Posts Tagged ‘Orpalis’

Happy Holidays!

It’s been a busy year at ORPALIS!
Many of you have noticed that along new major versions of all our products, we have released brand new websites:

PaperScan  PDF Reducer  PDF OCR

 

And a brand new software, PDF OCR!

PDF OCR recognizes more than 60 languages and can be included in production lines. If the Free Edition turns PDF into searchable file (very useful for students who need to copy or scan many documents), the Pro Edition (for desktop and server) convert more than 100 file formats.

Plans for 2017 include a brand new ORPALIS website, new major versions, and much more. We’re also working on expanding our productivity tools offer, so stay tuned!

But before that, we’re happy to run special offers on all our products:

Productivity tools:

PaperScan now 25% off            PDF Reducer now 25% off            PDF OCR now 50% off

 

Developer tools:

GdPicture.NET now 15% off                    DocuVieware now 15% off

These offers are valid for a limited time only! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, Coralie, Dmitry and Elodie will be happy to help!

Cheers!

The ORPALIS Team

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

DocuVieware 2.0 : The Force Awakens

Hi folks,

Long time, no talk.
But some few days ago we’ve released the annual new major-versions of GdPicture.NET and DocuVieware: GdPicture.NET is now at version 12 while ‘junior’ DocuVieware turned to version 2.0.
Want to take a look?

Web apps.

To start with, our universal HTML5 Viewer and document-management kit DocuVieware 2.0 now supports the .docx file format, besides the already existing about hundred of them formats.
It is our own implementation of Microsoft Word OpenXML which means you don’t need any external plugin.
Other Office formats such as .xlsx and .pptx are on their way and they will be available soon.
Go to the Gallery demo on our live demos website to see how DocuVieware 2.0 renders and handles .docx files: you can either use our demo file (left panel, scroll down for OpenXMLWord.docx document) or load your own .docx documents using, for example, the Annotations demo then add annotations or make searches to find words within your .docx files.

Another new feature DocuVieware 2.0 comes with is TWAIN acquisition support for all modern browsers running on top of any Windows OS later than Vista (Vista being included on the list).
Yes, you got it, paper documents can be scanned directly from- and into DocuVieware 2.0.
Of course, newly acquired image(s) can form a new document or can be added as new page(s) to an already existing document, which you can save in the PDF/A-1b archiving format standard for long-term preservation.
But why read about all that when you can see for yourself how everything works?
Go to our TWAIN acquisition live demo; you will be prompted to download and install a tiny piece of software which is meant to connect to your TWAIN drivers.
Just a one-time thing to do as for all next times this small software will silently start when Windows starts.
Not much of a “zero-footprint” for that feature, we must admit that, but there’s no other way to do it so far (and all other vendors do the same, if this brings you back to the right mood).

What’s in an Alphabet?

Hi folks,

One of the most intriguing, even perplexing news of the latest times have just emerged from Google: they’re going to make fundamental organizational changes in their structure.
A new holding-entity is to be formed and they’ve named it “Alphabet”.
But why? They seemed to be doing very well as-is, anyways.
And why “Alphabet”?
We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (‘Alpha’ is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for!“, wrote Larry Page himself in a blog post.

Page also explained that reasons behind the decision of practically creating a new owner for Google would be that operations will become “cleaner and more accountable“.
And that the planned restructuring will improve “the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing” and will allow greater control of unrelated companies (like Calico, GoogleX, Google Capital or Nest Labs).
Makes sense, but … well… is that all?
Because unconvincing explanations spawn speculations: aren’t there other reasons for such massive-scale and really complicated re-structuring?

Many analysts are now trying to discover unspoken benefits of this surprising reorganization.

For instance, one speculated extra-reason is said to concern banking: whenever a loan is needed (like for example, for buying back own stock) lenders might be (or might have been, actually) very happy to give money to a proved money-making-machine like the internet businesses of Google (search-engine, YouTube, Android, etc) but scared to death when thinking that this money might go to revolutionary businesses which are merely incipient projects not yet producing any revenue, but also -if completed- prone to become magnets for law-suites (imagine hacked glasses or hacked self-driving cars).
Or at least, they might simply invoke these arguments to get increased rates for their loans.
Being insulated, Google can become an optimized money borrower, able to get loans easier and at lower rates than Alphabet (that is, easier and at lower rates then Google-the-Monolith until now).

The insulation will also help PR: a clear separation between Google-the-Successful and possible failing ventures like Zagat was, will keep the Google brand remain clean and untouched.

Then, possibly, turning from parent to child might bring benefits in legal domain too, like for example when facing regulatory issues with the EU.
Turning from a monolithic monster into being just a child among other brothers and sisters like Calico or Google Fiber might prove really helpful.

And then, of course, predicted or not (oh yes, predicted, if you folks would ask us), there is the market’s reaction over the restructuring announcement: Google shares increased by 6%  in just 2 days.
Not so much, you might think.
Well, maybe you will think again when learning what this means as total added amount: over 20 billion USD.

But maybe the most important aspect of this move is that, while Google-the-Succesful remains an actor on the scene, under the spotlight, monetizing even better the glance of our eye-balls,well, behind the scenes, with more control and independence than never, older and newer “moon-shot” projects can be taken care of.
Because these are the projects that really define Google’s genome.
Projects ranging from power-producing solutions to artificial intelligence to human ageing to all kind of droids.
Which will have the exact fate and amount of exposure that Alphabet Inc. decision makers will want as the restructuring will maximize incomes, maximize the control over incomes and optimize the implementation of decisions.
In 2013 Alan Rusbridger interviewed Eric Schmidt, here’s a short excerpt of this interesting interview:

I suggest that the question of what you do about bad things that can’t be uninvented applies to Google itself. He bridles at the word “Frankenstein”.
“Google is not a bunch of engineers who throw stuff over the wall,” he says rather stiffly.
“A classic example is that a team built a facial-recognition tool. It was just really good – state of the art at the time. We stopped that product for two reasons. One is that it turned out to
be illegal in Europe and the second was that it was not a good product to offer in the US for the same reasons. So we didn’t do it.”
 What stopped it in the US?
“Our judgment. I made the decision; I was literally in the room.”
“Facial recognition, completely unmonitored, can be used for very bad things. It can be used for stalking, for example. You know, it’s just we don’t want to be part of that as a company.“”

Well folks, you’ll decide if this gets you reassured or terrified.

An ‘Alphabet’ of course, is one of the best symbols for higher awareness.
And all in all, no matter what the real reasons behind Google’s reorganization might be, one thing is for sure: looking at what they’ve done so far by using just 4 letters (G. O, L and E, the letters composing the name “Google”) makes it just hard to imagine what they’re going to do from now on, when they’re going to use the entire Alphabet.
“‘G’ is for Google” , titled Larry Page his blog article.
” And ‘M’ is for Money Making”, replied a reader in a comment to the article.

Well, unfortunately, ‘F’ just doesn’t seem to be for Funny.
And hopefully, it will not be for errr… “Frankenstein”.

Bye folks!

Bogdan

Browsers (3)

Hi folks,

After the very short history of browsers we have presented you in the past 2 “episodes”, today we are going to give you some light tech insights, as promised. Just so you can better understand why a plain modern browser is all you need to use DocuVieware-based web applications, at anytime, from anywhere.

But we need to tell you a word or two about browser plugins first.

When Netscape Navigator browser was first released, it allowed users to view only plain text, hyperlinks and images.
If another file format was to be encountered, the browser would download it and users would open it separately, with the appropriate application able to handle it.
Noticing this fact along with the intuition that the web might soon become universal, some visionaries at Adobe Systems including John Warnock (the CEO), contacted Netscape. They wanted to discuss the idea of a common approach to possibly make Netscape’s browser render Adobe’s document format (the PDF).
To illustrate the concept, 2 programmers at Adobe (Allan Padgett and Eswar Priyadarshan) had developed a proof-of-concept application which was presented in a live demo to the 2 CEOs: Jim Clark of Netscape and John Warnock of Adobe.
The demo was a big success: whenever the browser dealt with a link to a PDF file, it downloaded the PDF and automatically opened it inside its own window, amazingly handling both HTML and PDF formats.
The excited Jim Clark then asked who exactly from Netscape had helped with the browser-side coding.
The shocking answer was that… well… no one from Netscape was actually involved, it’s just Allan Padgett had made a bit of… uh… err…. well…, reverse-engineering on the browser.
But to a minimal extent only, so after the “no-offence-meant-none-taken” moments, both parties agreed that the concept should be properly implemented and released asap.
Apparently, Clark’s initial point of view was that Acrobat Reader’s entire code should be incorporated into Netscape Navigator’s code.
But merging 2 different applications into a single, monobloc application would have implied lots of subsequent issues and costs, for both sides.
So Allan Padgett insisted on his original approach of 2 different applications, each one developed and maintained by its owner, while a minimal common effort would focus just on the ‘contact points’ of the 2 apps.
Reason prevailed, his approach was adopted and this is how the browser-plugins era commenced.
Later on, Netscape provided APIs not only for Adobe’s PDF but for other file formats as well, while Adobe made plugins not just for Netscape Navigator but for all other important browsers that appeared afterwards.

Browsers (2)

Hi folks,

 

In our previous article we were telling you that the history of browsers is more like a Game of Thrones and that “the Starks” (ie, the Mosaic/Netscape team) were massacred by the House of Microsoft at the Netscape Castle which ended-up by being sold to AOL.
So today we will resume our short story from there and start by telling you that the “Starks” had to flee the castle, of course.
But they re-assembled under the Mozilla Fortification.

During the Netscape-to-Mozilla transition, a bunch of 3 Netscape employees, that is a 14 years old intern named Blake Ross and 2 developers (Dave Hyatt and Joe Hewitt) started yet another browser experiment as, in their opinion, the then-ongoing Mozilla project was blunt (and we discretely skip mentioning their opinion on IE).
Their experiment was a success but its initial name, Phoenix (meant to express the idea of re-birth from the ashes) had to be changed because of trademark issues.
So it became Firebird, a synonym for the Phoenix, but only to face new trademark issues. Therefore, in early 2004 the name changed again to Firefox, this time for good and the experiment became an officially released browser on November 9th, 2004.
And once more, the rest is history.

Mozilla Foundation’s open-source Firefox browser became a worldwide respected browser in all aspects and, despite never reaching the World’s number 1, it constantly enjoyed a very solid reputation.
For a long time it was world’s number 2 (in some countries including Germany being number 1 most popular browser). In 2010 IBM decided to name Firefox its default browser for all its over 400.000 employees, while also recommending it as best-option browser to all its customers.
But how can a Foundation finance maintenance and development of a free product?
Well, with a little “help” from its “friends”, of course.
Among them: the House of Google, which not only provided substantial financial contributions but also provided some development task forces as well.
Basically, a “Firefox + Google = LOVE” kind of relationship.
But love is extremely rare even in a Game of Thrones, let alone in the real-life Browser Wars.
Google secretly started its own browser project too, so by end-2008 the Google Chrome web browser was released.
Which by end-2011 surpassed Firefox and became world’s number 2 browser.
Oh well, “c’est la vie!”