Open Text Desktop Viewer and Open Text Thin Client Viewer

Open Text recently announced the latest versions of Open Text Desktop Viewer and Open Text Thin Client Viewer with expanded support for new file formats. What’s in it for you?

These two solutions can help organizations to lower costs and improve productivity by providing a supposedly simple way to manage the creation, capture, viewing, markup and publishing of content across departments and the enterprise.

Addressing Content Viewing Needs (If You Have Any)

Open Text Desktop and Thin Client Viewer solutions address a wide range of customer needs, including:

  • Viewing, reviewing and markup for online document processing
  • Access business and technical documents and drawings from various locations
  • Collaboration with business partners
  • Adding and managing markups and annotations
  • Protecting critical intellectual property and information with controlled document access functions
  • Preparation and protection of private information for compliant public disclosure


What Open Text is trying to do is to offer content viewer solutions with flexible document viewing options and enhanced document security functionality. Surely, there are enterprises out there in need of exactly this kind of a solution. Most likely, they are in manufacturing, government, utilities, insurance and financial services.

Two Solutions, One Goal

Using the Open Text Thin Client Viewer, customers can view, share, distribute and collaborate on documents online with partners, suppliers and customers via a Web browser. Open Text Desktop and Thin Client Viewer solutions offer viewing and markup capabilities for many different file formats without the need to have the originating application installed on users’ desktops.

This is designed to improve employee productivity and diminish the costs – both are good goals in this tough economy. Reasons why these solutions can be of use to you:

  • Ability to handle the majority of document viewing requirements
  • Native file viewing
  • 3D CAD model viewing
  • Direct scanning and cleanup of paper documents
  • Document markup and revision

New Stuff in the Basket

The new versions also introduce support for a number of new file formats, including:

  • MS Excel 2007
  • Solidworks 2008
  • AutoCAD 2009
  • Auto Desk Inventor 2009

As ever, Open Text is committed to “continued development and innovation of content viewing solutions.” Both of these solutions come from the recent Open Text’s acquisition spree. In this case, we are referring to Spicer Corporation, the original developer of these applications, formerly known as Imagenation and ViewCafe.

What’s Next?

In addition to continuing to extend these standalone viewer capabilities, Open Text plans to further integrate content viewing and markup functionality into upcoming versions of the Open Text ECM Suite.

“Our goal is to offer customers and partners the most complete and powerful content viewing solutions on the market, allowing them to lower licensing costs, improve business processes and tighten security,” said Richard Anstey, VP of technology and product strategy at Open Text.

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