Initializing DITA-FMx

Request your authorization code and verify that everything is set up properly.

After you’ve run the DITA-FMx installer and set up the structure applications, there are a couple things that you may need to do before you’re ready to use DITA-FMx.

If you are new to DITA-FMx, you’ll need to request an authorization code. For a 30-day trial authorization code, choose the DITA-FMx > Unregistered. Try Now? menu item (near the bottom of the menu). Follow the on-screen instructions and enter your email address on Your trial authorization code will be sent to the email address you provide. If your trial authorization code has expired and you need more time, just contact us by email and we’ll be happy to provide an extension.

If you’ve purchased DITA-FMx, your permanent authorization code is available in your Tool Administration area on Just log on to, then click the “Tool Administration” link in the lower left of any page. On this page you should see an entry for DITA-FMx with a “request auth code” link. Click that link and your auth code will be sent to the email address registered to your account.

Once you get your authorization code (trial or permanent), select the DITA-FMx > Enter Authorization Code menu item and provide the information requested. This should unlock the items in the DITA-FMx menu.

Now you should verify that the proper structure applications are selected in the DITA Options dialog. Choose DITA-FMx > DITA Options. The Topic, Map, and Book applications should list those that you want to use. If you’re using the default DITA-FMx applications that would be DITA-FMx-Topic-1.2, DITA-FMx-Map-1.2, and DITA-FMx-Book-1.2. If these applications aren’t available in the drop-lists, you should go back and review the DITA Structure Applications topic; if these applications have been properly installed, their names should be available in the drop-lists in the Options dialog.

You may also want to set other options at this time. Use the Help button in the Options dialog to read about the many options available in DITA-FMx.


Updates for DITA-FMx 2.0 are provided on a “maintenance license.” When you purchase DITA-FMx you get the first year of updates at no additional cost. If you want to continue to receive updates for another year, you’ll need to pay for another year of maintenance. If you decide not to extend your license, you can continue to use the update that was available during your valid license period. You can always check the state of your maintenance license by choosing DITA-FMx > Registered to (YOUR NAME).

As of DITA-FMx 2.0.09 there are no more maintenance releases. Any future releases will be a new major version.