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XMetaL Author Enterprise 13.0 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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  • We've made several improvements to the Map Editor to help you manage the display of large and complex maps:
    • Right-click on a subtree ("Scope To This") to restrict the view of a map to just that subtree.
    • XMetaL remembers a list of your recently-selected subtrees and allows you to choose among them.
    • Enter a text phrase in the "Filter map" box to restrict your view to items matching your entered phrase.
    • View submaps "in place" (read-only) by expanding them as you would any other subtree.
  • The Map Editor's lower panel can be toggled between the attribute-inspector view and a preview of the topicref you have selected.
  • Map Editor Quick Outline feature allows you to rapidly create topicref hierarchies in your map with the option of automatically generating new topics.
  • Two new "publishing" options allow you to create ZIP archives of entire DITA maps or folders.
  • 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).
  • This version of XMetaL Author Enterprise includes DITA Open Toolkit Releases 3.0.2, 2.4.4, and 2.0. The default setting is for XMetaL to use DITA OT 3.0.2.

These installation notes cover the following XMetaL Author Enterprise 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 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’) warn the user before proceeding or are disabled.

Here are the features that display a warning:

  • Tools > Select Specialized DITA DTD
  • DITA Configuration: Delete RLX Files macro
  • DITA Configuration: Turn OFF Pretty-Printing macro
  • DITA Configuration: Turn ON Pretty-Printing macro
  • DITA Configuration: Save Copy as Template macro

Regardless of account privileges, the following processes and features 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’ (Vista) or ‘Run as’ (XP).
  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-administrators, users MUST chose ‘Run as Administrator’ on Windows Vista operating systems. Under Windows operating systems prior to Vista (and its UAC feature), users qualified as a local-administrator are not required doing the ‘Run as’ option.

Configuring XMetaL Author for Local Admin privileges

XMetaL Author Enterprise is installed with the assumption that users have Limited User account privileges under Windows. If you need to set up DITA specializations for your end users, or if you want to enable features that are otherwise disabled for Limited Users you must set the following variable in the XMetaL Author configuration file (xmetal80.ini): user_setting_mode=default Local Admin users very familiar with the product may continue to work with XMetaL Author Enterprise in this mode, however, we recommend that it only be used to accomplish tasks that cannot be done otherwise and that the default setting be restored once these tasks are accomplished. The default setting is the "per-user" mode, which is set as follows: user_setting_mode=per_user