Altova Authentic Enterprise 2018 R2 SP1
With Authentic enterprise forms, business users can query and create content using familiar conventions from existing business forms and office productivity applications, without being exposed to the underlying XML or relational database technology. Authentic includes a graphical interface with a wide variety of features that make editing XML data easy for non-technical users, while maintaining the power and flexibility of structured content authoring.
Helpful windows for project management, messages, entry helpers, and more guide users during the XML authoring process. Authentic offers business users the ability to directly edit XML (or database) content through easy-to-use document templates, with the benefits of real-time validation and customizable templates for the most demanding enterprise content editing. Authentic also seamlessly supports industry standard XML templates such as DITA and DocBook.
Real-time validation of user input
Schema-based and business logic validation
Intelligent entry helper windows
Multi-language spell checker for over 100 languages
Support for content industry standards
Integration with leading CMS (content management systems)
Remote files access via FTP & WebDAV
SQL database support for content storage
XML Signature support
Multi-channel publishing to a variety of output formats: HTML, RTF, PDF, Word, OOXML
Using the WYSIWYG XML editor, Authentic users edit XML in real-time based on stylesheet designs created in StyleVision that enable them to view content sequence and structure in easy-to-understand electronic forms. This gives non-technical users the ability to create high quality structured content.
In addition, thanks to StyleVision’s native single source publishing capabilities, Authentic-created content can also be instantly rendered in HTML, RTF, PDF, and Word (Office OpenXML) formats.
Authentic provides full support for CALS/HTML tables, which are hierarchical XML structures that in themselves define the structure of the table, specify the formatting of the table, and contain the cell contents of the table. CALS/HTML tables may be specified by when the Authentic e-form is created in StyleVision, or, if desired, by the Authentic user during XML content editing via an easy-to-use toolbar. As the user works, the XML source is updated behind the scenes.
Authentic ships with a set of ready-to-use templates that comply with many of the most prevalent industry standard XML vocabularies for content creation. By employing these templates, enterprises that must conform to these standards can begin creating and editing structured XML content with little or no up-front development effort. These include:
When an Authentic e-form is created by a designer or developer using StyleVision, it can be saved in a revolutionary file format called PXF™ (Portable XML Form™). A PXF file embeds all the components and files required for editing in Authentic in a single file for convenient distribution.
When an end user opens a PXF file in Authentic, it includes the required XML Schema(s), XML instance(s), and SPS design file(s). It can even include the XSLT files generated by StyleVision that allow Authentic business users to publish content in HTML, Word, RTF, and/or PDF.
Authentic, for end users, is an intuitive tool for data collection and content authoring. For XML- and SQL-focused solution developers, Authentic is an enterprise-scale forms and workflow platform, offering a comprehensive feature set and integration with other enterprise systems and resources.
Developer-oriented functionality includes:
Auto-calculation and business rule validation using XPath expressions
XML digital signatures
Custom toolbar buttons
Dynamic form presentation based on user input
Integration with source control systems
Scripting and macros
COM, Java, and third-party plug-in APIs
Support for Java and .NET calls in XPath statements
WebDAV repository integration
Eclipse and Visual Studio integration
Scripting and macros
Authentic scripting lets developers create robust content editing applications for business users. Scripts are created in the Scripting Editor in StyleVision and executed in Authentic, with full support for global declarations, event handlers, macros, and custom forms that are embedded directly into the Authentic form.
To address security concerns, StyleVision developers can enable XML digital signature capabilities in Authentic forms quickly and easily. Then, the Authentic user can attach a digital signature (either his own or the one identified by the StyleVision designer) to the XML file.
Automation Server for XML Publishing
As an automation server, Authentic exposes programmable objects to other applications, enabling them to access its functionality and automate processes through an integrated COM API or Java API. These are the same APIs that provide access to XMLSpy functionality from external programs.
Flexible Deployment Options
Organizations can choose between desktop and browser-based deployment options, based on what best fits their information architecture and IT infrastructure.
Authentic Desktop Edition can be deployed to enterprise clients’ desktops to provide interactive XML authoring of document content as well as business data collection. Data can be captured directly into SQL databases or into XML documents for further processing in the organization’s IT infrastructure.
Authentic has long been available as a browser plug-in in addition to a desktop application. However, the more recent versions of popular browsers are discontinuing support for NPAPI and ActiveX and are in the process of ending support for browser plug-ins altogether.
Luckily, customers have a path to continue using existing Authentic forms built in StyleVision by converting them to MobileTogether designs.
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