When you have a library of components for your templates, you need to have any changes in that library propagate out to all the templates that are using them. Up till now that meant either you use the import tag and don't see the content in your template, or you use PODs (Portable Object Doclets) and then have to go back and update them when the components changed.
No more! With version 20.1, we have added a Linked POD. A Linked POD is a child template that resides on a server, web app, or elsewhere. You drag and drop that POD into your template and that child template will be displayed in full in the master template. But it’s a live connection. If you make a change in the child template, you will see that change immediately in the master template. There will be no update step; it will auto-update immediately because it is actually displaying that child template. And if you double-click on the child template inside the master template, you can now edit that child template (if you have permissions).
The child templates become a natural part of the master template, and are always up-to-date.
With this, one person can easily create all the building blocks to create templates, and other template designers can then create their own templates by merely dragging and dropping those PODs. And when the content is updated in the Linked POD templates, every document generated after the update has the new content.
With this change, the components appear in the template designer as a natural part of the template, fully displaying the Linked PODs content inline exactly as it will display on output. And always always always, that component is the content on the server. Because it's not a copy, it is a link.
With this feature, Windward truly has become the most advanced system to manage, automate, and optimize your documents while making compliance automatic.