The Acrolinx server version 5.2 is a major release — with a brand new Acrolinx analytics module and a new language model based on artificial intelligence (AI). We've also added tone of voice guidance for conversational tone and a new Acrolinx sign-in for authenticating users.
Major New Features
New Acrolinx Analytics
Previously, Acrolinx analytics gave you a set of reports to analyze your reporting data but they weren't flexible enough to suit your needs. We've now embedded a Business Intelligence module in the Analytics section of the Acrolinx dashboard that's based on JReport. It's very powerful, with a lot of drill-down and filter options. You get a set of dashboards on Business Value, Content Quality, Cost Savings, Checking Activity, Guidance Overview, and Integration Tracking. And you can create your own custom dashboards that can correlate Acrolinx Scores to external data such as customer satisfaction.
We're also introducing Content Groups that let you group your data into logical collections that reflect how you think about your projects. You could group all the content that's published to your blog and then view the Content Quality dashboard to look at how your blog content develops over time.
There's a new way to sign in to Acrolinx sidebar integrations. Previously, you entered your username and password directly in the Sidebar. Now, you'll be prompted to click a button that opens a sign-in page in a browser window. After you sign in to Acrolinx to give the application permission to access, you can return to the sidebar and start using Acrolinx. If you update to the 5.2 server, all sidebar integrations will immediately start using the new Acrolinx sign-in feature.
Tone of Voice Guidance for Conversational Tone
|Acrolinx can now guide your content towards a conversational tone. You might want conversational tone guidance for content that's engaging and easy to follow. Acrolinx AI processes your content and suggests guidance per paragraph. We take a range of things into account, like word choice, sentence and paragraph structure, as well as repetition.|
Better English Spelling Suggestions
We've got a new language model that uses a statistical language model based on AI. So, you'll now see more relevant and useful suggestions for English spelling. You'll need a 5.2 Guidance Package to see the improvements.
All Users Can Now Be Assigned a Department
Department is now a default field for all users. You can set it as required, optional, or third-party. You can assign a department manually or through Enterprise Federated Authentication. Users also have the option to update it in the Sidebar in their User Profile.
You can use the department field to define content groups, to filter analytics dashboards, or to define checking profiles.
Scorecard Now Always Shows Flesch Reading Ease Metric
We've enabled the Flesch Reading Ease Metric as a standard metric. You can now see Flesch Reading Ease in the "Metrics" section of your Scorecard.
Simplified Voice Metrics and Voice Guidance
You used to set target levels for voice metrics like Clarity, Informality, and Liveliness. It was sometimes a challenge to set your target levels on a sliding scale. We’ve now specified each level of Clarity for you to select. And we provide guidance based on these levels.
New Scorecard Archive Dashboard
We've improved the Scorecard archive so that you can now filter for Scorecards by user or department and sort by the Acrolinx Score.
Comments in Microsoft Word Are No Longer Checked by Default
We've changed the default behavior for checking Microsoft Word documents. Acrolinx doesn't check the comments anymore. You can manually enable checking comments in your Context Segmentation Definition (CSD) file. See Configuring Server-side Extraction in this help center.
API Tokens for Authentication
You can now generate API tokens from the Acrolinx dashboard. You can use the token for authentication if you're using the Command Line Checker or the GitHub Integration. Also, you won't need to use the user account for authentication in headless integrations.
New Admin Warning If You're Using Non-Production Databases
If you're using non-production databases such as H2 or Derby for terminology, reporting or analytics, we now show a warning message. You'll only see it if you're the "admin" user on the Acrolinx dashboard. So, now you can quickly identify when an Acrolinx installation isn't fully set up. You won't see this warning if you're on your test system.
Faster Terminology Loading on Oracle Databases
If you're using an Oracle database for your terminology, you might have experienced some performance issues. We've made loading term sets into the language server faster. We hope that you'll now see a significant improvement in the time it takes to load your terminology.
Scorecards for Swedish Weren't Displayed Correctly
We've fixed the Scorecards for Swedish so that we display the descriptions correctly.
Import Wizard Mapping With CSV Didn't Work for Linked Terms
If you imported terms from a CSV using the import wizard, mapping a global value to a term field didn't work properly for linked terms. You can now map a global value to a term field without it effecting all your linked terms.
Replacements at the Beginning of Sentences in All Uppercase
When Acrolinx replaced words at the beginning of a sentence, they were replaced as all uppercase. We've changed this behavior so that now only the first letter is uppercase.
Issue When Creating a Support Package With a Broken Reporting Database
If the reporting database was corrupt, it wasn't possible to create a support package. You can now create a support package regardless of whether the reporting database is corrupt. The support package now contains information that the reporting database couldn't be reached.
Scorecard Layout Issues for Simplified Technical English (STE)
Some of the Scorecard was unreadable when checking STE. We've now fixed the layout of the Scorecard for STE.
Sometimes, It Wasn't Possible to Save Changes in the Guidance Wizard
In some circumstances, when upgrading from 5.0 to 5.1 server, it wasn't possible to save changes in the Guidance Wizard. You shouldn't see issues with saving in the Guidance Wizard anymore.
Couldn't View Reuse Repositories
Even with the right privileges to view reuse repositories, you still weren't able to see the repositories. We've fixed this so that now, you can view reuse repositories if you have the right privileges.
Category Scores Colors in Scorecard Incorrect
We noticed that the category score bar coloring in the Scorecard weren't quite right. Now, you'll see the color red for a score of 60 and the color yellow for a score of 80.
Java Development Kit Required
Starting from 5.2 server, the Acrolinx server requires the Java Development Kit (JDK). Previously, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) was enough. You can either use Oracle Java SE 8 JDK x64 or IBM Java 8 SDK 64-bit.
Increased Memory Requirements
Since we've added a new Analytics server, the memory requirement for running the Acrolinx server increased. We recommend that you make at least an additional 4 GB of RAM available for running the Analytics server. And if you have a large reporting database, then we recommend making 8 GB of RAM available.
There are three more databases needed with the introduction of the new analytics server. You can add these three databases to the same database server as the terminology and reporting database since they aren’t expected to store a large amount of data.
Changes in Database Support
With this release, we're adding support for the following database versions:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2016 64-bit
- MySQL Community Server 5.7.x
- PostgreSQL 9.5.x
We're dropping support for the following older database versions:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2012 64-bit
- MySQL Community Server 5.5.x
- PostgreSQL 9.1.x and 9.3.x
- Oracle 11.1
Sidebar Version 13 Isn't Part of 5.2 Server
To fully support Enterprise Federated Authentication, we've removed version 13 of the Sidebar from 5.2 server. If you're using an integration that needs Sidebar version 13, then upgrade to Sidebar version 14 before using the 5.2 server.