan 10, 2018   //   by Silka Jade De Guzman   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Saiff Solutions, Inc. wishes all of our followers and supporters a Happy New Year and a prosperous and joyous 2018!

Once again, we are sharing with you our year-end/year-start questions. We use these questions every year to support our growth and development. Use them as you see fit, to empower yourself, your organizations, and your loved ones.

Give me my 2018 action plan for success!

 

 

2017 Recap: Saiff Solutions’ Best Year Yet!

Jan 9, 2018   //   by Barry Saiff   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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2017 was an amazing year for Saiff Solutions – our best year yet! Here’s how our year went:

Quality Still Matters

The year started with the biggest project in the six-year history of Saiff Solutions. We provided text and graphics for a vehicle diagnostic and repair software company. To meet the needs of this client, we grew from 11 full-time employees at our office in Tagaytay City, Philippines, to 51 employees in a period of only six weeks. We were able to manage this rapid growth while maintaining excellent quality. This client was not the first that has effusively praised our quality.

By the end of the year, we started projects with three more clients, expanding our scope to marketing content creation and motion graphics – animations, videos, and e-learning modules, while also adding technical writing and technical illustration work.

This growth was only possible because there are companies that still care about content quality. We have found that to many companies, but not all, quality matters. We have our best successes working with clients who care deeply about the quality of their content, and understand that their customers also care.

Our Growing Presence

We were Platinum Sponsors of the largest LavaCon to date. LavaCon, the leading global conference on content strategy and technical communications management, had over 350 participants at their November 5-8 Conference in Portland, Oregon. On November 5, Barry Saiff and Dave Wilks led a 4-hour workshop, Achieving the Extraordinary: Content Development Management Success, with 29 active participants. Later that evening, Saiff Solutions hosted the Speaker Reception for 80 LavaCon speakers, and the Participant Reception for several hundred participants, both at Kells Irish Bar in Portland. These were the best LavaCon parties ever! All week people thanked us for hosting the receptions. The attendees had so much fun that Saiff Solutions has decided to host the LavaCon opening night receptions every year!

On Monday, November 6, Barry led a one-hour session, Content Development Estimates and Proposals: The Groundwork for Success, with over 40 participants. This was a very illuminating discussion. To find out more about our LavaCon experience, read our blog post here.

Saiff Solutions hosted four webinars in the second half of 2017, with hundreds of registrants each month – over 1,500 in all. We’ve covered different aspects of technical documentation, ranging from leadership and management to intrapreneurship and project tracking. Find out more about the webinars here.

Here is a direct quote from someone who took us up on the free phone consultation we offer at the end of each webinar: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your advice is much appreciated! Thank You!!!”

Would you like some assistance with your content strategy or team challenges? Would you like some ideas on how best to navigate bureaucratic hurdles? Let us know.

6TH Anniversary - version 4-01A Happy Community

Saiff Solutions grew in many ways in 2017. Our community engaged in various activities that enhanced professional development, team effectiveness, and personal well-being.

We conducted a variety of skills trainings with local and international partners. As part of one training, writers created ebook drafts that delved into interviewing SMEs and working in an Agile environment. Weekly grammar trainings helped writers and illustrators brush up on their English skills.

 

In addition to regular trainings in client products and services and the tools and technology of our trade, our training program for 2018 will focus on five areas:

  1. Mathematics, logic, and critical thinking
  2. Graphics: technical illustration, graphic design, animation, and film
  3. English: speaking and listening effectively
  4. English: writing – basics, grammar, and technical writing methodology
  5. Transformation/Change: how to adopt new habits and gain freedom from past limitations to achieve greater effectiveness

Saiff Solutions treasures the bonds between our staff. On May 29, we had an all-day company outing focused on fun, to help us unwind from work and get to know each other in new ways. Then on October 28, we went to Gratchi’s Farm Getaway for a day of team-building activities, to improve our teamwork and discover strengths we didn’t know we had. On December 22, we celebrated our hard work and success in a 70’s-themed year-end party. These activities didn’t just spice up our busy work lives with fun and excitement, they also gave each member of the Saiff Solutions community a sense of growth, fulfillment, and belonging.

Thank you for supporting and believing in us over the last 6 years.

Here’s to an awesome 2018! Happy New Year!


 

We are sharing with you our year-end/year-start questions. We use these questions every year to support our growth and development. Use them as you see fit to empower yourself, your organizations, and your loved ones. Click the link here.

 

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Testimonials

“Barry [Saiff] truly is a force of nature – he is a consummate professional with deep technical expertise when it comes to technical writing which lets him just “get it” right out of the box. Barry pairs very strong writing skills with the ability to easily speak both “business analyst” and “software engineer” in the same meeting. Barry was the lead information developer for my product at Symantec, and I had the utmost confidence in his abilities and work ethic. On top of all that, Barry has a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh that can transform the work environment in an instance. I strongly endorse Barry’s many talents and would welcome working with him again in the future.”

Angelos Kottas
Principal Product Manager, Symantec
December 17, 2010

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