Released 1 Jul 2021
We're pleased to announce that Typefi Writer 8.7.1 (v184.108.40.206) is now available. Typefi Writer 8.7.1 adds support for Content XML 3.2 and makes it easier to replace missing links.
Typefi Writer 8.7.0 (64-bit edition) is a major update with significant new features, improvements, and bug fixes. It's possible some new issues will surface. If you find something, please let us know.
Typefi Writer 8.7.1 (64-bit edition) system requirements
- Microsoft Windows 10 (v1709 or higher).
- Microsoft Word 2019/2016 (64-bit only) on the Semi-Annual Channel, or Word 2013 (64-bit only) with security update KB3039794.
- Microsoft Excel (optional; required for Microsoft Excel import).
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 or later.
- Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime - Version 4.0; if it is not present, the Writer installer will install it.
- SQL server compact edition 4.0; if it is not present, the Writer installer will install it.
Support for Content XML 3.2
Typefi Writer 8.7.1 adds support for Content XML 3.2, which includes:
- Typefi Field Instances, which enable you to re-use Typefi Fields anywhere within your regular text. For step-by-step instructions, see Insert a Field Instance.
- Improved page numbering, which means you can now specify the starting page number of a Typefi Section.
- Several bug fixes.
Replace missing links, fast
Before, finding and replacing missing links was a time-consuming process. Now, Typefi Writer automatically detects if you have missing links. If you do, you can replace multiple missing links at once.
For step-by-step instructions, see Find and resolve missing links.
Floating style panels
In Typefi Writer 8.7.0 (64-bit edition), we introduced floating style panels. The new floating style panels make it faster and easier to apply paragraph and character styles to content. You can move the panel wherever you want on the screen and apply the same paragraph style to different paragraphs, fast. See how it works in this video:
- Improved speed and performance:
- Minimised the number of API requests Typefi Writer sends to Typefi Server.
- Optimised the code to make the Document Explorer load a little bit faster. (You'll notice this most when working with larger documents.)
- Made it faster to insert an Element Image link from a server. Before, it would start at the root of the server; now, it 'bounces back' to the last used folder.
- Made it faster to publish documents within a project. Before, the first workflow in a project was automatically selected; now, the most recent workflow run is selected.
- Increased the time interval (400 milliseconds to 1 second) that the Typefi Print Manager sends requests to Typefi Server to prevent ‘Failed authentication attempt’ errors in the Admin log.
- Made it faster to navigate workflows if you have multiple Typefi Servers. When choosing a workflow, double-click a Typefi Server name to hide its associated workflows; click once to show them.
- Made it easier to edit cross-references. Now, if you try to edit a cross-reference and the cross-reference source document is not open, you will see a warning message that tells you you cannot edit the cross-reference. Click the filename in the warning message to get more details, including the full file path.
- Made it easier to insert an End Element tag. You can now insert an End Element tag at the end of the paragraph, even when the cursor is in the middle of a paragraph.
- Updated Writer's validation checks to allow Fixed Elements to have Element references. Before, Writer would prevent such documents from publishing with this error: ‘ERROR: Element reference could not be inserted to the fix element “[element]” without its parent Section’. Now, the job runs successfully.
- Removed hidden bookmarks from temporary documents that would sometimes cause publishing issues. The previous workaround included running custom code to delete these hidden bookmarks.
- Added a disabled version of the Delete icon in the Edit Element dialogue.
- Disabled the Replace button in the Document Explorer for Element references and Typefi Fields.
- Added an error message when you try to publish a document where the attached workflow either does not contain Import DOCX or Import DOCX is disabled.
- Added a warning message when you try to publish a document that contains new features in Content XML but uses an older version of Import DOCX.
- Rewrote several error and warning messages to be more user-friendly:
- Rewrote the error message for deleting a cross-reference without a cross-reference source. Before, it was ‘Cannot locate the source of the cross-reference’. Now, it is ‘The cross-reference source cannot be found in the current document.’
- Rewrote the error message for entering an incorrect server address. Before, it was ‘Invalid URL: The Authority/Host could not be parsed. ServerConnection.SendRequest message’. Now, it is ‘[address] is not a valid http/https address.’
- Rewrote the error message for adding a hyperlink to a document that is not currently open. Before, it was ‘Cannot locate the source of the hyperlink’. Now, it is ‘The document <document-name> is not open so the hyperlink source cannot be located’. TIP Click the document name to get more information about where the source document is stored.
- Added the name of the server you are trying to connect to in the error message about connecting to out-of-date servers.
- Rearranged the dialogues to be compatible with different resolutions.
- Edited the wrench icon in the Edit Element dialogue slightly bigger so that it is clearly visible.
- 🥳 Updated our copyright date from 2020 to 2021.
- Fixed several issues relating to Typefi Sections:
- Fixed an issue where, if a Typefi Section had two or more occurrences of the same Typefi FIeld and you tried to edit the last Field in the Document Explorer, an ‘InvalidArgument=Value of “2” is not valid for “index”...’ error appeared. Now, you can edit the Field without any errors.
- Fixed an issue where you could erroneously edit the Name and Type fields in the Edit Section dialogue. Now, you cannot edit the Name and Type.
- Fixed several issues relating to Typefi Elements:
- Fixed an issue where deleting a nested Element resulted in an ‘Object reference not set to an instance of an object’ error. You can now delete nested Elements without any errors.
- Fixed an issue where you couldn't edit an Element Field in the Edit Element dialogue because the dialogue was blank.
- Fixed an issue where changing a Typefi Element with an Element Field to an Element without an Element Field didn't remove the Element Field from the document.
- Fixed several issues in the Replace dialogue:
- Fixed an issue where replacing a Typefi Section two or more times caused the Sections listed in the dialogue to be empty. Now, when you replace a Section, the Section names are listed in the dialogue.
- Fixed an issue where replacing all character styles only replaced some of them. Now, when you click Replace all, all character styles are replaced.
- Fixed an issue where clicking the column header did not actually sort the columns. Now, clicking the column headers sorts the columns in ascending order.
- Fixed an issue where clicking an icon in the Find what column caused the icons to change to the Conditions icon.
- Fixed an issue when trying to check in a file without being connected to a Typefi Server. Before, the Upload Document dialogue incorrectly appeared. Now, the Connect to Server dialogue appears.
- Fixed an issue where selecting a file from a local server in the Insert Element, Edit Element, Insert Media, and Edit Media dialogues didn't actually insert the file into the document. Now, files from a local server are inserted.
- Fixed an issue where attaching workflows that used extra-large templates (those with a lot of cruft or unused stuff) caused a ‘String parameter too long. Document.SaveTSSText’. Now, you can attach workflows that use extra-large templates without any error.
- Fixed an issue where replacing missing links via the Media dialogue caused the Document Explorer to move to the background.
- Fixed an issue where, if metadata was longer than one line, an error message said, ‘DisplayText cannot span more than one line!’. Now, metadata can span multiple lines.
- Fixed several instances where text was cut off or not clearly visible:
- In the Application Logs dialogue, the text ‘Log server errors only’ text was cut off.
- In the Insert Element dialogue, the filename or comment was sometimes cut off.
- In the Insert cross-reference dialogue, the details were cut off after selecting a bookmark.
- Image, video, and audio filenames were not clearly visible in the Edit dialogue.
- Fixed an issue in the Edit Hyperlink dialogue where the Type field was auto-focused instead of the OK button.
- Changed ‘file name’ to ‘filename’ in the Edit Element dialogue.
- 8.7.0 Improved the process for installing Writer: you no longer have to worry about installing Writer in the wrong Startup folder. Now, Writer is installed in a different location, so you do not need to move the Writer file when doing an install with elevated privileges.
- 8.7.0 Fixed an issue where Project Fields remained in the Content XML, despite deleting them in the InDesign template and re-running the job. Now, when you re-run the job with the updated template, the Content XML does not contain the deleted Project Fields. Specifically, Typefi Writer will search for and delete any Typefi Fields that do not exist in the TSS when:
- you click Update (Typefi → Workflow → Update),
- you click Refresh,
- you attach a new workflow for the first time to a document (Typefi → Workflow → Attach), or
- the new workflow is different from the workflow that was previously attached.
- 8.7.0 Rephrased the warning message when you try to publish a document with warnings. Before, the warning message was ‘The document has warnings and may not print as expected. Do you want to see warnings?’, which expected a yes or no answer, but the only buttons were OK and Cancel. Now, the warning message is ‘This document has validation warnings and may not publish as expected. Are you sure you want to continue?’. Pressing OK means the job will proceed to the Print Manager for publishing, and pressing Cancel means Writer will open the Document Explorer dialogue so you can see the warnings.
- Microsoft Word automatically translates the names of its built-in styles (for example, English: Heading 1 → Spanish: Título 1) based on the display language setting (File → Options → Language → Display Language), which causes Writer to omit these styles if the translated style name differs from the name used in your Adobe InDesign template (workaround: rename your InDesign styles to match the translated equivalents for all built-in Microsoft Word styles).
- Text effects (Outline, Shadow, Reflection, or Glow) are not preserved when converting to Content XML.
- When importing an Excel spreadsheet, cell styles and local overrides are preserved, despite deselecting the Preserve cell styles and Preserve local overrides checkboxes.
- In some environments, Typefi Writer and Microsoft Word may not correctly identify Excel elements within a Word document. As a result, you may not be able to edit Excel elements. See this article for more information.
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For more information about our end of support policies, see the Typefi product support matrix.
Microsoft Office compatibility
One of the benefits of Microsoft 365 is that Microsoft provides new features for Microsoft apps on a regular basis. The schedule for these updates depends on your selected update channel. Typefi only certifies Writer compatibility with the Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel. While the Current Channel delivers new or updated features and security and non-security updates at least once each month, these releases are only supported by Microsoft until the next monthly channel release is available and may break compatibility with line-of-business applications like Typefi Writer. For these reasons, Typefi strongly recommends selecting the Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel, which also delivers new or updated features and security and non-security updates, but on a slower schedule of two updates (in January and July) each year. For more information about the channel releases for Microsoft 365 Apps, see Overview of update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps.
To change to the Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel, do the following:
- Run Command Prompt (cmd) as Administrator.
- Enter the following commands:
cd "\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun"
OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Deferred
OfficeC2RClient.exe /update user
- Wait for the updates to download and install.