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BCL Technologies develops document creation, conversion, and extraction solutions that are used to automate a wide variety of manual processes, saving time, increasing productivity and profitability.
BCL Technologies has a research arm that works continuously to develop more products to enhance computer-based systems. Areas of expertise include neural networks, fuzzy logic, document analysis, information retrieval, database technologies, and natural language query processing.
The company has developed proprietary technologies through research sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Advanced Technology Program (ATP). These technologies assist in commercializing digital library research from NASA, NSF and DARPA.
BCL Technologies is founded in 1993.
In March 2020, BCL Technologies was acquired by PDFTron Systems Inc.
BCL Technologies has developed BCL easyPDF SDK, a powerful PDF Programming Toolkit designed specifically to help Programmers develop and maintain PDF server and PDF desktop applications. It is developed from the ground up to fit well in an environment where Programmability, Quality, Speed, and Reliability are of the utmost importance.
Adobe found that while people loved the consistent, rich, and portable document view that PDF provided, the inabilities to extract objects such as text, tables, and graphics were serious concerns for end-users from a wide range of industries, such as pharmaceutical and financial industries, that relied heavily on PDF documents.
MS Wireless, a leading independent reseller for Cingular Wireless, used to manually extract sales order information from PDF files and match it to their own POS database for data consistency in verifying sales and paying sales commissions. The high volume of orders required 15-20 employees for this work. They were always 1-2 weeks behind, which delayed uncovering of inconsistencies in reported sales and increased instances of fraud in the field.
On a daily basis, Rogers MIS aggregates the content of clinical findings presented at medical society proceedings from around the world for analysis by its database search engine technology. The information arrives in various media formats. Many sources employ layouts where an individual piece of content may wrap across columns or pages. Rogers MIS needed a method to demarcate the beginning of each piece of content for presentation to its ingestion and content storage systems.
R.R. Donnelley Financial was faced with the challenge of reducing turnaround time for conversion of native Desktop (DTP) documents to the appropriate EDGAR II HTML and EDGAR ASCII formats for filing with the SEC. The challenge was to utilize Adobe® Acrobat®'s PDF capabilities while also allowing for extraction and conversion of content into editable HTML 3.2 and ASCII file formats, with or without graphics.
Between 1994 and 1998, SONY migrated all of their repair manuals, schematics, diagrams, and documentation to PDF in order to reduce printing and distribution costs. Although this initiative effectively saved the company time and money, they soon found that the electronic format had several disadvantages. PDF was not suitable for displaying complex schematics because they were difficult to view on a monitor. Users were unable to trace the countless connecting lines between components, or to determine a part’s description. Navigating the content in the PDF files was a great challenge and it took an enormous amount of time.
Abbott Laboratories stores its medical and research information in a PDF database. Many of these documents contain vital facts and figures that are frequently required for research purposes. One of the biggest challenges they face is allowing end-users to conduct searches for key words or terms over the company's intranet.