Falcon/PDF Publisher is a Falcon/WebSuite extension designed to dynamically publish most file types in the Adobe PDF format, allowing users to
view, on-demand, virtually any document available through SVP and Enterprise with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Publisher is so versatile, however, that its application extends beyond just WebSuite:
- Publisher can be paired with Falcon/Deliver (see next panel). Converting every document type contained in a Deliver! package to PDF makes them viewable with a single, free-of-charge application.
- Publisher can also be implemented support the View function in core Falcon/DMS by allowing users to view documents in PDF format. This can eliminate the need for a document's native application to be installed
on what might be just viewing seats.
Why Falcon/PDF Publisher?
The View function in SVP and Enterprise relies on browser plug-ins to display documents ‘pushed’ from a Web server to the client’s workstation. When the plug-in
for a specific file format is not present, the browser offers to save the requested document to the client’s hard drive, a result which defeats the purpose as a user
naturally expects to view
the document in what should be a seamless process—Falcon/Publisher insures the process is seamless.
Why Adobe PDF?
Because many 'dynamic' documents are subject to ongoing modification, a static version of any document is merely a snapshot of a moment in time. It's vital that
users see the most current version when any dynamic, in-process document is viewed. This is an 'on-demand' publishing task for which PDF, the de facto standard for document representation, excels.