Common Questions: Automation in Arbortext

Some of the more common and general questions about out-of-the-box automation in Arbortext.

This week’s topic: OOTB Automation in Arbortext

We’re purposefully scoping this subject down for this post. We’re answering questions about what automation features come OOTB in Arbortext. If we didn’t limit this discussion, we could easily write 1000+ pages.

Arbortext ships a mountain of documentation and sample files that the foundation for programming Arbortext. There are 3 manuals that ship with Arbortext — Customizer’s Guide, Programmer’s Reference, and Arbortext Command Language Guide. Each manual is about 250 pages long. (If you launch the Help Center and expand the “Programming” “book”, you’ll see both the HTML and PDF versions of all three manuals.)

Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher (APP) can run totally lights-out for years and years. Many, many customers are using it in this configuration today, completely automating their publishing activity for magazine-quality print output.

Arbortext Content Manager (ACM) provides numerous mechanisms for automating business processes with their workflow engine.

Our Arbortext Monster Garage web series is all about automating, configuring, adapting Arbortext to your environment.

It’s a big topic, but today, we’re going to look at a little slice: We’re answering some of the more common and general questions about out-of-the-box automation in Arbortext. As always, if you have a question that we haven’t answered or if you want more details, remember to send us your questions or add them to the comments!

Question: Background processing

Can you generate a PDF file or an online help system in the background?



Arbortext Publishing Engine supports both queuing and publishing rules (for multiple publishing requests via 1 click). Publishing rules were part of the latest version, released earlier this year.

Question: Batch Processing

Do you support batch processing to multiple outputs from a single command?



Question: Automatic check-in

Are published documents (deliverables/outputs) automatically checked into the repository?



Question: Association to source

Can outputs be automatically associated with source documents through metadata?


Yes, this is OOTB/default behavior in ACM.

Question: Metadata support

Is metadata for contributing documents (files) automatically assigned to published output for check-in?



Question: Delivery targets

Are publication directories (both internal and external) automatically populated?



Question: Publish via Workflow

Does the CMS (publishing system) support automated publishing (batch mode without operator support) that can be triggered by an author request, workflow event, or end-user request?



Get useful tips and valuable resources every month

Join the thousands who know just how much we share.

Powered by ConvertKit

Author: Liz Fraley

Liz Fraley has founded two companies, sits on the boards of three non-profits, and is constantly coming up with new ways to share knowledge in the technical communications and content industries.