With the release of version 9.0, the software no longer requires an Internet connection to register or unregister a per-seat license. A new license file (e.g. XMES.lic) is required to activate this software.
For concurrent licenses, a new version of the XMetaL License Server (XMLS) software must be installed. The new XMLS software does not require an Internet connection to register or unregister. A new product license file (e.g. XMLS-XMES.lic) must be added to your XMLS server. See the new XMLS User Guide for more details.
Note: Older .lic files are incompatible with this version.
Contact your JustSystems Sales representative if you have further licensing-related questions.
All installations of XMetaL Author are now pre-configured to operate in an environment where end-users are assumed have 'Limited User' account privileges. Programs running under such user accounts are normally restricted from writing to Program Files and similar folders along with writing to Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry hives. XMetaL Author still has some features that require operating under a Local Admin user account in order to write to the Program Files folder. A prompt will appear warning the user of this restriction.
user_setting_mode=default // Use this value for local-admin environmentsOR
user_setting_mode=per_user // Use this value for limited-user environments - default setting
Special note for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8 installations: If you are installing the software from a Limited User account, you must provide an Administrator ID and password in order to run the XMetaL Author installer.
You must remove all previous versions of XMetaL Author before you install this version.
Activating your XMetaL Author Enterprise software is required in order to be fully licensed to use the software. The license information required for activation is provided by a license file.
You can re-run the installer from the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel.
If you have already installed XMetaL Author, the installer gives you various options if you run it again, including the option to uninstall XMetaL Author (see below).
In some cases there may be two or more choices that the installer can make when installing certain components. In this situation a dialog box appears asking for your preference.
You will need to use the XMetaL Author Essential.msi file under the xmetal folder to install XMetaL Author silently. Using a license file with the silent installer is optional. If the license file is named xmetal.lic and is placed in the same folder as the XMetaL Author Essential.msi file, the installer will automatically use it. Use the XMETAL_LICENSE_PATH parameter when a license file is not in the same folder as the MSI file or the name of the license file is not xmetal.lic. If a license file is not used, the XMETAL_LICENSE_PATH is not required. The license file is provided by JustSystems or by your system administrator.
msiexec /i "path of XMetaL Author Essential.msi file" /qn XMETAL_LICENSE_PATH=path of license file
msiexec /x "path of XMetaL Author Essential.msi file" /qnTo get more options pertaining to the silent installation, run msiexec in another Command Prompt without any options.
This release of XMetaL Author automatically installs all supported languages for spell checking and the thesaurus including the following:
This release can be configured to use Hunspell compatible dictionaries for spell checking. These can be used to extend or replace the languages included with the spell checker. They are the same standard Hunspell spell checking dictionary files supported by OpenOffice™ and some other applications.
Most of these files come with their own EULA and so it is up to you to obtain and deploy compatible .DIC and associated .AFF files for each language you want XMetaL Author to use. For additional and updated information on this subject please see Obtaining and Using Hunspell Compatible Dictionaries with XMetaL Author 9.0
Once you have a compatible .DIC file (and optional .AFF file) use the following the procedure to configure XMetaL Author to use them.
Restart XMetaL Author to start spell checking with the newly added Hunspell dictionary.
If the language you have added a Hunspell dictionary for is not set as the "default Writing Tools" language you may wish to set it. There are other ways to spell check (using xml:lang and APIs) so this is not necessarily the case. Please refer to Help for information on spell checker functionality.
The XMetaL Author Installer Setup program warns you if you do not have permission to install XMetaL Author (for example, if you are logged in as a normal or restricted user). The solution is to install XMetaL Author on Windows by logging in as a user who has administrator privileges.
XMetaL Author is now certified on Citrix Metaframe Presentation Server 4.0. The Citrix-compatible version of XMetaL uses the MSI-type installer and has specific installation prerequisites. There are also some minor functional differences in the software. These and other differences are detailed below.
The Citrix Installation Manager will install the MSI installer silently, so there is no user interaction.
The MSI installer cannot be modified or repaired through Add/Remove Programs. It should be removed only from the Citrix Installation Manager.
No command line parameters are required to un-install.
XMetaL Author has been tested and operates properly when the Citrix drive remap feature is configured. Please ensure XMetaL Author is installed only after drive remap has been applied.
In Citrix environments, it is expected that the administrator will setup XMetaL Author prior to publishing the application to the Citrix users. If specializations or some pre-configuration is required using these features, the Citrix admin needs to toggle the 'user_setting_mode' variable (see Configuring XMetaL Author).
Application Limits: Check 'Allow only one instance of application for each user'
Application Appearance: Session Window Size: 1024x768
Application Appearance: Colors: High Color (16-bit) or better
Application Location : Check 'Isolate Application'