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User Guide and Reference

This User Manual contains a tutorial and explanation of the various Authentic View features to get you started. It also contains a comprehensive reference section that describes the features of the interface. It consists of the following sections:


An introduction that describes the GUI and the Authentic Desktop environment.
A tutorial to get you started using Authentic Desktop.
A description of Authentic View, which is a WYSIWYG view of an XML document. Authentic View enables users to write and edit XML documents as if they were simple text documents or interactive forms. The XML markup is hidden from users, thus enabling them to concentrate on document content. Authentic View is the main view of Authentic Desktop.
A description of Browser View, in which the XML document is transformed on the fly and presented in a browser window.
An explanation of Altova's Global Resources feature, which enables resources to be quickly switched from one to the other.
Explanations of how Authentic Desktop can be used in Visual Studio and Eclipse.
A User Reference that contains a description of all windows and menu commands available in Authentic Desktop.


File paths in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

File paths given in this documentation will not be the same for all operating systems. You should note the following correspondences:


(My) Documents folder: Located by default at the following locations. Example files are located in a sub-folder of this folder.


Windows 7/8/10



Application folder: The Application folder is the folder where your Altova application is located. The path to the Application folder is, by default, the following.


Windows 7/8/10

C:\Program Files\Altova\

32-bit version on 64-bit OS

C:\Program Files (x86)\Altova\


Note:Authentic Desktop is also supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Platform Update or newer.


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