RPE 2.1 – “Multumesc”


I’m happy to announce RPE 2.1, codename Multumesc, has been made generally available today. With this release we continued on the path we started in RPE 2.0 around simplifying the user experience with RPE. While with 2.0 and 2.0.1 we focused on administrators and end users with 2.1 our focus are template designers:

  1. Interactive Guides – new designers will be walked through the design process
  2. Drag&Drop for quick template design– drop your resource URL from the Browser in document studio and RPE will create a starting template for you
  3. Simplified CLM traceability – with the POX profile you no longer need to manipulate URLs to transform between OSLC and REST API.
  4. Word Import – use Word documents as the starting point of your template. RPE will convert the structure and a subset of the formatting into an RPE template
  5. Java Script Reuse – you can now define code modules inside a template and reuse the functions defined there everywhere else in the template.

This and much more is described in https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SS6RHZ_2.1.0/com.ibm.rational.pe.overview.doc/topics/c_whats_new_21.html and will be further discussed here.

The team even put together videos to show some of the new features https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZGO0qYNSD4UtXl3xXGsL1hhumg0s8m9i

Kudos to the RPE team and to all of you that helped us define and refine these features.

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Author: Dragos Cojocari

Architect for Rational Publishing Engine

4 thoughts on “RPE 2.1 – “Multumesc””

  1. Hi. Thank you very much for your very good presentation of RPE! I have a particular question to which I couldn’t find a solution by now. I will explain: I understand that RPE does not export reports into .pptx format and exporting to word would be an intermediate step towards an incomplete solution ( as tables, figures are not properly exported to pptx from word). I am currently evaluating another procedure of exporting a report directly to .pdf using a word template formated towards a “presentation like style ” : margins 0, a careful placing of figures and logos. In this particular situation I have a question: Is there a way of placing a company logo very close to the margins in RPE? Are zero margines supported in RPE?

    Thank you very much. Multumesc!

    Emilia

    1. Servus Emilia,

      I could not tell of the top of my head if RPE supports 0 margins or more precisely how the document will be rendered. Probably using a Word template ( dotx, dot, dotm) with those magins set how you want is the better option.

      If that does not yield the results you need you could generate the Word output, process that output with macros and than save it as PDF. RPE itself uses internally the same library to produce Word and PDF and then renders as Word and PDF with Word usually being the format having more/better support for the formatting properties.

      /Dragos

      1. Thanks a lot, Dragos.

        Indeed, having setting properties in Word through MACROs solves the problem.

        Emilia

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