The Innovation – A New Status Quo
But how will our journey onto the web continue? Or rather, what does a contemporary component content management system look like? Of course! It needs to think for itself! Smart Focus Tracks are the new, revolutionary features that we are explicitly developing for the future ST4 on the web, and which are already available in ST4 Web Author. With Smart Focus Tracks, you concentrate specifically on the task in hand, and hide everything else. But not just that. It is not for nothing that we call Smart Focus Tracks smart; they provide a set of unique functions that are only available in Smart Focus Tracks. These offer you targeted support in all the steps towards your goal and – quite incidentally – ensure that you fully utilize all the features of the content management system. Even if you are unaware that it is happening!
In the Add Product Variant Smart Focus Track, you select the reference variant on which you want to base the new variant. You will then see the content that is normally modified when creating a variant, and will be able to select, module by module, the content that your new variant is to contain. This creates a list of tasks that you simply work through in ST4, and then your variant is complete. That’s what the track can do already. But this isn’t the end for us. In a future update it will be able to take your set of modules and automatically assign metadata so that variant filters automatically work correctly at the publishing stage.
It Will Be Magic
We have great ambitions for our ST4 on the web, and we won’t stop at just Smart Focus Tracks. We want to create a component content management system that thinks for itself and so brings lots of revolutionary new features along with it. For example, in the future, forms in ST4 Web Author will contain useful suggestions that ST4 has learned from the way you have used it. As a result, you will be able work your way faster through all the wizards for document nodes or TMS exports, and work more consistently overall. Perhaps we can even take it a step further. What if you no longer need these processes at some point and instead ST4 automatically suggests to you which exports and publications are needed for a variant?
And if we think about this really ambitiously: imagine you're writing a text, and ST4 fills in fragments, variables, etc., entirely on its own! Even the difference between content reuses and reuses could be automated away by a content management system that thinks for itself.
All of this is massive potential that we believe will derive from a thinking component content management system, and we are working flat out to transform these seemingly magical features into everyday reality for technical writers. So, watch this space to discover what ST4 Web Author still has to offer.