The 5.3 M30 and 5.3 M40 versions of the Arbortext Help Center are now live on the PTC support web page. http://www.ptc.com/appserver/cs/help/help.jsp The Arbortext Help Center contains all of the documentation for the following Arbortext products:
Arbortext Publishing Engine
BTW, the Arbortext and Windchill Help Centers were built using the Arbortext Digital Media Publisher (DMP) product. If you haven’t had a chance to check out DMP yet, this is a good example of how to use DMP to deliver a knowledge base of information to your customers.Make sure to check out the Help that is available within the Help Center. It explains how to perform sophisticated searches using "and", "or", "not", and wildcard characters.
> BTW, the Arbortext and Windchill Help Centers were built using the > Arbortext Digital Media Publisher (DMP) product. If you haven't had a > chance to check out DMP yet, this is a good example of how to use DMP to > deliver a knowledge base of information to your customers. >
One of the very coolest things about DMP is that it can be fairly quickly "attached" to an existing Arbortext solution. That is, if you are already authoring XML content with Editor and composing with either FOSI or Styler stylesheets, the path to publishing via DMP is very short.
Buy Styler if you don't have it yet. (If you don't want to pay for Styler, you could write your own XSL.) Use Styler to import a FOSI stylesheet or start with your existing Styler stylesheet. Tweak the HTML Help output to handle any complex formatting you may have (think Styler custom tables or FOSI semantic tables) and so the resulting HTML follows your style requirements. Buy DMP if you don't have it yet. Fiddle with the build scripts, drop in your own brand identity (a few JPGs are all that is minimally required), and you're ready to build DMP packages. Deploy them standalone if you like or drop them into Tomcat as a web application.
This works in a PE or a non-PE environment.
There are some version requirements *but* the DMP publishing process will work alongside your existing process. You aren't *forced* to change your authoring or composition environment. That isn't to say that it might not be a good idea with real ROI and all that, but it does mean that you can fork off the DMP process now and catch up the rest of your environment when feasible/reasonable.
Adding to Paul's comments, DMP is worth looking at if you have to publish a large volume of information that you want to deliver on physical media (such as CD-ROMs or DVDs) and/or to the web. And because its functionality is now included at part of PE at no additional cost (while still remaining available separately for non-PE customers), it brings extra value to a PE purchase. When Arbortext released the 5.3 version of DMP a few months ago, which was the first general release since DMP 4.2, it was a major rewrite that delivered lots of great new features. On a personal note, I'm proud of the release even though I can only take credit for creating a situation where others can do great work -- it was almost entirely the work of the product manager and lead developer. The quality of the release came as a pleasant surprise to me, even more so when Arbortext (and eventually other PTC product lines) were not only willing but actually eager to use it to publish help documentation. PG
> I was wondering where I would find some good information on using DMP. > DMP is described on the PTC product pages, but that won't have technical details, if that's what you're looking for. As I recall, they are more solution oriented ... presenting the types of business problems PTC sees DMP solving.
The help center itself has some information, but it the closest thing to an overview is here: *
I was curious if all the material that are included in a DMP 'pub' need to be published through editor. Can I for example take an existing PDF, word doc or something like that and have that included in the DMP 'pub'?
You can include most any file type in a DMP project. It's not restricted to just Editor output. Two DMP-related documents are available from the PTC Support site: - Getting Started with DMP (a tutorial on creating a basic DMP project) - Developers' Guide to DMP (complete details on creating, publishing, integrating, and deploying DMP projects) To get to these, - Got to www.ptc.com - Click on Support. - Click on Download Reference Documents. - Choose Arbortext Digital Media Publisher, 5.3, All Document Types, and All User Roles Dan
> I was curious if all the material that are included in a DMP 'pub' need > to be published through editor. Can I for example take an existing PDF, > word doc or something like that and have that included in the DMP 'pub'? > Dan has already indicated that this is possible.
We are currently publishing the following via DMP: * HTML (transformed XML) * PDF (composed XML) * Word files (XML exported to RTF that has been opened and saved in Word)