PubMan XMAX Integration Being Discontinued

by Steve Perkins 14. December 2011 15:53

For the few of our clients that use Just System's XMetaL® ActiveX (XMAX) Editor we have to break the news that the XMAX integration with PubMan will be discontinued after March 31, 2012. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this decision:

  • Support is not available from Just Systems for the XMAX container application.
  • The solution only works in a PC environment with Internet Explorer which is more and more of a limitation.
  • The XMAX license is too expensive for most of our clients and the resulting small number of users makes maintenance particularly expensive.

There are some issues with XMAX in IE 9 we are trying to address, but beyond that we will not do any further work with it in PubMan.

As a functional replacement that provides the ability to "quick edit" a document in PubMan we will introduce an XMetaL® Author customization that allows you to check in directly from Author. You'll be able to use the Check Out link on the PubMan document display page to open a document in Author, and a Check In menu item (or hot key) in Author to return it to PubMan (without using the Check In form). This is a solution that works with any browser and does not require the XMAX license.

With the new PubMan API finished in version 3.2, we may be able to pursue similar options for oXygen, though we have yet to see demand that would warrant it.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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