Saturday 10 October 2020

NBS Chorus and publication styling (1 of 2)

The two biggest customer requests right now for NBS Chorus are (a) importing of NBS Building specifications and (b) styling the published specification.

Both are developing really nicely and we're getting really close to the release of the styling functionality. To make final testing a bit more fun we did an 'end the week' challenge session where colleagues from the UK and Canada offices got together to see what they could do with the feature.

The rules of the game
A specification had been prepared. Everyone was given style guidelines (fonts, colours, imagery) and then let loose for just over an hour to see what sort of PDF could be created.

The outputs are below - and there is a Twitter poll to vote for the best effort (£20 prize at stake!). Below the outputs, the feature is also explained.
1. Slim shady - note the cool background effect and use of meta data on cover sheet
2. Printer ink guzzler - radical design, nice use of transparent logo top left of front cover

3. Front page pics - Very nice front cover - note also logo in main page headers

4. The biggest logo in town - Never mind the words on the page - it's all about the watermark :)

5. Retro pic - Nice use of olden days pic of the building on the front cover

6. Double trouble - why have one column of spec text when you can have two?

7. Grey sky at night - Nice skyline effect on cover page
In terms of the process involved...
There is an NBS MS Word template pre-loaded with all of the styles. Tweak this to your company/project brand then upload to Chorus.

Print wizard 1 - Select format and structure

Print wizard 2 - if you want to show revisions - select a comparison spec

Print wizard 3 - Add any project meta data

Print wizard 4 - Select from your uploaded sets of stylesheets

A fun way to do some end-the-week testing on the feature
Voting for the best effort will take place Sat 10th Oct to close of play Mon 12th Oct. 
If you want to cast some votes - scroll down my Twitter feed for the polls:

Update 12/10 - find out the winner at...

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