Sitecore development is part of our DNA at Arke. Today we’re sharing insights from two of our certified Sitecore developers and consultants, Neil Killen and Amy Winburn, as part of an ongoing series of Sitecore tips and tricks.

Sitecore PXM & Adobe InDesign

Killen’s latest blog post details his attempt to demo Sitecore Print Experience Manager (PXM) for a client. There was a slot on the client’s agenda to discuss Sitecore PXM and its potential as part of its Sitecore ecosystem.

“Early that morning, while sitting in my hotel room, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could fire up a quick demo for the benefit of anyone who wasn’t familiar with the product and show it in action using actual content from the client’s Sitecore instance?'”

But he hit a wall when he tried to set up the demo by using Adobe InDesign. Ultimately, he abandoned plans for the demo and dreamed of the bacon he could have enjoyed for breakfast instead.

You can read all his lessons learned — beyond planning ahead for demos — in his blog post on “Sitecore PXM & Adobe InDesign Compatibility Gotcha.”

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Getting More From the Sitecore RTE

“Developers often push aside the rich text editor because we would rather of use separate components with data sources. However, sometimes we need to rely on the rich text editor to empower the content editor to edit more directly or to reduce complexity on the page,” Winburn explained.

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A back-end web developer with a focus on Sitecore implementation, Atlanta-based Winburn suggests using snippets “to reduce complexity or give the editor more options by inserting some predefined HTML into the rich text editor.”

In her latest blog post, Winburn concluded: “Snippets are an easy way to add some quick and editable HTML.”

To learn more about snippets and styling, read Winburn’s blog post.

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Noreen Seebacher is the content evangelist at Arke, where she researches, writes and continues her long career in news reporting as a brand journalist. Noreen lives in Beaufort, South Carolina with her husband, her dog and four formerly homeless cats.