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The Oxygen XML Web Author has a user-friendly Dashboard where you can create new documents and open existing documents from your particular type of file repository integration (each type has its own unique tab). It also provides a tab with various sample documents. You can easily access the Dashboard at any time while editing documents by simply clicking the Oxygen XML Web Author icon at the top-left corner of the screen.

Figure: Oxygen XML Web Author Dashboard

Changing the Language

To change the language for the interface, click the Language icon in the top-right corner of the Dashboard and select the desired language. By default, you can choose from: English, German, French, Japanese, or Dutch.

Help Menu

The Dashboard page contains a Menu button in the top-right corner that contains some options to help you report issues or find more information. Clicking this button presents the following options:
  • Report Problem - You can use this option to open a dialog box that allows you to write the description of a problem that was encountered while using the application. You can also select additional information to be sent to the technical support team in the various tabs.
  • Help - Opens a WebHelp version of the Oxygen XML Web Author user manual.
  • About - Displays information about your Oxygen XML Web Author version and license.

Creating a New Document

To create a new document, follow these steps:
  1. Go to your Oxygen XML Web Author Dashboard page.
  2. Click the tab for your particular file repository integration.
  3. Click the New button and login to your repository service (if applicable).
    Note: If your connection has not yet been configured, a configuration dialog box will be displayed that provides instructions for configuring and selecting the URL for the connection.
  4. Select a file template and click OK.
  5. If you had not previously logged in or had not selected a repository, enter or select the repository and the branch and click the Browse button. This opens a dialog box that allows you to browse for a destination path. If you were already logged in and you already had a repository selected, it skips directly to this destination path browsing dialog box.
  6. If you need to change the repository or branch, click the Edit button in the top-right corner.
  7. Select a destination path and name for the new document.
  8. Click Save.

Result: The new document will be opened in a new browser tab.

Opening a Document

To open a document, follow these steps:
  1. Go to your Oxygen XML Web Author Dashboard page.
  2. Click the tab for your particular file repository integration.
  3. Click the Open button and login to your repository service (if applicable).
    Note: If your connection has not yet been configured, a configuration dialog box will be displayed that provides instructions for configuring and selecting the URL for the connection.
  4. If you had not previously logged in or had not selected a repository, enter or select the repository and the branch that contains the file you want to open and click the Browse button. This opens a dialog box that allows you to browse for a file to open. If you were already logged in and you already had a repository selected, it skips directly to this file browsing dialog box.
  5. If you need to change the repository or branch, click the Edit button in the top-right corner.
    Tip: If a file is not already in your repository, you can use the Upload File button to upload it to the repository before selecting it.
  6. Once you have found the file you want to open, select it and click Choose.
Result: The selected document will be opened in a new browser tab.
Note: If you try to open a file with a format that is not supported, a page will be displayed that explains that the document could not be loaded. This page includes a Download file button that allows you to download the file so you can view or edit it in a local system application.

Unlocking a File Stored on a WebDAV Connection

When opening files on a WebDAV server, by default the files are automatically locked to prevent anyone using another connection to that WebDAV server from changing the file. There is an option that can be disabled by a system administrator to change this behavior.

To unlock WebDAV files, a system administrator can follow these steps:
  1. Go to the Administration Page.
  2. Select Plugins.
  3. Click the Configure icon for the WebDAV plugin.
  4. Deselect the Lock resources on open option.