Astoria Software, a provider of software applications for structured document management, has announced the availability of Astoria 4.1, the latest release of its software for enterprises seeking to automate the authoring, review, and publishing processes of complex documents. Astoria 4.1 is designed to extend enterprise content collaboration beyond core technical writers to content stakeholders throughout the enterprise and its suppliers, with new features enabling Internet connectivity and remote access capability.
The Astoria Review application extends collaboration capability to a broader range of users. New content review annotation and approval features though Windows Internet Explorer are managed and tracked via an enhanced workflow capability. Subject Matter Expert contribution uses Web-based review, annotations, editing and approval of content for publishing occurring at the component level with a document. Additional enhancements in Astoria Review include an interface re-design and six-time display performance improvement.
New with Astoria 4.1 is support for Web Distributed and Versioning (WebDAV) that provides users connectivity to the Astoria server through Windows My Network Places. Using WebDAV applications, such as Microsoft Office or Arbortext Epic Editor, users can directly connect to the Astoria server to check out, edit, and check in documents. Astoria cabinets and folders are accessed within an Explorer window and provide file management and editing functionality such as file open, multiple file select, click and drag, deleting, and copying.
New technology enhancements such as support for Web Services provide connectivity with disparate systems. Astoria 4.1 includes Server Event Queues for managing server-side tasks such as composition spooling, document version pruning, graphic conversion, search indexing, and other events. Astoria search functionality has been improved with a new User Interface and support for Unicode character searching along with Parameterized Searching.