New features – Fall 2019

Simonsoft is continuously updating the system and various modules. This fall, all updates fall into the category “patch releases” which means that they are typically optional functionality, compatible with current installations. The current “latest” release version is 4.3. Contact your reseller or partner if you are interested in using the new features.

Include PDF files in COTI Translation packages

The COTI format is used to exchange information between the authoring organization and the translation agency. The current release of Simonsoft now includes the optional functionality to include PDF files into the zip file which contains the text to be translated. This helps the translator to understand the context and potential constraints in layout.

Updated functionality for DITA authors

We are seeing increasing interest from existing and new customers for using TechDoc-DITA as basis for technical documentation. When authoring in DITA, the Simonsoft web user interface (UI) provides some advantages (for example when searching for topics to include/reuse in a document). To improve functionality between the web UI and Arbortext, the action the action “Insert in Arbortext” in the web UI can now be used for topics when authoring DITA.

Improvements to Simonsoft Review

Review is an add-on module in Simonsoft which allows authors to set the XML file into a review state and send documents to subject matter experts and product managers for review in a web tool. After the different stakeholders have commented on the document, the author can accept / modify the document directly in the web tool.

The following changes have been made to the review module.

  • The review duration can now be set to up to 30 days (15 days previously)
  • The email sent out to reviewers has been updated

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