Document lifecycle management vendor Litéra (news, site) aims to make its products easier to use with Office 2010 and earlier versions, with the release of its new Launchpad that gives access to its solutions without integrating directly into Office.

Litéra provides easy-to-use software for document lifecycle management enabling users to, amongst other things, compare documents, clean document metadata and extract PDF files to Microsoft Word efficiently.

Speaking to CMSWire just before the general release, Deepak Massand, CEO of Litéra, said the objective in developing Launchpad was to provide a product that deals with third-party integration problems that can slow down the speed Office works at, and also prevents companies from needing to upgrade to new versions of Office.

Office Add-Ins Problems?

So what is the problem? Many organizations that use Office havethird-party product integrations into Office that have been implementedover years and are often launched using a button on the ribbon.

Whilethis enables users access to a function, at the back end when there aretoo many programs Microsoft Office starts to overload. In some cases,Massand says, they have come across situations where organizations findthat they have ten or fifteen third-party products that are allintegrated into Office.

Different products from different vendorspull a lot of different code into Office that can clash dramaticallyincreasing the time need to access documents. In some cases, this hasresulted in load times rising from the normal four seconds to almost 20seconds. As add-ins are removed Office’s performance improvesdramatically.

Until this happens, Office is very slow, the ITorganization [in enterprises] need to provide more support callsandthey are constantly having to deal with third party vendors, because forcompanies that want to upgrade to higher version of Office, they haveto ensure that all third-party vendors are ready with their [upgraded]integrations, Massand said.

Launchpad as a Solution

With Launchpad, Litéra is making sure that its products are not causing these kinds of problems. Launchpad is a desktop toolbar that provides instant access to Litéra's document lifeycle management solutions.

Learning Opportunities

WhileLitéra will cater to clients that want to work without add-ins, thepurpose of Launchpad is to provide Litéra fuctionality withoutinsinuating it into Office.

This means that enterprises usingLitéra products can upgrade to higher versions of Office without having to take into account how the higher version will workwith Litéra. So far Launchpad works with:

  • Change-Pro: Provides Word, PowerPoint and PDF comparisons
  • Change-Pro for Excel: Spreadsheet comparison
  • LDF for PDF control and management
  • Litéra PDF Suite:Extracts and prints PDFs

Italso provides access to its metadata cleaning product and Litera’scapture screen as well providing the capacity to allow third partyproducts use the technology and place their products on Launchpad.Launchpad is now on general release and costsUS$ 50/user.