Designed for non-technical authors using web-based document assembly
Business Analysts or Lawyers can author contracts and create and maintain automated documents without IT assistance or programming / scripting skills.
Tagless editing of document text
Word-like WSIWYG editing allows authors to create, edit and maintain document content without any exposure to XML tags.
Import / export / share clauses, etc.
Clauses and other modules of content can be exported, shared and imported into other templates, for easier setup and maintenance.
Simple forms to set up logic
Authors easily create most logic by completing simple forms, for example, Topic, Question, User Prompts, etc.
Control topic and question order
Template authors can over-ride the automatic ordering of topics and questions in the web interview, by manually setting the order/priority.
Spellchecking in PowerAuthor
PowerAuthor now supports spell-checking of templates, both for document text and questions/logic.
Simple mouse-click to insert variables, etc.
Variables and other logic can be inserted or applied by choosing from a drop-down menu of available logic.
Keyboard shortcuts to insert variables, etc.
Variables and other logic can also be inserted or applied using keyboard shortcuts.
Table and image support
Tables and images can be inserted in a variety of common formats, including custom logos, etc., in headers/footers.
Smart list handling
Exari's smart list handling has now been extended from multi-paragraph lists, to apply also to items listed inline within a single paragraph. For example, the "and" will always appear in the right place no matter which countries are listed in the sentence "This warranty is valid in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan."
Optional tree-view shows document structure
A tree-view can be used to view document structure, giving authors clarity and control over how logic is setup and applied.
Document structure simplifies logic authoring
The natural structure of an XML template lets authors handle nested logic without the need for complex "IF, THEN" scripting.
Supports arbitrary XML document types
Template and output documents can be setup using general purpose, industry standard, or customer-defined XML doc types.
Client-side Java application
Runs on Windows, Mac and other desktops.
Web-based "Test Mode" for Authors
An optional "Test Mode" now lets template authors view detailed Variable and Condition names during the web interview, for faster and more robust testing of new or modified templates.