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Welcome to adoc Studio

adoc Studio

The time has finally come. Our new product adoc Studio is going into public beta testing!

Over the last two years, we have started a new project alongside Merlin Project. No, that's not quite right. We actually started it about 10 years ago, because that's how long we've been writing our manuals and all public documents in AsciiDoc.

Today we are introducing adoc Studio - our tool for all technical documents!

What is adoc Studio?

adoc Studio is a new, integrated writing environment for structured texts of all kinds. Use the full range of AsciiDoc - directly on your Mac, iPad and iPhone.

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Posted by Frank Blome on February 1st, 2024 under Products
Tags: tech-writing technical writing asciidoc Author

40 Years of Macintosh
A (My) Personal Review

It's that time again. It's the Apple Macintosh's birthday again. It's now its 40th birthday - a special anniversary. I don't like to admit it, but most of the time in history I have somehow used the computer, or not. But read for yourself.

Before the Macintosh

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After Steve Wozniak's groundbreaking tinkering, which was introduced by and as the Apple Computer in 1976, Apple sold the Apple II very successfully from 1977. The second version, the Apple II+, was released when IBM introduced its PC in 1981. With more than a wink, Apple greeted the former typewriter manufacturer with a full-page advertisement.

But by then, an important step had already been taken: Steve Jobs visited the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with a team for the first time in 1979 and was particularly impressed by one idea: Operating a graphical user interface with the mouse.

However, it would be another four years before the Lisa appeared as a mouse-operated computer in 1983. Although it offered groundbreaking functions such as the graphical interface and the drag & drop option, it remained commercially unsuccessful due to its high price of over $10,000.

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Posted by Frank Blome on January 18th, 2024 under Internal
Tags: history macintosh

Mastering Projects: A New Aspect Every Month

Ready for your next milestone?

Welcome back to our blog! We hope your year has got off to a great start. Look forward to an exciting year with us! Each month we'll dive into topics that will inspire both seasoned Merlin Project users and newcomers to project management. Our goal? In-depth knowledge combined with fresh ideas to provide you - the seasoned "veterans" and the curious newbies - with valuable insights and inspiration. Get ready for a year full of insights and discoveries!

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The Perfect Christmas Tree -
My Christmas Project

Christmas Tree

The festive time of year is here - and with it the annual search for the perfect Christmas tree. But wait a minute! Have you ever thought of tree-buying not just as a festive ritual but as a project? Here are a few fun parallels between the Christmas tree hunt and our beloved project management:

1. Project Initiation: The Planning Marathon

Anticipation is in the air and with it the starting signal for the ultimate project: finding the perfect tree! Similar to starting a project, the goals must be clearly defined. Size, type, budget - everything needs to be considered. But hey, have we already discussed the fairy lights declaration?

2. Resource Management: The Bargain Hunt

The tree has to be affordable, right? And just like with resource planning in projects, the hunt for offers and discounts begins. We juggle time and money to get the best bargain. After all, who would say no to a discount that is easy on the wallet and warms the heart?

3. Risk Management: The Drama Moment

"The tree is too big for the car!" "Or too small for the living room?" Unexpected risks lurk everywhere! But hey, in project management we expect the unexpected, right? A little improvisation and the belief that "it will work out somehow" are our best tools.

4. Quality Assurance: The Inspection Marathon

When the chosen tree is finally in sight, the inspection begins. We check twigs, needles and branches as if we were experts in forestry. Because just like with quality control in projects, the tree must not only look good, it must also pass the holiday check!

5. Conclusion and Celebration: The Decorative Gallows Knit

The moment of truth has arrived - the tree is up, festive and magnificent. Time to decorate it and celebrate the completion of this epic project.

Let's tackle this Christmas project with a smile and find the perfect tree together.

On that note, the ProjectWizards team wishes you a happy, peaceful holiday season and a humorous new year, as well as many exciting projects in 2024.

We all deserve some rest now. From December 23, 2023 to January 1, 2024 we are taking a short break to enjoy the holidays and, last but not least, our fir tree and recharge our batteries for the coming year. We are looking forward to an exciting 2024, because we have a lot planned - stay tuned.

Merry Christmas from ProjectWizards

Posted by Stefanie Blome on December 22nd, 2023 under Internal
Tags: greetings

The Key to Success in 2024: Strategic Planning

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In the last few weeks, it has once again become clear: The template for strategic planning is currently top-of-mind.

Of course, as we approach the end of the year, it's always time to think about the year ahead. That's why I also went into this in a targeted article in the blog. This year, a particularly large number of people have asked me about it.

Our Support recommends:

You are welcome to use your plan from the previous year. It can be prepared quickly in three steps:
  1. Open the old project and duplicate it in the file menu & create a new document ID.
  2. Select the project line and delete the real values in the Edit menu.
  3. Set the start date of the project to 1-Jan-2024.

So here are a few more general thoughts on the subject ...

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