JustSystems has announced the availability of its XMetaL Author 5.0, the company's new XML-based authoring and content collaboration software. The offering builds on JustSystems' authoring solutions with content management system integration, enhanced publishing capabilities, and extended support for the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) designed to enable enterprise-wide content lifecycle management.
XMetaL an XML application built exclusively for natively authoring and publishing content using DITA. XMetaL Author 5.0 is available in the following editions: Author, DITA Edition, new Enterprise Edition, and XMAX--the embeddable, web-based edition. New functionality in XMetaL Author 5.0 includes: more publishing options with the ability to publish directly from the desktop, with extended support for the DITA Open Toolkit, the new embedded RenderX-powered XSL-FO engine for PDF output or with the extensible publishing framework that enables users to utilize other commercial publishing engines; improved content repository or management system (CMS) integration with capability for a single-interface access enabled by the new XMetaL Connector; and enhanced DITA support, with DITA specialization support for the development of authoring interfaces for new content types, and extended DITA map editing capabilities for leveraging the DITA maps for content reuse and document assembly.
XMetaL used standalone or integrated with any of several content management and publishing systems can be used by any writer or reviewer, even without XML knowledge. DITA and Enterprise editions of XMetaL Author 5.0 are currently shipping. Author and XMAX editions are scheduled for December 2006 availability.