We’re excited to introduce a new edition in the Acrolinx plug-in family. We’ll also continue to release updates to the older edition of our Acrolinx plug-ins.
Here’s what we’re calling our two editions:
- If you already use an Acrolinx plug-in, this is the edition you’re probably familiar with.
You check and edit your content with the help a shortcut menu that appears when you click colored flags. If you prefer, you can also use a corrections dialog box.
- Sidebar Edition - This is the newest edition in the Acrolinx plug-in family. You check and edit your content with the help of a sidebar that appears alongside your content.
What’s so special about the sidebar edition?
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.
What about classic edition? Will anything change?
We won't make any more major changes to the classic edition, but we’ll keep fixing critical issues that any of you raise.
Should I switch editions?
It depends on how you prefer to work:
If you’re familiar with the classic edition and happy with the way it works, then stick with it.
Some people prefer to review issues by having them highlighted in the document, or by using the corrections dialog. That’s fine, we’ll keep offering this functionality.
If you want to try a more unobtrusive way of reviewing content issues, have a look at the sidebar edition.
Bear in mind that the sidebar edition has a few limitations:
It’s better for checking shorter documents up to about 20 pages long.
The performance when checking long, structured documents isn’t great, but we’re working on this.
You can’t configure the filter settings in the plug-in interface.
If you want to filter by fonts or styles, your Acrolinx server administrator will have to update a configuration file on the server. More specifically, a context segmentation definition (CSD) file. That could be a bit annoying if you’re used to configuring the filter settings in the plug-in. On the bright side, if you upgrade to 4.7 server, you’ll be able to edit the CSD files from the Dashboard.
You can't check or recheck a selected part of a document.
You can check or recheck a selected part of a document in the classic edition, which is handy for when you work with larger documents. But you can't do it in the sidebar edition so you have to check the whole document each time. However, we’re working hard to make it possible for you to check only part of a document.
- It’s better for checking shorter documents up to about 20 pages long.
Which Acrolinx integrations come in sidebar and classic edition?
To see a full list of authoring tools that Acrolinx supports, check out the full list here .
For an overview of what features sidebar and classic edition plug-ins have, see the article in this help center.