We have been working on quite a lot of new functionality in this area and this is the first of three blog posts looking at how we now provide users with a greater amount of flexibility in terms of how this information is distributed.
Traditionally specifications have been sent to the printer and distributed as a paper document. However, over recent years, digital PDFs have arguably become the publishing format of choice. Figure 1 shows that in NBS Create there are a wide range of formatting options (content, styles, margins etc...) that can be utilised prior to publishing.
|Figure 1 - Send to the printer or publish as PDF directly from the software|
We recently introduced this functionality and Figure 2 below shows, once exported to Microsoft Word, that the navigation structure and style options are marked up correctly. The navigation tree is shown to the left - the styles such as Heading 1, Heading 2, Title are displayed to the right.
|Figure 2 - Functionality to export to Microsoft Word format|
|Figure 3 - A well-structured document that respects the navigation and styles within Microsoft Word|
|Figure 4 - Further post processing can make the specification more compact|
|Figure 5 - In Word - any of the functionality such as customer header/footers/images/tables may be used to complete the document|