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XMetaL Author Enterprise 8.0 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.



XMetaL Author Enterprise 8.0–Trial* 244 MB READ ME


Highlights of New Features in XMetaL Author Enterprise 8.0

XMetaL Author Enterprise 8.0 allows content creators to efficiently create information that can be re-purposed into the languages and formats demanded by content recipients. JustSystems’ customers can combine XMetaL Author Enterprise with virtually any content management and publishing systems of their choice to deliver a solution that can be used by writers even without XML knowledge.

The 8.0 release is packed with new features including:

  • Updated application look-and-feel – auxiliary panels feature auto-hide and pin capability; improved panel docking guides; window-tab groups with right-click menus; Office-like UI for customizing toolbars; switchable application themes
  • Cross-file operations – find and replace both text and markup; interactive spell-check replacements in Results panel (no need to launch spell checker window)
  • Spell checker dictionaries – optionally use OpenOffice (Hunspell) dictionaries with the XMetaL spell checker
  • New table operations – sort table rows; fill cells across or down by replicating contents or attributes; fill cells with numeric series; split a table into two; select/cut/copy/paste table row structures
  • List sorting – sort lists or list items
  • New ways to un-clutter the editor view – minimize tags by hiding element names; hide/show Tracked Changes ("accept all preview")
  • Easier multiple Undo – perform multiple Undo steps with a single swipe of the mouse
  • Latest DITA OT – includes DITA Open Toolkit 1.7
  • Platform compatibility – compatible with Windows 8 and Microsoft IE 10

XMETAL® Author Enterprise 8.0 Install Readme

Installation Notes

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 choose ‘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.

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