As part of three recent production Documentum client rollouts, TSG will be releasing a completely updated version of OpenAnnotate during May. This post will share an updated screen cam in our learning zone as well as highlight the goals and accomplishments of OpenAnnotate.
OpenAnnotate was created based on TSG internal proof-of-concept efforts at TSG back in 2010. The issue we wanted to explore was the difficulty our clients had in supporting and deploying annotation solutions that were heavily “client machine” driven. Basically, making sure that client-side software was correctly configured was and continues to be a support issue for many clients. TSG, having been a long-time Documentum implementation resource, had experience with Brava, Snowbound, Annodoc and PDF Annotation Services. Given our client’s request for additional users associated with extranet solutions, OpenAnnotate was developed as a free thin client tool that allows users to review and annotate PDF documents directly within their web browsers. From our original post, OpenAnnotate targeted:
- No Client Machine Dependencies – complete Thin Client Browser based solution
- Leverages Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Systems (Documentum and Alfresco)
- Secures Document Distribution – can restrict print or download the document
- Integrates with Documentum Webtop or HPI (add link)
- No Licensing Costs
As part of our new release, OpenAnnotate has been enhanced to allow:
- Compatibility with Adobe Annotation format XFDF Specification
By focusing on XFDF, OpenAnnotate can be leveraged for production of PDF output as well as leveraged an extension to Documentum PDF Annotation Services consistent with other Documentum annotation products. Please check out our updated screencam of how OpenAnnotate can work with PDF Annotation services “out of the box”.
- More Browser Support
In our initial version, we relied on Google Web Toolkit but found, due to certain customizations, that our version only work on Internet Explorer. For our rewrite, we updated to jQuery and Dojo which gives us complete cross-browser support for Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari.
- Drawing Support
Our initial version only provided sticky notes and bookmarks. New version supports circle/ellipse, line, rectangle and arrow. Any of the shapes can be commented on without a sticky note (consistent with Adobe)
- Higher Performance
For the new version, we cache content for all users to provide quicker response time.
Look for the download to be available soon complete with Documentum Webtop connector. Please let us know any of your thoughts below.