Acrolinx Desktop Checker - Version 4.7 (21 March 2016)
This is a minor release but it also includes a few other improvements, bug fixes, and updates.
Also, if you've read the plug-documentation before, you might be accustomed to visiting our old infocenter at "infocenter.acrolinx.com". While older versions of the documentation are still there, we've moved the latest documentation to the section " Using Acrolinx in your Editor - Classic Edition " in this help center.
Rebranded Acrolinx Logo and Icons
We've updated all icon images and the Acrolinx logo that appear in the product.
Added the new Acrolinx Scorecard
When a check is complete, Acrolinx now generates a Scorecard that describes the detected issues. The new Scorecard replaces both the existing checking report and the results dialog. The Scorecard includes several improvements over the checking report. For example, the information is now displayed in an optimized way and the general navigation has been improved. You also benefit from the increased interactive options on the Scorecard. For example, you can hover over many elements on the Scorecard to display extra information and options. To display the Scorecard, you must use an Acrolinx server version 4.0 or later.
You can now enter your custom information directly in the plug-in
If your administrator has configured Acrolinx to collect custom information, you must enter this information before you can run a check. The plug-in now displays the custom information form in a window directly in your editor. Previously, the plug-in opened a new page in your web browser. This change makes it easier for you to enter your custom information and makes the user experience more intuitive. To display the custom information form inside your editor, you must connect to an Acrolinx server version 4.0 or later.
You can now select checking profiles in the plug-in options
If you connect to an Acrolinx server that uses checking profiles, you can now select the checking profiles directly in the plug-in interface. With checking profiles, you can check your documents without configuring checking options or segmentation settings first. For example, a checking profile contains the configuration for the language, the rule set, the issue types, and if necessary, the term sets. Also, the checking profile contains all necessary filter and segmentation options so that Acrolinx can correctly extract the text.
We've removed the documentation that's packaged with the Plug-in
We've removed the documentation that's packaged with the Word plug-in. Now, when you select "Help" in the Word plug-in, you'll be taken to the article Using Acrolinx in your Editor - Classic 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.
We've added support for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and 10.
Acrolinx Desktop Checker Version 3.2 (15 October 2013)
This release adds French localization and includes many functional enhancements as well as some bug and stability fixes.
The user documentation has been updated to describe the new functionality.
Added French localization for the user interface
The plug-in user interface has been translated into French. You can select the new language option on the Plug-in tab of the plug-in options.
Redesigned the Acrolinx Results dialog
The Acrolinx Results dialog box has been updated and redesigned.
The Desktop Checker closes a user session when a check has completed
When using the Desktop Checker, a user session now ends when the check completes and the corrections dialog box is displayed. A concurrent user session is made available to other users when the Desktop Checker is running but inactive in the notification area (system tray). If you have a concurrent user license, this change ensures that your users do not have to wait as long for an available user license.
Improved accessibility with more keyboard shortcuts and accelerator keys
You can now use more keyboard shortcuts and accelerator keys to activate the commands and to move through the plug-in interface. Accelerator keys can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. You can use accelerator keys with most menus and dialog boxes. You can show the accelerator keys by pressing the Alt key. If a letter is underlined in a menu, that usually means that pressing the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item. In the corrections dialog box, you press the Alt key in combination with the underlined key.
Administrators can configure the client to suggest user names when registering the client
When users first use the Acrolinx plug-in or change the Acrolinx Server, they must register with the Acrolinx Server with a user name and password. In this new version, administrators can use a core server property to suggest a user name during registration. For example, administrators can use environment variables to automatically suggest the Windows user name of the currently logged-in user. This reduces issues with incorrectly entered user names and improves the user management especially in organizations with defined naming conventions.
Access the user information form from the Acrolinx options
If the Acrolinx administrator has configured the software to collect custom user information, users must fill out the form before starting the first check or when registering with the Acrolinx Server. Administrators can use this information for detailed reporting features. In this new version of the plug-in, users can now open the user information form at any time by clicking the respective link in the Acrolinx options. This improves accessibility if it becomes necessary to update or check the user's information.
Check settings are remembered for rule sets
When users switch between rule sets in the Acrolinx options, the plug-in now remembers the check settings that were previously selected for this rule set.
Improved the navigation in the corrections dialog
- Select words by double-clicking them.
- Select text using the mouse or keyboard (Shift+Left/Right arrow).
- Use keyboard shortcuts to copy (Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert), cut (Ctrl+X or Shift+Delete), and paste (Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert) text.
Improved the behavior of the progress bar
Users can now select whether the progress bar should always be displayed in the foreground during checks.
The plug-in has been updated to reflect a change in company branding
The product name "Acrolinx" is no longer written with an "IQ". "Acrolinx" is now always written without the "IQ" in all company material and software.
In the corrections dialog, users now know when they reached the end of a document
In the corrections dialog, users can skip a flag and move to the next flag. In previous versions, it was not always clear when the corrections dialog reached the end of a document and moved to the beginning to edit the remaining flags. Now, a message box is displayed to inform the user that the end of the document has been reached.
In the corrections dialog, users can now insert nonbreaking spaces with a keyboard shortcut
Users can now use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Space to insert a nonbreaking space into the text in the corrections dialog. When pasting the corrected text back into the document, the plug-in now correctly adds the nonbreaking space into the host editor application.
Term Contribution without separate login
When using the plug-in together with Acrolinx Server version 2.9 or later, users can now contribute terms without separately logging into the Term Contribution form. Instead, the Server authenticates the users with their Acrolinx user ID and password they used when starting the plug-in. This improvement significantly facilitates using the Term Contribution feature.
The option "Direct Report Download" is now deselected by default
This option was created for customers who are situated behind proxy servers in order for them to view the reports without any issues. In this release, the default setting has been changed and the option is now deselected when the plug-in is installed.
Direct access to the corresponding section in the checking report from the results dialog
After checking, the Acrolinx Results dialog box is displayed. Users can now click on the links next to the flag type to open the Acrolinx checking report directly at the corresponding section. This improves usability especially for documents with a large number of flags. Note that this feature requires an Acrolinx Server version 3 or higher.
Introduced a new type of score for a checked document: The "Quality Score"
When you run a check with an Acrolinx server with the version 3.0 or later, you now receive a quality score for the document in the Acrolinx Results dialog box. The quality score expresses the checking score as a standardized score out of 100 that is easy for most users to understand. The quality score is designed to assess the document based on the maximum number of issues that are allowed per 100 words. The default limit is 10 issues, but your Acrolinx server administrator can change this limit by updating your language configuration.
Markers for element boundaries in the corrections dialog box
If you use the corrections dialog box to review issues, you can now view the element boundaries in the sentence that you are reviewing. You can use this option to make it easier for you to edit sentences that contain many elements. When you see then element boundaries you can ensure that any text that you add to the sentence is added within the correct element.
When users authenticated with the server, the plug-in did not prompt them to enter a password even though a password was required
This issue occurred when users connected to the server and the server required the user to enter their user name and password. The plug-in correctly prompted the user for their user ID, but did not correctly display the dialog box for the password prompt. This issue has now been resolved and the dialog boxes for the user ID and password prompts both display on top of all other windows. Any users who were affected by this issue should now be able to enter their passwords when authenticating with the Acrolinx server.
Correcting text in corrections dialog was not possible
In some circumstances, it was not possible to correct text when using the corrections dialog. If users selected the option to display the rule help in the corrections dialog and clicked into the help area before correcting the issue, the text could not be edited. If users edited the text first, the rule help was not displayed. This issue has been resolved.
Customized name for admitted terms was not displayed in the plug-in options
In newer versions of Acrolinx you can configure the Acrolinx Plug-ins and Acrolinx Clients to display an option to specifically check for admitted terms and flag these terms separately from deprecated and valid terms. You can also customize the name of the admitted term status. However, if you configured a customized name, this name was not displayed in the Acrolinx options of the client. Instead, the client always displayed the default name "Admitted terms". This issue has been resolved.
Administrators can now restrict the custom spelling dictionaries that are available for plug-in users to update
In most Acrolinx plug-ins, users can add words to one of several spelling dictionaries so that the spelling of the word is allowed under certain conditions. You can now restrict access to these dictionaries with a core server property. For more information see the article on restricting the available dictionaries for the add to dictionary feature.