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Derek Read

Reply to: XMetaL 6.0 Hangs When Generating Output

Windows 7 is supported it is just that the 64-bit version is not. We have some clients that tell me they have not had any issues but the software was never officially tested by us.

64-bit support is coming with our next major release (XMetaL Author Enterprise and Essential 7.0) and that testing is underway. We do not plan to support 64-bit versions of Windows other than Windows 7 at this time (XP and Vista shipped in 64-bit versions) as there seems to be no demand for that. Most corporate systems skipped Vista and those that run XP typically use the 64-bit version of XP only for servers.

Windows 7 64-bit is supposed to magically handle 32-bit software using something Microsoft calls “WOW64” but it doesn't seem to always work. The version of WOW64 running varies depending on your system so that may be why some clients do not have any issues while others do (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoW64)

Have you considered using Windows 7 “XP Mode”? This is Microsoft's answer for 32-bit software that Windows 7 has issues running on “WOW64”. It is basically a “Virtual PC” running XP. As far as I can tell it should be truly compatible because Microsoft says it is really a 32-bit Windows XP computer. See: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

If most of your issues occur while generating output then that is possibly because of some limitation in the DITA OT or perhaps Java. We will be investigating this as we continue testing for 64-bit.