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XMetaL Author Essential 14.0 is an XML Editor that helps you get to market faster by bringing structure and automation to the process of content creation. Using XML standards such as the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), XMetaL enables authors and contributors to collaborate effectively — and to repurpose higher-value information products into the myriad of languages and formats your customers demand.

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  • Much-improved Schematron support now includes XSLT2 and Schematron "phases" support, many more configuration options, and a hot-linked results display allowing you to jump directly to the location of reported errors in your content.
  • Attribute Inspector panel (in the main editor window) will auto-suggest values for attributes that you have used elsewhere in the same document.
  • XMetaL's table editor will auto-suggest values for cells corresponding to values you’ve entered in other cells in the column.
  • User-configurable Quick Symbols popup puts your most commonly-used Unicode characters at your fingertips (Ctrl+Shift+S).
  • Quick Writing Tools popup (Ctrl+Period) is the new fastest way to get to dictionary and thesaurus suggestions (Ctrl+F1 in the popup for help).
  • The "Workbench" allows you to create and maintain collections of folders and files called "WorkSets" for quick access while you are working in XMetaL. The context menu lets you easily work with these items, similar to the context menu in Windows Explorer.
  • Many of the user settings and preferences dialogs have been combined into a single hierarchical dialog. The new dialog includes a search/filter box allowing you to quickly find any option setting. XMetaL customizers can add their own settings panels to this unified dialog.
  • The Find and Replace dialog includes an option to highlight all occurrences of a search term within the current document.

These installation notes cover the following XMetaL Author Essential installations:

Limited User vs. Local Admin accounts

All installations of XMetaL Author are pre-configured to operate in an environment where end-users are assumed to have 'Limited User' account privileges. Programs running under such user accounts are normally restricted from writing to Program Files and similar folders along with writing to Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry hives. XMetaL Author still has some features that require operating under a Local Admin user account in order to write to the Program Files folder. A prompt will appear warning the user of this restriction.

Features requiring Local Admin privileges

For all installations, features requiring Local Admin privileges (right-click and choose 'Run as Administrator') are disabled. Here are the features that are disabled:

  • Drag-and-drop operations to Resource Manager Assets tab
  • Right-click menu does not show Assets tab operations
  • UI for assigning or reassigning shortcut key to an All Users macro

Alternatively, you can use these features by running XMetaL Author in Administrator mode. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the XMetaL Author shortcut and choose 'Run as Administrator'.
  2. Provide login account info of user with administrator privileges.
  3. Run operation requiring administrator privileges.

Note: The disabled features also require you to configure XMetaL Author for Local Admin privileges.

Note: Regardless of being qualified as limited-user or local-administrator, users MUST chose 'Run as Administrator'.

Configuring XMetaL Author for Local Admin privileges

XMetaL Author is installed with the assumption that users have Limited User account privileges under Windows. If your users have Local Admin privileges, or if your XMetaL customization is not Vista/UAC-compatible (i.e. writes data to Program Files folders), or if you want to enable disabled features, you must set the following variable in the XMetaL configuration file (xmetal.ini):

user_setting_mode=default // Use this value for local-admin environments


user_setting_mode=per_user // Use this value for limited-user environments - default setting

Note: Local Admin can modify the XMetaL settings and behavior. This will affect all the users.