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Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding, and space technology. The company has more than 125,000 employees and operates in 25 countries. Northrop has multi-language Word files that need to be converted to PDF and merged while retaining the exact look of the Word originals. They must be accessed from multiple sites under high-security IT operating conditions
Northrop Grumman has document files in foreign languages and their English translations in WORD files. Northrop wanted merged PDF files to be created that would show each foreign language page and its English translation page next to each other in the merged PDF file. Theses PDF files also needed to:
“We evaluated Adobe, ActivePDF, JawsPDF and other PDF tools. We searched for two months, Googled every site, evaluated all the PDF conversion tools out there. Only BCL’s easyPDF SDK could meet all our requirements. We now have it deployed in 11 sites.”
“BCL’s easyPDF was the only tool that could run by itself without human intervention and without requiring people to be logged into the applications.”
“easyPDF produced PDF exactly like the original files with embedded fonts.”
“easyPDF merged documents keeping the desired pagination intact.”
“easyPDF is the easiest product to code against that we found.”
“easyPDF is very easy to program. We definitely like it.”
PROMT, with its development center located in Russia, is a leading developer of machine translation solutions for enterprise level clients and individual users.
"PDF is one of the most widespread document formats used in business environments today", explains Alexey Lyapunov, the Head of the International Sales Department of PROMT. "As we always aim to improve the quality of our products and increase the level of loyalty of our users, we decided to pay special attention to the improvement of the translation quality of PDF documents. We are very happy to collaborate with BCL Technologies, as now we can offer even quicker and even higher quality translation of business documentation to our customers."
PDF is one of the most widespread formats used in the workplace today. According to PROMT's analytics, more than 70% of PROMT users translate PDF documents. It is not surprising since many business documents, such as commercial offers, marketing and public relations materials, scientific articles on professional subjects, and even presentations, are often available only in the PDF format.
PDF is a format used mainly not for editing, but for the high-quality display and printing of documents. In machine representation, a text that appears complete can be split into lines to wrap graphics and tables, arranged in different areas of the document, or split into parts by sentences and paragraphs, etc. Therefore, the extraction of whole text fragments, which is necessary for high quality translation, presents an extremely challenging problem. The task, however, is not limited to just text extraction. In addition to text extraction and translation, it is vital to maintain the initial text structure and formatting of the translated document.
If the formatting in the translated document differs from that of the original document, it is problematic; an employee has to spend more time to reestablish the original formatting, which costs time and money.
To rectify this, PROMT sought for a supplier of solutions for the high-quality conversion of PDF files. After carrying out a number of tests, PROMT selected BCL Technologies, which is well known in the industry as a long time supplier of specialized work in the area of graphic documents.
The legwork on the integration of the BCL Technologies solution with the PROMT translation technology used for formatted documents allowed for a significant improvement of the translation of PDF documents. Therefore, users of PROMT corporate solutions can not only translate documents, but can also use the translation results more effectively and efficiently.
Developed by BCL Technologies for Adobe Systems Incorporated, a premier provider of award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print, video, wireless and broadband applications.
Adobe Systems helped launch the desktop publishing revolution in 1982, and remains at the heart of the next publishing revolution, Network Publishing. Network Publishing is about making reliable, visually rich information available to anyone, anywhere on any device. Adobe continues to set standards in Web, print and video publishing by driving the delivery of compelling content regardless of platform or device. Today, Adobe continues to build award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print, video, wireless and broadband applications.
Adobe Portable Document Format, or PDF, is a universal file format that preserves fonts, formatting, graphics, and colors of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. It is a final format, in the sense that it is designed for viewing and printing, rather than editing.
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.
With its extensive expertise in the field of PDF, BCL realized that the challenge Adobe Systems faced lied in the fundamental document structure of PDF, which contained little or no content structural information. This meant that objects such as graphics, tables and paragraphs, while defined in other document-authoring packages, were simply a collection of text items in PDF.
With that understanding, BCL developed a patented technology that detected table and paragraph structures in PDF. The development led to an award-winning Acrobat plug-in that allowed users to extract information from PDF with the document structure completely intact. This technology has been incorporated by Adobe Systems, and is now an invaluable feature of Adobe Acrobat 4.0 and 5.0.
MS Wireless targets over $500K annual savings with BCL Custom PDF Technology
Mobile Systems Wireless is a leading independent reseller for Cingular Wireless. Eleven years ago, Mobile Systems Wireless started out with a modest kiosk in the Plaza Camino Real Mall in Carlsbad California. It now has 54 stores in the West Coast and is one of the largest generators of new activations for Cingular Wireless.
Mobile Systems 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.
Mobile Systems Wireless wanted to automate this process, cut processing costs and time, and deter fraud. They needed specialized PDF technology to:
Mobile Systems Wireless turned to the PDF experts at BCL Technologies to solve their specialized PDF technology needs. BCL responded with custom PDF technology:
Mobile System Wireless implemented the solution and saw immediate dramatic results. Its processing time dropped from 1-2 weeks to 1-2 days and the work force was reduced from 15-20 employees down to 4-5 employees. Annualized savings in employee costs alone exceeded $500K, not even counting the substantial savings from reduced fraud.
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BCL Technologies’ easyPDF SDK delivers PDF creation capabilities to this global ticketing company’s 5000 users as a highly scalable, stable web server application. The development team had previously used ActivePDF and were unhappy with it. They had found ActivePDF hard to set up, unstable and not scalable.
World's leading ticketing company, operating across US, Europe, South America, selling event tickets through one of the largest e-commerce Internet sites, thousands of retail outlets, and worldwide call centres, needed to embed PDF capabilities in its reporting applications for its worldwide user base.
The customer wanted to deploy a web-based reporting system for its 5000 worldwide user accounts, 70% of whom are daily users. Users wanted output of reports in multiple formats, including PDF. The customer needed to implement a PDF SDK product in a web server deployment that had the performance, stability, and scalability to service such a large dispersed user base. The developers wanted something that was easy to program and implement.
The development team had previously used ActivePDF and were unhappy with it. They had found ActivePDF hard to set up, unstable and not scalable.
The development team searched on-line and downloaded trial versions of many products. They found everything they needed in BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK. Their comments about easyPDF SDK:
“Now that we have experienced
the ease of programming, stability and performance of BCL’s
easyPDF SDK we will use it for all our future PDF projects.”
TaxWorks has been a professional tax software industry leader for over 30 years, rated #1 since 1972 by leading publications, associations and customers. TaxWorks is now marketing a new document management and archival system, ArkWorks. Its 6000 Beta versions have been sent out as of 1Q 2006, using BCL Technologies easyPDF SDK as its PDF creation and manipulation engine.
ArkWorks selected PDF as the common document format for storing and sharing documents across various applications. ArkWorks needed the ability to:
“We evaluated many PDF tools and drivers, including Blackice, Cutepdf, Activepdf, etc. We even wrote our own. Except for BCL’s easyPDF SDK, all had limitations we couldn’t live with. Some only converted from MS Office and not very well. Others could not do annotation or text stamping on PDF documents. None were as easy to use and as easy to integrate.”
“We selected easyPDF SDK as our solution for many reasons.”
“If you can print it, you can convert it with easyPDF SDK. Prints from any application into PDF.”
“We can do Text Stamping and Annotation of PDF documents that we couldn’t with other SDKs.”
“PDF conversion is great!”
“It took very little amount of coding, 10-15 lines of code, to integrate easyPDF SDK into our application.”
“We haven’t had to change BCL code once!”
Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (ARTC) is a company under the Corporations Act whose shares are owned by the Commonwealth and overseen by the Australian Minister for Transport and Regional Services and Minister for Finance and Administration on behalf of the Commonwealth. ARTC is responsible for negotiating new access to the interstate national track between Brisbane and Perth, and improving performance and efficiency of interstate rail infrastructure.
ARTC needs to automate the Creation of PDF documents for Excel and Word documents that are uploaded to it's Intranet via form based file upload.
“BCL easyPDF SDK integrates well with .NET and classic ASP. The document conversion process is very quick compared to others that I had tried (ActivePDF and VeryPDF).”
“BCL easyPDF SDK installation was simple and well documented. I found the SDK easy to follow and the coding that was required was minimal.”
“The software licensing model is simple and affordable.”
Developed by BCL Technologies for SONY Electronics Inc., a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets.
SONY Electronics Inc. in North America represents the largest single geographical operation of the SONY Corporation with nearly $11 billion in sales. SONY Electronics employs approximately 20,000 people in North America. Operations include manufacturing and engineering, design, sales, marketing, distribution, systems integration and customer service of electronics and recording media products for the consumer, IT, broadcast, commercial and institutional market segments.
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. Furthermore, the average document size ranged from 150 to 175 pages, so it was counterproductive to require users to print the schematics and physically highlight the connections. By 2004, it was evident that SONY needed a method to help make their documentation readable and easier to view.
BCL created a PDF Schematic Tracing tool that automatically highlights the connections between components, and associates them with their part descriptions directly in the PDF manual. This Adobe Acrobat Plug-In allows SONY to pre-process their manuals so that engineers, repair personnel and support technicians can quickly trace the connections in complex schematics. By simply clicking on a connecting line in Acrobat, the entire path is highlighted in red or blue, making them easier to trace. Hyperlinks are embedded in each component, and clicking them will jump to the description and part number described later in the documentation. By implementing the PDF Schematic Trace tool, SONY was able to continue using their paperless distribution methods to deliver detailed, easy-to-read manuals through their Electronic Service Information (ESI) subscription channel.
Developed by BCL Technologies for Rogers Medical Intelligence Solutions, a leading provider of timely and trusted information and insights on the latest medical and clinical research
Rogers Medical Intelligence Solutions (Rogers MIS) provides timely and trusted information and insights on the latest medical and clinical research. Rogers MIS has built an unparalleled database of clinical information covering a broad range of medical specialties and therapeutic areas. Medical experts evaluate the results of new studies as they are presented around the world. Pharmaceutical and BioTech companies rely on Rogers MIS to keep them apprised of the latest findings on the treatment of human disease and developments affecting their businesses. Rogers MIS has published more than 10 million newsletters and reports to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals around the world, each one helping to build awareness of the newest treatment options and trends being presented by their colleagues at medical meetings. For research, education and market information, Rogers Medical Intelligence Solutions is the source for clinical information.
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. The challenge was to batch export each piece of content as a single page graphic file for analysis by OCR workflow connected to relational database and content storage systems.
BCL created BCL Rogers Jade, a graphic file extractor based on its standard Jade product. This Adobe Acrobat Plug-In allows Rogers MIS personnel to to easily draw the boundaries of thousands of medical meeting articles within a single PDF file, even if they extend across multiple columns or pages. After all the articles have been delineated, with a click of a mouse button, BCL Rogers Jade exports high resolution TIFF files into the work flow system. In the first six months since implementing its new technologies beginning in January, Rogers MIS captured and analyzed word-for-word 150,000 medical articles, aided substantially by the use of BCL Rogers Jade.
Developed by BCL Technologies for Abbott Laboratories, a leading provider of pharmaceutical products and services.
For more than a century, Abbott Laboratories has been working to advance health care for people around the world. Founded in 1888, Abbott Laboratories has evolved into a diversified health care company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products and services that span the continuum of care - from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and cure. Headquartered in north suburban Chicago, Abbott helps people around the world in more than 130 countries. Building leadership and combining strengths in the various areas of health care has enabled Abbott to provide total, integrated solutions across the health care spectrum for some of the world's most prevalent medical conditions, including AIDS, cancer and diabetes.
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.
BCL developed a solution that greatly enhanced the search features within Abbott Laboratories' existing PDF database. Based on Adobe Acrobat® and Acrobat® Reader™, BCL designed "Abbott Search," a plug-in that works within Acrobat's browser. Through Abbott Search, an end-user would be able to search for a particular term or word within a PDF document. The results were 100% accurate and instant. Additional navigation features were added to further facilitate the searching process.
Developed by BCL Technologies for Donnelley Financial Group, a leading financial printer of SEC compliant documents in EDGAR II HTML and EDGAR ASCII format.
Headquartered in Chicago Illinois, with regional offices throughout the world. R.R. Donnelley Financial (RRFD) provides premier information management and printing services to the worldwide business community. State-of-the-art technology combined with process expertise, results in total solutions for the document management and distribution needs of their customers. Using the latest in digital communication to link their worldwide network of production facilities. This, plus the capability to implement solutions in both paper and electronic formats, helps them communicate effectively and efficiently with their customers.
RRDF 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.
In November 1999, RRDF's Integration Engineering Team awarded a contract to Santa Clara-based BCL Technologies (BCL) for the development of a software solution. Together, RRDF and BCL developed Donnelley Jade.
Donnelley Jade is designed to maximize efficiency in the data conversion process. It converts PDF files into SEC-compliant EDGAR II HTML and RTF for RRDF's EDGAR ASCII filing purposes. In addition, it is capable of converting PDF documents into standard Web HTML and RTF files, giving it the potential to serve as a powerful data conversion tool for other R.R. Donnelley work groups.
Donnelley Jade converts PDF files (or any native or postscript file format that can be converted into PDF) into SEC-compliant EDGAR II HTML 3.2. Using a unique "zoning" technology patented by BCL, it takes graphically complex SEC-related financial documents and automatically separates their structures into zones. (Each zone consists of a single element -- a graphic, piece of text, list or table.) The software can then either automatically sequence the zones into a natural reading order or allow users to fine tune or re-sequence (or both) them using a zone editor before outputting them to searchable, downloadable, SEC-compliant HTML 3.2.
"Donnelley Jade already has proven itself," says Joe Raza, Project Manager for Donnelley Jade. "We have reduced our turnaround times for SEC filing of non-proprietary (CFS and ProFile) documents by 75 percent." RRDF accomplishes this by writing native DTP documents into PDF format, then using Donnelley Jade to do the final conversion. In addition to converting PDF files to EDGAR II HTML 3.2, it can be used to extract text, tables and graphics from PDF files into RTF in order to recreate the documents in DTP or proprietary applications. It can also be used as an intermediate process file conversion tool for converting client-supplied DTP (or PDF) files to Web HTML via RTF.
Because users can employ the zone editor to either fine tune
or re-sequence (or both) the zones before a document is converted,
Donnelley Jade allows for a great degree of control over the
output without having to resort to an HTML editor to refine the
document's final appearance. "This software prevents complex
PDF documents from becoming publishing 'dead ends,'" says
Raza. "Donnelley Jade lets users bring documents back to
the desktop for multipurpose use."
Developed by BCL Technologies for The Infosis Corporation, a leader in merging the wealth of the web with the power of print.
Based both in Boston and the United Kingdom, The Infosis Corp. provides a range of electronic parallel publishing services to the publishing industry. The company's primary focus is in services that leverage the content and brand identity of existing print products, providing its clients a fast, cost-effective way to establish web presence and generate new revenue. While Infosis' products maintain the look-and-feel of the original publication, they also add web-based interactivity, adding value and enhancing the user-experience. Infosis' mission is to provide a cost-effective way for publishers, retailers and catalog companies to convert and deliver content electronically and make it profitable.
A core part of the Infosis solution is the extraction and re-purposing of content from digital pre-press files, often in PDF format. The high-volume, fast-turnaround production environment at Infosis requires an efficient PDF data-mining tool. Moreover, because of the rich graphical layouts of many print products, Infosis required a cost-effective data extraction tool that would allow them to graphically define regions on the surface of a page, extracting the content just from that region.
To help Infosis accomplish this, BCL designed a customized version of its own Jade software. Designed to extract text, tabular data, and graphics from PDF files for editing and manipulation in other applications such as Microsoft® Word®, Excel®, and Adobe® Photoshop®, Jade uses a unique zoning feature to target data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, while also leaving behind superfluous data that would be unnecessarily extracted by a general document conversion program. The application customized for Infosis allows the corporation to use Jade's zoning capabilities to extract each piece of content (including graphics) as an individual graphic and place it into the appropriate directory for datamining purposes. As with Thomson Financial, BCL has continuously worked with key Infosis personnel to improve access to the advertising databases it provides for its clients.
Some of the companies that use our Data Extraction and Document Conversion Solutions are: