Structured Content (component-based) Authoring
Use simple tools for a complex use case
The options for Structured Authoring in CARA
How it works?
Create your individual components as metadata objects with both the text and also formatting information, or create them as individual Word documents which can be as little as a single word or image. The metadata of the components, and the editing screens, are fully configurable using the standard CARA configuration tools.
Once the components are in use in different assemblies, they can be independently versioned and bound into other assemblies, while a graphical view shows the history of the versions and how they are derived. Users can also get notified when a core component from which they have derived a version is changed, in case it impacts the derived version.
Once your components are built, then either use our Word Concatenation feature or our PDF generation feature to create the compiled content for review / editing – if you edit a Word concatenation then on checkin all the individual modified components are updated.
Our widgets provide a list of ”where used” for each version of each component, allowing traceability to individual compiled documents, and giving the possibility of assessing the impact of changes. Other widgets can track the status of the compiled output in other systems
An overview of CARA
Everyone works in different ways – so users in CARA are able to make choices and changes to the way CARA looks and works for them, and these are saved automatically and used wherever the user logs in, including mobile.
Users can build their own navigation tree (“Dimensions”), choosing what each level maps to. Admins can set up more complex queries to display as navigable trees (“SnapLists”) – e.g. “Show me my department’s documents which expire in 30, 60, 90 days”.
One-click display of information about a document – choose from core set (e.g. properties, workflows, thumbnails) or create your own, linking in any web service as a widget e.g. information from another system. See multiple at once, and personalize them with drag & drop.
Different views for different users
Define different views for different user groups / usage scenarios. Specify different properties, widgets, filters, colours, searches and other options, allowing users to work in the way that best supports their processes.
Simplified User Experiences
Not all users need all features; have occasional users login directly to a single Inbox view, or a company SOP search portal, or an external contributor upload site, through simple configuration.
Dashboards / Reports
Don’t let your metadata go to waste – use it for reporting on project progress, metrics, and more. Show the results as tables, charts or graphs, and export it all to Excel.
Extending core features
CARA provides access to all the core features of the underlying system, while offering extensions and improvements to many of them, for example virtual documents and workflows.
Fully Configurable AND Customizable