What's New for Astoria On-Demand

The following table highlights improvements and changes.

Category Description
Approval Labels

now called Snapshot Labels

The feature previously referred to as Approval Labels has been renamed to Snapshot Labels. See Changes to Approvals in Release 6.3.4.

When you apply a snapshot label, the label can now be applied explicitly to all referenced objects. When the job completes, you receive an email notification.

Snapshot labels (previously called approval labels) no longer support a date-only format.

Snapshot labels now support external files. See Snapshot Labels Support External File Placeholders.

Ingeniux server support A new command, Publish to Ingeniux, available on DITA maps, supports output to the Ingeniux server, a third-party portal system. The command can be invoked using filtering and scheduling options.
Note: The Publish to Ingeniux command was retired in release 6.4. Now the Publish to Astoria Portal command will deliver to Ingieniux or DITAWeb, which ever is licensed and configured.will deliver to Ingieniux or DITAWeb, which ever is licensed and configured.

An administrator can set up the location and login of the server by running the setIngeniuxSettings.py script.

Application cabinet This cabinet is managed by the Astoria system and is not intended for general use. Application Administrators should use data cabinets for storing templates, DTDs, and other assets that might be generally shared, rather than Astoria's Application cabinet. Certain folders within the Application cabinet do not allow creating or importing folders or files. See About the Administration Cabinet.
Filtering tabular views A NOT clause is supported when filtering rows in the view. See Filtering Rows in Tabular Views.
Workflow The Reset Status command supports multiselection of objects. See Resetting the Status of a Workflow.

The Task Sequence document now contains a Status changer chooses audience option. If the check box is selected, in the Change Status dialog or when checking in and changing the status of an object, the user who changes the status must choose the Audience from the set of users defined in the Task Audience field. Clicking Browse presents a candidate list from which the user selects the users for the audience for the next transition.

Parallel Review and Post-job Scriptlets If your Review Sequence defines a Parallel Workflow step, and this step also specifies a Post-job Scriptlet, you should be aware of a change in how that scriptlet is executed. In previous versions of Astoria, the scriptlet was run once, when the first parallel review ticket was created.

Starting in 6.3.4, the scriptlet is called twice: once, when the first parallel review ticket is created, and again when the Job_Envelope ticket is created. The parameters passed to your scriptlet will be identical, except for the "job" parameter. The first time, it will be the first parallel review job ticket. The second time, it will be the Job_Envelope ticket.

This change enables your scriptlet to do processing based on the envelope ticket or the Task Owner (the envelope ticket is assigned to the Task Owner).

the oXygen editor Bridge The oXygen editor now uses a Sandbox (a local directory on the user's machine) to store assets that are being edited. This feature supports:
  • Faster saves. The save occurs immediately in the Sandbox. A background task also causes the file to be saved in the repository. When a user performs a checkin, the document is saved to the repository and removed from the Sandbox.
  • Offline mode. Once a document is placed in the Sandbox, if the network becomes unavailable and the user tries to access the repository, the user can continue working as the bridge goes into offline mode. Many repository menu items are disabled in offline mode. When the network becomes available again, the user can continue with editing using all repository functions.
  • Nomadic editing. Documents that have been placed in the Sandbox can be edited in the oXygen editor without accessing the repository. However, no repository functions are available. When the user saves the document, it is saved locally to the Sandbox. When the user later accesses the repository, the document can be checked in, causing it to be removed from the Sandbox.

See About the Oxygen Sandbox.

Oxygen XML Web Editor Support is added for the Oxygen XML Web Editor. This light-weight editor is available on workstations, as well as tablet and smartphone devices, and is intended for use by occasional contributors. Customers must obtain separate licenses for this editor from Astoria, as well as from Oxygen (Syncro Soft SRL). See Oxygen WebApp Editor Overview.
New XML Document command The New XML Document command is smarter about displaying the Document Id and Title fields. It is no longer sufficient for an administrator to turn on the fields using scripts. The selected template document must also contain the field of interest for that field to be present in the New XML Document dialog.

For example, if the administrator specifies that Ids are automatically generated, but the template document is a ditaval instance that does not have an @id attribute, the dialog will not include the Document Id field. If the template document is a concept instance that does have an @id attribute on the root element, the dialog will change to include the Document Id field.

Likewise, if the administrator turns on the Title field, the selected template document must contain a non-empty title element as a first level child of the root element in order for the field to be displayed in the New XML Document dialog.

See Configuring New XML Document Options.

Saved Searches A new public Saved Search, Version Note Contains, finds structured documents or files that have a version note containing a specified text string. This search is particularly useful when making changes using the Global Substitution tool. See About the Version Note in a Global Substitution Job.
Roll Forward Command The Show History dialog does not display the Roll Forward option if the requesting user is not a member of the required command visibility group. See Structured Document Show History Dialog.
Administration Administrators can adjust where graphics and external file references reside in Astoria when imported during a structured document import. The setGraphicsImportPolicy administrator script displays the current setting, or you can select an alternative. See Administrator Scripts.