Cross Platform Publisher Release 3.4

Axis12 are excited to announce the release of Cross Platform Publisher Version 3.4. There are a number of features in this 2014-Q1 release.

The exciting new features include: Dynamic Remix, new eIndexer features and a large number of features for administering large numbers of users. Cross Platform Publisher continued on its mission to be the most powerful and cost effective digital content production solution available.

We are excited to announce the release of Cross Platform Publisher Version 3.4. There are a number of new tools and features in this 2014-Q1 release.

Dynamic Remix

The biggest "digital only" new feature is Dynamic Remix. This is a super extension to the standard (static) remix feature.

Dynamic Remix allows a library of reusable sections to be maintained. These reusable sections can be included in any number of target books or documents.

The reusable sections contain content that changes over time. A good example is a "By the same author" page which is updated in a timely manager. This means the page is maintained in one controlled location but can be used anywhere at any time and will always be up to date.

All source document changes reflect in the dynamic document remixed section including content, components and CSS.

Typography Report Extension

The Typography in the Browser feature has been significantly improved throughout 2013. We continue with the clean-ups.

A full Page Number Synchronisation feature is now integrated with Document Typography Report Generation.

A text box is now added on the Typography Report interface to allow users to enter the body section start Real Page Numbers (RPN's). The default value in this text field is 1 (representing page 1).

The TIB full book Typographic report only works on the body content. This modification is introduced for documents where the Frontmatter starts with page number 1 and or where the body section starts with a page number other than 1.

eIndexier updates

Following updates have been done for indexer:

Edit Term

A mini rich text editor is now introduced which can be used to apply styles like Bold, Italics and Underline when you specifically want to apply these styles to any part or an entire index term. Click the button "E" against the index term to launch the Term Editor interface.

Check missing references

One of the challenges with Indexing while authoring and/or indexing in the maintained content is to know with 100% certainty that every term in the index will resolve to the reference point in the body text and there haven't been editorial mistakes.

A new button Missing Page Ref's has been introduced on the Index Creator interface. This is a Quality Control tool. When this button is clicked all index terms to reference links are checked. If there are any missing reference links 9*s) against a particular index term the link asterisk will be highlighted in "Red" and can be removed or relinked.

This QC tool eliminates the requirement for manually verifying if every term is linked correctly in the text and adds significantly to the power of digital direct eIndexing.

See/See-also sorting

Multiple "See" and "See Also" references against an Index term will now be sorted in alphabetical order. Although during assembly they will be presented in the sequence they were added, the automatic alphabetical sorting process is triggered at the time of format generation. The "See" and "See Also" terms will be sorted alphabetically in the final output.

Protocol updates

Cross Platform Publisher can now be deployed with HTTP or HTTPS. Extensive code updates were done on all modules to ensure full compatibility with an HTTPs deployment.

Large Scale Updates and User Management

The following features were included into Cross Platform Publisher primarily as a requirement of large volume user management in the NHS CQC project. These features were seen to be useful for all publishers and have been included into the application deployment.

Bulk User upload

Creation of bulk projects with and without documents is now implemented. A new button 'Bulk Project' is available in all accounts under Admin > Projects.

Email notification on User Creation

On creating a new user Cross Platform Publisher will now send an automated email notification to the user's email address confirming that the account is created. This email will contain the users' login name and the activation link where the users must reset the password.

Forgot Username/Forgot Password

These two links are now available on the login interface. If a user has forgotten their password or username they can receive an email notification with their appropriate account details.

Resend activation email

A 'Send' button is introduced in the Users Interface, wherein on click an email with the activation link will be re-supplied to their email address.

Auto Generate Contents Page from Writer

There have been a number of requests to manage print and ebook generated Tables of content separately. TOC list generation is now modified to create two toc-list blocks with reader-exclude automatically included. These can be edited separately.

Compare Revisions

Compare Revisions has been updated to use a new HTML diff library. This provides a more consistent difference report between added and deleted content. Also, the styles for insertion and deletions have been made more readable from the previous strike-through and underline styles.

Enhancements in Media Manager

The following enhancements are now implemented in Media Manager

File Upload Status

A confirmation message is now displayed in Media Manager upon uploading a new file. The message will be displayed on top of the Single File and Multi File upload interface.

Multi-file Upload updates

The multi file upload form is updated to use the latest browser features and also allows multi-file drag and drop uploading. All you need to do is to simply select the files you want to upload; drag and drop the files into the form next to the Browse button and the Upload button. Once the upload is successful a confirmation message will be displayed on top of the Multi File Upload interface.

Conclusion

2013 saw some amazing new features in Cross Platform Publisher. The ongoing product improvements will continue through 2014.

The biggest plan for 2014 is radically improved image processing to make creating print layout pages as easy, if not easier, than dedicated desktop typesetting packages.

We have been polling our licensees on the issue of using pixels (at output resolution dpi) in print layout rather than points, inches or millimetres. So far the response has been positive. The reason this is important is we are working from a browser environment and using HTML DOM manipulation. If we have to have absolute units in the CSS and interface, but they are relative units in the DOM things become rather complicated.

Cross Platform Publisher takes and separates the various format specific production challenges while making sure the content can be trusted and reused into the foreseeable future.

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