Core Platform - Version 5.4.1 (8 May 2018)
With this service release, we provide a better quality of exports in Analytics and some other bug fixes.
Better Quality Analytics Exports
Analytics charts come in beautiful colors and shapes. But there wasn't much of this beauty left after you exported a chart as PDF or HTML. We’ve improved the quality for both export formats. Now, the exports are in no way inferior to the charts.
Microsoft Excel Export for Tables in Analytics Dashboards
In 5.4 Analytics you couldn’t export a table from a dashboard in Excel format. What a shame! We fixed this so the export will work as you’re used to.
Sign in With an Integration While Using Analytics
When using Analytics, you might still like to sign in with an integration to check your content. But if you had Analytics open and you tried to sign in to an Integration using the same browser, your Analytics session might have stopped. We’ve changed that, so that the Analytics session is now unaffected by Integration sign-ins.
Sometimes Content Group Criteria Weren’t Saved
If you set a criteria for a Content Group you’d usually like to keep the configuration. But in some situations these criteria weren’t saved properly and after a restart of the Core Platform it was gone. We’ve fixed this, so your Content Group configurations are safe and sound.
Sometimes Cost Savings Settings Weren’t Saved
When you changed the settings for the Cost Savings dashboard, any Issue Types settings you’d saved were lost when you switched to a different language. We’ve fixed this so your settings will stay as they are.
Improved Calculation of Improvements Dashboard
The Improvements dashboard should cover all improvements, but improvements weren’t counted when the guidance configuration was changed in between. We’ve changed this so you can be sure to get an overview of all improvements.
Core Platform - Version 5.4 (16 April 2018)
Spring is here and with the warm weather comes our new 5.4. Core Platform and our brand new Sidebar. We’ve done some spring cleaning in Acrolinx Analytics, you can expect a fresh look and some newly blossomed dashboards. We love all the birds and bees flying around at this time of the year, but we don’t like bugs in Acrolinx. So, we got rid of some of them.
New Analytics Look
Analytics shines in new splendor. We’ve reorganized the overview page to let you quickly find the Analytics dashboard that you’re looking for. Instead of a long list of dashboards, we’ve ordered the dashboards by category. There are four new categories:
Take a look at the impact your content has on your business. Get a quick view on the quality of your content. See where you’ve made improvements and savings.
Is your content on course with your goals? Compare your Content Groups and Scores. See if you can reach your targets.
This is all about terminology! Fine-tune your Guidance based on grammar, style, and terminology issues. Findability helps you to target the keywords that make your online content discoverable. Term Harvesting enables you to see terminology relevant to your content.
Like any system, Acrolinx needs to be in action to be fit. Here you can check how often Acrolinx is in action. For good health, we also recommend updating regularly. With the Integration Tracking dashboard, you can track if you need to update an integration.
Cleaned up the Analytics Dashboards
We’ve decided to go for a clear and pure style with Analytics 5.4. This way the Analytics dashboards are more fashionable and easy to understand at the same time. Each dashboard has been pruned to make it clearer what they offer.
New Findability Dashboard
Don’t lose your keywords. Find them! With the new Findability dashboard, you can easily see what keywords Acrolinx spotted in your content. Find out in which document a keyword is used and how often, without having to check each document individually. You can view information on target keywords when you open the detail link.
New Term Harvesting Dashboard
Acrolinx reviews a document or set of documents, reporting on the terms that are used along with their frequency and variations. The Term Harvesting dashboard lets you quickly see which terms your writers use and how. This dashboard replaces the Term Aggregator. We didn’t change this feature significantly, but you’ll get clearer overview with the dashboard.
New Score Roll-Up Dashboard
We’ve added the Score Roll-Up to help you track the performance of writers and departments over time. If you need, you can also hide this dashboard from the Analytics section by setting the following property in
Internet Explorer 11: Analytics Dashboards Open in New Tab
We want to make sure that Analytics looks good in all browsers. To do so, we’ve changed how Acrolinx opens the Analytics dashboards in Internet Explorer 11. If you click on an Analytics dashboard, it will always open in a new browser tab.
Metrics in Content Analysis Table View
If you use the Content Analyzer, you can open the Content Analysis dashboard to review your content. We’ve improved the Table View you’ll get in the Detail Links section. You can now add metrics on the Content Analysis table view. You’ll find this option under Enter Parameter Values > Show Metrics .
New Guideline Details on Guidance Overview
The Guidance Overview dashboard got a new gem called Guideline Details, including example documents for each issue. It allows you to understand the context in which a specific issue occurred.
Full Scorecard URL in Analytics Exports
In exports from Analytics tables, we now include the full URL to the Scorecard. This means you can now open a Scorecard directly from Excel, which is pretty handy.
Removed Analytics Dashboard Print and Export
As Analytics dashboards are optimized for browser-based usage, it's more logical to have no print and export options there. If you want to print you data, we recommend using the export function for individual tables and charts on the dashboard.
We Added Checking and Licensing on Checks by User Table
When you open the Checks by User table of Checking Activity dashboard, you'll now see information about recent checks and the current license status.
New Analytics Documentation
With this release, there are a of improvements in Analytics. To help you get to know this next-level-awesomeness, we decided to create a new section on Analytics 5.4 in our documentation. Now, you can easily get up-to-date with the latest descriptions of every dashboard, an overview of Acrolinx Analytics, and a Dashboard Tutorial. Take a look at the Acrolinx Analytics Dashboards 5.4 documentation.
Sidebar - Version 14.6
More Intuitive Image for Ignore Options
We've changed the look of the button to ignore a card. Before, there was a check mark. This was pretty confusing, so we changed it to a circle with a line through it. We hope this is a more intuitive symbol for the option to ignore a card. The same goes for the button to ignore all instances of an issue in a document. There used to be two ticks, now there’s a circle with two parallel lines through it.
Check Selection in the Sidebar
Most of our Sidebar integrations now support Check Selection. This means you can select a part of your content, click CHECK SELECTION in the dropdown next to the CHECK button, and just see cards related to your selected content. This is a handy feature, and is especially good news when you’re already familiar with this feature from Classic editions. Now, you can switch to the Sidebar, block out distractions, and focus on the content that needs your attention most. We’ve also sped up Check Selection in lots of our integrations. You’ll notice you get a faster check, and a partial check Scorecard with a pared-back display of checking details. To keep Analytics clean, results from these fast checks don’t get written to your reporting database either.
You’ll notice the faster Check Selection in the following Acrolinx integrations:
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on Windows and Mac OS X
- Adobe InDesign and FrameMaker (XML, structured and unstructured)
- Oxygen Eclipse and Oxygen standalone
- Google Docs
- IBM Notes
Sidebar Bug Fixes
Infinite Loop in the Sidebar
When you sign in to the Sidebar, you can use Acrolinx until your user access token expires. Previously, if your access token expired and you tried to use Acrolinx, the Sidebar couldn’t check your content. All checks would fail, Acrolinx wrote confusing entries in the server logs, and the Sidebar wouldn’t tell you why. Now, if your access token expires, the Sidebar shows the sign-in screen. You can sign in again, renew your access token, and check happily ever after.
Findability Keyword Limit
Acrolinx tried to compete with the great explorers and discovered lots of Findability keywords. Unfortunately not all findings were relevant. To be more precise, we’ve limited the number of discovered keywords to the 30 most relevant ones.
Improved Document Processing Speed for Tone of Voice
Tone of Voice checking is speeding up. We’re still pushing it to get faster, but you’ll already see a noticeable improvement with 5.4.
The Internal Core Server Endpoint Has Moved to a Different Port
To make a secure setup of the Core Platform easier, we created a distinct internal endpoint for the Core Platform, and moved it to a separate port. Generally, you don’t have to worry about this. If you’re using a distributed setup, or you actively specified endpoints in the overlay, you’ll need to change your configuration settings to the new port.
Direct Help Link to the Simplified Technical English (STE) Dictionary
Getting to the Simplified Technical English dictionary was a bit too technical. So, we simplified it. If you’re checking STE, the Sidebar cards now give you a direct link to the STE entry for an issue.
Load Keystores and Truststores from Overlay
For more effortless backups and upgrades, you can now store keystores and truststores in the overlay directory, instead of the platform installation directory.
Updated Password Security
After updating to 5.4, some users might find that their user passwords stop working. This happens if your user password was the same as the generic SSO password. We removed these user passwords to increase security. You can still use SSO in this case, but if you find yourself locked out of the Dashboard after updating, just ask your Acrolinx administrator to set you a new password.
Xref Elements in Markdown
You can now set your Markdown Content Profile to ignore xref elements.
Filter with an Ampersand Couldn't Be Loaded in the Acrolinx Term Browser
Yes you can, ampersand. There used to be a little problem with ampersands in Term Browser filter names. If you saved a filter that had an ampersand, like fish & chips or mac & cheese, the filter couldn’t be loaded in the Term Browser. Now, you can ampersand.
Link Checker Didn't Find Certain Pages
If you used the Link Checker, and the Web Server the link was pointing to didn’t support the HEAD HTTP request method, Acrolinx would highlight the link as broken. We don’t use the HEAD method anymore, so this issue has been fixed.
Contribute Term Form Didn't Open from Scorecard
You should be able to add a new term directly from the Scorecard. Previously, the term contribution form didn’t open from the Scorecard, when you've clicked Contribute Term under New Terms . We’ve made sure that the link works now.
Custom User Information Wasn't Properly Updated
You probably already filled out all the required custom user fields. Department, content type, favorite ice-cream flavor. But things change. If your entry became obsolete (maybe stracciatella isn't on the menu anymore), the Acrolinx didn’t always warn you that you needed to re-enter your answer. We’ve fixed this. No more missing ice-cream preferences.
Remapping of the Source Paths for External DTDs Didn't Accept "|" in the Path Name
Acrolinx used to have a problem with external document type definitions (DTDs) if the path contained the pipe character "|". We’ve fixed this issue.
Disrespected Hard Line Breaks in Markdown
When checking Markdown content, we didn’t respect hard line breaks. Now, we do. Respect, not just a little bit.
Security Vulnerability Fixed
We released a fix for a possible directory traversal on Windows-based systems. For more information you can view the public entry: CVE-2018-7719 .
With Microsoft SQL Server, Migration from 5.2 Server Failed
If you were using Microsoft SQL Server and trying to upgrade from Acrolinx 5.2, you might have come upon a problem with the reporting database. We’ve fixed this issue - you can upgrade in peace.
Analytics Category Scores Table Showed Duplicate Categories
In the old Business Value dashboard, the Category Scores table showed some categories twice. The link to this table has moved to the new Trends dashboard, where you’ll now see the correct number of categories displayed.