I'm evaluating Arbortext, not currently using it. My company has started using Arbortext in other departments, but not in quite the way I am considering using it and my coworkers are not able to answer this question. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience/knowledge!!
I would like to use Arbortext Editor to author XML-based documentation that will be published to PDF using profiles and tags to produce documentation based an particular product configurations (the documentation varies depending on the modules and configuration of the product). This much seems to be the main application for Arbortext. We have current documentation in MS Word and I know this content can be imported and then maintained in Arbortext.
My challenge is integrating MS Word documents into the published output. The MS Word documents need to remain in MS Word because they are part of the product itself. These documents get updated from version to version.
Hopefully I am explaining this clearly. I think what I need to do is to specifiy "links" to external content, and that content should be integrated into the published output. By using "links" (I'm not sure this is the correct term in Arbortext, but it is the idea I'm trying to convey), instead of importing, the published content will update when the target of the links gets updated. If I import the documents, then I would need to re-import the documents each time they are changed.
In addition, the links must be "profilable". That is, there may be several links to external MS Word documents, but depending on the product configuration only some of the links should be integrated into the published output.
Does anyone have experience doing something like this?