*instinctools to provide Visual DITA Specialization Manager free-of-charge
11/09/2009

*instinctools GmbH has decided to provide free-of-cost licenses for its Visual DITA Specialization Manager, a manager designed to make complex DITA specialization tasks easier to work with. These free licenses will be valid for unlimited time period but limited to the development and maintenance of open DITA Specializations e.g. specializations under OASIS for different industries such as Machine, Pharmaceutical etc. This offer is aimed at lowering the barriers to DITA usage and adoption.

Online PR News – 09-November-2009 – – *instinctools GmbH, a company providing software solutions and services, has been previously instrumental in bringing an innovative structured documentation solution in the form of DITAworks Documentation Application in the market. They have also brought productivity enhancement benefits in documentation area like full Eclipse IDE integration with their documentation application DITAworks. Now, they have decided to make a contribution to the DITA community by providing their Visual DITA Specialization Manager totally free of charge for the purpose of development and maintenance of publicly available DITA Specializations. This will provide a much needed impetus to DITA standard by lowering barriers to DITA adoption as a result of simplification of the DITA specialization process.
The Visual DITA Specialization Manager contains comprehensive modeling functions that allow development and maintenance of project specific documentation models (DITA Specializations).

This application opens a new dimension in the ease of customizing DITA to specific needs in a user-friendly way. It simplifies the DITA specialization processes while providing productivity benefits in terms of lesser time, optimal quality of deliverables, and single-sourcing of the model (export of DTD and XML Schema possible). Furthermore, it can facilitate an integrated environment with 100% DITA-based tools like DITAworks. The main features of this application are listed as follows:

• Wizard-based Visual Editor for DITA specializations with support of structural, domain and attribute specializations
• Import of existing specializations from DTD.
• DITA model validation (checking for validity of specialization)
• Export of managed specializations to DTD or XML Schema
• Export of Specializations in form of DITA OT plugin
• Integration with version control

All these benefits and functionalities have been developed to give substantial support to Information Architects and Documentation Project Managers in designing and maintaining their DITA specializations by providing wizard-based visual editor for DITA information types. The development of these functionalities has been made possible through a mix of technological expertise and practical experience gained from various DITA projects.

This free-of-cost license for Visual DITA Specialization Manager will be limited to development of or working with models available publically and prohibit any commercial use of the tool other than evaluation. The license will be made available starting from the first week of December.

For more information about Visual DITA Specialization Manager from *instinctools, please visit www.ditaworks.com/modeling or write to info@instinctools.com.

For more information about DITAworks, DITA-based tool for supporting full life-cycle of structured documentation, please visit www.ditaworks.com.

About *instinctools:
*instinctools GmbH offers Software and Services for smart solutions in Information Management. They provide comprehensive consulting and implementation services in the areas of DITA, Single-sourcing and Eclipse. They also offer a structured documentation DITA-based tool DITAworks which provides integrated functionality for modeling, creation, administration and publishing of complex documentation. Outstanding technology expertise and use of innovative methods in linking the technology to enhanced user experience form the backbone of their solutions. You can get more information from www.instinctools.com.