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Oxygen XML Author 15.0

June 7, 2013

Related versions: 15.1     15.2    

Oxygen XML Author 15.0 adds a number of improvements to the reviewing support and allows you to easily find changes or annotations across all your project files.

Oxygen leverages the power of XML by providing built-in transformation from DITA and DocBook to mobile-friendly WebHelp which allows your users to access your content from their mobile devices.

There are many additions to the DITA functionality. Oxygen integrates "The DITA Style Guide" by Tony Self to provide immediate access to the relevant style guide topic depending on the current editing context.

As usual, Oxygen keeps you up-to-date and we updated a number of components to better support XML transformations, EPUB, SVN, DocBook, TEI and DITA standards.

There are changes in:

Mobile-Friendly WebHelp

Mobile-Friendly WebHelp

Oxygen XML Author allows the publishing of DITA and DocBook content to a mobile-friendly output that is optimized for layout and navigation on mobile devices.


Search in Reviews

You can search through comments, insertions, deletions, and highlighted content over all the resources in a project or in the opened DITA Map. You can filter the search to specific authors, annotation type or a time interval.
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Changes by Author

The View Only Changes/Comments by option allows you to select the author whose comments and changes are displayed in the Author mode. This allows you to easily integrate the reviews made by a specific author.

Review Markers

Review markers can be presented in a vertical stripe in the left side of the editing area, next to the lines containing changes or comments.

Fast Text Searching

Automatic Indexing

When you make changes to the files from your project (add, delete, refresh, or save resources) you do not need to re-index all the resources manually, the index will be updated automatically only on the changed files.
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Search History

When you work on something you often search for the same or similar things. The Open/Find Resource view and the Open/Find Resource dialog box record the history of your searches thus allowing you to re-use your previous queries.
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Form-Based Editing in Author

Button Group Form Control

The Button Group form control displays a pop-up menu which invokes one of the several custom author actions, defined in the associated Document Type, specified by their ID.

Visible Property Support

Added the possibility to specify whether a Button form control is visible through the visible property.

CMS Integration and Connectivity

Specialized Dialog Box to Browse a SharePoint Server

The Open URL dialog box offers a specialized layout for browsing resources stored on a SharePoint server.
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DITA Support

User-Defined Root Map

DITA 1.2 specifies the concept of a root map that defines the editing context, providing the starting point to determine the keys and the subject scheme values. Oxygen XML Author used the current map from the DITA Maps Manager as the root map but in version 15 the root map can be also set to a specific map, thus allowing opening sub-Maps in the DITA Maps Manager while still correctly resolving keys and subject scheme values as they are defined in the selected root map.

Subject Scheme Support

A Subject Scheme Map allows you to define hierarchical sets of values and to control which values should be allowed for specific attributes. Oxygen XML Author will propose the defined values to the user and the DITA validation will check the values used in your topics against those defined values. The subject scheme values are presented also in the dialog box for setting profiling attributes.

DITA Style Guide Integration

You can quickly access Tony Self's DITA Style Guide using the Style Guide action. This action is available also from the contextual menu, in which case Oxygen XML Author will try to identify the style guide topic that is relevant to the current context. Some automatic checks were also implemented using Schematron to identify issue specified by the style guide. When such an issue is identified then the warning message will also contain a link pointing to the style guide topic that describes the identified issue.

Export DITA Map

When you work on a project with multiple resources or multiple DITA maps it is difficult to identify all the resources that are used in a specific map. You may want to identify all those resources in order to remove unused resources or in case you want to share your map with someone else. The export DITA map action allows you to easily obtain all the resources referenced from a specified DITA Map.

Enforce Business Rules and QA Checks on All Topics from a DITA Map

The action that validates and checks a DITA Map verifies all the topics referenced from a DITA Map. You have the option to specify a Schematron schema that can implement your company rules and QA checks and the DITA map validate action will apply that on all the topics.

Copy/Paste to Create Key-Based Links and Content References

You can use the "Paste Special" action to quickly transform the copied content to a link or to a content reference. There are also additional options to use the DITA 1.2 keys and transform the copied content to a key reference or to a content key reference.

Use a Profiling Condition Set in DITA Transformations

A profiling condition set allows you to define a deliverable, similar to a ditaval file. Oxygen XML Author allows you to select a specific profiling condition set when you configure a DITA OT transformation scenario to obtain the output defined by the conditions set in that profiling condition set.

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

You can have immediate access to projects and files you recently worked with, actions to create new files or projects, news about upcoming Webinars and conferences, recorded video presentations, our support channels, and tips for using Oxygen XML Author , in a Welcome Screen panel that is displayed at startup.

XML Visual Editing

Smart Quotes

If you prefer to use smart quotes instead of single or double quotes then Oxygen XML Author offers support to automatically replace single quotes and double quotes with the corresponding smart quotes. The smart quotes symbols can be configured in the Oxygen XML Author preferences.

Auto-Scale Large Images

To improve performance when using many large images, you have the possibility to specify the maximum width of an image beyond which Oxygen XML Author will scale the image, thus reducing the resources needed to display those images.

Move Up/Down Actions

You can move an element up or down using the special Move Up and Move Down actions.

DocBook Support

Promote and Demote Sections

You can organize the structure of your DocBook documents using the promote and demote section actions available in the DocBook toolbar and contextual menu.
Promote and Demote Sections

XML Diff

CSS Support

The oxy_getSomeText Function

Added the possibility to truncate long strings of characters using the oxy_getSomeText function.

Styles Property Support

Added the possibility to specify styles for the oxy_label() function through the styles property. The values of this property are a set of CSS properties.

XML Databases

eXist Simple Connection Wizard

Configuring a connection to an eXist XML database can be done through a wizard that automatically detects all the libraries needed to access that eXist server, thus you do not need to manually find the correct libraries for your specific eXist server.

Syncro SVN Client

Commit to Multiple Repositories

The SVN Client offers support to commit working copy items across multiple external definitions in one single step. No more overhead to handle external modified items one-by-one. Also, for SVN 1.7 working copies, externals from the same repository are committed together, resulting less revisions generated in the repository.
Commit to Multiple Repositories

Remove Items from Version Control

Easily remove items from version control using a dedicated option. You no longer have to take different actions to avoid erasing files from your working copy when needing to remove items only from the repository.

Improved Working Copy Items Deletion

Any item missing from a working copy can be deleted, including missing directories. The Delete action is more powerful and can help you with removing working copy items that have states raising issues and unusual behaviors.

Improved Commit

Committing working copy changes has never been easier. The Commit operation was improved to help you when committing new items in the repository (unversioned or added), by automatically collecting their ancestor directories which also need to be versioned. Also, missing directories are deleted when committing them. Finally, the Commit dialog box was redesigned to display items in a working-copy-like style and information more appropriate for this operation.

Improved File Handling on Case-Insensitive File Systems

File renames outside of the SVN client, on case-insensitive file systems, are better handled regarding the Delete and Commit operations. The situations when a file was lost after changing only letter-cases of its name were removed.

Better State Detection and Triage of Working Copy Items

The states of the working copy items are detected in a more accurate manner. Any type of changes of a working copy item are presented in the Incoming mode, allowing you to easily spot all sort of changes, including the ones which cannot be committed to the repository.

Easily Locate Files in Your File Manager

Working copy files can be easily located on your disk directly from the Working Copy view. You don't need to identify the parent directory and search through it.

Improvements and Bug Fixes

This version includes various improvements and bug fixes regarding opening and saving files from the repository, the check out operation and locks handling on commit. Memory and performance issues were addressed also.

Component Updates

Updated Saxon to Version 9.5

Version 9.5 of Saxon is included in Oxygen XML Author.

Calabash 1.0.9

XML Calabash was upgraded to version 1.0.9.

Updated EpubCheck to Version 3.0.1

Version 3.0.1 of EpubCheck is included in Oxygen XML Author.

Upgraded DITA OT to Version 1.7

The DITA Open Toolkit was upgraded to version 1.7.

DocBook XSL 1.78.1

DocBook XSL was updated to version 1.78.1.

Extended API

A detailed list of all changes to the Java API can be found here.

Contribute Custom Preferences Page from a Plugin

A plugin can contribute custom preference pages to the Preferences dialog box by setting OptionPage extensions in the XML configuration file.

Set Global Option from the API

The PluginWorkspace.setGlobalObjectProperty API allows you to set a global option in the application.

Show/Hide Views and Toolbars from the API

The API methods added to StandalonePluginWorkspace allow you to show/hide toolbars and views identified by an unique ID.

Trigger a Predefined Transformation Scenario from the API

The WSEditorBase.runTransformationScenarios API can be used to run transformation scenarios which are predefined for the specific editor's document type. A predefined operation called ExecuteTransformationScenariosOperation can be used directly in defined actions for adding specific buttons which trigger publishing scenarios.

Receive Callbacks Before or After an Action Was Executed

The AuthorActionsProvider.addActionPerformedListener API allows you to add a listener which gets called before and after a specific action was executed. The callback received before the execution can cancel running the action's original code.

Execute XPath 3.0 Expressions over Author Content

The additional XPath execution methods added to the AuthorDocumentController API allow you to evaluate XPath expressions or to find nodes matching a certain expression by specifying the XPath version (XPath 3.0, 2.0 or 1.0).

Specify Additional System Properties in the plugin.xml Configuration File

Additional Java system properties can be set in the XML configuration file of a plugin. Therefore, the Java implementation classes can behave differently based on the properties set in the configuration file.

Check if the DITA Map Page is Editable

The WSDITAMapEditorPage.isEditable() method allows you to check whether a DITA Map page is editable.

Get the Selected Nodes from the DITA Map Page

The WSDITAMapEditorPage.getSelectedNodes() method can be used to find the selected nodes in the DITA Map page.

Show the Insert Reference Dialog Box for a Map Opened in the DITA Maps Manager View

The DITAAccess.insertTopicref(WSDITAMapEditorPage, ...) method shows the Insert Reference dialog box for the current DITA Map.

Control DITA Keys in the Author Component Using the API

The API AuthorComponentFactory.setDITAKeyDefinitionManager() method can be used to control the list of DITA keys used in the Author Component SDK.

Contribute Subject Scheme Enumeration Definitions Using the API

The API KeyDefinitionManager.getEnumerationDefinitions(URL) method provides a fixed set of Subject Scheme enumeration definitions.

Find Out if the InputURLChooserCustomizer API is Used to Edit a Certain Element Name and Attribute

The ContextDescriptionProvider.getAttributeEditingContextDescription() API can be used to know if the custom browse action is used to edit a certain attribute value for a certain element.

Common Interface for Author\Editor and DITA Map Tree Component Providers

The ro.sync.ecss.extensions.api.component.ComponentProvider API offers common functionality shared by the DITA Map Tree and the Editor Component Providers.

Access Workspace Utilities from Author Component API

The AuthorComponentFactory.getWorkspaceUtilities() API allows access to common utility methods to be used in the Author Component.

Add a Custom Attribute Value Editor for a Specific Attribute

The ExtensionsBundle.createCustomAttributeValueEditor() API provides the means to provide a custom attribute value editor for a certain named attribute.

Filter Entities from Associated Document Type

You are able to remove entities from the Entities view, by editing a document type in Options / Preferences / Document Type Association and then going to Content Completion in the Author tab. Therefore, even if the DTDs specify a set of accepted entities, you can filter them using this feature.


Additional Frameworks Directory

Apart from the Oxygen installation folder and a custom directory, you can specify additional directories from which the frameworks in Oxygen are loaded.

Symbols Toolbar Action

A toolbar action dedicated to inserting special characters is now available. The Symbols toolbar action allows you to insert recently used special characters or open the Character Map dialog box for more symbols.