Publications Module can easily be integrated into an organization's data management workflow. It can be accessed in HPD Paper Chart Editor, in HPD Product Editor or it can be run as a standalone program. Similar to other HPD programs, special user roles are implemented for browsing, creating, modifying and exporting publications and their content.
A new Publications > Generate IDs command generates and applies user-defined identifiers to publication notices or list records. You can combine a prefix, suffix and start values to add identifiers to a selected object property.
A dedicated Publications Catalogue allows for a custom catalogue to be created where the contents can be defined and controlled to match an agency's publications content. This includes attributes supporting enhanced textual support with HTML formatting, and new S-100 style complex attributes.
Publication catalogues can now be created and modified directly in the Publications application. You can make the following modifications to a catalogue:
A new Publication Catalogue Editor role is now available. This role gives a person rights to create a new catalogue or modify an existing one. No other role can access catalogues in Publications.
Through the consistent HPD workflow, nautical charts can be updated and associated notices can be created reducing duplication of effort. When used in combination with the Product editors, user definable capture/conversion rules easily capture details of existing product data such as position of selected feature, previous position of moved feature, description of selected feature and chart identification.
Publications Module allows users to create pending records to store new notice information. When ready for publication, users can create and assemble the required nautical publication sections, and add all relevant records into them. Projects in HPD can assist with the collection of relevant records. All data are saved and stored within the HPD database.
Changes in a publication can be examined using the new history functionality in the View menu. The View > History command lists previous versions of a selected publication component (entire publication, individual notices, instructions etc). A new Compare Properties window is also available to highlight the changes between versions. Also, changed attributes can be restored to the active publication.
Users with appropriate quality assurance roles can submit, verify or reject any information in the pending and publication areas before exporting completed publications.
Completed publications can be exported to Extensible Markup Language (XML) format files. A user-defined XML style sheet (XSLT) file can then be applied to these XML documents. These style sheets are used to format exported publications for final publication in paper or web format. Additional formatting can be applied by third-party desktop publishing applications.