Author-it uses some unique terms and concepts.
Using the same content in many formats. Author-it works at the component level to single-source your content, enabling you to include the same content in many output types, including documents, sites, portals, e-learning packages, and other outputs. Author-it stores the components that make up your content in a single database, then publishes the different output formats with the features offered by each format.
The database of your documents and their components. Each library contains one or more books and shared components. The folder structure within each library is key to managing and reusing your content.
A hierarchical container for the topics and other objects in your library. A book can reuse any of the components in its library, including shared styles and templates, and even other books.
Objects are the building blocks of Author-it. Each object has a different function, which can be used to structure, create, and format content. You can reuse objects to save time and money, and to ensure that all of your documents publish with consistent standards.
Books become publications when you publish them to any of Author-it's output formats. Think of a publication as a book transformed into a different format, such as HTML Help or a Microsoft Word document. The underlying book is the same, but the expression of that book differs from one publication to another.
Templates are specialized objects on which other objects can be based in order to standarize publishing behavior and formatting. When you base a new object on a template, that object inherits the template's properties, so that you do not need to set properties manually in each object. Inheritance enables authors to focus on the integrity of their content, rather than formatting. Inherited properties appear in blue.