Cortona3D RapidAuthor produces electronic publications with 2D and 3D illustrations and also provides mechanism to hyperlink elements of these illustrations with the Web-based textual blocks of the publication.
The RapidAuthor publication is a digital document in one of the information standards, such as S1000D or ATA. The structure of publication depends on the specification component associated with the RapidAuthor project. The RapidAuthor publication represents the logically finished element of а technical publication, for example, a data module in terms of S1000D. These elements can be easily combined into a book (the compilation functionality is not included into the RapidAuthor).
There are two types of the RapidAuthor publications:
- Technical procedure (created with RapidManual);
- Illustrated parts catalog (created with RapidCatalog).
Table 1 below lists files and folders that constitute RapidAuthor publication, where [SpecID] denotes the identifier of the specification component used for publication. Depending on the specification component that you have chosen, the RapidAuthor publications may include different files and folders.
Table 1. Files and Folders in the RapidAuthor publication
|Description||File Extensions or Folder Name|
|Interactivity XML file||.interactivity.xml|
|2D illustration files||cgm, jpg, png, tif, and others|
|Document file in the information standard||xml, sgm|
|IETP (Interactive Electronic Technical Publication)||htm|
|IETP resources subfolder||res_[SpecID]|
|3D illustration resources subfolder||res_[3D illustration file name]|
The sample structure of S1000D Issue 4.0 publication is represented in Table 2. The notations in the table are as follows:
- The square brackets: a variable part of the file of folder name
- DM_CODE: data module code
- INFO_CONTROLNUMBER: illustrations or multimedia objects information control number
Table 2. S1000D Issue 4.0 publication structure
|Files or Folders||Description|
|[DM_CODE].interactivity.xml||Interactivity companion file. It contains all needed information on identifiers for hyperlinking and references. This file can be used for integration of RapidAuthor content into various content management systems.|
|ICN-[INFO_CONTROLNUMBER_1].wrl||3D illustration in VRML97 file format|
|res_ICN-[INFO_CONTROLNUMBER_1]||Optional subfolder containing resources of 3D illustration (textures, sounds)|
|ICN-[INFO_CONTROLNUMBER_2].cgm||2D illustration in CGM file format|
|ICN-[INFO_CONTROLNUMBER_3].jpg||2D illustration in JPG file format|
|DMC-[DM_CODE].xml||S1000D Issue 4.0 data module|
|res_S1000D4_0_PRC||The folder containing the resource files of the IETP. This is a utility folder. The book should contain this folder along with IETP files for all data modules.|