Rascal Software, a provider of XML-based software for content creation, editing, and multi-channel publishing, has debuted and launched its first product: Veredus. Intended for documentation professionals, Veredus is an XML-based authoring tool for creating single-source documentation projects.
Veredus is designed to allow content to be created once for multiple deliverables that differ in content and format, including various online Help systems, PostScript, and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Features of Veredus include: One-click generation of Microsoft Help 2.0, WinHelp, HTML Help, JavaHelp, Oracle Help, PDF, PostScript; Documentation of APIs directly from source code; OS-independent and W3C-compliant for collaboration; and Leverages existing content including text, images, XML, Rich Text Format (RTF), HTML, and MIF (Frame Maker).
Pricing for Veredus ranges from $499-$899. Veredus on Windows is immediately available. Prices are: $499 for the Early Adopter Program; $699 for the Competitive Upgrade; and $899 for a Single User License. Versions of Veredus for the Macintosh and Linux operating system are expected to be available in the first half of 2004.