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Derek Read

Reply to: XMetal Enhanced with custom parameters–XMetal 7

If the option is not there then it sounds to me like someone created and installed a custom deliverables file for you and that it is not present (which makes sense because our installer installs only its own files).

All XML files in this folder define deliverables and all are loaded (regardless of filename, they just need to be .xml files):
C:Program FilesXMetaL 7.0AuthorDITAXACssharedrenditions

For 6.0 the folder was here:
C:Program FilesXMetaL 6.0AuthorDITAXACssharedrenditions

You are looking for a file that defines the custom deliverable named “XMetal Enhanced PDF with custom parameters”.

There might be more to it than just the deliverables file. The settings in that file just tells XMetaL how to run the DITA OT for a given deliverable: which transtype to tell it to run, where to put the output, which parameters to pass to the DITA OT, how to clean things up, and other things (essentially anything you can do in a DOS .bat file). This means you might also have a custom transtype. Given the name though, I would guess that it might not have a custom transtype and that it is just calling the PDF3 transtype (normally called when you generate output using “XMetaL Enhanced PDF via RenderX XEP”) but with some modified or extra processing steps. i.e.: Whoever did this work duplicated that deliverable and then modified it.

Your best and quickest solution to this is to check with the people that did this work. They might also need to modify the deliverable to work with 7.0. The DITA OT has changed with some of the folder structure being reorganized, and so some of the deliverables for 7.0 needed to change as well. It would be best to have them test this with 7.0 and make sure it is working before you struggle with it (unless your job is to do so — I'm assuming you are an “author” whose main job is to create content, not manage installations).