Arbortext Version 7.0 Released

Summary of SPR Fixes in Arbortext 7.0 F000 release

Arbortext 7.0 was released last week. We saw a preview of what was coming last month and have been eagerly awaiting the release. There’s some big improvements with this release and some special treats for the early adopters.

What’s in the release? Support for DITA 1.3. A new JavaScript IDE for APP source in both Styler and APP. And a host of other features, including one that our customers requested!

7.0 will require new license generation, but 7.0 licenses are backwards compatible and will support older releases at the same time.  If you have an active maintenance contract, you can download Arbortext 7.0 at no additional cost from the PTC website.

We’re testing 7.0 for our customers right now and we’ll be talking about what we find in the Mastermind session in October. Come to the Mastermind if you want a look at 7.0 before you start testing your environment and getting ready to upgrade.  If you need any help testing your customizations or stylesheets, we can help! Join the Arbortext Mastermind or contact us at support@single-sourcing.com.

For now, this post will take you through the highlights of the release. Details on each feature and specific bug fixes contained in the release can be found in the release notes on the PTC website.

If you want details about what’s in the release, read on… Continue reading “Arbortext Version 7.0 Released”

Real-Life Requirements for Advanced Layout from XML Content

Since Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher (APP) was released as an alternative print composition engine in Arbortext 5.4 (June 2009), we’ve been digging into what it can do and why someone would really need it.

We interviewed Simon Taylor from PTC. Simon spends his time “thinking about printing content on pages”. It’s no surprise, given that he’s the Product Manager for APP and Styler at PTC. Simon was part of Advent, the company that originally built APP (named “3B2” at the time), which was acquired by Arbortext in 2005, before their acquisition by PTC.

We were very lucky to speak with him about real-life requirements for advanced layout and why customers are forced to go to a product like APP from formatting languages like FOSI and XSL-FO. He had a lot to say… Continue reading “Real-Life Requirements for Advanced Layout from XML Content”

Interview with Chris Western, tformat and APP World

This week’s podcast features Chris Western from tformat. tformat is a PTC partner focused on the Arbortext Advanced Print Publisher (APP) (formerly known as 3B2).  Chris was hired at Advent, the original developers of 3B2 as a writer to document the product and it’s usage. In his tenure, he not only developed the product documentation but training materials as well. Since then, he has specialized in training on APP (3B2)

APP takes such a different approach, training is critical to develop stylesheets effectively and well.  When done well, APP development can be deployed as a lights out solution for the most difficult automated publishing tasks. APP is the publishing engine you turn to when you can’t achieve what you want to do anywhere else. It’s an extremely powerful product. Continue reading “Interview with Chris Western, tformat and APP World”