© Ugur Akinci
Here are a few really cool Author-it features that caught my eye during a recent webinar demonstration by the company founder and CEO Paul Trotter.
Searching for Content
Author-it is a powerful structured-authoring editor that allows you to use the same chunk of content many times over.
So searching for reusable content is a very crucial functionality that needs to be performed well to be useful and practical. Boy, does Author-it do it well!
Check out the screenshot below and you’ll see what I mean:
The search options that Author-it offers are truly world-class.
Moreover, Author-it also highlights those files in the database that contains your search term.
Suggesting Content Relevance
Author-it also suggests the relevance of the search results by using fuzzy-logic probabilities. Content that looks similar to the selected text/paragraph are highlighted with colors corresponding to that level of probability (see below):
Highlighting similar content with Xtend
Author-it suggests reuse ideas by finding similar expressions in different files, listed even by their availability in different languages (see below).
Reuse content with Author-it Xtend
This is one mother-of-all XML editors that will certainly provide a competitive edge to those documentation departments that produce volumes of deliverables from modular and reusable components. No question about that.
As a professional technical writer I really like Author-it’s sophisticated features and I wish I could afford a permanent license to use it for my daily documentation work.