Scan, View and Annotate Digital Documents with Atalasoft

End users expect digital documents to be as easy to use as their paper equivalents. As more processes move to the web, the usability of digital documents becomes crucial for developers building applications. Using Atalasoft’s SDKs, developers can quickly add document imaging capabilities to their .NET or Java software applications that simplify the capturing, viewing, and annotating of digital documents. Atalasoft’s award-winning SDKs are commonly used by software teams that want to streamline business processes and improve customer experiences.
“Our developer tools continue to make their way into huge installations,” said Eric Deutchman, marketing manager at Atalasoft, a Kofax company. “Atalasoft has always been known for its awesome user support. You wouldn’t think an SDK company would have true fans, but we do.”
Last year, Atalasoft introduced developer libraries and viewers for Java and enhanced its products for .NET. Now, both .NET and Java developers can rapidly image-enable their applications and build desktop and mobile browser document viewers.
“For imaging applications, it’s daunting to go through hundreds of pages of PDF specs and write everything from scratch. The time and effort is much better spent on building a better user experience than decoding pixels in an image,” said Deutchman.
Atalasoft’s products include the DotImage and JoltImage imaging SDKs for .NET and Java, the DotPdf PDF generator SDK for .NET, and the WingScan Web portal scanner for .NET and Java.

Get the Latest Imaging Technology
Atalasoft DotImage was recently updated to version 10.4.1 to include support for Tesseract Optical Character Recognition (OCR 3.2) and updated DICOM medical image libraries. It also includes a new Microsoft Word reader add-on as well as PDF forms and PDF repair. WinForms or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) developers can deploy their applications with DotImage and most of Atalasoft’s add-ons without paying runtime royalties. Unlimited server deployment options are also available.
“The latest major release of our .NET imaging SDK supports .doc and .docx reading, and it allows you to create PDF forms and automatically repair PDFs,” said Deutchman. “It also includes SharePoint Web Parts for viewing or capture and a new web document thumbnailer control.”
Using DotImage, users can view and annotate large, multi-page documents instantly over the web. It is also possible to create searchable PDFs, align and recognize focus for zonal OCR, and read and write barcodes for categorization and batch-scan separations. DotImage makes it easy to create, clean up, view and convert from PDF, multipage TIFF, PNG, .doc and .docx, as well as re-order, edit, and delete pages. The PDF and Word reading SDKs are available as add ons.
Atalasoft provides tools for all parts of custom document flow whether talking with TWAIN or ISIS capture devices, cleaning up documents and OCR, reading and writing barcodes, converting images, or viewing. Its time-tested, hardened tools have been extended to include features that allow modern developers to stay on spec and competitive.
Both DotImage and the JoltImage SDKs support mobile browsers with touch gestures. Because they are zero-footprint solutions, no plug-ins are required to view and annotate documents. According to Deutchman, the DotImage and JoltImage SDKs are popular among developers who are trying to create responsive and widely-accessible Web applications.
“Web controls are a strong suit for us. Atalasoft was the first to market with a commercial, zero-footprint browser viewer for .NET at the start of the millennium, and the first to add Web annotation support to that,” said Deutchman. “When multi-page TIFFs and PDFs can be converted to other formats on the fly on a back-end server and displayed quickly in a browser, compression and server load become less worrisome.”
Software and mobile app development company Envōc used Atalasoft’s DotImage in a Web-based tax document application it developed for the State of Louisiana. The application replaced legacy file server downloads and third-party applications with a streamlined, public Web front-end viewer. Using DotImage, Envōc saved its client from costly legacy FileNet ECM system fees and quickly serves three terabytes of images.
Deutchman said the upcoming release of DotImage will include even more Web controls and that JoltImage will include major SDK additions.

Add Scanning to Custom Applications
Atalasoft WingScan is another offering that works in line with DotImage or JoltImage. WingScan allows developers to embed scanning in their custom ASP.NET or Java Web portal applications with minimal code and without leaving the application’s UI. Users simply choose a scanner, scan, validate, and then submit the image to a repository. WingScan gives users full control over the scan settings by allowing them to set desired resolution, color depth, paper size, or other settings based on their requirements.
WingScan includes Kofax VRS features that improve readability by automatically cleaning poorly scanned images and correcting flipped or misaligned pages. The product supports Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox with lightweight browser extensions to securely interface with the scanners. With WingScan embedded in applications, IT teams no longer have to manage third-party scan apps.
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