SDL Gets Ready for 2011 With New DITA and FlashSDL (news, site) unleashes Trisoft for DITA 2011, packing in new features including support for DITA 1.2.

Updated Dita Support

Just as the first Christmas adverts appear on television, so companies optimistically start throwing their 2011 wares at us. SDL's updated Trisoft 2011 Component Content Management and information management system is looking slick and trim as it welcomes in the new year a little early. Now you can try out the improvements in Flash support, Japanese language support and the many other features.

The main update is the move to DITA 1.2 (currently in beta and due for release over three years after the arrival of DITA 1.1), which offers support for new commands; "keyref," "conkeyref," "conref push" and "conref ranges." You can read a decent guide to the new features here, or see the official PDF, here.

Additional Improvements

Adobe Flash is supported in the Publication Manager, and enables users to synchronize content with Flash applications and graphics, ideal for web-publishing and a foundation for attractive guides and instructional documents livened up by animation and instructive videos.

There is a new look to the web client, with a new search architecture that helps users find data from within the vast DITA archives faster and with greater accuracy. There is also a new feedback mechanism in the LiveContent module, allowing developers to receive feedback from users and community members to help improve the product further.

Need More Power?

Enterprises with huge amounts of data or bespoke design needs will find that Trisoft now integrates with SDL's XML Professional Publisher, a publishing engine that sees lots of use in aerospace and with other high-end customers. This makes it easier for those users to map content on to their publications faster.

To highlight the rise in power demands and high-level users, there is now also support for Transparent Data Encryption in SQL Server 2008, platform support for Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit and 64-bit Windows 7and IE8 support for users of SDL's Trisoft Web Client.

On the integration side, for those with general or niche publishing needs, there are also additional authoring bridges to FrameMaker 9.0, Arbortext Editor 5.4 and XMetaL 6.0. Users interested in SDL and DITA will find a range of events where they can find out more, listed here.