It’s a mixed bag of document management news this week. IBM’s Quickr document collaboration abilities have been extended by DOCVA, Adeptol upgrades its document viewer and Xerox doesn’t look like it’s going to neglect traditional print services despite recent rebranding efforts as a document management heavy weight.
DOCOVA Extends IBM Lotus Quickr
First up this week is news of the release of new content services for IBM's (news, site) Lotus Quickr called DOCOVA Integrated that enables Quickr users to expand the document collaboration element of the platform into a complete document and content management solution.
This integration is especially important for Lotus Domino Document Manager users looking for a Lotus Domino-based migration option as DOCOVA Integrated Content Services gives Quickr users full control over the entire lifecycle of their content and documents through its customizable application framework functionalities.
Migrating DDM customers can leverage the new DOCOVA Migration Module for a quick, straightforward data and document migration, and may be eligible for no-charge licenses.
DOCOVA Integrated Content Services is compatible with the newly-released Lotus Quickr 8.5 for Lotus Domino.
Adeptol Upgrades Doc Viewer
A few weeks ago you may remember that there was a run on the release of new document viewers. While Adeptol (news, site) may have missed the rush, it has made up for it with this week’s release of v 4.5 of its document viewing platform with a number of upgrades designed to enhance performance.
If you haven’t come across it before, Adeptol Document Viewer is a high speed high fidelity platform allowing users to view more than 300 file formats with no downloads, plug-ins or activeX controls.
Some of the key new features include a built in text extraction engine to extract text from documents, renderer for conversion of documents to pdf, tiff, png and other imaging formats, support for additional file types, fidelity improvements for office documents, enhanced printing capabilities and improved APIs for developers.
Adeptol has also improved its built-in self optimization technology to get the pages directly from the server as they are being rendered and improved the load times by more than 50% over previous versions. The result is very high speed load times for users.
There is also an enhanced API for developers to embed the viewer within their applications easily. The Document Viewer Enterprise Edition is available for download.
CloudPointe Links ECM and Cloud DM
The service provides tools to embed document sharing and collaboration inside any website or web application, including developer integration using the underlying API.
It also offers a storage compatibility layer, allowing for collaboration of documents and files directly from business' existing storage systems, whether on FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Docs or SharePoint.
According to CloudPointe small businesses can now use low-cost cloud and internet storage as their document management system, while larger enterprises can use it to extend their on-premise system outside of the enterprise enabling easier collaboration with external third parties.
CloudPointe claims to be the first cloud-based middleware company that offers a SAAS based collaboration platform designed to provide intelligent document management tools on top of low cost Internet storage as well as connectors for enterprise storage for all data types.
Google Docs Enhances Versions History
This next offering from Google is not really document management, but more to do with enterprise 2.0, but we’ll take a quick look at it because it extends a very useful feature to Google Docs.
One of new features includes an improved revision history feature. Individual changes are now significantly easier to see and to place in time through a new revision history interface where you can see what changes were made at a glance.
Changes made by collaborators are color-coded so you'll know right away who made them while different revisions of a document are easier to find since each now has a time stamp, even very old ones.
So it’s not document management, but it will help manage individual users’ documents a lot better and adds something Google says users have been asking for quite some time.
Workshare's Upgrades Document Comparison Server
The new version enables developers to write applications providing comprehensive document comparison from within enterprise or web applications, and easily integrates into existing applications.
It also provides such enhancements as support for DOC, DOCX, RTF, PDF and HTML document formats for comparison and UNICODE compliance and features the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) platform.
Xerox Still Loves Printing
Normally, we try to avoid ‘who’s better than who’ reports, but in the case of the recent IDC Worldwide and U.S. Outsourced Print and Document Services Forecast and Analysis we’ll make a brief exception.
According to the report the worldwide revenue for the Managed Print Services (MPS) market was US$ 7.78B in 2009, representing growth of 8.1 percent in which Xerox (news, site) captured the largest market share amongst competing vendors with 48.5%.
The reason we mention it is in relation to the recent and ongoing rebranding campaign by Xerox to place itself as a document management heavy-hitter.
While it has invested considerable time and money in the campaign, the IDC (news, site) report shows that it’s still getting huge wads of cash from printing. As a result and from these figures, it’s probably safe to assume that Xerox has no intention of moving away from its traditional marketplace.
However, add document management to that and we see that the campaign is about expanding its market share across the board rather than trading -- in one kind of business for another. Same as it ever was!