1.6 Acrolinx for Mac (13 July 2017)
This is a minor release, but we’re happy to announce that Acrolinx now works with more Sketch versions.
Added Support for Sketch
Good news for Sketch users. Acrolinx now works with Sketch versions 44.x, 45 and 45.1.
Acrolinx Only Checked a Document Once
When you enabled a custom tab in the Sidebar, Acrolinx became a little lazy and checked you document only once. An example of a custom tab might be a tab with target keywords from an external SEO system. So, if you run a second check, the check would start but not finish. Acrolinx is now back in old shape. You can check your content freely as many times as you want even if you have a custom tab in the Sidebar.
1.5 Acrolinx for Mac (19 May 2017)
We’re excited to release a new plug-in for Sketch. This release will also include other minor improvements.
New Integration for Sketch
We’re happy to announce that you can use Acrolinx to optimize content in your *.sketch documents now. The Sketch plug-in comes in the new Acrolinx for Mac package.
Sidebar Improvements for All Plug-Ins: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Acrolinx Desktop Checker, and Sketch
Previously, the Scorecard and the help links opened an internal window that you couldn't easily customize. All the links you can click in the Sidebar now open in a separate default browser window. With a default browser window, you can resize and view the window at the resolution you want. Also, the Sidebar now shows User Profile , so you can configure some settings, for example, the custom user information, directly in the Sidebar. The issues cards now offer the option term contribution and provide a short help if available.
Use the Keyboard Shortcut to Paste From Your Computer's Clipboard
With the previous version of Acrolinx, you could paste the content from your clipboard using a right mouse click and selecting Paste. However, it wasn't possible to paste from your computer's clipboard using the keyboard shortcut Command + V . We've changed this and you can now use the shortcut to paste content in the Server address field in the Preferences and the User Name and Password fields in the Sidebar.
Acrolinx for Mac OS X Now Uses the OS X Sidebar SDK
We've updated the integration to use the macOS SDK. You can use this SDK to develop your own custom integration for macOS. For more information, see the project in GitHub .
Message for Unsupported or Unsaved Documents
When you opened a document that Acrolinx couldn’t read the Show sidebar menu item appeared deactivated. This caused some confusion because there was no information on why the sidebar wasn’t available. We’ve changed that, so if you ever open an unsupported or unsaved document you’ll get a message explaining that Acrolinx doesn’t support that document.
- You'll need to update your license to turn on Acrolinx for Sketch on your server.
- Requires an updated CSD and context definition. Contact Acrolinx support to get these files.
The Acrolinx Sidebar Can Only Check Word Documents With the Extension .Docx
In Word for Mac, you can't show the Sidebar for documents with the extension .doc. We recommend checking the content of .doc files by saving them as .docx files first.
Acrolinx for Sketch requires the following products:
- Requires version 5.1 server and guidance package or later
- macOS version 10.12 (Sierra)
- Sketch version 42 and 43
Acrolinx for Mac - 1.4.1 (23 January 2017)
This is a minor release.
Use Enterprise Federated Authentication to Authenticate Acrolinx Users with Your Identity Management Service
We now support Enterprise Federated Authentication, which means you can use protocols like SAML, OpenID Connect and OAuth. So, you can authenticate users with an identity management service such as Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services, OneLogin, and Okta.
Enterprise Federated Authentication currently works with the PingFederate server that we can set up for you. And, it's available for Acrolinx for Mac with Acrolinx server version 5.1.
If you activate Enterprise Federated Authentication on your Acrolinx server, you won't be able to use the Desktop Checker for Mac. You’ll be able to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. We’ll support the Desktop Checker for Mac soon.
Acrolinx for Mac - Version 1.4 (22 July 2016)
This is a minor release but it also includes a new Desktop Checker and a few other improvements, bug fixes, and updates.
Available with Acrolinx Server version 5.0: New Desktop Checker
You now get the new Desktop Checker with Acrolinx for Mac. You can find the Desktop Checker under the Acrolinx status icon. It comes with the Acrolinx Sidebar, which you can use to check, review, and correct your content in a text editor. You can also keep the Desktop Checker open and use it to check your Clipboard content.
Support for English, German, Swedish, French, and Japanese User Interface Languages
Previously, Acrolinx for Mac only had user interface language settings for English and German. You can now get Acrolinx for Mac in Swedish, French and Japanese as well. Acrolinx displays the user interface taken from your language setting in your system preferences. The sidebar is also available in your preferred language. Keep in mind, that you need the 5.0 server for Swedish, French, and Japanese.
Microsoft Word: Changed the Way Acrolinx Gets Text out of Your Documents to Improve Performance
Previous versions of Acrolinx extracted the text using the Word 2003 XML. We've changed the extraction to use the .docx format. This change means overall performance improvements. The total document size of the .docx XML is smaller since it doesn't contain images. Having a smaller overall document means that Acrolinx can transfer the document to the server faster and consume less memory. However, this also means that you can only check .docx documents. You can no longer check .doc documents.
Microsoft PowerPoint: Acrolinx Can't Highlight Text in Your Document When You Click a Card in the Sidebar
Typically, when you use the sidebar, you click the card to see the issue highlighted in your document. In version 1.3 of Acrolinx for PowerPoint on Mac, Acrolinx only selected the shape on the slide where the issue text is and didn't highlight the issue text itself.
In version 1.4 of Acrolinx for PowerPoint on Mac, we improved this highlighting a bit. Now, when you click a card, Acrolinx can highlight issue text if it's a single word. If the issue text is longer than 1 word, Acrolinx only selects the shape.
Available With Acrolinx Server Version 5.0: PowerPoint and Word: the Sidebar Tells You Where Issues Occur in Your Content
The sidebar cards now tell you where your issue text occurs. For example, you might now see something like page number, title or bulleted list in the card. This information will help you find the issue in your content faster.
Showing this information works by configuring the context definitions on the Acrolinx server. We've done this for you for Word for Mac and PowerPoint for Mac. We identify elements like page number or title based on the document structure or page components. You can extend this functionality even further by configuring the context definitions yourself. Keep in mind though, that you won't be able to configure everything since there are limitations from Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. If you have custom styles and components and would like the sidebar to show this information, contact Acrolinx support to get help.
Available With Acrolinx Server Version 5.0: PowerPoint and Word: The Sidebar Shows You If Issue Text Occurs in a Read-Only or Inaccessible Part of Your Document
In some circumstances, Acrolinx checks a part of your document but can't highlight the issue text or automatically insert suggestions for you from the sidebar. For example, Acrolinx might find a typo in text that's in a hyperlink but you have to open a separate window to edit that text. Similarly, Acrolinx finds issues in Comments, Headers, or Footers but you have to use a special edit mode to change the text. If the issue text is in an inaccessible part of your document, the sidebar shows a padlock icon and the suggestions appear de-activated.
We've done the work for you and configured your guidance package so that Acrolinx checks some common inaccessible parts of documents. But you might need to extend the context definitions on your Acrolinx server to work for you, especially if you use custom styles or components.
New version 14.1 sidebar
Check out the sidebar release notes to see all the new features. You have to update to the 5.0 Server to get the 14.1 sidebar.
Notable Bug Fixes
Acrolinx didn't Remember Your Sign-in Details on Mac 10.11 "El Capitan"
With the previous version of Acrolinx, if you used Mac 10.11, you had to sign in every time you opened the sidebar. We've fixed this issue so now you only have to sign in to the sidebar once and Acrolinx remembers your sign-in details for the next time.
The plug-ins for Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint also work with a version 4.7 Server.
The Desktop Checker requires the following Acrolinx products:
- Acrolinx server version 5.0 or later
- Acrolinx guidance package version 5.0 or later
- Acrolinx sidebar version 14.1
- Acrolinx web checker version 1.0.
Acrolinx for Mac - Version 1.3 (21 March 2016)
This is a minor release but it also includes a new plug-in for PowerPoint and few other improvements, bug fixes, and updates.
Added New Plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint
Acrolinx for Mac now comes with plug-ins for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You can find information on how to install and use the PowerPoint plug-in in the writers section of the help center.
Rebranded Acrolinx Logo and Icons
We've updated all icon images and the Acrolinx logo that appear in the product.
Suggestions in Sidebar are Disabled for the Outlook plug-in
Due to API limitations of Microsoft Outlook for Mac, Acrolinx is not able to insert suggestions automatically from the sidebar in the e-mail content. In the previous version of the Outlook plug-in, you could click suggestions in the sidebar and the cards would disappear but the e-mail content was not changed. Now, when you check your e-mail content, the suggestions in the Acrolinx sidebar appear disabled. You can still see the suggestions but you have to manually edit your e-mails.
Acrolinx doesn't Remember Your Acrolinx Sign-in Details on Mac 10.11 "El Capitan"
Typically, you only have to sign in to the sidebar once and Acrolinx remembers your sign-in details for the next time. However, if you use Mac 10.11, you have to sign in every time you open the sidebar. This only happens on Mac version 10.11. We don't want you to have to sign in every time and are working on a fix for the upcoming Acrolinx for Mac release.
We've added support for Mac version 10.11 (El Capitan).
The plug-in requires the following Acrolinx products:
- Acrolinx server version 4.7 or later
- Acrolinx resources version 4.7 or later
- Acrolinx sidebar version 14.0.
Acrolinx for Mac OS X - Version 1.2 (1 December 2015)
This release is a minor release which contains a bug fix and a few other changes.
We renamed the disk image that we use to distribute the plug-in
In previous releases, the disk image "client_WordV1.2.0_B422.dmg" had a misleading name. The name indicated that the disk image contained a package for the Microsoft Word plug-in. However, the file contains packages for both Microsoft Word and Outlook plug-ins. To reflect that it contains several applications, we gave the file the more generic name "client_MacV1.2.1_B434.dmg".
We removed the documentation that's packaged with plug-in
We removed the documentation packaged that's with the plug-in. Now, when you select "Help" in the plug-in, you'll be taken to the section " Using Acrolinx in your Editor - Sidebar Edition " in this help center.
We want to make sure that you get the most up-to-date help so that's why we take you to the online help center. If you have writers who need offline help, you can click the PDF button at the top of an article. Download the PDF and distribute it to the writers who need to access the information offline.
The Acrolinx Sidebar didn't load correctly
Normally, the sidebar is hosted on the Acrolinx server. When you open your editor, Acrolinx connects to the server and loads the sidebar. Often, Acrolinx couldn't load the sidebar from an Acrolinx server that was hosted by an external hosting provider. We've fixed the plug-in so that the sidebar now loads reliably from externally hosted servers.
Acrolinx for Mac OS X - Version 1.1 (14 August 2015)
This release is a minor release which adds a few general improvements and support for the newest Word version.
The user documentation hasn’t been changed.
Acrolinx correctly prompts writers to enter their custom user and document information
If you've configured Acrolinx to collect custom information, your writers can now enter this information before they open the sidebar and run a check.
The sidebar can now display server notifications
Server notifications inform users that checking might be affected by server maintenance or planned server outages. The new Acrolinx sidebar can now display server notifications. If you haven't worked with server notifications before, you can set them up in the Acrolinx server Dashboard.
Support for English and German user interface language
This version of the Acrolinx integration has been tested with Mac OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 and Microsoft Word for Mac 2016 . Other versions might work but haven’t been tested.
The application requires the following versions of Acrolinx: Acrolinx Server (on-premise) version 4.3 or later and Acrolinx resources version 4.3 or later.
Acrolinx for Mac OS X - Version 1.0 (30 June 2015)
This release is the first version of Acrolinx for Microsoft Word for Mac. The integration contains the default features of the latest Web SDK, for example support for the checking profiles user interface. Also, this version includes the Acrolinx Scorecard and the new sidebar feature.
Standard Acrolinx functionality integrated into Acrolinx Microsoft Word for Mac
- Work with checking profiles.
- Display Acrolinx Scorecards with detailed information about your check results.
- Harvest new terms.
- Add custom user and document information for analytics purposes.
New Acrolinx Sidebar
We've changed the way you review and edit issues in your content. Instead of highlighting the issues directly in the text, we show you the issues in a new sidebar. This means that Acrolinx doesn't interfere with your text and you can review the issues side by side with your content. You'll have quicker access to all the Acrolinx features that you're used to, because our sidebar is always by your side in a very unobtrusive way.
This sidebar will be included in the newest versions of Acrolinx for other editors as well.
Standalone Acrolinx Application
We've restructured Acrolinx so that important settings such as your server address are always available even when your editor application is closed. When you start Acrolinx in Mac OS X, Acrolinx is always available in the status section of your menu bar. This means you can change your server address without having to open your editor such as Microsoft Word.
This version of the Acrolinx integration has been tested with Mac OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and Microsoft Word for Mac 2011 . Other versions might work but have not been tested.
The application requires the following versions of Acrolinx: Acrolinx Server (on-premise) version 4.3 or later and Acrolinx resources version 4.3 or later.
Display the customized name of admitted terms in the integration
In your Acrolinx Server installation, you can configure a separate flag for admitted terms . As part of this feature, you can also customize the name of the admitted terms' status. However, we only displayed this customized name in the shortcut menu of most of our Windows-based integrations, for example the Microsoft Office plug-ins. Since this version, we display the customized name in the interface of this integration.