Overview of the Workbench

The Astoria Workbench provides administrative and authoring access to the Astoria repository.

Workbench Functionality

The Astoria Workbench provides you with the following functionality:
  • Browsing and querying the repository to find information you need.
  • Creating new objects in the repository.
  • Editing XML documents and fragments (using the embedded editor or by launching a WebDAV-enabled integrated XML editor tool).
  • Editing DITA maps and bookmaps using the Workbench Map Editor.
  • Searching objects in the repository.
  • Using workflow to track and manage development or review of documents.
  • Reviewing documents and DITA maps in an HTML format.
  • Creating and managing annotations (comments) on objects or elements.
  • Using filtering to process content output based on conditions that determine what is included in the processed information set.
  • Importing and exporting files and structured documents.
  • Tracking revisions of files and file components.
  • Using electronic signatures to maintain an audit trail of approval or status changes.
  • Using branch and merge methods to manage multiple, parallel versions of your content.
  • Collaboratively accessing files and file components.
  • Initiating and managing translation or re-translation of documents and publications.
  • Performing administrative functions in the repository.

Workbench Interface

When the Workbench is launched, the Workbench interface appears. A Workbench window contains a Toolbar, a Ribbon menu, and various views.

Workbench Views

Initially, when you open the Workbench, you see these views:
Navigation View
Displays Astoria objects, such as cabinets, folders, editions, searches, and structured documents, in a hierarchical format.
Details View
Lists the contents contained in the object you have selected. Can also contain the results of a search.
Browse View
Displays the contents of objects such as files or structured documents.
Recent Activity View
Displays a list of recently accessed objects.
My Shortcuts View
Displays a list of objects that you frequently refer to.
My Checkouts View
Displays a list of objects that you have checked out.
Properties View
Displays property names and values for a selected object, such as a file.
My Merge Changes View
Displays conflicts found during a merge operation.

Workbench Editors

Launching an editor, such as the Workbench Map Editor or the embedded editor, opens a new visual component in the Workbench. See Introduction to the Map Editor and Setting Editor Preferences.