HotDocs Author Release Notes

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  1. About Release Notes
  2. About HotDocs Author Release Notes
  3. New Features and Enhancements
  4. Notes for Users of HotDocs 11 Upgrading to HotDocs Author

About Release Notes

Because we update the various parts of HotDocs Advance independently, we provide the following:

About HotDocs Author Release Notes

HotDocs Author is the desktop-based portion of HotDocs Advance you use to author HotDocs templates in preparation for uploading those templates to HotDocs Advance. As you install HotDocs Author separately from HotDocs Advance and may need to update Author independently, we provide you with separate release notes materials.

New Features and Enhancements

The following HotDocs Author incremental releases contain new features and enhancements:

1.1.73 (30 August 2018)

Alerts

New Features

Bug Fixes

1.1.70  (19 July 2018)

New Features

1.1.69  (5 July 2018)

New Features

1.1.68  (22 June 2018)

New Features

1.0.67  (7 June 2018)

New Features

1.0.66  (24 May 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

Bug Fixes

1.0.65  (10 May 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

Bug Fixes

1.0.64  (26 April 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

Bug Fixes

1.0.63  (12 April 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

1.0.62  (29 March 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

1.0..61  (15 March 2018)

Bug Fixes

1.0.60  (28 Feb 2018)

New Features

Bug Fixes

1.0.59  (14 Feb 2018) Limited release

New Features

1.0.58  (31 Jan 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

Bug fixes

1.0.57  (17 Jan 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

1.0.56  (03 Jan 2018) Not released publicly

New Features

1.0.55  (20 Dec 2017) Not released publicly

New Features

1.0.54  (6 Dec 2017)

New Features

1.0.53  (11/22/2017)

New Features

Bug Fixes

1.0.52  (11/8/2017)

New Features

1.0.51  (10/26/2017)

New Features

1.0.50  (10/11/2017)

New Features

1.0.49  (9/28/2017)

Alert – Potential "Active Content" Security Warning When Opening DOCX Templates

If your computer has both HotDocs Developer 11 and HotDocs Author installed, you may see an "active content" security warning when you open a DOCX template from Workspace Explorer. To prevent this message, in Microsoft Word, click File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Macro Settings  > Disable all macros except digitally signed macros.

1.0.48  (9/13/2017)

New Features

1.0.47  (8/31/2017)

Alert – During installation, you will be prompted to upgrade SQL Server Express (required)

New Features

1.0.46  (8/16/2017)

New Features

1.0.45  (8/2/2017)

New Features

1.0.44  (7/20/2017)

New Features

Release Candidate 1 (0.9.42) (6/21/2017)

New Features

Removing the Source Control Install Feature

If you don't want to install the HotDocs Author Source Control Plug-in, you can remove it.

To remove the source control plug-in from the install

  1. After you download the install, extract the files to the location where you want them.
  2. Select and delete the Plug-ins folder.
  3. Run the install as per usual.

0.9.41 (6/8/2017)

Alert – Update Workspaces from Previous Preview Releases

To ensure the compatibility of workspaces created with any preview release version of Author with the upcoming release of Author version 1.0, you must open any workspaces you have created with this version (0.9.41) of Author. The act of opening the workspace causes the necessary update to the workspace folder to occur.

New Features

0.9.40 (5/25/2017)

Alert – Updated Registry Entry

To be consistent with newer terminology, the registry entry: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\HotDocs\Author\Window\Show Development Services Notifications] has been changed to: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\HotDocs\Author\Window\Show Workspace Services Notifications]. The current install does not set this registry key (its default value is “True”), therefore, by default, Workspace Services shows notifications. If, in the past, you set this option to not show notifications (in the HotDocs Options dialog box), you need to do this again once you install the latest preview version.

New Features

0.9.39 (5/16/2017)

New Features

Bug Fixes

0.9.38 (4/27/2017)

New Features

Known Issues

0.9.37 (4/12/2017)

New Features

0.8.36 (3/31/2017)

New Features

0.8.35 (3/15/2017)

New Features

0.8.34 (3/1/2017)

New Features

0.8.33 (2/16/2017)

New Features

0.8.32 (2/2/2017)

New Features

Bug Fixes

0.8.31 (1/19/2017)

New Features

Bug Fixes

Known Issues

0.8.30 (12/28/2016)

New Features

Known Issues

0.8.29 (12/7/2016)

0.8.28 (11/16/2016)

Please be aware that there is a new Getting Started feature available for you to test. See the Getting Started.docx located in the Current Preview Release.zip file.

0.8.27 (10/26/2016)

0.8.26 (10/05/2016)

0.8.25 (09/14/2016)

Notes for Users of HotDocs 11 Upgrading to HotDocs Author

We'd like to help you set realistic expectations for HotDocs Author by underlining the fact that this product does not pretend to be HotDocs Developer 12. Instead, HotDocs Author is its own product (with some backwards compatibility). There are many features you can recognize from HotDocs Developer; however, there are many things that are different as well. To ease the transition, we'd like to outline some of the most important ones:

Notable Features in Author

As you experiment with HotDocs Author, take note of the following features that represent significant enhancements over the way previous HotDocs products worked.

Supported Template Types

This release of HotDocs Author supports:

Differences in Terminology

With HotDocs Author we have done some work to update the terminology of certain features and functions to bring it in line with other HotDocs products. Here are a few of the most obvious and important ones:

HotDocs 11 Term

HotDocs Author Equivalent

Variable field

Placeholder field

Interview template

Answer intake

Component manager Component Studio
Component file properties Template properties
"Shared" component file Component file
"Pointed" component file Template configuration file
Template developer Template author
Resources Additional Information

Changes to Workspace Features and Functionality

In Windows Explorer you will see some significant differences in how workspace folders (template libraries) are structured. There is no longer an .hdl file representing the workspace itself. When you create a workspace, Author creates a workspace folder (in Documents\HotDocs Author by default) and places a file there called AuthorWorkspace.hdw. (Without this file, HotDocs won't recognize the folder as a workspace.) As you create templates, they are stored in this folder. Removing a template from the folder removes it from the workspace.

In HotDocs Author, workspaces are used only for template authors; they are no longer something the end-user will see. As such, template organizational tools such as folders or custom ordering of templates are not currently supported. You also cannot create a workspace within another workspace folder. Rather, a workspace (via the Workspace Explorer) acts as a searchable, sortable (A-Z) and filterable list of the templates within your workspace folder.

HotDocs Developer allowed a template author to create a new template based on an existing one by selecting an existing template as the "initial content" of a new template. In Author, a new template's initial content must be a document, not an existing template. A feature for duplicating existing templates is planned for a future release.

Notable HotDocs 11 Features Not Planned for Author's Initial Release

Permanently Deprecated Features

The following features of HotDocs Developer are no longer supported in HotDocs Author: