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Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 02:05:07 -0600 (MDT)


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ANN: MadCap Supports DITA Publishing with No Additional Tools

MadCaps Newest Versions of Flare and Blaze Products Facilitate
DITA Adoption and Integration With Traditional Content Formats

La Jolla, CA, USA June 9, 2009 MadCap Software, the leader in
multi-channel content authoring and a showcase company for
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft XPS,
today announced the availability of MadCap Flare 5.0 and MadCap
Blaze 2.0, featuring robust DITA support. Flare is a powerful
native XML multi-channel publishing software for print and online
content, and MadCap Blaze is the native XML alternative to Adobe
FrameMaker for long print documents. The newest versions of Flare
and Blaze are the first authoring software products to support
transformation and publishing from the Darwin Information Typing
Architecture (DITA) standardwithout requiring Java development
or third-party toolkits, such as Open Toolkit.

MadCap Flare 5.0 and Blaze 2.0 join MadCap Lingo 2.0 in providing
DITA support, which will be extended across MadCaps family of
content authoring and publishing software in 2009. Through
direct, seamless integration of Flare and Blaze with MadCap
Lingo, X-Edit, Capture and Mimic, MadCap offers the most powerful
integrated authoring and localization workflow available.

DITA is rapidly being adopted by enterprises as a standard
XML-based architecture for authoring, producing, and delivering
technical information. However, many initiatives are being
hampered by the complexity of publishing DITA content and
integrating it with existing content, said Anthony Olivier,
MadCap co-founder and CEO. With MadCap Flare 5.0 and Blaze 2.0,
enterprises now have two powerful publishing solutions that
provide unprecedented ease-of-use to facilitate DITA
standardization, as well as collaborate with business groups
relying on more traditional content formats.

Flare and Blaze Let Users Mix and Match DITA and Traditional
Content Flare 5.0 and Blaze 2.0 can import DITA maps and
associated DITA topic files at the same time and transform and
publish the content in other traditional outputs, such as
Microsoft XPS and Word, Adobe PDF and FrameMaker, and plain
XHTML, to name a few. At the same time, both products can also
import content in traditional formats and publish or export it as
DITA content. Most significantly, Flare and Blaze allow users to
easily mix and match DITA content with other existing content
into a single project. Both products can, for example, import a
DITA map, three Word documents and a FrameMaker file, and then
publish the content without changing any of the formatting.

Other key features of the DITA support in Flare 5.0 and Blaze 2.0
include:
* Support for DITA maps, which correspond to the
tables of content in Flare and Blaze projects; related DITA maps
simply become additional linked TOCs.
* Support for DITA relationship tables, which hyperlink abstract
concepts; relationship tables can also be used for all other content i
n Flare 5.0 and Blaze 2.0.
* Conversion styles wizard provides
full import mapping, including tag, mark-up, and style sheet
selection.
* Preservation of DITA formatting includes image
maps, chapter breaks in book maps, index keywords, tables and
lists, and more.

Like DITA, Flare and Blaze are based on XML and take a
topic-based approach, which has made the addition of DITA support
a natural extension to our authoring software, said Mike
Hamilton, MadCap vice president of product management. Not only
have we been able to incorporate the key concepts required to
support the DITA standard, weve also been able to extend
powerful DITA functions, such as relationship tables, to our core Flar
e and Blaze softwareproviding a state-of-the-art authoring
environment for all of our customers.

http://www.madcapsoftware.com/

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